Judging Panel

The Judging Panel for these prestigious awards is made up of leading figures from business, charity, politics and the public sector. We are pleased to announce that once again the Chair of the Judging Panel will be Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE.

We will be updating this page as more judges are approved, please check it from time to time to see who else will be joining our esteemed panel.

Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE

Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE

Chair of Restoration Partners

Chair of Judging Panel

Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE

Chair of Restoration Partners

Chair of the Judging Panel

Ken is Founder and Chairman of Restoration Partners, the boutique technology merchant bank and architects of the Virtual Technology Cluster model Ken’s technology career spans over 30 years commencing with IBM from whom he won a scholarship while at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University. In 1992, after a twelve years as a senior executive at Wang Labs in the US and Europe, Ken founded Interregnum, the technology merchant bank.

He was elected as a Fellow of the British Computer Society in 2006. He has considerable public company Board-level experience on both sides of the Atlantic. He is currently a director of Thomson Reuter. He is also on the board of The Institute of Directors as a Non-Executive Director. Ken is a Freeman of the City of London; Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists; a Director of the Thomson Reuters Foundation; Chairman of Thames Reach (for which he received an OBE in 2010); Chairman of Shaw Trust, was an original member of IPSA (Independent Parliamentary Standard Authority) and Founder and Chairman of the Powerlist Foundation. In 2009, he was named the Sunday Times Not for Profit Non-Executive Director of the year.

Ken was voted number one in the Powerlist’s Top 10 most influential British black people in 2016. In 2015 Her Majesty the Queen, appointed him as her Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London. Ken was knighted for services to Business and Philanthropy in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.

Nic Budden

Nic Budden

Chief Executive Officer

Foxtons

Nic Budden

Chief Executive Officer

Foxtons

Prior to joining Foxtons in 2005, Nic had an international career in business development, operations, marketing, strategy and finance, having held positions at BT Group plc (1990 to 1997), Cable & Wireless Group (1997 to 2002) and Severn Trent Group (2003 to 2005). Nic holds a degree in economics from the University of Essex.
Laura Hinton

Laura Hinton

Chief People Officer

PwC

Laura Hinton

Chief People Officer

PwC

Laura graduated from King’s College, London with a Business Management degree. She trained in audit prior to moving into HR Consulting. Laura joined PwC in 2005 and became a Partner in 2006. Before joining the Executive Board, she held a number of Leadership roles including Head of People for the Tax Practice, and UK HR Consulting Leader. Laura continues to work with global clients to support them with people transformation programmes and culture change.
Nick Hedley

Nick Hedley

Partner

Hedley May

Nick Hedley

Partner

Hedley May

Nick is a recognised leader in the appointment of C-suite functional leaders, with a specialist focus on General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officers and Chief Risk Officers. He has worked across industry sectors and geographies on behalf of a diverse range of clients, helping them recruit talented individuals who are able to transform the impact a corporate function has on the business. Nick is a qualified lawyer who began his career in law before moving into search in 1995. He has an LLB from London University.
Alison Gurd

Alison Gurd

Global Head of Proposal Mgmt

BNP Paribas Securities Services

Alison Gurd

Global Head of Proposal Management

BNP Paribas Securities Services

Alison has over 30 years’ experience in the securities industry. In her current role with BNP Paribas Alison enjoys leading a global team supporting sales initiatives across 34 locations. Based in London, Alison is the Executive Sponsor for CSR at BNP Paribas Securities Services and a member of their CSR council, which drives the company’s agenda on social, environmental, economic and civic engagement. Alison is also an active member of Girlguiding, the leading UK charity for girls and young women.
Sarah David

Sarah David

Founder & Managing Director

Thrive Consulting Collaborative

Sarah David

Founder & Managing Director

Thrive Consulting Collaborative

Thrive founder and managing director Sarah David has built her consulting career having previously held senior executive level roles in a range of businesses going through significant growth and change. Her early career was spent as a lawyer with Slaughter and May, before moving into sales and management as a director of QD Legal, a highly successful recruitment business.

A key player in business acquisitions, Sarah has unusually strong experience in change situations, particularly engaging teams in major change, restructuring international teams and leading change programmes vital to growth and retrenchment strategies. She has been able to apply her tactics and strategies in organisations ranging from £2bn to $1m turnover, particularly in professional services, search, regulatory and education sectors, and in all ownership models, private, listed, public and private equity backed.
Her MBA, executive Harvard Business School programme, executive coaching training and investment in professional development are components of her success. She was the first person in her family to go to university.

