WIG Leadership Impact Awards

 

Developing leaders with insight and experience across the sectors is at the heart of WIG’s purpose. We believe that enabling collaboration between business, government and the not-for-profit sector empowers innovation. With that in mind, our cross-sector development programmes are designed to build flexibility and resilience to successfully lead during uncertain times. 

The WIG Leadership Awards recognise the tangible impact of learning in a cross-sector environment. We invite submissions from alumni of WIG leadership programmes as well as those who have benefited from a WIG talent offer such as a secondment (including the Charity Next secondment scheme). We have designed two separate categories, the WIG Leadership Impact Award, and the WIG Emerging Leader Impact Award.

We begin the process by asking for nominations from a colleague, mentor, coach, manager or fellow alumnus/a. Applicants must then demonstrate how learning in a WIG context has had a significant positive impact on their own leadership practice and their ability to lead teams. Applicants will be judged on how they have demonstrated that they have made a real difference within and beyond their organisations.


The Process


1. Nominations

We open the selection process for the WIG Leadership Impact Awards by asking that WIG members nominate their colleagues they feel are most deserving of winning one of the awards. Nominating a colleague, mentor, coach, manager or fellow alumnus/a who has completed a WIG leadership or secondment programme is quick and easy, and shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes. Please note that the nomination period for the 2020 awards is now closed.


2. Applications

All nominees will be invited to fill in a full application form where they will be asked to demonstrate how learning in a WIG cross-sector context has positively impacted their leadership skills and how they have made a difference within and beyond their organisations. The deadline for returning completed applications is Friday, 7 February 2020.


3. Shortlisting

Based on their applications, a maximum of three finalists for each award will be shortlisted. Each finalist will be invited to attend the WIG Annual Reception on Tuesday 31 March 2020, where the Award winners will be announced. Leading up to this, all finalists will also be invited to film a short interview to introduce them as a finalist at the awards ceremony.


4. Selection of winners

The winners of each Award will be selected by a panel of judges drawn from The Whitehall & Industry Group’s board. The winners will be announced at the WIG Annual Reception 2020.


Eligibility and Judging Criteria


WIG Leadership Impact Award

  1. Participation on a WIG leadership programme or secondment 
  2. Evidence of the benefits of learning in a cross-sector environment and how that learning has been implemented to meaningful impact.
  3. Examples of evidence of impact on:
    • Their own leadership
    • Their team
    • Their organisation as a whole
    • The wider system/outside of their home organisation
    • Customer/service user benefits
  4. Compelling endorsement of impact by key stakeholder via nomination.

WIG Emerging Leader Impact Award

  1. Participation on a WIG leadership programme or secondment (e.g. Charity Next).
  2. Evidence of the benefits of learning in a cross-sector environment early in your career and how that learning has been implemented to meaningful impact.
  3. Examples of evidence of impact on:
    • Their own leadership
    • Their team
    • Their organisation or wider system or customer/service user
  4. Plan for how they are going to continue using cross-sector learning in their developing leadership practice.
  5. Compelling endorsement of impact by key stakeholder via nomination.

Terms and Conditions


  • Nominations can only be accepted for WIG leadership programme and secondment alumni.
  • Finalists will be interviewed and recorded. The content of this application and any video interview will remain the property of WIG and can be used in WIG-related marketing.
  • The decision of the Awards Panel will be final.
  • If shortlisted, we would like you to attend the Award Ceremony as part of the WIG Annual Reception on the 31 March 2020.
  • By submitting an application, you agree to participate in any publicity including, but not limited to photos, videos, press interviews etc. after the event.

To find out more about the award, email us or call us on 020 7222 1166 and speak to Hannah Benaim or Saana Kärnä.


The 2020 Awards Panel


  • Phil Thomson

    President, Global Affairs, GSK & Chair of WIG

    Phil is President of Global Affairs at GSK and a member of the Group’s Corporate Executive Team. He serves as an advisor and representative of the CEO on corporate and business-related matters, with specific responsibilities for the Group’s strategic approach to Reputation, Corporate Responsibility and Global Health. He is also responsible for the Group’s engagement and relationships with investors, media, government and employees; management of the corporate brand; and key global community partnerships. Phil joined Glaxo Wellcome as a commercial trainee in 1996, and has worked in a number of external-facing roles on matters related to corporate strategy, business performance and reputation. He earned his degree in English, History and Russian Studies from Durham University. Phil is a Co-Opted Member of the China-Britain Business Council and is Chairman of The Whitehall & Industry Group.

  • Rachel Sandby-Thomas CB

    Registrar, University of Warwick

  • Keith Mendez

    Senior Director, HR Northern Europe, Mondelez

    Keith Mendez is Head of Human Resources – Northern Europe for Mondelēz International leading the people strategy for the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. This market is home to iconic brands such as Cadbury, Green & Blacks, Trebor, Marabou, Halls, Belvita and Oreo. The role encompasses end to end HR partnership for Sales, Marketing, supply chain and is responsible for delivering the growth, execution and culture strategies in line with Mondelez' Purpose of Snacking Made Right. Keith has extensive HR experiences in both developed and emerging markets having lived and worked in the UK, Chicago, Dubai & Singapore and has managed large scale change management, functional transformations and organization merger & acquisitions. Keith is passionate about learning and development and leveraging well-being to define organisational culture.

 

A look back at the 2019 awards

The winners were announced on 7 March 2019 during WIG's Annual Reception. Read about it here.

 

 

Take a look back at highlights from our first ever Awards