The lack of ethnic minorities in senior positions has always been a concern. However, Green Park’s research has found that over the past year, the number of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) leaders in Chair, CEO & CFO positions across the FTSE100 have reduced by 18%. This is why this list has been produced. We want to recognise the BAME leaders, celebrate their achievements and go out to the rest of the UK and show that the talent and role models are out there.
BAME professionals from an ethnic background still face a number of challenges and barriers in and out of the workplace. We know that diversity and inclusion has been a priority over a number of years, with it taking a front seat in the public domain now, thanks to the recently published Race Disparity Audit. We want to break down these barriers and start reflecting on the positive efforts being made. This list will help us celebrate the BAME leaders in business, and support the many great role models in this battle for inclusion and equality.
Across the year, Green Park (an executive search firm) encounters many diverse leaders through our client, candidate and research processes.
The current pools of senior diverse leaders we track sit at around: 640 BAME: 300 Women; 525 LGBT+ and 115 Disability (incl mental health). These leaders standardly sit at the Global Head + level and span across the Private, Public and Third sectors.
In order to establish the shortlist for our Board Talent Index from these pools, we apply a soft scoring method based on the criteria we believe separates our REALmodels from other diverse leaders. These criteria focus on influencing positive change and development in business and are each graded out of 25.
R = Recognised: accredited for the good that they do
E = Extraordinary: not just achieved but excelled in their efforts
A = Authentic: known for being true to their undisputed origin
L = Leading: climbed the ladder of their organisations and achieved success
Once the REALmodel leaders are identified, the judges ratify the shortlists based on their own insights, the individual’s credibility and the profiles presented and the final indexes are confirmed. Each shortlist usually contains around 115-135 profiles.
Establishing who is published in the groups
We have an advisory panel including Lord Holmes, Baroness Royall, Ken Olisa OBE, Raj Tulsiani and Trevor Philips MBE who help us ratify through potential REALmodels to ensure we profile credible and valuable.
Select the BAME 100 2017 link above to see the list.
The Salvation Army
Clive Adams is originally from South Africa. He became Chief of the over 150-year-old Salvation Army’s UK & Ireland operations alongside his wife in 2013. Between them, they are responsible for more than 800 Salvation Army churches and social work centres, as well as thousands of officers, members, employees, and volunteers.
Lord Victor Adebowale CBE
Chief Executive Officer
Victor Adebowale is the Chief Executive Officer of Turning Point, a social enterprise providing health and social care interventions to 77,000 people. He sits as a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of NHS England, the Co-Operative Group, Collaborate CIC, IOCOM and Leadership In Mind, he is also the Chair of Social Enterprise UK. Victor has chaired a number of commission reports into; policing, employment, mental health, housing and fairness (The London Fairness Commission) for the Met Police, as well as central & local government. He was awarded a CBE for services to the unemployed and homeless people and became a crossbench peer in 2001. He is a visiting Professor and Chancellor at the University of Lincoln. He is an honorary member of the Institute of Psychiatry and President of The International Association of Philosophy and Psychiatry, he is also a Governor at The London School of Economics. Victor has an MA in Advanced Organisational Consulting from Tavistock Institute and City University. He supports the urban music charity Urban Development
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Ismail Ahmed is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of WorldRemit, the leading digital money transfer company that’s pioneering a mobile approach to sending money around the world. Ismail founded the company in 2010. Since then, it has secured almost $200 million in funding and has been named the fastest growing technology company in the UK. Serving previously as a compliance advisor to the United Nations, Ismail founded the company on the principles of strong compliance procedures, recognising that the only way to meaningfully reduce the risks in the money transfer industry was to bring the entire process into the digital world. Ismail has been named one of the top ten most influential black Britons in the UK and won EY Entrepreneur of the Year, London and South. Originally from Somaliland, he has worked with the UN in Nairobi and Dubai. He received a scholarship to attend the University of London and has a business degree from London Business School and a PhD in Economics.
Director, Commercial & Partner Organisations
Tunji Akintokun has a wealth of experience in complex high technology sales and business development environments and has held many leadership roles across Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia during his 18-year tenure with the company. Passionate about diversity in the workplace and students pursuing careers in STEM, Tunji resides on several Boards and Councils including Grant Thornton, Regital, techUK and Teach First. He is a patron of the autism charity CASPA.
Chief Executive Officer
Power to Change
Vidhya Alakeson was appointed the Chief Executive of The Power to Change in January 2015. She was formerly the Deputy Chief Executive at independent think tank the Resolution Foundation, and was also the mental health lead for the personal health budgets delivery programme at NHS England. Vidhya worked at the US Department of Health and Human Services in Washington D.C. from 2006-2010 and previously worked at the UK Treasury and the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit.
Sonita Alleyne OBE
London Legacy Development Corporation
Sonita Alleyne has been a Board member of the London Legacy Development Corporation since April 2012. She is also on the Board of the British Board of Film Classification and the Cultural Capital Fund.
Previous Board roles include the BBC Trust, National Employment Panel and the London Skills and Employment Board, Chair of the Radio Sector Skills Council and Non-Executive director of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and membership of the Court of Governors at the University of the Arts London.
Sonita Alleyne is the founder of The Yes Programme, a unique online film based service that helps primary school pupils make career decisions by giving them an insight into how classroom skills translate to the real world. In 1991 she founded UK production company, Somethin’ Else and led it as Chief Executive from 1991 until 2009.
Brought up in East London. Sonita won the Carlton Multicultural Achievement Award for TV and Radio in 2002 and is a Fellow of The Royal Society of the Arts and the Radio Academy. Sonita was awarded an OBE for services to broadcasting in November 2003.
Lord Waheed Alli
Chief Executive Officer
Waheed Alli is a serial philanthropist and Chief Executive of Silvergate Media and Chairman of Koovs PLC. He founded Planet 24 and was the Managing Director for Carlton Communications and until November 2012, Chairman of ASOS.com. He is the Chief Executive of Silvergate Media, which purchased two of the media rights previously held by Chorion Ltd, where Alli was former Chairman and was appointed to the House of Lords in 1998.
General Counsel & Company Secretary
British Business Bank
Shanika Amarasekara is General Counsel and Company Secretary to the British Business Bank. The British Business Bank is the UK Government Development bank set up to facilitate access to finance for small and medium sized businesses. She joined as a founder member of the Senior Management Team which set up and launched the bank in 2014. Prior to this, she worked as General Counsel at an institution established by a number of central banks to promote financial stability and economic development. Shanika previously held senior positions at RBS and Allen & Overy.
Baroness Valerie Amos
SOAS, University of London
Valerie Amos joined as Director of SOAS University of London in September 2015. From 2010, she served as Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator at the UN. She served in a number of roles in the public sector including in local government and as Chief Executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission. Valerie was an adviser to the Mandela Government on leadership, change, management and strategy issues between 1994 and 1998. She was appointed a Labour Life Peer in 1997 and became a member of the Government in 1998. She was a Foreign Office Minister, Secretary of State for International Development, Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council. She also served as UK High Commissioner to Australia before joining the UN. In June 2016, she was made a Companion of Honour in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Managing Director- Centrica Connected Home
Nina Bhatia, MD of Centrica Connected Home, is responsible for the Hive brand, the UK’s leading provider of innovative, customer focussed, smart home products and services. Previously, as Commercial Director for British Gas, she had accountability for Connected Home and led brand marketing, product development, digital and insight. She also led British Gas’s national home services businesses, with over 1500 field engineers, including the Dyno-Rod franchise.
Prior to joining Centrica in 2010, Nina was a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, working in retail, media, energy, healthcare and government sectors. Nina is on the Advisory Board of the Cambridge Judge Business School and has served as a Trustee on the Board of Save the Children International. She holds a double first class degree in Law from Cambridge University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Karen Blackett OBE
Karen Blackett is a proven business leader with a track record in creating vibrant cultures, energising teams and consistently delivering business growth and success. She has been in media for 24 years and is currently Chairwoman of MediaCom, the largest media agency in the UK with billings over £1.3 billion. Karen has been instrumental not only in the success of MediaCom, but in championing diversity throughout the advertising industry. In 2012 Karen launched the first ever Government backed Apprentice Scheme for the sector, where the apprentices qualify for an NVQ in Marketing and Communications. In June 2014, Karen received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours and in 2015 Karen was the first business woman to be named Britain’s Most Influential Black person in the Power List. In 2015 Karen was appointed as one of 4 external advisors to the UK Government Civil Service, and as a Department for International Trade Business Ambassador for No 10. Karen is on The Board of Creative England whose focus is to support new and emerging talent in the Creative Industry, and is also a Council Member of the Creative Industries Federation. In March 2016 Karen became the President of NABS, the advertising industry charity which focuses on health and wellbeing in the workplace and presents the business case for Diversity. In October 2017, Karen takes over from Sandi Toksvig as Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth.
