Women's Leadership Programme, November 2017 - July 2018


Woman leader

A programme for talented mid-career women with potential for top leadership roles, who 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.

It is specifically designed to appeal to women’s learning styles and to tackle challenges women face in their leadership journey.

The 2017/18 programme has now started. Details of the 2018/19 programme coming soon. Get in touch to find out more!


Unfortunately this event is now closed for booking.

  • What will you gain and how does it work?

    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

    How will it work?

    The nine-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.

  • Programme structure

    Module 1: 6-7 November 2017

    Module 2: 16 January 2018

    Module 3: 15 March 2018

    Module 4: 26 April 2018

    Module 5: 22 May 2018

    Module 6: 3 July 2018

  • 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

  • Testimonials & Participating Organisations

    Linda Knutsen, DSTL


    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:

    Public Sector Organisation

    Private Sector Organisation

    British Council

    3M United Kingdom plc

    Cabinet Office


    Competition and Markets Authority



    BAE Systems plc

    Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

    BT Global Solutions

    Department for Culture, Media & Sport

    Mace Group

    Department for Education


    Department for Work & Pensions

    Shell UK Ltd.



    Essex County Council

    Non-Profit Organisation

    Government Digital Service

    Age UK Lewisham and Southwark

    HM Treasury

    Imperial College

    Home Office

    Imperial War Museum

    Kent County Council

    Research Councils UK

    Legal Ombudsman


    Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual)


    Registers of Scotland


    The Scottish Government


    United Kingdom Hydrographic Office


    West Lindsey District Council


  • Fees & apply now!


    £5,500 + VAT for WIG members and £7,000 + VAT for non-members.

    Reduced rate of £4,125 + VAT for charities and for WIG leadership programme alumni.

    Fees include 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?

    Download the application form and email to leadership team or apply online using the 'APPLY FOR A PLACE' button above. 

    The 2017/18 programme has now started. Details of the 2018/19 programme coming soon. Get in touch to find out more!

    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 Benaim or Lorraine King or email the Leadership Team

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