As the UK’s political landscape goes through a significant period of change, divisions within British society have become more apparent and disparities more keenly felt. Funding and finance for social policy and initiatives following a period of austerity in the UK are important issues for discussion. This, therefore, marks an ideal time for reflection and reprioritisation to devise policy and interventions in close collaboration with ALBs, private, non-profit and academic sectors.

The WIG event series will facilitate communication and collaboration across public, private and not-for-profit sectors to help identify solutions for some of the UK’s most pressing societal concerns. WIG aims to ensure that the UK government’s social policies are not developed in siloes by engaging key stakeholders across departments and arm’s length bodies. WIG will create an environment for peer learning and constructive dialogue between key stakeholders to support improvements to public services and engender positive societal impacts.

  • Social Inequality & Inclusive Growth  
  • Health & Social Care
  • Skills & Education
  • Crime & Justice


Upcoming events

Nick Bridge, Special Representative for Climate Change, Foreign and Commonwealth Office


Henry Dimbleby, Lead Non-Executive board member, DEFRA & co-founder Leon


Sir Simon McDonald KCMG KCVO, Permanent Under Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service, Foreign and Commonwealth Office


Green Finance and Sustainable Investment


Gareth Davies, Director General for International and Security Group, Department for Transport


Sir Stephen Lovegrove, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence


Stevie Spring CBE, Chairman, British Council


Tamara Finkelstein, Permanent Secretary, Defra


Mike Coupe, Group Chief Executive Officer, Sainsbury's


Matthew Gould, CEO, NHSX



Relevant resources

Podcast: Dame Shan Morgan, Permanent Secretary for the Welsh Government | Briefing


15 April 2019

Video: WIG Breakfast Briefing, David Hill, Director, Apprenticeships Directorate, Department for Education

External resource

23 February 2017

Watch the full breakfast briefing with David Hill, , Director, Apprenticeships Directorate, Department for Education

Slides: Leading through turbulent times by Una O'Brien

Document (pdf)

23 February 2016

Slides and further readings from our Breakfast Briefing with Una O Brien, Permanent Secretary, Department of Health on 23 February 2016.

Shan Morgan, Welsh Government.pdf

Document (pdf)