Deputy Director of the Race Disparity Unit
Zamila Bunglawala is a Deputy Director of the Race Disparity Unit, Cabinet Office. Through her extensive national and international policy, strategy and programmes experience in senior roles – including No.10 Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, Cabinet Office, Whitehall departments, Open Society Foundation, Young Foundation, Brookings Institution, United Nations in Darfur, Sudan and Kathmandu, Nepal – Zamila has led a wide range of policy and program projects, specialising in education and employment, gender, SGBV, ethnic and faith minority groups, humanitarian conflicts and development. She is widely published and is an international public policy speaker on gender and minority equality issues and appears regularly in print media and TV. She is on the Board of UNESCO-UK, Concern Worldwide and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Manchester and The Young Foundation.
Dr Margaret Casely-Hayford
Margaret Casely-Hayford was appointed Chancellor of Coventry University in May 2017. She has been a trustee and Chair of international development Charity ActionAid UK since 2014 and was elected to the Board of the Co-op as a member nominated Non-Executive in May 2016. She is a trustee of the Radcliffe Trust, one of Britain’s oldest charities which supports the development of skills in classical music and traditional arts and crafts; and has been asked by CILIP (formerly the Libraries Association) to chair a diversity review of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards.
Margaret was a lawyer for over thirty years and her portfolio in the past included during 2012-2016 being a Government appointed Non-Executive Director of NHS England, the organisation that has responsibility for the £115bn budget for commissioning of the health service in England; and she was also a government appointed trustee of Great Ormond St Children’s Hospital Charity from 2000 to 2008 and of the Geffrye Museum over the same period; and has been a member of the Development Board of the Young Vic Theatre.
For nine years until July 2014 she was Director of Legal Services for the John Lewis Partnership. She worked for twenty years previously with City law firm Dentons where she was Partner.
Julie Chakraverty is most recently founder of Rungway, the new app to give and get workplace advice which is launching into leading companies. She spent most of her career at Board level in UBS in roles such as Global Head of E-Trading and Global Head of Portfolio Analytics and now serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Standard Life Aberdeen. Previously she has been SID, Chairman of Risk, Remuneration and Innovation Committees across a number of Boards, including Aberdeen Asset Management, Spirit Pub Company, and Mitsui Amlin. Her flagship CreditDelta portfolio product at UBS won multiple industry awards. She is also a Trustee for the Girls Day School Trust.
Finance Director - Infrastructure Projects
Anit Chandarana is the Finance Director for the Infrastructure Projects division of Network Rail. Anit has recently taken on the responsibility for the Quality Assurance and Systems Development teams within Infrastructure Projects. His key roles include owning and driving the finance standards and policies of the Business Unit (£5Bn). In addition to his responsibilities for IP, Anit also runs the company wide senior finance talent pool programme. Anit is a qualified accountant who joined NR in 2003 after completing his training at Sainsbury’s followed by a further five years at Shell. During his time at NR, he has worked in most Business Units and gained a wide ranging experience of the organisation and industry. From 2005 to 2007, he took a break from NR to run a food supply business which grew to a £2 million gross turnover.
Executive Director and Chief Administrative Officer - Legal and Compliance Division, EMEA
Sophie Chandauka is an award winning international corporate finance lawyer. She is Executive Director and CAO of Morgan Stanley’s Legal & Compliance Division in EMEA. Prior to this, Sophie was a Senior Associate at global firm Baker & McKenzie in London, advising clients such as NIKE, The Body Shop, Macquarie Bank and others. She is also one of the founders of the Black British Business Awards. Sophie has served on the Board of Trustees of Sentebale and Protimos.
Managing Director- Global Strategy & Operations
Amee Chande was one of the first international leaders to join Alibaba Group in September 2015. In her first year, Amee began building the UK office as the hub for Alibaba Group in Europe, building a team and leveraging her global leadership experience with large retailers and established brands to bring the best of the Alibaba ecosystem to businesses and consumers in the region. Today, as part of the international leadership team, she is helping shape the globalisation strategy of Alibaba Group.
Prior to joining Alibaba, Amee served as Managing Director of NutriCentre, a health and wellness subsidiary of Tesco, from 2013 to 2015. She previously spent four years with Staples, most recently as Managing Director of the UK business. Before joining Staples, Amee held a number of senior roles at Wal-Mart where she was the company’s youngest officer. She began her career as a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company where she spent eight years working with a broad range of retail and consumer goods companies.
Amee is active in the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, where she serves as a Global Board Member and chairs the Fund Development Committee. She also serves as an advisor to Living Bridge, an award winning Private Equity Firm.
Director of Corporate Affairs at RELX Group & Chairman of Elsevier
Youngsuk ‘YS’ Chi is an international businessman and a leader in the media and technology industry, and currently serves Elsevier and RELX Group in several different capacities. In his primary role as Director of Corporate Affairs and Asia Strategy for RELX Group, he is responsible for government affairs, corporate communications, and corporate responsibility for RELX. As Non-Executive Chairman of Elsevier, he works directly with governments, Elsevier customers, and in industry associations worldwide.
Chi recently served as Chairman of the Association of American Publishers and has also concluded four years of service as the President of the International Publishers Association. Chi has also served on dozens of charitable, educational and industry Boards, including Princeton University, South Federal State University, the Korean American Community Foundation and McCarter Theatre.
Partner & Managing Director
Boston Consulting Group
Ajay Chowdhury is a Partner and Managing Director at BCG Digital Ventures in London. Prior to this he was CEO of Seatwave, a European online ticketing exchange, which he successfully sold to Ticketmaster. Before this, he was Founder and CEO of ComQi, a New York based global retail technology company before which he co-founded IDGVE, a $100m European venture capital fund and was Founder Investor and Chairman of Shazam. Before this he was CEO of LineOne which grew into one of the UK’s largest portals and ISP’s. Ajay has an MBA from Wharton and serves on the Board of the Historic Royal Palaces and FairFX, prior to which he served on the Boards of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and Arts Council London.
Chief Financial Officer
Soumen Das is CFO at SEGRO PLC, the FTSE100 Real Estate Investment Trust. Previous to this, Soumen was MD & CFO of Capital & Counties Properties PLC where he joined the Board in 2010 at the age of 33, upon its demerger from Intu PLC. Earlier in his career, Soumen spent two years as a partner in Mountgrange Investment Management LLP (now Clearbell Capital) and 9 years at UBS where he was an Executive Director within the investment bank specialising in real estate.
Chief Executive Officer, A-Plant
Sat Dhaiwal is Chief Executive Officer of A-Plant and a director of its parent company Ashtead Group PLC, a FTSE-100 organisation. At 16, he secured an apprenticeship with a tool hire company and trained as a small plant fitter. Three years later, he rose to become Branch Manager and then Divisional Manager overseeing four locations.
Aged 23, he joined A-Plant as a Depot Manager and went on to become the company’s youngest Operations Director at the age of 25. He was subsequently appointed Managing Director of one of four regions in 1998. Sat’s region became the best performing in the company. Sat was appointed Chief Executive Officer of A-Plant and a Director of Ashtead Group PLC in 2002 at the age of 33. For his achievements, he was awarded the IoD Cheshire Young Director of the Year in 2006 and Cheshire Director of the Year in 2011.
Saatchi & Saatchi
Magnus Djaba has led the transformation of Saatchi & Saatchi London for the last 6 years, expanding the services offered to clients and ensuring focus on creativity and business results. During this time, the agency has grown by 50%, won numerous creative and effectiveness awards and welcomed new clients such as EE, HSBC, Direct Line and Asda. He was formerly the MD at the start-up Fallon London, one of the UK’s most awarded and best-known creative agencies, famous for ground breaking campaigns for Cadbury, Skoda and Sony.
Magnus was appointed UK CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi in November 2011 and promoted to CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi Fallon UK Group in April 2014. In 2017 he took on the additional role of Global President of Saatchi & Saatchi, responsible for global clients, new business and brand positioning for the network.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Arnab Dutt is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of DEXO Technologies. He has developed a reputation for developing new technologies and bringing them to market. He is involved in starting up successful and innovative businesses with a global reach. He is passionate about assisting other businesses to leverage and benefit from his many years of experience and knowledge in research, product development and strategy implementation. A member of the SME Panel at the Cabinet Office and a national policy lead on inclusivity for the Federation of Small Business, Arnab has considerable corporate governance experience at the very highest levels, working alongside regulators and government departments.
Althea Efunshile CBE
National College for Creative Industries
Althea Efunshile is the Chair of the National College for Creative Industries. She is also a Non-Executive Director of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and a Council Member of Goldsmiths College, University of London. Until October 2016 she was Deputy Chief Executive of Arts Council England. Prior to that she spent six years as a Director level civil servant in the Department for Education and Skills. Until 2001 she was Executive Director for Education and Culture at the London Borough of Lewisham. Althea was awarded a CBE for services to arts and culture in June 2016.
Kene Ejikeme is co-head of the EMEA Equities Execution Sales-Trading and Execution trading businesses. He is also responsible for the Global Institutional business in Europe. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2004 as an analyst in the Listed Derivatives business, where he worked for three years before moving to the Global Institutional business to cover global equity hedge funds across products. Kene was named managing director in 2013.