Sarah’s not for profit experience includes board roles at The Children’s Society, inspire* and as CEO of Firefly, an autism school and outreach centre in Colorado, USA. She coaches and mentors CEOs in the charity space and has led CSR programmes for businesses in an executive capacity. Thrive is a social business, supporting social justice and mobility causes and charities.
Returning from the US after being suddenly widowed, Sarah took her experiences into consultancy and founded Thrive with her belief that business leaders do have time to make changes that will make them and their businesses prosper.

Sara Brennan

Sara Brennan

Positive Business Director

Pentland Brands

Sara Brennan

Positive Business Director

Pentland Brands

Sara Brennan is Positive Business Director– where she is tasked is looking at how Pentland and its portfolio of sports, outdoor and lifestyle brands, can accelerate its positive business strategy to deliver on its commitment to take-action for people and our planet Sara started her career in regulatory affairs and later moved into sustainability and CSR, whilst working in the petrochemical industry.

Her work caused her to grow more conscious of existing sustainability issues and opportunities and the role of businesses in addressing those issues. Sara is also interested in organisational change, especially in relation to developing beyond conventional leadership and discovering new ways of contributing to the wider environment in which organisations operate.

Paul Monekosso Cleal OBE

Paul Monekosso Cleal OBE

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Paul Monekosso Cleal OBE

Paul is Equality Adviser to the Premier League board and led on the development of the League’s No Room for Racism Action Plan. He is also a non executive board member at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and National Citizen Service Trust and an adviser to Sainsbury’s and Metropolitan Police. Previously he spent 16 years as a partner at PwC, the global professional services firm, where he served on the Management Boards of the firm in both the UK and in Africa. He also provided corporate finance and consulting advice to clients across a diverse range of industries including financial services, sport and infrastructure.

As well as a career in professional services, Paul has worked in both local and central government, been a board member at both the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission and Kingston University and works with a number of London schools, all of which reflects his interest in public services and issues of inequality. He has for many years been involved in diversity and inclusion in business and was recognised for his work in that area in the most recent New Year’s Honours List.

Steven Cooper

Steven Cooper

CEO

Aldermore Bank

Steven Cooper

CEO

Aldermore Bank

Within his 32 years in the banking industry, Steven was most recently CEO of Barclaycard Business Solutions, managing the payments division for Barclaycard including Merchant Acquiring, Commercial Payments and Sales Finance. Prior to this, he was CEO of Personal Banking at Barclays for both UK and Europe, where he gained a wealth of experience in the rapidly changing landscape of consumer banking with digital technology and data. He has also led UK Business Banking and businesses for Barclays in Africa, India and Offshore locations.

Steven sits on a number of advisory boards, including being a commissioner for the social mobility commission. Steven is a NED at Robert Walters PLC and the FSCS and is an Alumni of Harvard Business Schools.

Steve John

Steve John

Chief Communications Officer

HSBC

Steven John

Chief Communications Officer

HSBC

Steve is the Chief Communications Officer for HSBC. Previously he was a Partner at McKinsey & Company and the firm’s Global Director of Marketing and Communications. Before that he was the Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Bupa, and a corporate affairs director at PepsiCo. Earlier in his career he ran the media relations and government affairs practice of DLA Piper, the global law firm, worked as a journalist for ITN and as a political researcher. He holds a PhD from the LSE and has published several books on the topic of business-government relations.
Geoffrey Williams

Geoffrey Williams

Global Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Dr Martens

Geoffrey Williams

Global Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Dr Martens

Geoffrey has had a diverse career journey starting his working life in the entertainment industry then moving into health care, rail and media for the last 20 years. He has worked in Human Resources for the last 10 years of his career and has experience in Recruitment, Talent Management, learning and development, Orgnatsaional Design and Diversity and Inclusion.

He was the fromer Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Thomson Reuters , where he worked on strategy, culture and implimentation of a D&I agenda and globally launched Thomson Reuters Diversity and Inclusion index, was award EY’s National Equality Standard. As well as create programs that supported diverse communites within the Thomson Reuters business. He has been featured in the Financial Times Top 100 ethnic minority role models and DIMA 50 male advocates for equality in marketing and media for 2018.

