Introducing the Mayor’s Business Advisory Board

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, has formed a Business Advisory Board to champion London's economic growth. Meet the business leaders.

About the Business Advisory Board

What are the goals of the Board?

  • Help the Mayor meet his manifesto commitment to be the most pro-business Mayor yet
  • Advise the Mayor on the major issues facing London's economy
  • Share creative and innovative ideas to improve City Hall policy making

What is the makeup of the Board?

  • Membership is made up of top-flight business leaders who reflect the diversity and dynamism of London's economy
  • 10 out of 15 board members are women
  • Five Board members are from a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background
  • Members of the Board are not paid for their roles

When do they meet and what happens?

  • The Board meets a minimum of four times a year
  • The Mayor chairs the meetings and the Deputy Mayor for Business also attends.
  • Members are encouraged to share their insights from business and participate in open discussion with the Mayor.

Quick facts

  • Boost
  • 4
    per year
  • 10
    Female business leaders
    on the 15 strong Board
  • 5
    BAME business leaders
    on the board

Meet the Board

Julie Abraham, CEO, Richer Sounds

Julie Abraham became CEO of hi-fi retail chain Richer Sounds in April 2017. She started working for the company in 1994 and most recently served as IT Director.

Omid Ashtari, General Manager, Citymapper

Omid Ashtari is General Manager at London startup Citymapper. Before joining Citymapper, Omid was Managing Director of Foursquare Europe.

Inga Beale DBE, former CEO, Lloyd’s of London 

Dame Inga Beale joined London First’s board on 10 January 2019. She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for her services to the economy. Inga stepped down as Lloyd’s Chief Executive Officer on 14 October 2018 after 4 years and 9 months.

Julie Brown, Chief Operating and Financial Officer, Burberry plc

Julie Brown joined Burberry in January 2017 as Chief Operating and Financial Officer. She has previously led finance, commercial and strategy functions for AstraZeneca and Smith & Nephew. Julie is also the chair of Roche's audit committee.

Constantin Cotzias, Director, Bloomberg Europe

Constantin Cotzias is a Director of Bloomberg Europe and Chairs the Bloomberg London office. He heads government relations, business development and strategy globally and is a board Director of Bloomberg’s regulated trading platforms.

Kym Denny, former CEO, hVIVO 

Kym Denny joined Cambridge Enterprise, University of Cambridge, as their Entrepreneur in Residence for the Life Sciences in August 2019. Kym was CEO of hVIVO, a specialty biopharma company from 2010 to 2018. Kym led the company’s highly successful IPO on AIM in 2012, and led several successful fundraising drives totalling almost £100 million. Kym also sits on the Mayor’s Skills for Londoners Board.

Lloyd Dorfman CBE, Chairman, Doddle

Sir Lloyd Dorfman CBE was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018 for his services to philanthropy and the arts. Sir Lloyd is the Chairman of , the founder of Travelex Group (the world’s largest retailer of foreign exchange, which started from one shop in London), was Chairman of The Office Group (2010-2017) and has a variety of other business interests. He chairs the Prince’s Trust and is on the board of the Royal Academy, the Royal Opera House and BAFTA.

Jayne-Anne Gadhia CBE, CEO, Salesforce

Jayne-Anne Gadhia received a Damehood for her contribution to financial services and women in the finance industry in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2019 and became Salesforce’s UK and Ireland CEO in October 2019. Jayne-Anne stepped down from her role as the CEO of Virgin Money after 11 years in Oct 2018.

Vivian Hunt, Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company

Vivian Hunt is the Managing Partner of McKinsey & Company in the United Kingdom and Ireland. She was recently named by The Financial Times as 'one of the top 30 most influential people in the City of London.'

Shalini Khemka, Founder, CEO and Board Director, E2E

Shalini Khemka founded The E2E Group (E2Exchange, E2E Invest and E2E Exec) in 2011. Shalini is also a Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurs (CFE) and a judge for the Great British Entrepreneurship awards.

Nicola Mendelsohn CBE, Vice President EMEA, Facebook 

Nicola Mendelsohn is currently the Vice President for Europe, Middle East, and Africa for Facebook. Nicola joined Facebook in 2013 and is responsible for Facebook’s operations across the region.

Kathryn Parsons MBE, Co-Founder & CEO DeCoded 

Kathryn Parsons is Co-Founder & CEO of Decoded, a technology education company launched in East London in 2011. Now with offices in New York, Sydney and Amsterdam, they decode the digital dark arts of code, data and cyber security for businesses, boards and governments teaching in over 65 cities worldwide.

Nikhil Rathi, CEO, London Stock Exchange PLC

Nikhil was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of LSE plc in September 2015. He joined LSEG in May 2014 as Director of International Development and Chief of Staff from the UK Treasury, where he held a number of senior positions over an eleven-year period.

William Sargent, Co-founder, Framestore 

William Sargent co-founded Framestore in 1986. He has been part of Framestore’s successful rise from an award winning commercials house to world renowned film visual effects and animation company based in London, New York, Los Angeles and Montreal. Sargent was knighted by the Queen in 2008.

Debbie Wosskow OBE, Founder and CEO, AllBright 

Debbie Wosskow co-founded AllBright, a club and community that champions and connects women in business. Debbie is an experienced innovator, business founder, investor, Board advisor and entrepreneur. Debbie founded was the founder and former CEO of Love Home Swap. In 2016, she was awarded an OBE for services to business.

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