Prior to joining the firm, Kene was a professional rugby player. Kene studied civil engineering at Imperial College London, where he earned an MEng in 2004.
Gary Elden OBE
Chief Executive Officer
Gary Elden was appointed Chief Executive Officer of SThree on January 2013 after being appointed as Deputy Chief Executive Officer in June 2012. He first joined the Group in 1990 as a recruitment consultant for Computer Futures and progressed to a number of senior positions, including Founder and Managing Director of Huxley. He was appointed to the Board in 2008 and in his role as Chief Strategy Officer of SThree, he was responsible for expanding the Group’s international operations and non-ICT disciplines. Today the Group is present in 15 countries and across 10 brands delivering specialist recruitment solutions. In 2016, Gary was presented with an OBE in recognition for his service to Diversity in Business and his commitment to creating a positive and inclusive work environment where diverse opinions and perspectives are valued. With a dynamic CSR programme and the launch of the SThree Foundation, Gary has inspired his colleagues to reach out to the community and use their skills and networks to transform lives.
Professor Kevin Fenton
Director, Health & Wellbeing
Kevin Fenton has 20+ years executive leadership and research experience in public health medicine and epidemiology. He was previously National Director of Health & Wellbeing, Public Health England and Director of the U.S. National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He also served as Chief of the U.S. CDC’s National Syphilis Elimination Effort and has worked in research, epidemiology, and the prevention of both infectious and chronic diseases since 1995. Previously he was the Director of the HIV and STI Department at the United Kingdom’s Health Protection Agency.
Jasvinder "Jazz" Gakhal
Director of Direct Line for Business
Direct Line Group
Jazz Gakhal attained a degree in Mathematical Sciences from Wadham College, Oxford and initially became a teacher, before joining Direct Line Group in 2005. She started with the company in the Personal Lines division and swiftly worked her way up the ladder before taking on the position of Director at Direct Line for Business, the commercial insurance arm of Direct Line. She is currently the driving force behind new propositions that will help transform the way customers buy small business insurance.
Chief Financial Officer
Low Carbon Contracts Company
Catherine Gan is currently Chief Financial Officer and Board Director at Low Carbon Contracts Company, implementing government energy schemes. Catherine previously worked in infrastructure and financial services sectors for over 20 years, including Prudential, Barclays Bank, and EDF Energy. Having had extensive experience in mergers & acquisitions, strategy development and change delivery, her career has excelled in challenging and changing environments. Born and educated in China, Catherine started her career in the UK as the first overseas graduate trainee with Prudential (Life Insurance). Throughout her career Catherine has championed and promoted individuals, often from disadvantaged backgrounds, through mentorship programmes.
Ram Gidoomal CBE
Ram Gidoomal is an international entrepreneur and philanthropist. He currently holds the position of Chairman for six companies and is a Board Member of the Food Standards Agency and four other organisations. He is the former CEO of Inlaks Group and has over twenty years Board level experience across the public, private and third sectors.
Founder and Chairman
Infinity Capital Partners
Ian Greenstreet is Founder and Chairman of Infinity Capital Partners. He is currently Chairman of the Board Audit Risk Committee of Diamond Bank in Nigeria; a representative of World Bank on Assupol in South Africa; and an Advisory Board Member of the London Stock Exchange. In 2014, Ian was invited to attend the first US-African Leaders Summit, hosted by President Obama.
Vice Chairman & Global Lead Client Services Partner
Vimi Grewal-Carr is a Vice Chairman for Deloitte, and the Global Lead Client Partner for a major financial services organisation. Prior to this Vimi sat on the UK Executive as Managing Partner for Innovation across Deloitte. She works with capital markets and investment banking clients to help them address their most critical business issues. Her specific expertise includes M&A integration, advising clients on the use of offshoring/near-shoring and technology integration. She is a founding member of the London Women’s Forum and the 30% club.
Greater London Lieutenancy
Colleen Harris is a communications professional who has spent 30 years developing and managing communications strategies for Government Ministers, the UK Royal Family and multilateral organisations. Colleen was Press Secretary to HRH The Prince of Wales and a Senior Press Officer to the former PM, Baroness Thatcher. She has worked as a Communications Consultant at the WHO and the UN. Colleen was Director of Communications at the Commission for Racial Equality and Director of Strategy and Communications at the Equality Commission. Colleen works as with clients ranging from Hedge Funds and corporates to charities and small organisations. She also works as a Senior Independent Assessor on Government panels. She serves on not-for-profit Boards the YMCA (Central), Dulwich Picture Gallery and is a Member of Cancer Research. Colleen is a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London and is the executive Chair of the Greater London Lieutenancy Ltd. She is an Ambassador for the Tutu Foundation UK.UK.
Dr Demis Hassabis
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Demis Hassabis is co-Founder and CEO of DeepMind, a neuroscience-inspired AI company which develops general-purpose learning algorithms and uses them to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
A child chess prodigy, Demis coded the classic game Theme Park aged 17. After graduating from Cambridge University, he founded videogames company Elixir Studios and completed a PhD in cognitive neuroscience at University College London. Science declared his research one of 2007’s top breakthroughs.
He is a five-time World Games Champion, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and recipient of the Royal Society’s Mullard Award and the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Silver Medal. In 2017 he featured in the Time 100 list of most influential people.
Lord Dr Michael Hastings CBE
Global Head of Corporate Citizenship
Michael Hastings is KPMG’s Global Head of Citizenship. He was previously the BBC’s Head of Public Affairs 1996 to 2003 then their first Head of Corporate Responsibility 2003 to 2006. Michael is a Trustee of the Vodafone Group Foundation and previously served for 9 years on the Board for Responsible and Sustainable Business at BT PLC. He is the Chancellor of Regents University London and Vice President of UNICEF as well as sitting on the Global Board for Junior Achievement and is President of Zane – the leading UK charity focussed on Zimbabwe. He first represented KPMG on the Global Corporate Citizenship Committee of the World Economic Forum 2008 to 2010 and was a Board Director of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) 2010 to 2012.
Vivian Hunt is the Managing Partner for McKinsey & Company’s United Kingdom and Ireland offices and is a Senior Partner of the firm. She previously led the firm’s Pharmaceutical & Medical Products practice in EMEA, and continues to advise leading companies on a broad range of strategy topics, with a particular focus on performance transformation and organisational development. Vivian is on the Board of several important business groups in the UK, including British American Business, the CBI London Council, and the Mayor of London’s Business Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Trilateral Commission.
Chief Executive Officer
Tom Ilube is Chief Executive Officer of Crossword Cybersecurity PLC and a Non-Executive Director of the BBC. He was founder and Chief Executive Officer of Garlik, a venture capital-backed tech company sold to Experian in 2011. Previous appointments include: MD of Consumer Markets at Callcredit Information Group; and CIO of Egg PLC. He also chaired the UK Government InnovateUK’s Network Security panel, and is current Chair of ADA College and the African Science Academy.
Chief Executive Officer
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England
Poppy Jaman is the Chief Executive Officer and one of the co-founders of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England, a mental health training provider and one of the UK’s fastest growing women-led small businesses. She has been with the organisation for eight years, turning it from a small government project into a fast-growing, commercially successful community interest company. As an internationally respected mental health advocate and policy advisor, she has over 19 years’ experience of influencing and leading change in public mental health. Along with her work with MHFA England, Poppy is Chief Executive Officer of City Mental Health Alliance, a coalition of City businesses working to increase understanding of mental health issues and to create a culture of good mental health in the City. Poppy also sits on the Board of Public Health England as a Non-Executive Director and advises the Board on public mental health and community development, drawing attention to the connection of physical health with mental health in order to improve public mental health across the country.
Chief Financial Officer
Mickey Kalifa is Chief Financial Officer of Sportech PLC where he has presided over the company’s financial turnaround and global expansion. He is also Non-Executive Director of ZOO Digital Group PLC. A Chartered Accountant with a background in the media, technology and sports industry, Mickey has held executive roles across several household name organisations, including Sky, Time Warner and Disney. With extensive experience in international development Mickey has acquired and developed companies in the USA, India and the Far East. He has also started several new business ventures of his own and in many cases presided over highly successful exits.
Rohinton 'Ron' Kalifa
Vice Chairman and Executive Director
Rohinton ‘Ron’ Kalifa is internationally recognised for his contributions to the global payments industry. He holds significant executive and leadership experience, serving as Vice Chairman and Executive Director of FTSE100 payments company Worldpay where he was formerly Chief Executive Officer for over 10 years. Ron also sits on the Boards of Transport for London, Nasdaq listed company QIWI PLC and the British financial services industry body UK Finance.
Co-Founder & Joint Chief Executive
Mahmud Kamani co-founded boohoo.com PLC in 2006, leveraging over 30 years of experience in the fashion and clothing industry and serves as its Joint Chief Executive Officer. He has extensive experience across the fashion, retail and consumer industries with expertise encompassing all areas of the supply chain from sourcing, import and wholesale. He was listed at No. 3 in Britain’s Top 100 Entrepreneurs 2014 by Management Today.
