Judging Panel

Ashok Vaswani

CEO, Barclays UK

Ashok Vaswani is the CEO for Barclays UK, covering Personal Banking, Wealth, Entrepreneurs and Business Banking and Barclaycard UK. Ashok joined Barclays in 2010, managing the credit card business across the UK, Europe and the Nordics, becoming chairman of Entercard. He went on to manage Barclays in Africa, Barclays Retail Business Bank globally and Barclays Personal and Corporate Banking. Ashok represents Barclays as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Barclays Africa Group Limited and is a member of the Board of Directors, Telenor ASA and a member of the Trustee Board at Citizens Advice.

Vivian Hunt

Managing Partner

Vivian Hunt is the Managing Partner for McKinsey & Company’s United Kingdom and Ireland offices. Vivian advises leading companies on a broad range of strategy topics, with a particular focus on performance transformation and organisational development.  She also provides strategic advice to leading British firms in the private, public and third sectors. Vivian is a leader within the firm on leadership and diversity. She frequently speaks on McKinsey & Company’s flagship research and co-authored publications such as: Women Matter, Diversity Matters, The Power of Parity: How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth. She was previously named ‘the most influential black woman in Britain’ by the Powerlist Foundation and The Financial Times identified her as one of the ‘European Women to Watch’ and most recently as the 30 most influential people in the City of London.


Paul Polman


Paul Polman has been Chief Executive Officer since January 2009. Under his leadership Unilever has set out an ambitious vision to decouple growth from its environmental footprint while increasing its positive social impact.

Paul is Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a member of the B-team and serves on the Board of the UN Global Compact.

Paul has been closely involved in global discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and action to tackle climate change. In 2016, Paul was asked by the UN Secretary-General to join the SDG Advocacy Group, tasked with promoting action on the 2030 Agenda. Prior to this, Paul served on the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, presenting recommendations on the SDGs on behalf of the private sector. He is also a member of the newly formed Business and Sustainable Development Commission and served on the International Council of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, under former Mexican President, Felipe Calderon.

Linda Yueh

Global economist, broadcaster and author
Oxford University

Dr. Linda Yueh is an economist, broadcaster, and author. She is Fellow in Economics at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford and Adjunct Professor of Economics at London Business School. Dr. Yueh is Co-Chair of the Global Cities Business Alliance, Visiting Senior Fellow at IDEAS, the foreign policy think tank at the London School of Economics, and serves as a non-executive director on a number of boards. She is also a TV and radio presenter, and was formerly BBC Chief Business Correspondent and ex-Economics Editor for Bloomberg TV. She is a widely published author and a former lawyer.

Nina Vaca

Chairman & CEO
Pinnacle Group

Nina Vaca is Chairman and CEO of the Pinnacle group, and has spent the last 20 years  building the company’s reputation for inclusion. An entrepreneur, civic leader and philanthropist, Nina also holds positions as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship Council Chair of the Million Women Mentor Initiative, and  founded At The Table: Women in Business and Leadership, an initiative created to empower Hispanic women in business. For the past nine years, Nina has also been named one of the 101 Most Influential Latinos in America.

Suki Sandhu

Founder & CEO

Suki founded OUTstanding in 2013 after discovering a lack of senior LGBT+ role models in the business world.

Suki’s experience in executive recruitment and networking has given him a detailed picture of the high-level professional landscape, having delivered more than 300 senior assignments over the course of his career.

As a recruiter, Suki is committed to promoting diversity of all kinds in the workplace, with 59% of Audeliss appointments since 2011 being diverse candidates.

Carola Hoyos

Editor of the Executive Appointments section
The Financial Times

Carola Hoyos started as a journalist at the FT in the late 1990s when she became United Nations correspondent in New York, covering the diplomatic consequences of the September 11 terrorist attacks and the run up to the war in Iraq. As soon as diplomacy died and US war planes crossed the Iraqi border, Carola moved to the UK to cover the geopolitics of oil and gas and the sector’s biggest companies, which then led to a stint as defence correspondent. She became the editor of FT Executive Appointments and editor of the FT’s Non Executive Directors’ Club in 2014. Carola holds a dual degree in economics and international relations from Tufts University.