Future Leaders

Future Leaders Programme

Unlock your leadership potential with this practical six-month programme for talented individuals in the early stages of their career.

Future Leaders is a six-month programme that supports you to develop your leadership skills and tackle real-world leadership challenges. Each Future Leaders module covers a different aspect of leadership theory and practice, with opportunities for continuous development, reflection and review.

Participants also collaborate on a practical project for a not-for-profit organisation to test their leadership skills in a real-world scenario. And each participant benefits from a one-to-one coaching session tailored to their individual leadership needs.

Who is Future Leaders for?

If you're new to leadership or would like to progress to a leadership role soon, Future Leaders could be for you. This six-month programme nurtures and encourages talent in those with high leadership potential.

The programme is suited to talented individuals with between two and ten years’ experience in the workplace from public, private and not-for-profit sector organisations, including central government. Previous participants have held roles including Senior Communications Advisor, Commercial Officer, Innovation Manager and Government Relations Manager.

How you'll benefit

  • Understand how to create and nurture high performing teams
  • Develop your presentation and influencing skills
  • Grow your confidence as a speaker and connector
  • Enhance your leadership capabilities
  • Understand how to motivate individuals and teams
  • Understand and develop your personal leadership style
Find out more about Future Leaders
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"Future Leaders has given me the confidence to see that I am already a leader, whilst also providing skills and tools to take my natural style and ability to the next level. WIG are first class facilitators and work hard to help you get the most out of the programme."

Katy Samuels

HM Treasury

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.

Meet the Leadership Team

Future Leaders: programme structure

Future Leaders is a six-month modular programme. Our next programme runs from October 2022 to March 2023. It combines leadership theory with practical work to embed learning and refine new skills.

  • Introduction to the programme and charity projects
  • Introduction to group and team dynamics
  • Introduction to voice and body language and their impact on colleagues/teams

  • Ways to engage, motivate and communicate with colleagues
  • Building your confidence and presenting to the ‘room’
  • Delivery of messages and difficult messages
  • Mind mapping – designing and planning a talk/presentation
  • Note: This session will be virtual to allow us to experiment with virtual and hybrid formats for presenting and delivering messages!

  • Powerful persuasive presenting
  • The Power of Why
  • This module includes filming and coaching of small group presentations

Mornings include lunch

  • Putting it all together
  • Final project presentation (putting learning into practice)
  • Reflections, next steps and goal setting

Alongside the learning modules, participants will spend up to ten days collaborating on a real-world challenge for a not-for-profit organisation.  During the project, participants will develop their leadership, influencing and presentation skills - culminating in a final presentation of their findings to industry experts, sponsors and fellow participants.

Each participant will benefit from a one-to-one coaching session with an expert leadership coach to develop their individual skills and behaviours.  The session will be tailored to your needs and arranged for a time and date that suit you.

Programme team

Roy manages our Future Leaders Programme, designed to boost early leadership potential and, looks after our early career offer.


He also runs WIG’s one day ‘Organisational Raids’ programme, providing him with invaluable expertise in structuring programmes and teams to make the most of cross-sector learning opportunities.


Before joining us Roy worked for IBM as a technical specialist, managed Industrial Trainees and recruited for IBM’s graduate development programme.


He volunteers for Cyber Champions and supports its mission to help school children stay safe online.

David Willis is a professional voice coach and body language expert, he has worked with major public and private sector organisations and coached actors at both the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Globe Theatre. He helps individuals and organisations to develop effective communication, influencing and relationship skills.

He has taught in many of London’s leading drama schools as well as in Europe the United States and South East Asia. David is an accredited NLP Master Practitioner, an NLP Coach, he is a qualified Master in Group Dynamics and is a Cardiac Coherence Trainer. David won a top speaker award by Vistage, an International Chief Executives' organisation, for being inspiring and motivational. He is also one of the few people in the UK licenced to evaluate Benziger profiles.

David Willis is a partner with Cmt and has regularly worked with WIG on a variety of programmes (including the Future Leaders Programme and Enhancing Your Leadership Presence) as well as a range of Masterclasses over many years.

Cathy is Head of Leadership, working with the team to design and deliver all of WIG’s Leadership Development interventions to our members and beyond.  These include our flagship cross-sector leadership development programmes, organisational raids and Learning Exchange Groups between the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, our personal development masterclasses and many bespoke leadership programmes for our members.


Cathy spent over 16 years working in different global leadership roles at the University of Cambridge, including Head of MBA Careers at the Business School, Client Director at the Business School’s Executive Education section and Head of Executive Education at the Møller Institute, Churchill College.  Before that she worked in a variety of roles in organisations spanning the private, not-for-profit and public sectors.


Cathy is a linguist by background and considers herself a global citizen; she has travelled widely as well as lived in Italy and Taiwan earlier in her career.  She is an experienced and trained facilitator, educator and coach in leadership development.


During her spare time, Cathy loves to cycle and explore beautiful landscapes; she is particularly fond of spending time in Crete, Italy and her native Scotland.

Gina supports our members and non-members through organising a range of development opportunities and making sure the processes behind them work efficiently. Anything from our one day Masterclasses to our longer bespoke Leadership Programmes which are designed and tailored to specific member’s learning and development needs.


For nearly a decade, Gina has dedicated herself solely to the voluntary sector. Since her move to the UK from Colombia, Gina has worked implementing projects at several leading NGOs, including Girlguiding UK, Amnesty International and Peace Brigades. Gina graduated from Birkbeck University with a BA degree in Politics, Philosophy and History, going on to study postgraduate qualifications including an MA in Human Rights.


In her spare time, she loves dancing around the house, practicing yoga, and is a devoted wife and mother to two sons and a daughter.


  • WIG member fee: £1,999+VAT.
  • Non-member fee: £2,350+VAT.

Fees include all modules, one individual coaching session, membership of the WIG Alumni Network and all programme materials. It also includes a group dinner with fellow participants and course leaders at the end of one of the modules, subject to COVID-19 restrictions. If you are from a not-for-profit and would like to discuss fees please get in contact at [email protected]

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.

Learn more about membership here.

How to apply

For more information, register your interest or apply for a place on the Future Leaders programme, please get in touch with our leadership team using the 'Register your interest' link below. Or you can send in an application form straight away.

We encourage applications from black, Asian and ethnic minority communities to reflect the diversity in our society and have a selection of fully funded bursaries for relevant candidates.

Application deadline: We inform applicants if they have been successful on our early and final deadline. We advise applying before the early deadline to have the best chance of securing a place. Our application review process ensures that we have a diverse mix of cross sector participants.

Early: 2nd August 2022
Final: 13th September 2022

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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