The Business of Trust Judging Panel

The Lord Mayor's Award - Business of Trust Champion, is judged by a separate expert panel chaired by The Lord Mayor.

The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Charles Bowman.

Alderman Charles Bowman is the 690th Lord Mayor of London. He is a senior partner with PwC and is Alderman of Lime Street Ward. His main area of specialism has been delivering audit and capital market transaction services to large listed and multi-national companies. He has served on a number of the committees of the City of London Corporation including Policy and Resources, Finance, Audit & Risk and Markets.

Elected as Alderman of the Ward of Lime Street in May 2013, he became the Aldermanic Sheriff of the City of London in September 2015. The Lord Mayor is a member of the Court of the Worshipful Company of Grocers and a liveryman of the Worhsipful Company of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. He is a Magistrate, a Governor of the Park Side Primary School Academy, Hackney (part of Mossbourne Federation), Ambassador for the Samaritans, Trustee of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and Advisor to the Mansion House Scholarship Scheme.

Rebecca Aston (nee Doodson) is Head of Professional Standards at the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI). She oversees the delivery of the Institute’s Integrity initiatives to members and supporter firms, with an aim to raise and uphold ethical standards in the financial services industry.

Previously, Rebecca worked at the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) as Senior Conduct and Compliance Officer (2009-2014), with a particular focus on ethics and professional standards. Rebecca is a graduate of the University of York (BA Hons, History, 2008) and the University of the Arts London (PG Dip, Conservation, 2010). Additionally, in 2016 she completed a Masters degree in Applied and Professional Ethics from the University of Leeds, and achieved a Pass with Merit.

Alison Cottrell is CEO of the Banking Standards Board (BSB), a non-statutory organisation established in April 2015 to help raise standards of behaviour and competence across the UK banking sector.

The BSB provides the boards and senior teams of member banks and building societies with the evidence, support and challenge to help them manage the culture of their organisation and identify and learn from good practice. Alison began her career in the City of London as an economist covering international fixed income and currency markets. She joined HM Treasury in 2001, becoming Director of Financial Services in 2009 with responsibility for a wide range of policy areas including bank lending, payments, competition and pensions guidance. She combined this role for the three years to 2014 with that of Director of Corporate Services, focusing on staff development, engagement and culture.



Sonya Branch is General Counsel of the Bank of England, where she leads a legal team of over 130 lawyers. Sonya joined the Bank in May 2015.

Sonya previously held Executive Director roles on the boards of the Competition and Markets Authority and the Office of Fair Trading, and also led a Triennial Review on secondment at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Before crossing into the public sector in 2007, Sonya worked at international law firm Clifford Chance, where she specialised in financial services antitrust law, and was the youngest person in the firm’s history to become a partner. She began her legal career at Linklaters. Sonya is a trustee of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Director Emeritus of Target Ovarian Cancer and a school governor.

Richard Fleck, a partner since 1980, is now a consultant with Herbert Smith Freehills and Immediate Past Master of the Tallow Chandlers Company. Richard joined Herbert Smith in March 1971, was admitted as a solicitor in 1973 and admitted as a partner in 1980 before retiring in 2009.

His practice embraced international corporate transactions, dispute resolution and competition and regulation. He was the relationship partner for a significant number of key clients. His partnership roles included developing and implementing the internationalisation of the Firm between 1997 and 2005 – including negotiating joint ventures with lawyers in Europe and North America and opening offices overseas, including in Japan, Russia and the Middle East. He was Herbert Smith’s Global Relationship Partner between 2005 and 2009.

He is also Director of the Financial Reporting Council, Chair of the Financial Reporting Review panel Directorships of the National Audit Office (2009–2012), the Natural Capital Coalition (2012-present), and The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting (2012-present). Appointment by the Bank of England as an Inspector under the Banking Act. Deputy Chairman, the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (2015-present).

Richard was awarded the CBE for services to business and the law in HM The Queen’s New Year Honours List 2009. Richard joined the Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers in 1976 and became a Liveryman in 1980. He was Master in 2016/17. He is also a Liveryman of the City of London Solicitors’ Company. He is a member of the City Livery Club, and the Vintry and Dowgate Wards Club.