Introducing the Mayor’s Business Advisory Board

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, has formed a 16-strong Business Advisory Board to champion London's economic growth. Meet the 16 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 16 top-flight business leaders who reflect the diversity and dynamism of London's economy
  • 10 out of 16 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 particpate in open discussion with the Mayor.

Quick facts

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  • 10
    Female business leaders
    on the 16 strong Board
  • 5
    BAME business leaders
    on the board

Meet the Board

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, CEO, Lloyd’s of London 

Inga Beale joined Lloyd’s as the Chief Executive Officer in January 2014. Prior to Lloyd’s, Inga was the Group Chief Executive Officer at Canopius, a prominent Lloyd’s managing agent, from 2012 – 2013.

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, CEO hVIVO 

Kym Denny has been CEO of hVIVO, a specialty biopharma company, since 2010. Kym led the Company’s highly successful IPO on AIM in 2012, and has since led several successful fundraising drives totalling almost £100 million.Lloyd Dorfman CBE, Founder and President, Travelex Group

Lloyd Dorfman CBE, Chairman, Doddle

Lloyd Dorfman is an entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the Chairman of Doddle, 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, Virgin Money

Jayne-Anne GADHIA has significant finance and banking experience. Jayne-Anne is a Non-Executive Director of Business in the Community, and has roles on a number of advisory groups, including the Financial Services Advisory Board, Scottish Financial Services Europe Group and the FCA Practitioner Panel Advisory Group.

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,lCo-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, Love Home Swap 

Debbie Wosskow is an experienced entrepreneur. Debbie founded her first business, the communications agency Mantra aged 25; and is the founder and CEO of Love Home Swap, which has become the world’s largest home exchange platform.

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