Geoffrey is also the co-founder of RockingUrTeens.com a social enterprise that introduces young people to the real world of work & aims to connect the teens to a positive and vibrant futures. As well as sitting on the board of film production company oneumbrellaproductions.com.

Geoffrey is committed to working to change the world of work so all people feel connected and business have high performing teams that trust and listen to each other.

Lyn Garner

Lyn Garner

Chief Executive

London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC)

Lyn Garner

Chief Executive

London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC)

Lyn joined LLDC, the body responsible for the development of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and its surrounding areas, as Chief Executive in February 2018. She is responsible for overseeing the delivery of 24,000 homes, 40,000 jobs, and the forthcoming East Bank project, a new cultural and education district comprising of new buildings for V&A museum, Sadler’s Wells, BBC Orchestra, and new campuses for UCL East and UAL’s London College of Fashion. Lyn is also currently serving as Chair of Future of London, an independent network for regeneration, housing and economic development.
Adrian Burns

Adrian Burns

Air Commodore

Royal Air Force

Adrian Burns

Air Commodore

Royal Air Force

Air Commodore Adrian Burns joined the Royal Air Force in 1990 as an Administration officer. He has undertaken a range of support roles at the RAF’s frontline bases and has a variety of operational experience in the Middle East, South Atlantic, Africa and Afghanistan. In staff appointments he has held a range of strategic roles and has held senior positions in the MOD’s Financial and Military Capability Team and Headquarters Air’s Manning Authority.

He has most recently completed Command of Royal Air Force Halton and a one year course at the Royal College of Defence Studies. He is married and has two grown-up children. He is a passionate believer in Social Mobility and the associated responsibilities that institutions and employers should discharge freely and gladly, using Role Models, Ambassadors and Advocates.

Mandhir Singh

Mandhir Singh

Senior Vice President

Castrol

Mandhir Singh

Senior Vice President

Castrol

Mandhir has 30 years’ experience at bp, and has spent the past 20 years working for the lubricants business, most recently in the role of Senior Vice President leading Castrol, a $7bn turn-over business marketing premium lubricants in more than 150 countries globally.

Previous roles have included regional vice president for Europe and Africa lubricants, HR director for Asia Pacific lubricants, integration lead for bp/Castrol Asia Pacific and downstream strategy manager, Middle East/Indian subcontinent.

Mandhir is recognised for his work to improve diversity in Castrol, being passionate about people development and positioning Castrol for the low carbon future. In his spare time, Mandhir likes to spend time with his three children and stay fit by cycling and swimming.

Chris Stylianou OBE

Chris Stylianou OBE

Chief Operating Officer

Sky

Chris Stylianou OBE

Chief Operating Officer

Sky

Chris was appointed Chief Operating Officer, UK and Ireland, in 2016 and has been at Sky for over 20 years. He has responsibility for all the major sales & service operations at Sky, as well as for our Irish business and our B2B division across TV and Communications. He has been responsible for delivering much of our customer service strategy, as well as the design and build of our Head Office campus.

Prior to becoming the Chief Operating Officer, Chris was the Managing Director of the Customer Service Group for 5 years, following 4 years as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer. Chris also spent 7 years at KPMG working across several industries including banking, retail, manufacturing and media.

Chris sponsors the Women in Leadership initiative, where Sky is looking to achieve a 50:50 gender split across the senior leadership group, and served on the Women’s Business Council, a government backed committee to drive gender equality in UK businesses, for 3 years. He is currently sponsor of our Sky Cares loneliness initiative where Sky, in collaboration with AgeUK, is looking to connect 1m older people to their local communities.

Alderman Vincent Keaveny

Alderman Vincent Keaveny

Senior Alderman

City of London Corporation

Alderman Vincent Keaveny

Senior Alderman

City of London Corporation

Vincent is Alderman for the Ward of Farringdon Within in the City of London and, subject to election, is in line to be Lord Mayor of the City of London in 2020/2021. He is a partner in the international business law firm, DLA Piper.

