Ashok Vaswani is the Global Head of Consumer Banking and Payments overseeing the execution of plans for the Group's consumer banking, private banking and payments businesses in the UK and internationally.
Prior to this Ashok was the CEO for Barclays Bank UK, covering Retail Banking, Wealth, 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 is a member of Barclays Executive Committee, and a board member for Pratham Board and the Trustee Board at Citizens Advice.
He also sits on the advisory boards of a number of institutions such as Rutberg & Co and is Founder Director of Lend-a-Hand, a non-profit organisation focused on rural education in India. Ashok has previously served as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Barclays Africa Group Limited, The Board of Directors, Telenor ASA and the advisory boards of S. P. Jain Institute of Management, Insead Singapore and Visa Asia Pacific. Prior to Barclays, Ashok was a partner with a J P Morgan Chase funded private equity firm – Brysam Global Partners, which was focused on building retail financial service businesses in emerging markets. Ashok has demonstrated a passion for building and managing businesses across the globe. He started his career in Mumbai, India and since then, has worked and lived in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US.
Ashok spent twenty years with Citigroup. His last position at Citigroup was CEO, Asia Pacific. Ashok was also a member of the Citigroup Operating Committee, the Citigroup Management Committee, and the Global Consumer Planning Group. Ashok graduated from Bombay University, Sydenham College, College of Commerce and Economics and has post graduate degrees from both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries of India. He was born in India, is married to Veena, with a grown up daughter who is working in San Francisco.
Clive is one of the BBC’s most experienced foreign affairs correspondents, and is now an anchor and presenter based in London. He has served as the BBC’s Africa, Asia, Washington and Europe Correspondent, covering several major stories, including the wars in the former Yugoslavia, East Timor and Liberia, and the Palestine/Israeli conflict. He was also a prominent member of the BBC’s reporting and presenting team for the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has covered the administrations of three US Presidents, and reported on six US Presidential elections, including, most recently, anchoring coverage of the victory of Donald Trump. He also co-anchored the funeral of Nelson Mandela from Johannesburg. As well as Clive’s several awards and nominations from the television and broadcasting industry, he has an Honorary Doctorate from Staffordshire University.
Poppy is a mental health advocate, national policy advisor and social entrepreneur. She is the CEO and co-founder of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England which has grown from a small government project into a commercially successful community interest company recognised last year as one of the fastest growing SMEs in Europe. After briefing the prime minister on MHFA, the secretary of state named Poppy one of England’s mental health experts. She was awarded an OBE in 2018 in recognition of her services to people with mental health issues. Poppy is also the CEO of the City Mental Health Alliance (CMHA), a coalition of city businesses working to increase the understanding of mental health issues and to create a culture of good mental health in the city. She is a non-executive director on the board of Public Health England.
Rob was born in Paddington, London and grew up in the London Borough of Brent. He joined the Ministry of Justice [then Lord Chancellors Department] in Oct 1983 – starting at Willesden County Court in North London.
Rob progressed to Deputy Court Manager before joining the South Eastern Circuit I.T. Team. In 1998 Rob landed his dream job with Corporate HR as a Development Trainer. Rob studied at the Civil Service College for two years, gaining a Certificate in Training Practice [CTP] and is now a member of CIPD.
Rob was a founding member of the MoJ’s BAME Staff network in 2001, namely P.R.O.U.D. Later in that same year, Rob became the first elected Chair of the Civil Service Race Equality Network [CSREN] – known today as CSRF – the Civil Service Race Forum.
Over the past fifteen years Rob has continued his MoJ career in HR. As an original member of the MoJ’s Employee Engagement Team, Rob led the design, recruitment and launch of the Engagement Champions Network in 2008. As MoJ’s Head of Engagement Networks Rob was responsible for the development of Employee Engagement Champions [EECs] across the MoJ. This pioneering network now boasts over x1000 people across the entire MoJ Family – including; Courts, Tribunals, Prisons and the Legal Aid Agency.
In the summer of 2015 Rob was invited to lead the MoJ’s Diversity & Inclusion Team over the summer as temporary cover for four months. During this period Rob led the delivery of key priorities, including the Department’s response to the Civil Service Talent Action Plan and renegotiating contracts with all Diversity Staff Networks.
In April 2016 Rob was included in the ‘New View 50’ which recognises influential Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) professionals in the public sector https://issuu.com/elevationetworks/docs/nv_final_list
In May 2016 Rob was chosen to lead the MoJ’s Race Project – an inward facing programme of work aimed at supporting the MoJ’s published Diversity & Inclusion objectives and turning the dial on race equality.
In September 2016 Rob was elected Chair of the Civil Service Race Forum. The Civil Service Race Forum [CSRF] is an umbrella network of BAME Staff Networks across the civil service made up of over 30 Government departments, reaching over 6,000 BAME civil servants working at all levels. Rob ended his one year tenure as Chair of CSRF in January 2018 and remains a member the CSRF Executive Committee as Non-Executive Director [NED]. Rob now chairs the MoJ’s Diverse Leaders Taskforce in support of the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. After 35yrs at the MoJ, Rob moved to the Department for Education in April 2019 to lead the Culture Change & Leadership Unit on the Transformation & Digital Directorate.
Rob has been a Trustee with RELATE for ten years and also volunteers as the Social Media Director with the Reach Society.
Rob was awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honours list for ‘Services to Race Equality in the workplace and the community’ and received his gong from the Queen at Buckingham Palace in May 2018. Later in the same year Rob became the inaugural winner of Investing in Ethnicity’s Workplace Hero Award in November 2018 before successfully graduating from the Civil Service Future Leaders Scheme in January 2019.
Rob lives with his wife and their two children in Harrow.
Shailesh is executive editor of Asian Media Group (AMG). He has 30 years' experience in journalism, overseeing a raft of leading titles, including Eastern Eye, Garavi Gujarat, Asian Trader, Pharmacy Business, Asian Hospitality as well as the Asian Rich List and GG2 Power List. An economics graduate, Shailesh has chronicled the Asian community in the UK and US for nearly three decades. He has a strong interest in diversity, inclusion and integration sitting on the board of the think tank British Future and is an advisor to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on their south Asian strategy.