Chief Executive Officer
Reckitt Benckiser Group
Rakesh Kapoor joined Reckitt & Colman in 1987, serving in various executive roles across Asia. In 1999, he was appointed Global Category Director, then later Senior Vice President, Home Care. He was appointed SVP Regional Director Northern Europe in 2001 and, in 2006, was promoted to EVP Category Development. With his vast business acumen and expertise, Rakesh became CEO of the company in 2011.
Manveen Pam Kaur
Group Managing Director & Head of Internal Audit
Manveen Pam Kaur was appointed Group Head of Internal Audit of HSBC Holdings PLC in April 2013. She is a Group Managing Director and a member of the Group Management Board, reporting to the Chairman of the Group Audit Committee and administratively to Stuart Gulliver, Group Chief Executive. Pam has an MBA in Finance and BCom (Hons) in Punjab University in India and qualified as a Chartered Accountant at E&Y. She began her career in Internal Audit at Citi Bank and has extensive experience in managing large teams for global financial institutions across different regions. Pam has also worked closely with regulators and Supervisory Boards across the world.
Managing Director, Global Head - Global Banking Corporates
Lance T. Kawaguchi is Managing Director and Global Head – Global Banking Corporates for HSBC’s Global Liquidity and Cash Management (GLCM) division. In this role, Lance has global responsibility for aligning Global Liquidity and Cash Management across HSBC’s Global Banking division to provide integrated solutions to a range of clients globally across Oil & Gas, Metals & Mining, Infrastructure, Power, Utilities, Consumer & Retail, Healthcare, Telecommunications, Media, Technology, Chemicals, Capital Goods, Automotives, Building Materials, Real Estate, and Transportation.
Additionally, Lance has the GLCM Global Client Engagement team as part of his group. This team is responsible for the creation of sales collateral, with a focus on driving the consistent articulation and presentation of the HSBC GLCM brand globally. Lance also is a member of the GLCM Global Executive Committee since May 2017.
Lance brings to this role more than 22 years of banking experience in relationship management, global markets, cash management, and trade finance across North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East.
Lance joined HSBC in September 2015 and most recently was Managing Director, Global Sector Head – Global Banking Corporates within the Global Liquidity and Cash Management division. Prior to joining HSBC, Lance was Global Head of Oil & Gas within the Global Banking division at Australia & New Zealand Banking Group (based in Singapore and London). Previous to that, Lance held various senior management, global banking, commercial banking, and transaction banking roles with Standard Chartered, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and Wells Fargo based in Iraq, UAE, Bahrain, Jordan, London, and America (New York, Chicago, & Houston).
Chief Executive Officer
Javed Khan is a leading figure in the UK public and voluntary sectors, with over 32 years’ experience developing a track record of successfully managing complex change through key high-profile leadership roles.
Javed is Chief Executive of Barnardo’s, the UK’s oldest and largest national children’s charity. As a British Pakistani, he became the first non-white CEO in Barnardo’s 150-year history. With HRH The Duchess of Cornwall as its Patron, Barnardo’s runs over 1000 services in local communities, including support for children who have been sexually exploited, young people leaving the care system, children with a parent in prison and families struggling to cope. He leads a staff team of over 8,500, with 20,000 volunteers, including a retail chain of over 700 shops and a £312m turnover, making it the fifth largest charity in the UK. Under Javed’s leadership, Barnardo’s is the only national children’s charity that has grown year on year through the recession. Barnardo’s have won many major awards over this period with the last being ‘Best Brand Development 2017’ for its pioneering Believe in Me campaign.
Previously, Javed had multiple award-winning success as CEO at Victim Support, successfully managing significant change through restructure, embracing major financial challenges, raising its public and political profile and generating new business opportunities.
Javed joined Victim Support in 2010, from the Government Office for London where he was the Executive Director to the London Serious Youth Violence Board. In the Senior Civil Service, he worked across London’s key agencies to reduce serious youth violence.
In December 2003, Javed joined London’s Harrow Council as Director of Education, making history as the UK’s first British Pakistani in such a post. By 2006 Harrow had been recognised as the 4th best achieving Local Education Authority in the country. In 2007, he took on the role of Harrow’s Director of Community and Cultural Services, and led the department from ‘poor’ to a ‘good’ external inspection outcome. He was previously Assistant Director of Education in Birmingham, where he led a team of over 3000 staff.
Javed is a member of the Independent Grenfell Tower Recovery Taskforce, a lay member on a London Clinical Commissioning Group, and Patron of the National Citizen’s Service. Javed works with Ministers at the highest level, and is a regular contributor in the media and at national and international conferences. In September 2015, Javed’s career achievements were recognised when he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Birmingham City University.
Deputy Chairman & Senior Independent Director
Naguib Kheraj joined Standard Chartered PLC in January 2014. He was appointed Senior Independent Director in June 2015 and Deputy Chairman in December 2016. Naguib is currently a Senior Advisor to the Aga Khan Development Network, is a member of the Investment Committee of the Wellcome Trust and is a Non-Executive Director of Rothesay Life. Naguib’s former roles include Vice Chairman and Group Finance Director of Barclays and Chief Executive Officer of JPMorgan Cazenove.
Chief Operations Officer
Lloyd's of London
Shirine Khoury-Haq is the Chief Operating Officer for Lloyd’s, the world’s specialist insurance market. Joining Lloyd’s in July 2014 Shirine is responsible for global operations, information technology, property services, and data management – ensuring that Lloyd’s is able to fulfil its global purpose, including paying £34 million in claims every day. Shirine is also the sponsor of the London Market Target Operating Model (TOM) Programme, on behalf of the London Market Group. She is responsible for driving forward modernisation across Lloyd’s and London insurance market through a comprehensive programme of projects designed to make the market a more accessible and cost-effective place in which to do business. As the global hub of commercial and speciality insurance, taking on risks from all over the world and supporting businesses, governments and people when the worst happens, it is critical that this programme is a success. Over the last twelve months the TOM programme, with the thousands of people across the London insurance market who support and drive it, has delivered a number of key priorities, bringing it closer to its ambition of creating greater efficiencies and even better service for customers. These include seeing risks moving around the market electronically, better managing data and providing better access and ease of doing business to partners and customers around the world.
Shirine is the sponsor for Lloyd’s Cultural Awareness Network (CAN) which exists to promote awareness of different cultures within Lloyd’s, and provide an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds to thrive. She also mentors a number of young people, including women who have come up through the brokerage city link – an organisation that works with state-educated Londoners providing work experience, employability skills and jobs in financial, professional and related services. Over the last two years Shirine and her team have partnered with the Clara Grant Primary School – an ethnically diverse school in Tower Hamlets of which she is a Board member - to provide guided reading, maths challenges, technology skills and data capability development with both children and teachers. These initiatives run alongside the well-established BEE Financial Literacy programme.
Shirine joined Lloyd’s from Catlin, where she was Group Head of Operations and UK Chief Operating Officer, and prior to this, Shirine was an Associate Partner and Head of Transition and Change for Northeast Europe at IBM, specialising in large systems and business transformation projects as well as post-merger/acquisition integration. She also had responsibility for Finance and Operations for several regions while employed at McDonald’s Corporation.
Exectuive Fellow & Programme Director
Henley Business School
Ardi Kolah is Executive Fellow and Director of the GDPR Transition Programme at Henley Business School and Founder of GO DPO, a specialist data protection training and consultancy company. A former senior manager at Andersen Consulting, he’s recognised by FT Europe, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office and the European Commission as one of the leading data protection practitioners in Europe. Ardi is also the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the highly respected Journal of Data Protection and Privacy. He has Cabinet Office and Ministerial-level consultancy experience and consults for a number of global clients in management and IT, financial services, online gaming and other business sectors. He was awarded a scholarship from the Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe (the UK’s oldest Asian charity) to achieve his post graduate degree in international law from King’s College London and University College London.
Sir Harpal Kumar
Chief Executive Officer
Cancer Research UK
Harpal Kumar is Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK, appointed in 2007 following three years as Chief Operating Officer and five years as Chief Executive of Cancer Research Technology Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cancer Research UK. Harpal was Chair of the Taskforce and author of “Achieving World-Class Cancer Outcomes: A Strategy for England 2015-2020”, published in summer 2015. He is a Trustee of The Francis Crick Institute in London and a Non-Executive Director of the UKRI Research and Innovation Board. He also chairs the National Cancer Advisory Group. He was knighted in the 2016 New Year’s Honours list for services to cancer research.
Director of Stores, Online, Multichannel & Supply Chain
o2 Telefonica UK
Bridget Lea is a strategic business leader with a reputation for delivering significant improvements in bottom line performance and developing high performance teams across multiple retail formats. She has an intuitive understanding of customer needs and a pragmatic approach to delivering results. As Director of Stores, Online, Multichannel and Supply Chain she is able to utilise over 20 years of experience working for organisations such as Marks and Spencer, Topshop, Uniqlo, Clarks and Oasis both in the UK and internationally. Expert in leading the transformational changes required to deliver in a multichannel world she has created a number of award winning initiatives across culture change, multichannel and new store concepts. Some of her key achievements at O2 include the creation of our Stores of the Future from Concept to Design to Delivery and creating the Love What You Do culture change programme for Stores, changing the way that we pay, reward and develop our employees.