Since his election to the City of London in 2013 he has served on a number of City of London Corporation Committees including Finance, City Bridge Trust and Planning & Transportation. He is currently a member of the Policy & Resources Committee, Freedom Applications Committee and the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Sub-committee. He also a Governor of the City of London School.
Vincent was recently appointed as Co-Chair to a Government commissioned taskforce, looking at improving socio-economic diversity at senior levels within UK financial and professional services. He will be leading a workstream, which seeks to develop a membership body/peer network for financial services, focusing specifically on progression. This will offer a safe space for financial service employers to share best practice / benchmark against sector peers.   Vincent was Sheriff of the City of London for the year 2018/19.

Vincent is a Liveryman of the City of London Solicitors', the Woolmen's, Distillers', Spectacle Makers', Stationers’, Framework Knitters’, Upholders’ and Security Professionals’ Companies. He served as Master Solicitor in 2014/15. Vincent is a member of the City Livery Club, the City Pickwick Club and the Royal Society of St. George (City Branch) and the Court of The Honourable The Irish Society. He is the Senior Patron of the Farringdon Ward Club.

Vincent advises banks, financial institutions and corporate clients in the UK and internationally on banking, finance and capital markets transactions. He is listed as a leading practitioner in his area of practice by all of the principal legal directories.

Vincent graduated from University College Dublin with a BCL and subsequently obtained an MLitt from Trinity College, Dublin. He was recognised in 2018 by UCD as their Law Alumnus of the Year. Since his admission as solicitor in England & Wales in 1992 he has worked in private practice in the City. He was President of the City of London Law Society in 2014/15 and is an Honorary Bencher of Gray’s Inn.

Vincent's interests include theatre and the arts. He is a trustee of the Sir John Soane's Museum, chairs the board of the vocal ensemble, Exaudi, and is a director of Actors Touring Company.

Vincent is married to Amanda, an Intensive Care Nurse and in what spare time he has, he enjoys tennis and walking their Labrador.

Mayoral Theme

People with Purpose - Vincent’s year will focus on putting people and purpose at the heart of financial and professional services – driving positive impact across the City.

People with Purpose will focus on investment, skills and social mobility – growing the impact investing and sustainable finance market, promoting new skills and diverse talent pools and championing social mobility to drive the global competitiveness of the UK.

Laura Battley

Laura Battley

Company Secretary & General Counsel PLC

Watches of Switzerland Group

Laura Battley

Company Secretary & General Counsel

Watches of Switzerland Group PLC

Laura Battley is Company Secretary and General Counsel at Watches of Switzerland Group PLC, a FTSE 250 luxury watch and jewellery retailer. Before joining Watches of Switzerland, Laura was Company Secretary and General Counsel at high street retailer New Look, with responsibility for the legal and secretariat teams as well as the wider group compliance functions across the business. Laura was also responsible for ESG at New Look (including diversity and inclusion).

Laura trained and qualified as a corporate lawyer at Magic Circle law firm Slaughter and May and later spent time at Addleshaw Goddard and KPMG, where she was seconded to New Look before joining on a permanent basis.

Anna Lane

Anna Lane

CEO & President

Women in Banking & Finance (WIBF)

Anna Lane

CEO and President

Women in Banking & Finance (WIBF)

Anna Lane is CEO and President of Women in Banking and Finance (WIBF), a not-for-profit, UK wide volunteer-led network that has been championing women in financial services for 40 years with over 1500+ individual members, 36+ corporate partners She is also founder and CEO of The Wisdom Council (TWC) a majority female owned business focussed on delivering strategic, innovative and actionable strategies to improve consumer engagement and access to long term savings and investments.

Anna’s commitment to gender equality also includes a focus on closing the gender pensions and investments gap. In 2020 Anna sat on the Money & Pensions Service (MaPS) Gender and Financial Wellbeing Challenge Group tasked with considering the impact of gender across the five national goals of the MaPS UK Strategy for Financial Wellbeing. She launched the cross-industry Yes She Can initiative in 2019 drawing on techniques used by FMGC brands to encourage women to take control of their financial futures and affect behavioural change. The 2021 campaign “Get Financially Fit” is led by the TV journalist Kate Thornton and aims to reach millions of women this year.

Prior to launching TWC Anna ran a specialist wealth and asset management consultancy and worked in the City for over 20 years in senior roles including JPMorgan Private Bank and Morgan Stanley Investment Management. She recently stood down after eight years as Trustee on the Board of the Young Vic Theatre.

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