The Whitehall & Industry Group (WIG) is a not-for-profit, non-lobbying, independent and impartial membership organisation whose purpose is to bridge the gap between the UK sectors. We create opportunities for central and local government, industry, the not-for-profit sector and academia to learn from each other, understand different points of view and collaborate, thus expanding their perspectives, reach and opportunities to connect. 

We achieve our aim through three main avenues, all underpinned by our cross-sector purpose:

  • A rich programme of topical events, ranging from briefings with Permanent Secretaries and CEOs, to conferences on current issues impacting all the sectors (such as Diversity & Inclusion); increasingly we are delivering more virtual events & webinars to keep our members informed and connected (through the COVID-19 restrictions and beyond);
  • Leadership and development programmes for all career levels, delivered in a cross-sector environment, with a modular structure to get maximum benefit with minimal disruption. The networks, skills and confidence built on these programmes last a lifetime;
  • Opportunities to taste life in another sector through secondments, mentoring or Trustee and NED roles.

In light of recent restrictions, we have adapted our delivery to be chiefly digital. Our events, leadership tasters, recruitment and mentoring continue online. Download our digital offer here.


More than 230 organisations are part of the WIG member family. You can see a full list of WIG members here. We operate a corporate membership model, with a yearly membership fee covered by each organisation, giving all individual employees who could benefit from interacting with WIG access to our diverse range of products and services.


We consider applications from Whitehall departments, FTSE 350 companies or equivalent*, not-for-profit organisations, universities, local authorities and government agencies.

*we respect the value and input of smaller organisations and work closely with some of them in other ways, ensuring that diverse voices and parts of UK society are represented in the dialogue we facilitate. If you would like to explore ways of working with us, please reach out to our membership team.

WIG retains full discretion over the acceptance of new members.

Our aim is to achieve a balance among the sectors represented within our membership with the right mix of organisations. We welcome members who are a good fit for WIG and who share our cross-sector collaborative values. Given our independent, non-lobbying status and our charitable purpose of creating opportunities for learning and collaboration between the sectors, we will want to understand your interest in WIG and reasons for wanting to join. Assessment criteria will include the following: 

  • Support of our charitable purpose
  • Size and sector of the organisation
  • Contribution to sector balance of WIG members
  • Desire to actively participate in multiple ways
  • Breadth of potential use across the organisation

To maximize value, we encourage all our member organisations to actively participate in the dialogue, and to expand the benefits widely amongst their teams, equipping them with topical knowledge through events and content, or personal and professional development through our leadership programmes, seminars, secondments and other cross-sector opportunities.

Annual fees for the membership year commencing 2020/21 are:
  • £5,100 + VAT for public and private sector organisations and for universities.
  • £3,100 + VAT for charities.
  • Multi-year membership options are available upon request, as well as membership packages.
    Please contact the membership team to discuss options.

Hear from our members about why you should join WIG