This two-minute animation takes you through a journey to discover the benefits of being a part of the WIG membership, to explore our event and programme highlights of 2017 and to look ahead to what is in store for the membership year 2018. 

Huge value is gained by all parties by WIG bringing together Public and Private sector to foster understanding and create innovation.
Debbie Green, Senior Sales Director, Oracle

I really value building relationships across Whitehall and industry that gives me greater insight and understanding of the challenges we all face.
Clare Harbord, Director of Corporate Affairs, Drax

  • Key benefits of being a member of WIG

    As a member of WIG, you can access: 

    • Around 120 wide-ranging topical events each year featuring high profile speakers – the majority are free to WIG members, and in the case of paid-for events we offer preferential member rates
    • A strong network of peers from a variety of sectors, including top FTSE companies, government bodies and not-for-profit organisations 
    • Priority booking and discounted rates for our highly sought-after cross-sector leadership programmes
    • Career opportunities and placements with other organisations, allowing you to experience life in another sector (including secondments, mentoring and non-executive appointments)
    • safe space to discuss issues of the day (we operate most of our events under the Chatham House rule)
    • Access to our member-exclusive online resources
    • Your own dedicated relationship manager
  • WIG events highlights for 2017
    • More than 100 free member events with over 7000 delegates attending events across the UK
    • Events covering emerging topics including Industrial Strategy, Brexit, Digital Transformation, and Security 
    • Our popular roundtable discussions for our specialist groups especially for Heads of Brexit, Government Affairs, Communications, and Diversity & Inclusion
    • WIG's sold-out Diversity & Inclusion Conference 2017 featured 45 speakers
    • Event partnerships with Imperial College London, the British Council and Leeds City Council
    • Our growing and vibrant networks including the Women's Network, Alumni Network and Early Career Network
    • Regional events in Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, and Liverpool 

    View our full events programme 


    It's a real privilege to be at these events
    Richard Charnock, Chief Executive Officer, Standard Life Wealth 

    Great insights from business about the impact of the Government’s handling of Brexit.
    John Neilson, Imperial College London 


  • WIG leadership highlights for 2017
    • We developed over 160 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. 
      • Participating organisations included: BAE Systems Plc, British Airways Plc, Citi Group, GKN, Deloitte, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Bank of England, HMRC, Browne Jacobson, St John Ambulance, Atos, Cabinet Office, Home Office, Centre For Ageing Better, KPMG, Oracle, Department for International Trade, British Council, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Catch 22, Department for Work and Pensions, HM Treasury 
    • Over 400 participants from across our member organisations and beyond have developed their skillset in our one-day development seminars.
    • 15 organisations partook in our raids to get a glimpse into how organisations in different sectors operate and solve problems.


    The programme saved me, developed me and empowered me. I got strength from the wisdom and courage of fantastic and inspiring women.
    Rosemary Carter, Associate Director, Ofqual, (Alumna of WWLP* 2016-2017)

    *WIG Women's Leadership Programme

    This is a very high quality development programme. I would have no hesitation in recommending it to others – one of the best of my career. 
    Ciara Magee, Senior Manager, Government and Public Services, PwC, (Alumna of SUSA* 2016-2017)

    *Step Up Step Across Leadership Programme for middle managers 

  • WIG talent highlights for 2017
    • We successfully placed 40 Non-Executive Directors and Trustees. 14% of those were BAME applicants
    • 2017 saw the 10th anniversary of our Charity Next programme through which we built relationships with 330 charities facilitating 78 secondments across 2017 – the highest number to date
    • We helped over 25 individuals to find mentors, gain experiences or establish connections in another sector


    The charity placement has been an invaluable way for me to gain experience of working in a small, agile organisation in a changing environment, where getting value for money and delivering measurable benefits are critical to its continued existence. 
    Kenneth Roberts, Civil Service Fast Streamer, seconded to MACS 

    The House of Lords has WIG corporate membership and it’s a great resource. I attend [WIG events] and am always interested, often challenged. They have also found me a private sector mentor.
    Andrew Makower, Clerk of Legislation, House of Lords

    I feel that I have really got to know their business, how it ticks and the challenges a logistics business like them faces both on a day to day basis and over a longer period. 

    Guy Westhead, Deputy Director, HMRC, seconded to GKN Freight Services in 2017

  • Commissioning Academy highlights for 2017
    • WIG are founder members of the Public Service Transformation Academy (PSTA), a social enterprise that now delivers the Commissioning Academy development programme.
    • In 2017, the PSTA delivered three national academies and five bespoke academies. By the end of 2017 over 1,700 commissioners of public services had gone through the programme. 


    In the last 12 months or so we have taken advantage of a range of opportunities provided by WIG, including a NED workshop and speaker events. Of particular value to the Money Advice Service was the Commissioning Academy. 
    Mark Hallewell, Senior Strategic Alliance Manager, Money Advice Service

  • Looking ahead – WIG in 2018

    In 2018, be part of the WIG membership as we continue to bring you highly topical member events, help your team sample life in another sector, and equip your leaders with wider perspectives. 

    We will continue to brIng you high quality speakers on key strategic themes including:

    • Brexit
    • Industrial Strategy
    • Digital
    • Trust
    • Housing
    • International Trade
    • Security
    • Transport & Infrastructure 

    Our new initiatives will include:

    • The launch of our Millennial Mentoring scheme
    • A secondment programme for senior women leaders in the NHS
    • Our first ever International Trade Conference will launch on 16 March 2018 exploring the future of British international trade
    • The growth of our events into further regions across the UK


WIG runs great events, providing topical insights by good speakers.  This year they helped me second a senior official into my organisation. They found a great candidate and the process was seamless. Proud to be a WIG member. Trevor Hutchings Gemserv