Chief People Officer
Yoox Net-A-Porter Group
Deborah Lee has been Chief People Officer of Yoox Net-a-Porter Group (YNAP), the world’s leading online luxury fashion retailer, and member of their Executive Committee since January 2017. Splitting her time mainly between London and Milan, she is responsible for setting the people strategy, cultural, talent and leadership ambitions globally for the group. She is having fun creating new possibilities leveraging the energy and talents of the predominantly female, multi-cultural, millennial workforce and introducing new systems, tools and policies with the help of a globally diverse HR team.
Prior to this, Deb spent nearly 20 years working for and leading international HR functions for a number of BT PLC’s organisations. Experiences included the acquisitions of Plusnet, Fresca, Ufindus and Tikit and being a key member of the Executive team that built and launched BT Sport from London’s Olympic Park in 2013. As BT’s Chief Learning Officer, she built their Academy for 97,000 people globally in 9 months; delivered core leadership training to 9,000; hired and developed 2,000 graduates and apprentices and 4,500 trainees and work placements; launched BT’s Tech Literacy campaign to 400,000 children via 15,000 teachers and led the initial people and cultural integration stream for the £12.5bn acquisition of EE. As Chief HR Officer for Global Services she led the cultural turnaround and restructure of 17,700 people and instigated the high-profile BT Italy investigation. She holds a degree in chemistry and management from Imperial College London, a masters in HR management from London’s University of Westminster, and an executive masters in HR leadership from Milan’s SDA Bocconi and New Jersey’s Rutgers University. She is active in the HR circuit having recently been announced as one of 2017 HR’s Most Influential - Retail. She lives in the UK and has two daughters and a horse called Apollo.
Sonny Leong CBE
Council for Education in the Commonwealth
Sonny Leong holds several titles: Chief Executive of Civil Service College, Executive Chairman of Academy for Parliamentary & Policy Studies, and Deputy Chair of Future First. He is Chair of the Council for Education in the Commonwealth and Chair of Chinese for Labour and Co-Founder and Trustee of Mulan Foundation Network . In 2015, he received a CBE for services to politics. He was formerly the Chairman and Hon President of the Independent Publishers Guild, former Chair of International Division and Council member of the Publishers Association in the UK.
Head of Finance for Great Britain
Willis Towers Watson
Netsai Mangwende has 11 years’ experience as a finance professional in the London Insurance Market. She has led a wide variety of disciplines, including auditing, accounting, process improvement, offshoring, cost optimisation, financial planning & analysis and strategic business partnering. She is an active member of the UK Executive Committee at WTW where she sits on the senior management team and was the first female Head of Finance on the UK Executive Committee, at AIG UK.
Chief Executive Officer
Perminder Mann is the CEO of Bonnier Publishing UK, leading the UK business of international group, Bonnier Publishing. Perminder joined Bonnier Publishing as Sales Director and today is responsible for all publishing under the group’s three UK-based divisions, comprising 15 imprints across adult, children’s, fiction, non-fiction, mass-market and trade. Perminder has played a significant role in transforming Bonnier Publishing into the fastest-growing publisher in the UK.
Driven by a clear strategy to ‘publish for everyone,’ group revenue has grown from £52m in 2014 to £128m in 2017. Renowned as a publishing innovator, Perminder co-founded Blink Publishing, the first publisher to collaborate with a vlogger, multi-bestselling Alfie Deyes. Since its inception in 2013, Blink has grown rapidly, publishing highly commercial, digitally-enhanced official or endorsed titles, with its USP, ‘speed to market’, being a key factor in its success. Perminder is proud to have recruited and managed a premier senior-management team; bringing together some of the industry’s top talent, who collectively have an enviable track-record of creating global bestsellers.
Amin Mawji OBE
UK Export Finance
Amin Mawji was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the UK Export Finance Board in 2013. He is Chair of the UK Export Finance Audit and Risk Committee. Previously, he served as a Partner at Ernst & Young, a member of the CBI Manufacturing Council, Member of the UK Trade & Investment Board, Chair of the UKTI Audit Committee, Member of the Audit and Finance Committee at Department for International Development and Member of the Audit and Risk Committee at Defra.
Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE
Department for Education
Ruby McGregor-Smith is a portfolio Non-Executive Director and Advisory Director with current positions which include the Department of Education and Bath University. Ruby was the Chief Executive of MITIE Group PLC, the strategic outsourcing company, employing over 65,000 people predominantly in the UK.
She joined MITIE in 2002 and was appointed as CEO in 2007. She is one of a small number of women who have held the position of Chief Executive in the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 and is the first Asian woman to be appointed in such a role within that group of companies. Ruby was also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Page Group, appointed to the Board in May 2007. She chaired the Audit Committee, was a Member of Nomination and Remuneration Committees and also latterly their Senior Independent Director.
Ruby is a Member of the Women’s Business Council (previously Chair) and a Member of the European Committee for Internal Markets in the House of Lords. She is responsible for the Independent Report to the UK Government on Race in the Workplace published in February 2017.
Chief Executive Officer
Ivan Menezes was appointed CEO of Diageo PLC in 2013, having previously been Chief Operating Officer. His current external appointments include: Non-Executive Director, Coach Inc; Member of the Scotch Whisky Association Council; Chairman of Movement to Work and he sits on the Advisory Council of the China-Britain Business Council. Prior to his career at Diageo, Ivan held senior executive roles across marketing and strategy at Nestle, Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. and Whirlpool.
Chief Operating Officer
Vivek Menon has worked at BNP Paribas for 24 years and is now COO for Corporate Clients, Advisory and Equity Capital Markets, Financing Solutions and Corporate Trade and Treasury Solutions. Additionally, he is the Chief of Staff to the Chairman of BNP Paribas Group UK. Previous roles include Head of Mission in Paris, leading strategic assignments across different businesses of the Bank.
Chief of Staff, Office of the CEO
Dominic Mignon is Chief of Staff to Greg Case, CEO of Aon PLC. Dominic supports the CEO and Aon Executive Committee in driving the short and long-term objectives of the firm, to advance strategic priorities and empower results for clients, colleagues and communities. His background is in finance and his previous roles at Aon include Deputy CFO of Aon Risk Solutions and International CFO and EMEA Financial Director of Aon Benfield. Dominic is the Honorary Treasurer of the Insurance Institute of London.
Gina Miller is the Co-Founder of SCM Direct and a Transparency activist. In 2009 Gina founded SCM Direct, which offers low cost access to high end wealth management whilst giving clients 100% transparency.
In 2012 Gina launched the True and Fair Campaign calling for an end to rip offs in the UK investment and pension industry. By relentlessly shining a light on dubious industry practises, Gina’s work has contributed to three EU Directives – MiFID II, PRIPS and the Shareholder Directive. The result is that from 3rd January 2018 over 500m consumers across Europe will benefit from enhanced consumer protection.
As a passionate philanthropist and conscious capitalist, her True and Fair Foundation supports dynamic small charities, works with donors on smarter giving and campaigns for greater transparency and scrutiny in the charity sector.
In 2016, Gina successfully challenged the Government over its authority to implement Brexit; winning in both the High Court and Supreme Court.
Senior Director of Mergers
Competition and Markets Authority
Sheldon Mills is the Senior Director of Mergers at the Competition and Markets Authority, where he is responsible for UK merger control enforcement. He formerly served as Director of Mergers for 3 years. He is a qualified solicitor and prior to joining the CMA he practiced law at King & Wood Mallesons and Jones Day, counselling a range of UK and international clients in antitrust and competition law. He is also a Trustee of Stonewall.
Dharmash Mistry is a General Partner for Lakestar VC, the big-name fund behind Facebook, Spotify and Skype. He is also Co-Founder and Chairman of blow LTD, the beauty on demand app and a Member of the BBC Worldwide & Studios Board. A serial entrepreneur and investor behind such innovations as LoveFilm, 4Music, FiveAI, Blockchain & Entrepreneur First, he is a previous NED for Dixons Retail PLC, BBC Executive Board and Hargreaves Lansdown PLC and a former partner of Balderton Capital. As Group MD of EMAP’s consumer business, he co-led the £1.1bn exit to H Bauer in 2008.
Barclays Group Finance Director
Tushar Morzaria has over 20 years of strategic financial management experience. He joined the Board and Executive Committee of Barclays in 2013 as Group Finance Director. Prior to this, he was CFO, Corporate and Investment Bank at JP Morgan Chase. An accountancy and investment banking professional, he held various roles at SG Warburg, JP Morgan and Credit Suisse. Tushar is one of two non-white CFO in the FTSE 100.
Dr Dambisa Moyo
Global Economist, Board Advisor & Author
Dr. Dambisa Moyo is a pre-eminent thinker, who influences key decision-makers in strategic investment and public policy. She is respected for her unique perspectives, her balance of contrarian thinking with measured judgment, and her ability to turn economic insight into investible ideas.
