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“The question for corporate Britain is not about whether the non-white talent is there or ready, the question is whether it is willing to appreciate it, attribute commercial and competitive value to it and change the historical constructs operating currently in the Boardroom and more broadly in our corporate institutions.”  Parker Review Update, February 2020
 

 

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Finance - A Selection

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Dame Vivian Hunt DBE

Managing Partner UK & Ireland, McKinsey & Company global management consultancy, 2013 – 2020; Non-Executive Director, CBI; Chair of British American Business; Member, Mayor of London's Business Advisory Board; Member, Government-backed Industrial Strategy Council and the Trilateral Commission.  

Previously named by The Financial Times as “one of the top 30 most influential people in the City of London.”

Dame Vivian Hunt DBE

Managing Partner UK & Ireland, McKinsey & Company global management consultancy, 2013 – 2020

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Ric Lewis

Founding Partner, Executive Chairman and CIO, Tristan Capital Partners, 2012 – present; Non-Executive Director, Legal & General Group Plc, 2020 – present; Director, Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard; CEO, Curzon Global Partners, 1998 – 2008; former CIO and Board Director of AEW Europe; former Partner and Senior Managing Director of AEW Capital Management LP

Ric Lewis

Founding Partner, Executive Chairman and CIO, Tristan Capital Partners 

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Dame Sharon White DBE

Chair, John Lewis Partnership PLC, 2020 - present; CEO Ofcom, 2015 – 2019; Second Permanent Secretary, HM Treasury, 2013 – 2015. Director, Barratt Developments PLC, 2018 – present.

Dame Sharon White DBE

Chair, John Lewis Partnership PLC

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Bernard Mensah

President of International, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Head of UK and EMEA, Bank of America, 2018 – 2020; Member, Markets Practitioner Panel, UK Financial Conduct Authority; Member, Bank of England Senior Advisory Group on Sterling Risk-Free Reference Rates

Bernard Mensah

President of International, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

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Paulette Rowe

President, Integrated Solutions at Paysafe payments platform,  Global Head, Payments and Financial Services Partnerships, Facebook, 2018 – 2020; Non-Executive Director, United Utilities Group PLC, Managing Director, Barclaycard Payment Solutions, 2012 – 2018 

Paulette Rowe

President, Integrated Solutions at Paysafe payments platform, 2020 – present; Global Head, Payments and Financial Services Partnerships, Facebook, 2018 – 2020

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Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE, CStJ, FRSA, FBCS

Founder and Chairman, Restoration Partners merchant bank, Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, Founder and Chairman, Restoration Partners merchant bank, Chairman, Alitam PLC, Director, director of Thomson Reuters; Chairman, Interswitch Group (Africa’s largest e-payments company),  Non-Executive Director, Huawei Business UK, 

Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE, CStJ, FRSA, FBCS

Founder and Chairman, Restoration Partners merchant bank, Lord Lieutenant of Greater London

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Sir Damon Buffini

Founding partner, Chairman and Managing Partner of Permira global private equity firm, 1997–2010; Founding partner, ex-Chairman and Managing Partner of Permira global private equity firm. global private equity firm, 1997–2010; Non-Executive Director, Schroders Plc; Chair of the National Theatre; Governor of the Wellcome Trust.

Sir Damon Buffini

Founding partner, ex-Chairman and Managing Partner of Permira global private equity firm

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Jacky Wright

Chief Digital Officer and Corporate Vice President, Microsoft US, Chief Digital and Information Officer, HMRC, 2017 – 2019.  Winner, Women on Boards, WinTRADE Awards 2019, Female FTSE Board Report 50 Women to Watch 2019, Top 10 Digital Leaders of the Year 2018

Jacky Wright

Chief Digital Officer and Corporate Vice President, Microsoft US

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Tidjane Thiam

CEO Credit Suisse Group AG, 2015 – 2020; Group CEO, Prudential, 2009-2015 plc; Chairman, Association of British Insurers, 2012 – 2014
Chevalier of the French Legion d’Honneur

Tidjane Thiam

CEO Credit Suisse Group AG, 2015 – 2020; Group CEO, Prudential plc

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Yvonne Ike

Managing Director and Head of Sub Saharan Africa (ex-RSA), Bank of America, CEO West Africa, Renaissance Capital, 2011 – 2014; Partner, Africapital Management Ltd, 2009 – 2011; Managing Director, JP Morgan, 1994 - 2009

Yvonne Ike

Managing Director and Head of Sub Saharan Africa (ex-RSA), Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Netsai Mangwende

Head of Finance for Great Britain, Willis Towers Watson global risk advisory, broking and solutions company, UK Finance Director, Head of Finance Business Partnering for UK and Europe, AIG, 2014 - 2016

