Women's Leadership Programme 2021

A programme for talented mid-career women with potential for top leadership roles. The participants are either senior managers in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors; senior civil servants (deputy directors and directors): or local government assistant directors and directors. 

Woman leader

“The WIG Women's Leadership Programme is a cleverly tailored programme that allows you to build a powerful network, explore your own style and face challenges and opportunities in a supportive environment.” Vanessa Rayner, Imperial War Museum.

This programme is now full. Please email us for more information and to be first to know.


Unfortunately this event is now closed for booking.

  • What will you gain and how does it work?

    How will it work?

    The eight-month modular programme will supply the tools, the strategies, the mentors, the coaches and the long-term networks to support and challenge you on your way to the top.

    Action learning sets will bring you together with women from different professions, sectors and organisations.

    The learning sets are facilitated, not taught, providing the safe space for you to learn from the other delegates’ experiences and perspectives, to challenge assumptions and to examine your core abilities, strengths and values.

    The six modules are designed around themes particularly relevant to women.  They will give you tools or frameworks that can be put in to practice immediately in your workplace.

    You will hear from inspirational women leaders and visit others.

    You will explore practical leadership issues in a day with a charity, bringing your expertise to advise the organisation.

    You will receive individual support from a personal mentor from the private, public or not-for-profit sector. Two one-to-one coaching sessions will deepen and sustain the learning from the group sessions.

    On the 2018 programme we had an exciting collaboration with the Girls' Network for module 5 involving ‘consulting’ and research for this important charity.  On module 3, we had incredible insights from Rebecca George (Deloitte) and Jo Simmons (LinkedIn) who are both WIG alumni who shared their experiences with the group. 

    What will you gain?

    • Forge a network of supportive 'critical friends'
    • Meet a range of inspirational women leaders
    • Understand your leadership style
    • Become confident in your ability to be a leader
  • Programme structure

    This programme takes a collaborative approach and the success relies as much on the attitude, engagement and commitment of participants as on the input or expertise of speakers and facilitators.

    Our next programme is starting in Autumn 2021.

  • Facilitators

    Our facilitators and coaches combine a depth of understanding of leadership development with a practical, common sense approach gained from leadership across business, government and the voluntary sector.



    The programme is a powerful mix of action learning, practical tools, real leader speaker sessions, visits to leaders of choice and coaching. It is very lasting and meaningful way to learn about leadership. It whets my leadership appetite every time I work on the programme! 

    Ruth Morris, facilitator and coach 

    Read an interview with Ruth Morris, Programme Director, WIG Women's Leadership Programme

  • Testimonials & Participating Organisations

    Linda Knutsen, DSTL


    Michelle Cupples, Cabinet Office


    Read about five ways in which one of our past delegates has benefitted from the programme here

    Organisations who have participated in the last three years:

    Central Government

    Private Sector

    Cabinet Office

    3M United Kingdom plc



    Department for Business, Innovation & Skills


    Department for Culture, Media & Sport

    BAE Systems plc

    Department for Education

    BT Global Solutions

    Department for Work & Pensions



    GKN Aerospace

    Government Digital Service

    Mace Group

    HM Treasury


    Home Office

    Shell UK Ltd.

    The Scottish Government


    Wales Audit Office


    Broader Public and Not-for-Profit

    Age UK Lewisham and Southwark

    Kent County Council

    British Council

    Legal Ombudsman

    Cambridge University IfM Education and Consultancy

    Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual)

    Competition and Markets Authority


    Essex County Council

    Registers of Scotland

    Food Standards Scotland

    Research Councils UK

    Imperial College

    United Kingdom Hydrographic Office

    Imperial War Museum

    West Lindsey District Council

  • Fees & apply now!


    Member fee:  £5,800+VAT

    Non-member fee: £7,300+VAT

    Charity Sector and WIG alumni fee: £4,425+VAT

    This fee includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight accommodation for the residential module, lunch and refreshments for all WIG hosted modules, plus two one-to-one coaching sessions, two one-to-one mentoring sessions, membership of the Alumni Network, and all programme materials.

    Please contact WIG if you are unsure whether or not your organisation is a member.

    How do I apply?

    This programme is now full. Details of the next programme coming in March/April 2021. Please email us for more information and to be first to know.

    Download the application form and email to the leadership team.

    If you would like to discuss whether the programme is suitable for you please call the WIG office on 020 7222 1166 and ask to speak to Hannah Langsford or Catherine Taylor or email the Leadership Team

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