Who we are
We are a charity with a purpose
At The Whitehall & Industry Group (WIG), we believe society works better when people in business, government and the not-for-profit sectors can learn from each other and collaborate, for the greater good.
As an independent, non-lobbying charity, we make that happen. We encourage people across these sectors – and sometimes from different parts of the same sector – to come together and develop mutual co-operation, understanding and learning.
We are a membership organisation
We’re proud to be a membership organisation, and we count around 245 organisations among our members. These include top FTSE companies, professional services firms, Whitehall departments, charities, universities, local authorities and arm’s length bodies.
Despite being from different sectors, these organisations have much in common, and often face similar challenges. At the same time, no single organisation or individual has all the answers.
That’s why we help leaders to come together in a safe space where they can learn and collaborate across sectors. Here, they can discuss mutual challenges and share knowledge, skills and experience, while working together toward the good of society as a whole.
"WIG has developed a unique position, whereby they are able to draw together both public, private and third sector organisations, to bring a broader perspective when and where it’s needed." - Nicola Wright, Head of Leadership and Professions, Crown Prosecution Service
We offer different ways to collaborate
To help encourage open-minded conversations across sectors, we find creative ways to bring people together within our trusted environment.
- Our rich and busy events programme – which includes more than 130 briefings per year from senior thought leaders and decision makers in all sectors, plus roundtables, workshops and networking events. The idea is to help people in every sector to learn from outside their field of knowledge, while responding to the big issues of the day.
- A suite of cross-sector leadership programmes and development masterclasses for all career levels – which help leaders and future leaders to learn actively from peers across different sectors, and to develop a range of skills.
- Opportunities for people to experience life in another sector, via our services which include non-executive and trustee recruitment, secondments and mentoring.
We’ve been around for nearly 40 years
Although we’re now an independent charity and membership organisation, we started life in the 1980s as a Cabinet Office initiative with industry to support secondments for civil servants. Find out more about our history – and how we’ve developed over the decades.
Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann, CEO, on the importance of WIG's work to achieve meaningful collaboration
"People really get what WIG is about. There can be a potential for a mismatch between policymakers’ thinking and the practical challenges of industry from day to day – and this is where WIG comes in."
Chief Technology Officer, BAE Systems and former WIG Chair
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We've been dedicated to cross-sector learning and collaboration for 40 years. Learn how our history has helped make us who we are.
What we offer
Our range of events and services facilitate peer discussion, cross-sector collaboration and effective leadership development.
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Our Trustees and Patrons
We're supported by an experienced and diverse group of leaders. Meet our Board of Trustees and Patrons.