Discover the benefits of being part of the WIG membership and look ahead to what is in store in 2019 in this 2-minute animation. Then open the sections below for more in-depth information about each of our business areas:

  • Key benefits of being a member of WIG

    As a member of WIG, you can access: 

    • More than 100 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, members enjoy preferential rates
    • A strong network of peers from a variety of sectors, from our membership of 230 organisations, including top FTSE companies, government bodies, universities and not-for-profit organisations 
    • Priority booking and discounted rates for our highly sought-after cross-sector leadership programmes
    • Career opportunities and short-term placements with other organisations, allowing you to experience life in another sector (including secondments, mentoring and non-executive & trustee appointments)
    • safe space to discuss the 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 2018
    • A strong programme of over 150 free member events, with more topics, new speakers and different interest areas covered, especially in the geopolitical, digital and health space
    • Our reach outside London with events across the country has also increased 
    • Working in partnership with trade bodies, government agencies and SMEs allowed us to reach a more diverse audience and bring new perspectives into the conversation. 
    • Our cumulative Net Promoter Score (NPS) for events is 62.9 – considered ‘excellent’ by the HBR 
    • WIG's sold-out Diversity & Inclusion Conference 2018 facilitated learning & cross-sector dialogue amongst the 180 delegates

    View our full events programme 


    WIG is like a convener. Every one of the events I’ve been to, people have come out with new information and knowledge, but also contacts.
    Alex Chisholm, Permanent Secretary for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy


  • WIG leadership highlights for 2018
    • We developed more than 220 leaders from across the sectors in five WIG leadership development programmes, from early career, mid-tier and senior leadership levels, across over 50 different organisations:

      Home Office | Medicines and Healthcare Products | Regulatory Agency | Ministry of Defence | Womble Bond Dickinson LLP | Cabinet Office | Sheffield Hallam University | Competition and Markets Authority | BAE Systems plc | Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy | House of Lords | Atos | Government Office for Science | HM Treasury | Northern Ireland Office | Office for National Statistics | AWE plc | Browne Jacobson | The Open University | Browne Jacobson | Prime Minister's Office | Greenpeace International | Financial Ombudsman Service | The Scottish Government | Meggitt Polymers and Composites | HSBC | Department for Work & Pensions | Dstl | Ofgem | Border Force | Citizens Advice | Ordnance Survey | British Council | The London Internet Exchange Ltd | Defence Infrastructure Organisation | Health & Safety Executive | The Start Network | Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority | Citi | Imperial College | City of London Corporation | House of Commons | Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles | Aerospace Technology Institute | NEST Corporation | Banking Standards Board | Civil Aviation Authority | Rolls-Royce | Financial Conduct Authority | BT Group | PwC | Department for Exiting the European Union | Bank of England | Department for Transport | Citi | NHS Improvement | GlaxoSmithKline | Cabinet Office | Mace Group
    • Over 400 participants from across our member organisations and beyond have developed their skillset in our one-day development seminars.
    • We launched our Alumni network, with the goal of helping those who have graduated from our programmes connect and continue their leadership development journey.
    • 11 organisations partook in our raids to get a glimpse into how organisations in different sectors operate and solve problems.

    I’m a big fan of the development programmes because I enjoyed participating in them.
    Bernadette Kelly, Permanent Secretary, DfT

    Visit our Leadership Programmes page 

  • WIG talent highlights for 2018
    • Insight pairings between FTSE Chief Executives and Permanent Secretaries, giving them a chance to understand at the highest level the workings of another organisation from a different sector
    • Nearly 100 applicants for our Cross-Sector Mentoring Award, providing two bursary places for a year-long mentoring programme
    • Supporting our members with successful placements in Non-Executive Director and Trustee Recruitment appointments, including placing the Chair and Vice-Chair for the newly formed Fire Standards Board
    • Our now established Charity Next programme (running for 11 years), placed 98 Civil Service Fast Streamers into not-for-profit organisations for short-term secondments and a taste of life in another sector
    • We arranged tailored Secondments, Mentors and Insights for 22 individuals in 2018.


    I’ve gained so much at Inspire! and am now returning to government to work on education policy in the Cabinet Office. I’ll hang on to these lessons of how the local can be applied to the national and how government can learn from small organisations to affect change on a systemic level.

    Jacques Morris, Civil Service Fast Streamer, seconded to Inspire! charity as part of Charity Next

  • Commissioning Academy highlights for 2018
    • WIG are founder members of the Public Service Transformation Academy (PSTA), a social enterprise that now delivers the Commissioning Academy development programme.
    • In 2018 we designed and delivered 8 Commissioning Academy programmes, helping commissioners of public services improve the outcomes of the services they are responsible for
    • Academies were run in Manchester, Sefton, East of England, Knowsley, London and Somerset engaging over 200 commissioners and providers of public services.
  • Looking ahead – WIG in 2019

    In 2019, 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. 

    You can expect to hear from high quality speakers on key strategic themes, including:

    • Brexit
    • The Economy
    • Industrial Strategy
    • Tech & Digital
    • Health & Social Care
    • Food & Agribusiness
    • Climate Change & Sustainability
    • International Affairs & Geopolitics
    • Defence & Security
    • Transport & Infrastructure 
I think The Whitehall & Industry Group is a really fantastic organisation! If it didn’t exist, it would be necessary to invent it. WIG curates a really important space between the private sector and government; it convenes around topics of real common interest. Rupert McNeil