Dambisa has earned a strong reputation as a top-tier opinion former and trusted advisor on Macroeconomics, Geopolitics, Technology and Millennial themes. She is a Board member of Barclays Bank, Barrick Gold, Chevron and Seagate Technologies. She holds a PhD in Economics from Oxford, a Masters from Harvard, and is recognized for fresh and innovative ideas as the Author of three New York Times Bestselling Books; Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way for Africa; How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly and the Stark Choices Ahead; Winner Take All: China’s race for Resources and What it Means for the World.
Dambisa was named on the list of Time 100 Most Influential people in the world; writes for the Financial Times, WSJ, Barron’s, Harvard Business Review. She runs marathons and practices yoga in her spare time.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Leena Nair is the first female, first Asian, youngest ever CHRO of Unilever and member of the Unilever Leadership Executive (ULE), which is responsible for delivering Unilever’s business and financial performance.
Leena bears overall responsibility for the human capital of Unilever, which operates across multiple regulatory and labour environments spread over 190 countries. She ensures the company has the right people, in the right roles, with the right capabilities and mindset to deliver high business performance that enables Unilever to meet its ambitious business growth with environmental and positive social impact. She also heads the Diversity and Inclusion agenda for the organisation ensuring that its workforce is truly diverse and inclusive.
In 2007, Leena became the first woman in the Management Committee of Hindustan Unilever in 90 years heading HR. She was also appointed the first woman on Unilever’s South Asia Leadership Team a year later, team responsible for Unilever’s growth in each of the following markets: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal, currently around €6 billion.
She was Senior Vice President – Leadership & Organisation Development and Global Head of Diversity in 2013, before being appointed as CHRO in March 2016.
Bushra Nasir CBE
Board Member & Educationalists' Advisory Panel Member
Bushra Nasir was a secondary headteacher with 20 years’ experience at Plashet School in the London Borough of Newham before retiring in December 2012. She was the first Muslim female headteacher of a secondary school in the UK. Mrs Nasir is Co-Author of a book called ‘Breaking Stereotypes’, which aims to provide positive role models for ethnic minority young people. In 2009, she was named in the top 10 list of Muslim women in the ‘Muslim Power’ list produced by the Equality and Human Rights Commission and published in The Times. Bushra is a Board Member of HRH The Prince of Wales’s Mosaic initiative, and a Council Member of Queen Mary, University of London.
Dr Claudia Natanson
Chief Security Officer
Department for Work & Pensions
Claudia Natanson is a veteran in information and cyber security having worked at executive level across mega-organisations such as Diageo, and BT. She has been part of many cyber related White House initiatives and works across Europe in similar capacities. She now consults for the DWP and has overseen 40% increase in motivation to become certified practitioners in the field since she joined.
Dr Mee Ling Ng
Transport for London
Mee Ling Ng has over 20 years’ charity sector experience at RNIB and Outset, and 30 years’ experience in the voluntary and private sectors.
The first Chinese woman councillor elected in Britain, Mee Ling has been Deputy Leader, Chair of Social Services Committee, Non-Executive Chair of Southwark Primary Care Trust, Non-Executive Director of two NHS mental health trusts and member of the Department of Health Working Group.
Mee Ling co-founded the National Federation of Chinese Women’s Groups, Chinese in Britain Forum, Chinese Welfare Trust, Chinese for Labour and Lewisham Anti-Apartheid.
She received an OBE in 2007 for services to the Chinese community and as Trustee of Chinese Welfare Trust. She would like to develop an extra care home for Chinese elders in London. Mee Ling Ng was appointed to Habinteg’s Board in 2011. She is a member of the Homes and Services Committee. Mee Ling is also currently a Non-Executive Board member of Transport for London and London South Bank University Board.
Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE
President & Chief Executive Officer
Association for Consultancy and Engineering
Nelson Ogunshakin is currently the President and CEO of Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE). He Co-Chaired the National Infrastructure Plan Strategic Engagement Forum (NIPEF) and was appointed by the GLA as a member of the London Infrastructure Delivery Board. He chairs the Investment Committee of ARM-Harith Infrastructure Investment Funds (PE) and has over 30 years’ experience in planning, finance, delivery and management of major property and infrastructure investment projects.
Nelson has a BSc in Civil Engineering from Aston, MSc in Construction and Programme Management from Birmingham and a MBA in Strategic Management & Corporate Finance from Aston, where he is also Royal Academy of Engineer Visiting Professor on Infrastructure Investment. He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers, Companion of Chartered Institute of Management CEDR Accredited Mediator and Member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrations.
Nelson is also Board Member and Deputy Chairman of Programme & Investment Committee at Transport for London.
Senior Vice President & General Counsel
World Bank Group
Sandie Okoro, a British national, was appointed Senior Vice-President and General Counsel for the World Bank Group in February 2017. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, she had been a General Counsel of HSBC Global Asset Management and Deputy General Counsel of HSBC Retail Banking and Wealth Management since 2014, prior to which she was Global General Counsel at Barings. Sandie qualified first as a barrister and then re-qualified and trained as a solicitor. In July 2014, Sandie was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law by City University London in recognition of her career in business and law, and her voluntary work.
Sandie has received several accolades in the United Kingdom and Europe for her work and volunteer efforts. Sandie is named in the Powerlist 2015 as the fourth most influential black person in Britain. Sandie received the 2014 Chambers Europe Award for Excellence in the category for Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession. In March 2014, she was named by the Guardian Newspaper as one of 10 women who are changing the face of the City. She was named in the Autumn 2015 edition of Brummell Magazine, as one of the top Inspirational Women in the City who are Champions of Diversity. In May 2016 Sandie was named by City AM as one of the Power 100 Women, and in June 2016 she was named in position number 30, as one of the Financial Times’s Upstanding 100 Leading Ethnic Minority Executives. Most recently, in July 2016, Sandie was named as one of the 100 Women to Watch by the Female FTSE Board 2016, and in November 2016, she received a lifetime achievement award from the UK’s Black Solicitors’ Network.
A leader in her field, Sandie was appointed in July 2011 to the Management Board and the Panel of Experts of The Hague-based Panel of Recognized International Market Experts in Finance (P.R.I.M.E.), which assists with the settlement of international disputes on complex financial transactions. She played a leadership role during the financial crisis particularly in respect to the mitigation of counterparty risk exposure. In late 2013, Sandie became a council member of the Human Rights organization, JUSTICE. From 2010 to 2016, Sandie was ambassador for the Law Society of England and Wales Diversity Access Scheme. From January to June 2014, Sandie was President of International Lawyers of Africa (ILFA), having previously been an ILFA Director for many years.
In November 2014, Sandie was appointed to the Board and elected as a Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company. During 2016, Sandie was also on the Equality Standards Panel of the Premier League. On July 18, 2017, Sandie was made an Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple.
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Nathaniel Peat is a social entrepreneur. He is the Co-Founder of GeNNex which is an award winning renewable energy company that has operations in Africa and the Caribbean. Nathaniel is also the Chairman of Jamaicans Inspired UK/USA (a Jamaican Youth Diaspora organisation), Co-Founding Trustee & Board Member to the EY Foundation (Ernst and Young) and the Founder of the multi-award winning social enterprise “The Safety Box.”
Trevor Phillips OBE
President of Partnership Council
John Lewis Partnership
Trevor Phillips is a writer and television producer. He is the Co-Founder of the diversity analytics research company Webber Phillips; President of the John Lewis Partnership Council; Co-Chairman of the US- based business leaders think-thank, the Center for Talent Innovation; and Chair of Green Park Executive Recruitment Analytics.
Trevor was the founding Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
He is a Director of the Barbican Arts Centre, and a Vice-President of the Royal Television Society.
Director General, Chief Digital & Information Officer
Department for Work & Pensions
Mayank Prakash joined DWP in November 2014 to lead the transformation of UK’s largest IT estate. Mayank leads digital, data, technology and security for all lines of business serving 22m customers. Before that he was the Managing Director at Morgan Stanley where he led delivery of online and mobile wealth and asset management investment banking services.
Prior to that, Mayank led IT, security and business transformation at Sage based in UK as its CIO and has served on the Boards of iSoft, Avaya and Lucent.
Prior to that, Mayank led IT, security and business transformation at Sage based in UK as its CIO and has served on the Boards of iSoft, Avaya and Lucent.
Managing Director- Head of Commercial Banking, Europe
Lloyds Banking Group
Farouk Ramzan began his career in 1990 at Kleinwort Benson’s International Corporate Finance division. Following two years in the International Structured Products Group marketing tax based financing structures (1993-1995), Farouk joined Global Debt Origination at Dresdner Kleinwort originating bonds for corporates and financials in the UK and USA. Between 1999 and 2001 he continued this role in New York, returning to the UK in 2001 with Société Générale where he was Head of UK/US/Australasian DCM Corporate Origination (covering Loans, Bonds, Securitisation and Tax & Debt Advisory).
In 2007 Farouk moved to Lloyds as Head of Capital Markets Origination (consisting of global Debt Capital Markets for corporate and financial institution clients as well as global Capital Structuring Advisory and Ratings). Most recently, in November 2014, Farouk began his European Commercial Banking role that encompasses all the European coverage, product and delivery activity across the whole client base for the Commercial Bank at Lloyds Bank.
