Advanced Collaborative Leadership Programme

Advanced Collaborative Leadership Programme

An evidence-based programme to support leaders to develop the mindset, skillset and capabilities required of a collaborative leader in complex times.

Traditional frameworks for leadership are struggling to address the challenges of our age. Leaders are dealing with complex, interconnected issues at an accelerating pace and in a volatile context, with information overload. It is increasingly important that leaders understand the imperative for collaboration and how to develop the mindsets, values, and behaviours required to develop highly successful multi-stakeholder partnerships. 

This new and innovative programme, grounded in research and focused on practical impact, develops the cross-sector collaborative leadership capabilities that are required to address social and environmental challenges in both local and global landscapes. The programme will offer insights from a diverse range of collaborative leaders from across the sectors. It is informed by WIG's recently published Collaboration Playbook, and enables participants to embed a collaborative mindset. 

"Collaboration across boundaries and sectors is increasingly becoming the core of our expectations of what emerging great future leaders will excel at." Fiona Ryland, Government Chief People Officer 

Explore the Advanced Collaborative Leadership Programme

Who is it for?

  • Are you a boundary-spanning leader wishing to inspire and work effectively with diverse internal and external stakeholders, and whose role relies heavily on strategic partnerships?
  • Do you see collaboration as a core organisational capability offering opportunities that will grow prosperity and bring benefits to society as a whole if we work together?
  • Do you believe in the importance of achieving greater success through collaboration and a shared understanding of the velocity of change?

If so, then the Advanced Collaborative Leadership Programme could be your next step.

This programme builds collaborative leadership capabilities, including through a live multi-stakeholder collaboration. The Advanced Collaborative Leadership Programme is for all leaders across different functions and sectors operating at mid and senior levels and seeking to achieve personal, team and organisational aspirations through their collaborative leadership practice. 

If you think this programme is not right for, why not take a look at our other programmes: Senior Leaders Programme, Women's Leadership Programme.

How you'll benefit

  • Learn about and apply the latest research on the neuroscience of collaboration, including how to cultivate and nurture a collaboration mindset and how to strengthen your understanding of wise leadership in complexity. 
  • Develop and model personal collaborative leadership skills: influence, trust, culture-building, fostering inclusivity, recognising and working with power dynamics, and navigating and mediating conflict. 
  • Learn about the states and principles of collaboration - determine when to collaborate and how to avoid collaborations going wrong. 
  • Make progress on innovation challenges requiring cross-sector collaboration in your context, drawing on cross-sector peer support through the programme. 
  • Increase your overall confidence and capability as a collaborative leader; become fully prepared to empower others in your team, your wider organisational system and beyond to collaborate effectively across the sectors
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Why we're different: WIG's approach to leadership development

At the heart of all our programmes, WIG’s leadership development framework sets out our values and approach to leadership and learning. Our aim is to encourage and enable the mindsets, actions and behaviours that leaders need in order to successfully navigate the complexities of 21st century leadership.

For nearly 40 years, we’ve been working collaboratively with public, private and not-for-profit organisations, helping leaders to gain cross-sector insight that enriches their personal and organisational performance.  That’s what makes WIG’s leadership development programmes different – a unique focus on cross-sector peer learning brings true diversity of ideas, encourages curiosity, openness and innovation and helps individuals and organisations to find inspiration and fresh ideas from others.

Our programmes complement an organisation’s in-house delivery, bringing fresh perspective from different sectors and expanding high-value professional networks.

Programme Information


The Advanced Collaborative Leadership Programme is a seven-month modular programme, from September 2024 to March 2025. The four modules will be 1.5 days in duration; there will also be a one-day inquiry visit session.  

The programme takes a thematic focus on leadership, trust, culture, power and learning.  It combines the latest thinking on collaborative leadership with practical work to embed collaborative behaviours and refine new enduring leadership capabilities. 

  • Holding up the mirror; the neuroscience of collaborative leadership 
  • From lonely leader to collaborative leader 
  • From “I” to “We” 

This residential module includes afternoon, dinner and an overnight stay booked and paid for by WIG.

  • Place-based deep-dive into a live multi-stakeholder collaboration. You will experience and learn from a real world collaboration in action.

  • The Collaborative pathway - How to collaborate
  • Equipping ourselves as collaborative leaders through behaviours and practices 

This 1.5 day module includes one afternoon, and full day of teaching. 

  • The Collaborative challenge
  • Collaboration in action
  • Collaboration ecosystems

This 1.5 day module includes one afternoon, and full day of teaching. 

