At the Whitehall & Industry Group (WIG), we believe that a collective approach to society’s biggest challenges is essential. WIG’s job specific professional networks enable smart decision making, by offering senior representatives of our member organisations the opportunity to connect with, and learn from, their peers across the sectors. They focus on 8 key roles:

Each network has its own series of quarterly roundtables, providing participants with an impartial space to discuss the biggest challenges they face in their role, develop collaborative approaches, and build a trusted network across the UK’s most influential organisations and leaders.

Roundtable attendance is by invitation, and strictly limited to ensure everyone can contribute. The invitees for each session are carefully selected in line with The Whitehall & Industry Group’s charitable purpose, representing organisations from a variety of sectors, to bring a range of views and perspectives. Each roundtable kicks-off with insights from a key figure, before a frank and open conversation involving all.

If you or a colleague would like to be considered for invitations to future roundtable events please email the network lead listed below. 


Governance (Non-Executive Director / Trustee) 

The Governance network tackles some of the biggest issues faced by board members from across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Whether it be overarching strategic discussions, or focused conversations on the issues of the day, the Governance network is in place to allow full and frank exchange of views and to help share solutions.

Previous examples include:

  • Board Approaches to the Environment, with Baroness Helena Morrissey, Lead NED, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and Ben Goldsmith, NED, Defra
  • Board Approaches to Talent Management with Mervyn Walker, HMRC and Stevie Spring, The Co-operative Group

Network lead: Leo Fedorcio, Event & Content Manager | [email protected]

CEO/Permanent Secretary

The CEO and Permanent Secretary network convenes senior leaders from business, government and academia to share their insights on the most pressing shared challenges of the moment, from COVID recovery to achieving Net Zero and actioning the levelling-up agenda. The CEOs network aims to support stakeholder engagement across central government departments at the highest level and inform effective decision-making in industry.

Previous examples include:

  • Net-Zero Roundtable with Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive, Environment Agency
  • CEO Roundtable with Sarah Munby, Permanent Secretary, BEIS

Network lead: Tom Sapsted, Director of Strategic Engagement | [email protected]

Chief Technology Officer

Our Chief Technology Officer network brings together CTOs and equivalent roles (CIO, CDO etc) across the sectors to explore the organisational challenges and opportunities of operating in a rapidly evolving technological landscape. Discussion might include sharing best practise and actionable insights on topics such as data sharing, cybersecurity, and delivering a hybrid working model.

Previous examples include:

  • Maintaining the pace of change post-COVID, with Charlotte Baldwin, Chief Digital and Technology Officer, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • The National Data Strategy, with Phil Earl, Deputy Director, Data Strategy, Implementation and Evidence, DCMS

Network lead: Leo Fedorcio, Event & Content Manager | [email protected]

Director of HR

The HR Directors network brings together experts from across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to discuss some of the biggest matters impacting their organisations. These include the changing role of the HR Director, strategic workforce planning, leadership and team resilience, and the future of the workplace.

Previous examples include:

  • Preparing for the Return to the Workplace with Leslie Benson, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting
  • Data and Evidence with Peter Yarrow, Global Head of Learning, Standard Life Aberdeen

Network lead: Leo Fedorcio, Event & Content Manager | [email protected]

Director of Communications

The Communications Directors network meets quarterly to address the current communications challenges facing organisations from across the sectors. Some of the most recent discussions have focused on the use of digital communications as an employee engagement tool, and the task of navigating an ever-changing media landscape.

Previous examples include:

  • Communications Directors Roundtable with Stuart Williamson, Director of Communications, Nationwide Building Society
  • Communications Directors Roundtable with Alex Aiken, Executive Director, Government Communications, No. 10

Network lead: Leo Fedorcio, Event & Content Manager | [email protected]

Director of Sustainability

WIG’s Sustainability Directors' roundtables convene leaders across the sectors to discuss key learnings and shared challenges; supporting them as they devise and implement effective decarbonisation and environmental impact strategies for their organisations. Particular focus is given to identifying opportunities to work collaboratively around achieving net zero, protecting biodiversity, climate change adaptation and mitigation. 

Previous examples include:

  • Setting science-based targets ahead of COP26, with Bridget Jackson Business Engagement Lead and Chief Sustainability Officer, UN High Level Climate Champions Team and PWC
  • The Waste Prevention Programme for England: Towards a Resource Efficient Economy, with Maya de Souza, Head of Circular Economy Policy and International Engagement Team, Defra

Network lead: Stephanie Pearce, Event & Content Manager | sp@wig.co.uk

Director of Government/ Public Affairs

Our director of government and public affairs network seeks to strengthen connections between business, the NFP sector and central government departments, and to support effective stakeholder engagement on policy priorities. This is achieved through sessions around specific consultations, as well as overarching strategic discussions.

Previous examples include:

  • Places for Growth with Ravi Chand, Programme Director Places for Growth and Beyond Whitehall, Cabinet Office
  • Business Preparedness for the Post-Transition Period with Emma Churchill, DG Border and Protocol Delivery Group
  • Transforming Public Procurement with Ed Green, Deputy Director for Commercial Policy: International and Reform, Cabinet Office

Network lead: Tom Sapsted, Director of Strategic Engagement | [email protected]

Heads of D&I

Our Heads of D&I network explores how D&I strategies can improve an organisation’s performance, and prove the value of diversity across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Themes addressed so far include intergenerational working, building and sustaining trusted leadership and a culture of belonging, and addressing the impact of COVID-19 on D&I strategies.

Previous examples include:

  • Disability with Tim Fallowfield OBE, Sainsbury's & Chair, Disability Confident Business Leaders Group
  • Menopause in the Workplace with speakers including Anne Bell, Senior People Lead, HSBC

Network lead: Leo Fedorcio, Event & Content Manager | [email protected]