Chief Data Officer
JP Rangaswami has built a vast and industry-leading career in information technology spanning 35 years. He became Deutsche Bank’s first-ever Chief Data Officer in 2015 as well as holding the position of Group Head of Innovation. Prior to joining the bank, JP was Chief Scientist at Salesforce and held senior IT positions at a number of multinational organisations including BT and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. Originally an economist and journalist specialising in developmental economics, JP has developed a global reputation for being a thought leader in the information space.
Managing Director, Barclaycard Payment Solutions
Paulette Rowe heads Europe’s second largest acquiring business, responsible for the processing of over one in three of the UK’s card payments. Over the last 5 years she has steered the business through unprecedented industry change delivering record client retentions and new customer wins. Paulette started her financial services career working internationally for GE Capital. She was a member of the RBS Retail Banking Executive Committee, managing NatWest Retail Banking before moving to the role of CEO, RBS European Consumer Finance. Prior to joining Barclaycard, she was Strategy Director for AIM-listed banking challenger NBNK.
Paulette is a Non-Executive Director of United Utilities PLC and a trustee and former Chair of children’s charity, the Mayor’s Fund for London. She is listed in the Digital Banking Club’s Power 50 of most influential thought leaders from European financial services and is a 2017 PaymentSource Top 25 Most Influential Women in Payments Honouree.
Neil Sachdev MBE
Sirius Facilities GmbH
Neil Sachdev is an experienced Chairman and FTSE 100 Director with an impressive track record of delivering complex sustainable change in multi-site, multi-format, businesses delivering multi million-pound investments. He is Non-Executive Chairman at Sirius Facilities GmbH, Chairman at Martins Properties Chelsea Ltd., Council Member at University of Warwick as well as multiple other Boards across the media, retail and consumer sectors. He has previously held positions at J Sainsbury PLC, Intu Properties PLC, Liberty International PLC and Tesco PLC.
Managing Director & ACG Lead
Shaheen Sayed is a Managing Director for Accenture’s Technology Business in Talent & Organisation within Financial Services. Over the course of her 20-year career she has held global leadership roles across a diverse range of industries in Asia, North America and Europe. Leading complex business transformations, she has pioneered new market technologies and first in kind SaaS innovation for clients. Shaheen specialises in bringing emerging technologies to clients with a focus on new digital services. She is also a member of the UK and Ireland Executive Leadership Team, leading the Analyst Consulting Group, Accenture UK’s largest consulting workforce of new graduates in the organisation, pioneering a digital curriculum that has enabled this generation of talent to unlock their potential. Shaheen also sits on the leadership team for Business in The Community, part of The Prince’s Responsible Business Network working with cross industry leaders in the UK to raise awareness and provide advice relating to BAME representation within business.
Dr Nemat 'Minouche' Shafik DBE
The London School of Economics
Minouche Shafik is the Director of The London School of Economics and Political Science and former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England. Once the World Bank’s youngest-ever Vice President, she has degrees from Oxford, LSE and Massachusetts-Amherst. Before taking a permanent role as Director of one of the world’s leading universities, she was Deputy Governor of Markets and Banking at the Bank of England between August 2014 and February 2017. She was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s list in 2015.
RiverStone Managing Agency
Kalpana Shah is a portfolio Non-Executive Director and senior business leader. She sits on the Boards of RiverStone (a Fairfax company) and Asta. Last year, she was appointed Chairman of RiverStone Managing Agency. She exhibits a demonstrated history of working across the financial services industry and was an integral lead in the implementation of the EU’s Solvency 2 insurance framework across Lloyd’s of London. She has Chaired and contributed to working parties for the Bank of England, Bermuda Monetary Authority and London Market Association. Kalpana is a Fellow of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Insurers; and member of Non-Executive Director committees for both these organisations. She is also a member of the 30% club. Previously, she was partner and longstanding Group Chief Actuary at Hiscox.
Rakesh Sharma OBE
Chief Executive Officer
Ultra Electronics Holdings
Rakesh Sharma is a highly skilled and proven FTSE executive with extensive multinational experience. Previously holding engineering positions at Marconi and Dowty Sonar & Communication Systems, in 1989 he was appointed Marketing Director of the Ultra business in 1993, when it was formed. Over 25 years, Rakesh has held various global positions across the company until he became Chief Executive in 2011. He has since grown the business to a market cap of £1.5B. Rakesh serves on a number of Government committees and is seen regularly in Washington DC briefing Senators and Congressmen. Rakesh supports BAME and gender diversity and is a signatory to the 30% Club. He was appointed as a Non-Executive Director to the Board of Paypoint PLC and received an OBE in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to defence capability.
Group Chairman and Chairman of the City Office
MHA MacIntry Hudson
Rakesh Shaunak is currently Group Chairman as well as Chairman of the City Office. Rakesh qualified as a Chartered Accountant with a top five firm, gaining experience of large corporate audits and qualifying as a Member of the College of Taxation. He devotes much of his time to business advisory work and has a large portfolio of commercial clients. He is also the Managing Partner of the firm’s education unit acting for a substantial number of colleges, academies, free schools, and other schools and education bodies. He acts for a number of Leisure and Hospitality providers and understands the challenges facing the sector. Rakesh is keen to follow the ever changing landscape of Leisure and Hospitality in order to anticipate the needs of his clients.
Shahid Sheikh OBE
Clifton Packaging Group Ltd
Shahid Sheikh was born in Uganda but driven out of the country along with his family in 1972. They arrived in the UK as refugees in the truest sense of the word with no money and few prospects, but they worked hard together and achieved the (almost) impossible dream - to be successful in their professional and private lives, and to take their place in society and their communities.
This early experience has formed Shahid’s exceptional sense of duty and fairness; as a businessman he accepts that he has a duty to look after his workforce treat everyone fairly irrespective of their background, race or gender. He is a huge advocate of promoting equality and opportunity to all both in his business and outside of it. He is an avid supporter of local causes and charities and was awarded the OBE for his services to Business and Charities.
Partner & Co-Head Operational Intelligence Group
Tom Shropshire is a Partner in the Corporate department and Global Head of the U.S. practice of the global law firm, Linklaters LLP, and is also co-head of the firm’s Operational Intelligence Group. Tom has been based in London for nearly 20 years. Tom advises on M&A and equity capital markets transactions in the US, Europe and South Africa. Tom also regularly advises UK and global corporates on governance, sustainability, enterprise risk and regulatory change. From 2011-2014, Tom was a member of Linklaters’ Partnership Board. Tom is also the past Chair of Linklaters Global Corporate Responsibility Committee.
Tom is currently a Trustee of Prostate Cancer UK and in 2016 was noted as one of the top ethnic minority executives in the UK and US. Tom is a UK and US citizen, a graduate of the University of Southern California, and obtained his Juris Doctor and Masters of Business Administration (Finance & International Business) from New York University.
Partner - Wealth & Asset Management
Amarjit Singh is a Partner in the Financial Services practice at EY. He works in Extended Assurance, which has grown from start-up to a £20m business employing 120 people in the last three years, offering assurance services to clients beyond their statutory accounts. Throughout his professional career, Amarjit has worked with a wide range of firms across the globe and also spent time working in industry for a leading US bank. He represents EY on a range of industry bodies and regulators, associated with the financial services industry in the UK.
A diversity and inclusiveness ambassador for the firm, Amarjit is responsible for the firm’s Financial Services BME strategy and is Chair of the EY Sikh Network – an employee led group, which is recognised as one of the largest corporate Sikh Networks within the City of London, with over 1300 members.Amarjit Singh is a Partner in the Financial Services practice at EY. He works in Extended Assurance, which has grown from start-up to a £20m business employing 120 people in the last three years, offering assurance services to clients beyond their statutory accounts. Throughout his professional career, Amarjit has worked with a wide range of firms across the globe and also spent time working in industry for a leading US bank. He represents EY on a range of industry bodies and regulators, associated with the financial services industry in the UK. A diversity and inclusiveness ambassador for the firm, Amarjit is responsible for the firm’s Financial Services BME strategy and is Chair of the EY Sikh Network – an employee led group, which is recognised as one of the largest corporate Sikh Networks within the city of London, with over 1,300 members.
Manvinder 'Vindi' Singh Banga
Senior Independent Director
Manvinder ‘Vindi’ Singh Banga is the Senior Independent Director of GSK PLC as well as Marks and Spencer’s and was a Non-Executive Director of Thomson Reuters.
He is a Partner at Clayton Dubilier & Rice LLP and currently Chairman of Kalle GMBH and till recently Chairman of Mauser GMBH. He is on the Board of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and a member of the U.K India CEO Forum.
Previously he was President of the Global Foods, Home and Personal Care businesses at Unilever PLC and a member of the Unilever Executive Board. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, one of India’s highest civilian awards and was on the Prime Minister of India’s Council of Trade & Industry from 2004 to 2014.