Netsai Mangwende

Head of Finance for Great Britain, Willis Towers Watson global risk advisory, broking and solutions corporation

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Dr Mo Ibrahim

Founder and Chair, Mo Ibrahim Foundation; Founding Chairman, Satya Capital Ltd private equity fund, Founder, Celtel International, 1998 – 2005.  Previously listed by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Dr Mo Ibrahim

Founder and Chair, Mo Ibrahim Foundation; Founding Chairman, Satya Capital Ltd private equity fund

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Gina Miller

Co-founder, SCM Direct investment management company, Business Women of the Year 2018, CEO Today; one of the 50 most influential individuals in wealth management (Europe), Private Asset Management Awards 2017

Gina Miller

Co-founder, SCM Direct investment management company

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Ishmail Ahmed

Founder and Chairman, WorldRemit, digital money transfer company, CEO, WorldRemit, 2009 – 2018; 

Ishmail Ahmed

Founder and Chairman, WorldRemit, digital money transfer company

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Tavadziva Mandzinga

CEO, Swiss Re, UK and Ireland, Board member, Association of British Insurers, 2020 – present; Managing Director for the Middle East & Africa, Swiss Re, 2016 – 2019

Tavadziva Mandzinga

CEO, Swiss Re, UK and Ireland  

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Wol Kolade

Managing Partner, Livingbridge EP LLP private equity firm, Non-Executive Director, NHS Improvement, Chair, British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, 2007-08

Wol Kolade

Managing Partner, Livingbridge EP LLP private equity firm  

The Professions

The Hon. Dame Linda Dobbs DBE

Justice of the High Court of England and Wales, 2004 – 2013; 

Sandie Okoro

Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the World Bank Group, Vice President for Compliance at the World Bank, 2017 – present;

Professor Leslie Thomas QC

Barrister and Queen’s Counsel; 

Professor Dapo Akande

Professor of Public International Law at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University; 

 

The Professions - A Selection

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The Hon. Dame Linda Dobbs DBE

Justice of the High Court of England and Wales, 2004 – 2013; Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association, 2003.  Fellow of the Judicial College, Pro Chancellor of the University of Surrey; Senior Fellow at SOAS; Advisory Board of the LSE International Inequalities Institute; Advisory Board of the Bonavera Institute of Human Rights, University of Oxford; Independent Assessor for Miscarriages of Justice Compensation; Judicial Commissioner to the Investigatory Powers Commission; Acting Judge of the Grand Court of the Grand Cayman; Member of the Panel of the Turks and Caicos Court of Appeal 

The Hon. Dame Linda Dobbs DBE

Justice of the High Court of England and Wales, 2004 – 2013

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Sandra Wallace

Solicitor and Joint Managing Director (UK and Europe), DLA Piper global law firm, Managing Partner (UK), DLA Piper, 2015 – 2018; formerly Head of UK Employment Group, DLA Piper.  Appointed by HM Government as Social Mobility Commissioner, 2019.  Recognised by leading legal directories as “having a stellar reputation for representing national and international clients on the full remit of employment law services”. 

Sandra Wallace

Solicitor and Joint Managing Director (UK and Europe), DLA Piper global law firm

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Martin Griffiths FRCS

Consultant vascular and trauma surgeon and NHS National Clinical Director for Violence Reduction, Lead for trauma surgery at the Royal London Hospital (Barts Health NHS Trust).

Martin Griffiths CBE, FRCS

Consultant vascular and trauma surgeon and NHS National Clinical Director for Violence Reduction

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Sandie Okoro

Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the World Bank Group, Vice President for Compliance at the World Bank; Management Board and Panel of Experts of Panel of Recognised International Market Experts in Finance (PRIME Finance); Honorary Bencher, Middle Temple; Global General Counsel, HSBC Retail Banking and Wealth Management, 2014 – 2017; Global General Counsel, Barings, 2007 – 2104

Sandie Okoro

Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the World Bank Group, Vice President for Compliance at the World Bank 

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Sir David Adjaye OBE

Founder and Principal of Adjaye Associates.  Multi-award-winning architect of The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington DC.  Awarded 2021 Royal Gold Medal by Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), UK’s highest honour for architecture, in recognition of his lifetime’s work. Knighted in 2017 for services to architecture and recognised by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the year, 2017. 