  • The power of collaboration applied to your context
  • Collaboration realised
  • Taking the collaboration forward 
  • Collaboration for leadership life 

This residential module includes afternoon, dinner and an overnight stay booked and paid for by WIG.

Our facilitators

Dr Jane Gaukroger is a very experienced leadership development consultant who has spent her whole working life in the field of organisational, leadership and people development. She is an EMCC qualified executive coach working with clients at board level and in senior leadership roles from across public and private sectors. 

She holds a doctorate in organisational wisdom and brings a strong focus to enabling leaders to work with their strengths and to expand their use of multiple intelligences to lead in complexity and uncertainty.

Clients have included Defra, the Department of Health, BEIS, the Home Office and she has worked in many different parts of the NHS on leadership development and transformation. She has extensive experience in Higher Education and her private sector clients have included global manufacturer PPG, and technology firms IPC and Indra. She coordinates a multi-sectoral development community interested in cultivating wisdom at work.

Earlier in her career she worked for global consulting firms leading the people development elements of complex transformation programmes. She now specialises in development of wise leadership in the face of global challenges including inequality and climate change.

Cathy is Head of Leadership at The Whitehall & Industry Group, designing and delivering collaborative cross sector leadership programmes for all stages of the leadership life-cycle. She is a leadership and talent specialist and highly regarded coach, programme, and client director.  With over 25 years’ global programme and project experience, Cathy works with executives, their teams and organisations to navigate ambiguity, thrive on innovation and collaboration to achieve fulfilment and impact for their organisations and society as a whole.  

Cathy spent over 16 years working in different global leadership development roles at the University of Cambridge, at the Business School and the Møller Institute, Churchill College. Before that she worked in a variety of business development roles in organisations spanning the private, not-for-profit and public sectors.

Cathy holds an MA, an MBA and has completed an Advanced Diploma in Transformational Coaching for EMCC accreditation.  She is a trained teacher and is also certified to deliver several leadership psychometric tools.

Hilary is an international speaker and author. Her work has spanned Europe, North America and Asia, and focuses on helping leaders in the private and public sectors to introduce change efficiently and effectively. In particular, she designs masterclasses and workshops based on the belief that if we can understand our brains better, we can work with that knowledge and help improve both our wellbeing and performance at work.

Hilary holds an MA from Cambridge University, has a post-graduate Certificate in the Psychology of Organisation Development and Change and is an accredited executive coach with the Institute of Leadership and Management. Hilary works with neuroscientists in the UK and in the USA, bringing their work out of the lab and into the workplace in a very practical and accessible way. A second edition of her book Neuroscience for Organizational Change - an evidence-based, practical guide to managing change was published in 2019 and has been widely praised.

Dani joined WIG’s Leadership team in 2018. She is the Programme Manager responsible for WIG’s Exchange Programme, Senior Leaders Programme, and multiple bespoke programmes. She works closely with programme participants and facilitators to design experiential learning interventions tailored to the cohorts needs.

Dani looks after WIG’s organisational visits, where she works with our members to understand their key priorities and challenges and pairs them with another organisation, who have faced similar challenges and can offer valuable insights. Recent sessions have focused on, recruitment and retention, organisational culture and sustainable innovation and transformation.

She also focuses on our alumni strategy, delivering creative sessions to engage our alumni community of over 2,500 and continue to connect the sectors.

Dani holds a BA Degree in Sociology and Criminology from the University of Nottingham where she was also a member of the Soup Runner’s Society. In her spare time, she enjoys attending Reformer Pilates classes, travelling and skiing.


  • WIG member fee: £6,000 + VAT
  • Non-member fee: £6,700 + VAT
  • Civil Servant participants: WIG’s leadership programmes are part of the Government Campus, please check fees on their portal.

WIG’s leadership development programmes are delivered through a blend of virtual and face-to-face learning to ensure the safety and wellbeing of participants within a stimulating and collaborative learning environment. Fees include all modules, membership of the WIG Alumni Network and all programme materials. If you are from a not-for-profit and would like to discuss fees please get in contact at [email protected]

Learn more about membership here.


How to apply

To speak to the team about ACLP, please email: [email protected].
Alternatively, download an application form, and send it to us completed.

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis so please get in touch if you are interested in applying. Our final deadline is 10 August.

For Civil Service participants: WIG’s leadership programmes are part of the Government Campus and Civil Service Learning and can be booked using the OTS (Off The Shelf) process via the helpdesk. Get in touch (via 'Register my interest' button below) if you need help or advice. Or use our Civil Service Learning link for further information.

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