Daniel Taylor is an award-winning interior design specialist with many prestigious projects to his name. As founding member of the Creative Apprenticeships Task Force, he works with businesses to identify successful apprenticeship practice and opportunities for young people. He is also a founding Trustee for the Creative & Cultural Skills Council.
Dr. Yvonne Thompson CBE
African Caribbean Business Network
Yvonne Thompson has over 35 years’ experience in business, and is now Chair of the African Caribbean Business Network, is an Advisory Board Member for Dentsu Aegis Network’s fortysix. She was the Founder/Director of the UK’s first Black Music radio station Choice FM, first black owned PR company and started the European Federation of Black Women Business Owners. She is also well known on public sector Boards, which includes, Chairing the London Central Learning and Skills Council, DTI’s Ethnic Minority Business Forum, advised previous Mayor for London, and previous Prime Ministers. She currently also sits on the Economy Honours Committee, also on the Parker Review Committee producing - Ethnicity On Boards Report - Beyond One by 21, she also recently published her first book on equality on Boards - 7 Traits Of Highly Successful Women On Boards, public speaker, coach and mentor.
Geoff Thompson MBE
Founder & Executive Chairman
Geoff Thompson is one of the UK’s leading youth activists and experts in sports development and politics. He has more than 25 years’ experience in bidding for, hosting and maximising the legacy of major games and the positive impact of sport, arts, culture and technology in the social and human development of young people and communities. He is Founder and Executive Chair of the Youth Charter, the UK registered charity and United Nations Non-Governmental Organisation established in 1993. He is the newly appointed Chair of Governors at the University of East London and is a former five-time world karate champion.
Jean Tomlin OBE
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Jean Tomlin is Founder and CEO of Chanzo, which she started after concluding her role as Director of HR, Workforce and Accreditation for London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. She has held senior roles as Group HR Director, Marks & Spencer; Founder Member & HR Director, Egg PLC; Sales and Operations Director, PruDirect.
She has an extensive Board portfolio including Non-Executive Director Sainsbury’s where she Chairs the Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Committee; Non-Executive Director, Michael Kors and Chair of the Remuneration and Talent Committee; Trustee at Step Up To Serve and Lay Council Member for Loughborough University. Her former appointments include public sector posts as Commissioner for Judicial Appointments; Greenwich Healthcare Trust, Student Loans Company and the National Curriculum Advisory Board.
Jean was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. She received the Silver Olympic Order of the International Olympic Committee for distinguished contributions to global sport and the Olympic Values, and numerous awards on behalf of the Games Maker Volunteers, including HM the Queen’s Award for Volunteering.
Baroness Shriti Vadera
Shriti Vadera is Chairman of Santander UK, Senior Independent Director of BHP Billiton and a Non-Executive Director of AstraZeneca. She is currently chairing the European Financial Services Chairmen’s Advisory Committee - a group of 15 Chairman and Chief Executive Officers from the UK based financial services industry set up to act as a sounding Board on Brexit.
Prior to joining Santander in 2015 she advised the G20 from 2009 to 2010 and advised governments, banks and investors on the Eurozone crisis, banking sector, debt restructuring and markets from 2010 to 2014. She was a Minister in the UK Government from 2007 to 2009, in the Cabinet Office, the Business Department and the International Development Department. She led the UK Government’s response to the financial crisis and was a key architect of its pioneering bank recapitalisation plan in October 2008. She led in the design and international negotiations of the outcomes of the G20 London Summit in April 2009. Prior to becoming a Minister, she was on the Council of Economic Advisers at the UK Treasury from 1999-2007. She was an investment banker for 14 years with SG Warburg / UBS.
Payal Vasudeva is a Managing Director in Strategy at Accenture. She leads the Talent and Organisation (T&O) practice in UK and Ireland, and is part of the global T&O Strategy leadership team. She joined Accenture 17 years ago, with the majority of her experience in Financial Services. She is also the Accenture UKI Human Capital and Diversity Lead responsible for enabling the employee value proposition and talent strategy for Accenture’s own business. She has been recognised externally in 2017 as Top 50 Female Champions of Women in Business by HERoes and the FT, Top 100 influential BAME leaders by EMpower and FT, as well as featuring in the Top 10 Global Diversity list for 2015 and 2016. Payal is a Trustee on the Board of East London Business Alliance (ELBA), part of the Business in The Community (BITC) Leadership team for Gender and has also set up a scholarship fund for underprivileged girls in India.
Chief Executive Officer, Barclays UK
Ashok Vaswani is the Chief Executive Officer for Barclays UK, covering Retail Banking, Wealth, Business Banking and Barclaycard UK. Ashok joined Barclays in 2010, managing the credit card business across the UK, Europe and the Nordics, becoming Chairman of Entercard. He went on to manage Barclays in Africa, Barclays Retail Business Bank globally and Barclays Personal and Corporate Banking.
Ashok is a member of the UK Finance Board and the Trustee Board at Citizens Advice. He also sits on the Advisory Boards of a number of institutions such as Rutberg & Co and is Founder Director of Lend-a-Hand, a non-profit organisation focused on rural education in India. Ashok has previously served as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Barclays Africa Group Limited, The Board of Directors, Telenor ASA and the advisory Boards of S. P. Jain Institute of Management, Insead Singapore and Visa Asia Pacific.
Prior to Barclays, Ashok was a partner with a J P Morgan Chase funded private equity firm – Brysam Global Partners, which was focused on building retail financial service businesses in emerging markets.
Ashok has demonstrated a passion for building and managing businesses across the globe. He started his career in Mumbai, India and since then, has worked and lived in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US. Ashok spent twenty years with Citigroup. His last position at Citigroup was Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific. Ashok was also a member of the Citigroup Operating Committee, the Citigroup Management Committee, and the Global Consumer Planning Group.
Chief Executive Officer
Kris Wadia is the former President of Global Delivery Networks for QuintilesIMS. Previously to this he was a Managing Director at Accenture for 16 years and has held leadership positions across the banking and publishing sectors. He is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Humanized Leadership, a leadership coaching and diagnostics practice and is both a Fellow of the ACCA and IDM.
Joint Managing Director, Europe & the Middle East Country Managing Partner, UK
Sandra Wallace is DLA Piper’s UK Managing Partner and was asked to join the Executive of the international DLA Piper business in January 2017, in the position of EMEA’s Co-Managing Director. Sandra retains oversight for the UK as well as acting in her newly appointed role. As well as firm management she acts for stand out national and international clients on the full remit of employment law services. She offers strategic and commercial advice on business reorganisations, executive disputes and employee relations particularly complex whistleblowing and disciplinary matters. Sandra spends a large proportion of her time working with a portfolio of global businesses on global policy matters, contract reviews and business integration pre and post-merger.
Chief Executive Officer
Sharon White became Chief Executive Officer of Ofcom in 2015. She was Second Permanent Secretary at the Treasury, and held Board-level positions at the Ministry of Justice and the Dept. for International Development previously. She has worked at the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit and in Washington DC as a senior economist at the World Bank and has just launched the largest inquiry into diversity in media ever seen.
Manjit Wolstenholme is currently the only women from an ethnic minority sitting in a Chairmanship in the FTSE indexes. Manjit is currently Executive Chairman at Provident Financial PLC, Chairman of CALA Group (Holdings) Ltd, Senior Independent Director and Non-Executive Director of Future PLC and Non-Executive Director of The Unite Group PLC. She has previously served as a Non-Executive Director of Aviva Investors, CMC Markets PLC and was Co-head of Investment Banking at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and Partner at Gleacher Shacklock.
Chief Commercial Officer
Rob Woodstock is the newly appointed Chief Commercial Officer of HMRC leading the large and highly complex transformation of the government organisation. Previously to this, Rob was a senior executive with Accenture’s Strategy Consulting Practice. He has a 25-year track record of successfully transforming multinational companies’ operations across USA, CEEMA and APAC - most recently he worked with the Board of a Multinational Telco based in Africa to increase their profitability by $700m. Rob also sits on the Board of the Advisory Panel for MOBO as Chair.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Operation Black Vote
Simon Woolley is one of the Founders and Chief Executive Officer of Operation Black Vote, a non-partisan and not-for-profit national organisation that was established in 1996 to tackle race inequality by encouraging Black and minority ethnic communities to demand greater race equality by greater political and civic engagement. He is former Commissioner for Race on the Equality and Human Rights, A Commissioner for the Children’ commission panel looking at excluded children, and sits on two Open Society Boards, including Global Drugs Policy Project and the Roma Initiative Office, and is a Board member of Police Now. He has recently been award Honorary Doctorate from Westminster University for his work on equality and Human Rights. Woolley is one of the key authors of the ground breaking report: The Colour of Power.
Chief Digital and Information Officer
Jacky Wright recently joined HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as Chief Digital and Information Officer, and was previously employed by Microsoft Corporation as Corporate Vice-President, Core Platform Engineering. Jacky is well known in the industry as a Senior Executive who is a transformational global leader and innovative technologist. She is passionate about the impact innovation can have in truly transforming services for people and businesses in a positive way and is a proud advocate for diversity and the representation of women and BAME in technology.