1st Jan
2018

GROUP CEO, WPP

Sir Martin Sorrell

Sir Martin Stuart Sorrell is a British businessman and the founder of WPP plc, the world’s largest advertising and PR group, both by revenue and the number of staff. Upon his retirement in April 2018, Sorrell was the longest-serving chief executive of a FTSE 100 company.

1st Jan
2018

ACTOR & ACTIVIST

Sir Ian McKellen

Sir Ian Murray McKellen CH CBE is an English actor and activist for LGBT rights. He is the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, two Saturn Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, and two Critics’ Choice Awards. He has also received two Oscar nominations, four BAFTA nominations and five Emmy Award nominations.

1st Jan
2018

POLITICIAN, British Labour Party

Lord Davies of Abersoch,

Evan Mervyn Davies, Baron Davies of Abersoch, CBE is a British former banker and was a Labour government minister until May 2010, as Minister of State for Trade, Investment and Small Business.

1st Jan
2018

BROADCASTER, BBC

Clare Balding

Clare Victoria Balding OBE is a broadcaster, journalist and author. She currently presents for BBC Sport, Channel 4, BT Sport and formerly presented the religious programme Good Morning Sunday on BBC Radio 2.

1st Jan
2018

CHAIRPERSON, UBM

Dame Helen Alexander

Dame Helen Anne Alexander DBE was a British businesswoman. She served as the chairman of UBM plc. She had an MA from Oxford, an MBA from INSEAD and in 2016 was awarded the Legion d’Honneur.

1st Jan
2018

FOUNDER & CEO, Bell Pottinger

Lord Bell

Timothy John Leigh Bell, Baron Bell is a British advertising and public relations executive, best known for his advisory role in Margaret Thatcher’s three successful general election campaigns and his co-founding and 30 years of heading Bell Pottinger.

1st Jan
2018

CHAIRPERSON, NHS Business Services Authority

Silla Maizey

Silla Maizey was appointed a Non-Executive Director of the CCS in September 2015.
She was formerly Managing Director of British Airways Gatwick and also held executive roles as Customer Director, Procurement Director and senior roles leading Corporate Responsibility and Finance functions.
She is currently Chair of the NHS Business Services Authority and a Non-Executive Director of Network Rail and John Menzies plc.

1st Jan
2018

COMEDIAN & FOUNDER, Women's Equality Party

Sandi Toksvig

Sandra Birgitte “Sandi” Toksvig, OBE is a British-Danish comedian, writer, actor, presenter and producer on British radio and television, and political activist. She is one of the founders of the Women’s Equality Party.

1st Jan
2018

DEPUTY LEADER, Scottish Liberal Democratic Party

Jo Swinson MP

Joanne Kate “Jo” Swinson CBE is a Scottish Liberal Democrat politician and is the Member of Parliament (MP) for East Dunbartonshire. She was first elected at the 2005 general election, serving until her defeat in 2015. Swinson regained the seat at the 2017 snap general election with a majority of 5,339 votes. She had been the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Employment relations, consumer and postal affairs. Swinson was formerly a junior Equalities Minister. In June 2017, she was elected unopposed as Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats.

1st Jan
2018

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, The Huffington Post

Ariana Huffington

Arianna Huffington is a Greek-American author, syndicated columnist, and businesswoman. Huffington was the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, which is now owned by AOL.