The full judging panel for the 2018 Awards will be announced later in the year – below are some of the judges from this year’s UK awards.


A serial entrepreneur, Lynne has over 20 years’ investment experience, investing in, mentoring and nurturing a range of early stage technology and retail companies throughout the UK. She has worked with a wide portfolio of technology companies – from pharmaceuticals and polymers, to prosthetics and optics – and has also managed two early stage technology venture capital funds, served on over 30 boards and started up a number of her own companies.

Currently Lynne is involved with several early stage technology companies as director and investor, mainly in the fields of cyber security, artificial intelligence and emotional management.

She is a key influencer on the Leadership in Board Governance Programme at Edinburgh Napier University and in 2017 the University awarded her the prestigious title of Visiting Professor in Governance and Enterprise.

Lynne is a long-standing member of two Edinburgh Napier University Boards, a member of Technology Scotland Advisory Board, Chairman of UNICEF Scotland Advisory Board and Chairman of Women’s Enterprise Scotland.


Lynne joined London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) in 2014 with a mandate to define, build and lead the Global Talent Centre of Expertise.  Her areas of responsibility include resourcing, learning, talent management, succession, engagement, and more recently diversity and inclusion.

By taking a hands-on, collaborative approach, Lynne drives people development through embedding diversity and inclusion practices. Committed to helping individuals and teams at all levels of experience reach their full potential, Lynne has created a strong performance management culture ensuring LSEG leaders are role models of good practice.


Helen has been a leading player in delivering UK pension reform. She was appointed as chief executive officer of NEST in September 2015, having previously held the roles of executive director of product and marketing and managing director of scheme development at NEST. Helen was also a board director of NEST’s predecessor body, the Personal Accounts Delivery Authority (PADA). Prior to this, Helen was a senior civil servant at the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), where among other roles she was responsible for the Informed Choice initiative, which contributed to the UK government’s decision to implement auto enrolment, and then on the policy development and legislation that established the current UK pension reform agenda.


Sue Fox joined M&S Bank as Chief Executive Officer in 2014, becoming one of the UK’s only female CEOs in the banking industry. Sue started her career in her local bank branch, straight from school, doing every job along the way and has worked across the UK and in the US. Sue is originally from Liverpool and moved back to the North West in 2014 with her young son Sam and partner Paul to take up the position of CEO of Chester-based M&S Bank. Sue is a role model as a senior female figure in the financial services sector and is one of the world’s leading LGBT Exec allies, having been ranked in the top 10 of OUTstanding’s annual list in 2017 – as published by the FT – alongside the likes of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.


Marianne is the Group Chief Executive Officer of European Wealth Group and a member of our Investment Management Committee. She was formerly the Head of Private Banking for Europe, Middle East and Africa for Standard Chartered, Chief Executive Officer for Citigroup’s European wealth management business, and Head of Private Wealth Management for Morgan Stanley. She currently serves on the boards of the Court of the University of Greenwich, ACE Africa, the Advisory Board of Riverpeak Wealth and the Town and Country Housing Group.


Simon Lewis was appointed Chief Executive of the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) in October 2010. AFME is the trade body which represents the pan-European capital markets industry. Previously Simon was Director of Communications and the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman at 10 Downing Street. He has held a number of senior corporate roles including Director of Corporate Affairs at Vodafone, Centrica and NatWest. Simon was appointed as the first Communications Secretary to The Queen in 1998. Simon has a degree from Oxford University in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He also holds an M.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley as a Fulbright scholar. He is a Visiting Professor at the Cardiff School of Journalism. Simon is a board member of TheCityUK and a member of the Chatham House North American Advisory Council, as well as a member of the Academy’s Advisory Board. He is Chairman of the Governing Council of University College School (UCS) in Hampstead, North London. Simon is a Patron and former Chairman of the Fulbright Commission. He is married with three children. Simon was appointed an OBE in the 2014 New Year Honours List for public service and services to international education through the Fulbright Commission. He was made an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) in 2016.


Asif is the Head of Diversity and Inclusiveness for EY (Ernst and Young) Financial Services UK, he joined EY as an Assistant Director for UK &I and was previously the Head of the Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Unit for the City of London Police.

He is currently the Chair of the London Hate Crime Board, an Ambassador for Remembering Srebrenica, a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hate Crime, a Special Advisor to the charity Penny Appeal, a trainer for the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (Europe) and a Special Sergeant with the City of London Police.

Asif has received a number of accolades that include the Mosaic (Prince’s Trust) Award for mentoring, NAMP Multi Faith Award, Police Officer of the Year Award, the Civil Servant of the Year Award, The highly commended Head of Diversity Award at the European Diversity Awards and the prestigious Asian Professional Award.

Asif was honoured last year in the Queen’s birthday Honours list with an MBE for his services to Policing and the Communities and is a Freeman of the City of London.