Watch our 2 minute video about why WIG is relevant for our members

In this short clip, hear from our Chief Executive, Peter Unwin, about why WIG is now more relevant than ever. Our members from a variety of sectors and backgrounds also give their views on how WIG has added value to their organisations. Watch the 2 minute video above for all this, plus a glimpse at the themes we will cover in 2017 through our events, seminars, and programmes.

We care deeply about what we do and it is fantastic when our members show us that we have made a difference! Below is some more praise about WIG from our recent members' telephone survey:

WIG is unique. If you didn't have it, you would have to invent it!

They have the trust of the Civil Service and the public sector.  

It is a fantastic organisation and its impact is far bigger than its size, it punches well above its weight.

WIG is a very listening organisation, which I love. It is responsive, tuned in, even wise!

  • Benefits of being a WIG member
    As a member of WIG, you can access: 
    • Over 100 wide-ranging topical events featuring high profile speakers – the majority are Free to WIG members, and for costed events we offer preferential member rates
    • Priority booking and discounted rates for our highly sought-after leadership programmes
    • Career opportunities and placements with other organisations, allowing you to experience another sector (including secondments, mentoring and non-executive appointments)
    • A strong network of peers from a variety of sectors, including top FTSE companies, government bodies and NFP organisations 
    • A safe space to discuss issues of the day (we operate our events under the Chatham House rule)
    • Your own dedicated relationship manager

    See a full list of membership benefits

  • Overview of WIG events in 2016

    We ran over 100 events for our members in 2016, including:

    • High profile speaker briefings, featuring Permanent Secretaries, Director Generals, Ambassadors, CEOs of top FTSE companies and Government agencies;
    • Roundtable discussions and notable speakers for our dedicated networks (Heads of Communications, Sustainability, HR, Talent, L&D, Legal, Regulation, Brexit etc.), where our members could exchange ideas and solutions on topical issues;
    • Conferences on important topics that impact all the sectors, such as Diversity & Inclusion and Cyber Security.

    To download a list of our 2016 events, go here.

  • Overview of our Leadership & Talent results in 2016
    • In 2016 we have developed leaders from across the sectors in five WIG leadership programmes, from those in early career right through to the most senior directors in business and Director Generals in the civil service.
    • Over 1,400 participants from across our member organisations and beyond have developed their skillset in our one-day development seminars
    • 60% of the Non Executive Directors and Trustees we have placed last year were women

    • In 2016 we seconded 61 Civil Service fast streamers placements to charities via Charity Next

    • 170 new charities joined the Charity Next network, bringing the total to 353 charities

  • Overview of our Commissioning Academy programme in 2016

    WIG became founder members of the Public Service Transformation Academy, a new social enterprise that now delivers the Commissioning Academy development programme. In 2016 over 1,300 commissioners of public services have gone through the programme – and we have launched regional programmes to support devolution across England. For example, we are working with the Skills Funding Agency to help local commissioners develop news skills as adult education budgets are transferred from central government to the regions.

    I wouldn’t hesitate for a second to recommend the Commissioning Academy to colleagues. It was varied, fun and informative!  


In our busy lives we sometimes miss out on connecting with people. WIG is very good at putting people in touch with each other. Survey of WIG Members