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The Judging Panel


Our panel is tasked with the unenvious job of deciding each year who makes the list. So, how do people get on the Powerlist? It works like this. Powerful Media receives nominations for potential new Powerlistees and updates from the men and women who are already on the list. We put them through a test based on our definition of influence, which we define as; “the ability to positively alter events and change lives as demonstrated over a protracted period of time”. We give each nominee marks out of 10 on two indices, how influential they are among their immediate sphere of expertise and how far that influence reaches beyond that. The highest 150 are given to the panel to deliberate over, which they do for seven days, before locking themselves into a room for eight hours in August to deliberate. This year their focus was on tech and giving back and these two principles guided their choices.


Dame Linda Dobbs – Chair

Legal consultant; Former High Court Judge

linda-dobbsFollowing a successful career at the Bar, Dame Linda, became the first black high court judge in the UK. The former Powerlistee was the senior liaison judge for diversity for seven years before leaving in 2013 to pursue other interests, both professional and charitable. Her legal consultancy conducts significant work in Africa and the Caribbean. She sits on several boards and panels, and was recently appointed to the advisory panel of the Lammy Review.


Matthew Ryder

QC Deputy Mayor of London for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement

matthew-ryderMatthew was appointed by Mayor Sadiq Khan as his social integration chief in September 2016. The leading human rights lawyer’s focus in on helping London’s many different communities live and work side by side. He has been a permanent fixture in the Powerlist top 10 for many years. He is regarded as one of the best QCs of his generation.


Olakunle A. Babarinde

Private Investor

Olakunle BabarindeAn industry veteran, with 24-years in the financial and technology sectors in varying roles. Kunle’s last role was VP Trading Solutions at the ICE Exchange (owner of The New York Stock Exchange) and he is now pursuing private investment opportunities. Since 2005, Kunle has been a leader in building communities and events connecting professional affinity networks and highlighting inclusive leadership issues and practice.


Professor Trevor Williams

Visiting Professor, Derby University

trevor-williamsTrevor was Chief Economist for Lloyds Bank Commercial for over 15 years. He is a visiting Professor at the University of Derby and Chairman of the Institute for Economic Affairs Shadow Monetary Policy Committee (SMPC) and author of Trading Economics: A Guide to Economic Statistics for Practitioners.


Tim Campbell MBE

Mayor’s Ambassador; Businessman; Managing Director, Powerful Personnel

1444984175616Tim hardly needs any introduction. He brings to the panel a wealth of experience from the worlds of business and recruitment. The former Powerlistee has been involved in a variety of enterprises and is the Mayor of London’s ambassador for Training and Enterprise while pursuing several other business interests.


Sanjay Bhandari

Partner EY UK

sanjaybhandari2An experienced partner, Sanjay is a member of the UK & Ireland Tax Leadership Team responsible for innovation; working to develop the tax practice of the future. He is a global professional providing leading analytic technology solutions, helping clients meet their legal and regulatory requirements. Sanjay is the partner sponsor for EY’s diversity and inclusiveness strategy for race.





Yvonne Thomson

Author; Business Leader

ytcolour-thumb-200x251-3550-thumb-200x251-3552A dynamic, entrepreneurial business leader with a proven record for building high performing teams. Since starting her own PR Company over 30 years ago Yvonne has acquired an exceptional range of transferable skills that can complement high performing companies and organisations.







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