To ensure the smooth running of the WI as an organisation, we have structured the organisation on a local, regional and national level.


The National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) is responsible for running the organisation as a whole. Its headquarters are located in Parsons Green, London. There is also an office in Cardiff for NFWI-Wales and Denman, the WI’s centre for learning, in Oxfordshire. The NFWI employs around 90 staff, headed by a General Secretary.


Every WI is self-governing within the framework of the WI constitution and belongs to a regional office, known as a federation. These 69 federations are run by an elected board of members known as Federation Trustees and employed staff. Federations are the link between the WI in their area and the WI’s national office in London.
That is also the reason why we advise you to please go through through the federation when if you would like to contact a specific WI.


Joining your local WI means becoming part of the WI as an organisation. You are one of us now and can enjoy all the opportunities open to you as a member.

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We also have virtual WIs, click here to find out more.

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