Sir David Adjaye OBE

Founder and Principal of Adjaye Associates, multi-award-winning architect

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Dame Donna Kinnair DBE

Chief Executive and General Secretary, Royal College of Nursing, Acting Chief Executive and General Secretary, 2018 – 2019; Director for Nursing, Policy and Practice, Royal College of Nursing, 2016 – 2018; Head of Nursing, Royal College of Nursing, 2015 – 2016.  Advisor to PM’s Commission on the future of Nursing and Midwifery, 2010

Dame Donna Kinnair DBE

Chief Executive and General Secretary, Royal College of Nursing

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Dr Courtney Griffiths QC

Barrister and Queen’s Counsel; Called to the Bars of England and Wales, Seychelles, Bermuda and Turks and Caicos, QC, Bencher, Gray’s Inn,  Leading criminal defence counsel in domestic and international criminal law, including terrorism, genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, human rights, civil liberties, fraud and money-laundering.  Received “Outstanding Achievement”  Award at Legal 500 Awards 2020 in   special recognition of  his career to date.

Dr Courtney Griffiths QC

Barrister and Queen’s Counsel, leading international criminal lawyer

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Segun Osuntokun

Solicitor and London Managing Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP global law firm.  Head of the firm’s Africa Group and Energy Disputes Practice.  Recognised by leading legal directories as a ‘leading individual’ for banking litigation and civil fraud

Segun Osuntokun

Solicitor, disputes lawyer and London Managing Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP global law firm  

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Richard Iferenta 

Partner and Vice-Chair of KPMG LLP, Head of UK Financial Services Indirect Tax Practice and Challenger Banking Practice.  Qualified solicitor and chartered tax advisor, leading specialist in taxation in the financial services sector

Richard Iferenta 

Partner and Vice-Chair, KPMG LLP, Head of UK Financial Services Indirect Tax Practice

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Professor Dapo Akande

Professor of Public International Law at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University;Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford; Co-Director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict; Member of World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Human Rights, 2016 – 2018; member of the International Advisory Panel for the American Law Institute’s project on the Restatement Fourth, the Foreign Relations Law of the United States (2018).  He has also acted as consultant, expert or advisor on international law issues to UN bodies, the African Union Commission, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Professor Dapo Akande

Professor of Public International Law at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University

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Tom Shropshire

Solicitor and Partner in Linklaters LLP global law firm.  Global Head of the firm’s US Practice based in London and New York and co-head of the Risk and Resilience team, advising on risk management, regulatory change, governance/compliance issue and corporate sustainability.  Described by Financial News magazine as one of the “City’s finest legal minds”.

Tom Shropshire

Solicitor and Partner in Linklaters LLP global law firm, Global Head of US Practice

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Professor Leslie Thomas QC

Barrister and Queen’s Counsel; Called to the Bars of England and Wales, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland; Professor of Law at Gresham College.  Specialist in international human rights and constitutional law.

Professor Leslie Thomas QC

Barrister and Queen’s Counsel, leading civil liberties lawyer and Gresham Professor of Law

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Daniel Alexander QC

Barrister, Queen’s Counsel and Deputy Judge of the High Court; Called to the Bars of England and Wales and New York Bencher, Middle Temple, Leading lawyer and advocate in intellectual property, IT and media/entertainment law disputes; Chair of the Intellectual Property Bar Association; Visiting Professor of Law, University College, London, 2007 – 2011.  Recognised by leading legal directories as a ‘leading Silk’ for intellectual property, IT and telecoms and media/entertainment disputes. 

Daniel Alexander QC

Barrister, Queen’s Counsel and Deputy High Court Judge, leading intellectual property lawyer

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Joshua Siaw MBE

Solicitor and Partner in White and Case LLP global law firm. Partner in Global Debt Finance Practice and Director of its Africa Practice.  Member of the UK Africa Investors Group chaired by HM chaired by Trade Commissioner for Africa, 2020; member of Global Britain Sub-Group of UK Board of Trade, 2019; member of the Prime Minister's UK-Africa FinTech Investment Advisory Group, 2018.  Awarded MBE in 2019 for services to the law, UK legal services, and contribution to UK trade and investment in Africa. 

Joshua Siaw MBE

Solicitor and Partner in White and Case LLP global law firm, Director of Africa Practice 

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Professor Kevin Fenton MD, PhD, FFPH 

Strategic Director of Place and Wellbeing and Director of Public Health at London Borough of Southwark and Senior Advisor, Public Health England, 2017 – 2020; National Director of Health and Wellbeing, Public Health England, 2012 – 2017; Director of the US National Centre for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he transformed policy on HIV and Hepatitis C screening, 2005 – 2012.  Author of over 250 peer-reviewed scientific papers in internationally-renowned journals such as The Lancet, The British Medical Journal, and The New England Journal of Medicine. 

Professor Kevin Fenton MD, PhD, FFPH 

Regional Director PHE London and Regional Director of Public Health for NHS London

 
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