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    Lewis Hamilton and PHE professor Kevin Fenton top list of Britain’s most influential black people in year of BLM protests and Covid-19 pandemic

    • Lewis Hamilton is named number 1 for seven world titles and BLM campaigning
    • Black medics recognised for Covid work including PHE chief Prof Kevin Fenton
    • Stormzy, broadcaster Afua Hirsch and journalist Edward Enninful make top ten
    • Organisers say 2021 list celebrates those who have spoken out against racism
    • Marcus Rashford misses out on top ten but makes long list for his campaigning 

    Lewis Hamilton has today been named Britain’s most influential black person in a list dominated by those who have campaigned to support the Black Lives Matter movement.

    The Formula 1 star, 35, who won his seventh world title on Sunday, has encouraged drivers to take the knee before races, changed his Mercedes racing car from silver to black and set up a commission to get more black people into motor sport.

    He has described topping the Powerlist 2021 as a ‘monumental moment’ but used the award to pledge he would not ‘stay silent’ on racism in F1.

    Professor Kevin Fenton, London chief of Public Health England, is also recognised by the Powerlist judges who said they wanted to celebrate black Britons who have helped fight Covid-19 and ‘spoken truth to power’ on how BAME communities have been disproportionately hit.

    Grime star Stormzy, broadcaster Afua Hirsch, editor-in-chief of British Vogue Edward Enninful, historian David Olusoga are also recognised for campaigning against racial injustice.

    Footballer Marcus Rashford made the longer list but not the top ten, despite twice forcing the Government into U-turns on providing free school meals during school holidays and today launching a national book club to encourage disadvantaged youngsters to read.   

    Lewis Hamilton has been named Britain’s most influential black person for his sporting success and campaigning for the BLM movement

    2. Prof Kevin Fenton - London director, Public Health England

    3 Stormzy - grime artist

    Professor Kevin Fenton, London chief of Public Health England, is second on the list followed by rapper Stormzy

    Marcus Rashford has had an influential year on and off the pitch for his campaigning on child poverty and now literacy. He made the long list, but not the top ten

    Marcus Rashford has had an influential year on and off the pitch for his campaigning on child poverty and now literacy. He made the long list, but not the top ten

    Black Powerlist 2021: Top 10 

    1 Lewis Hamilton – racing driver 

    2 Prof Kevin Fenton – London director, Public Health England 

    3 Stormzy – grime artist 

    4 Michaela Coel – actor, screenwriter and director 

    5 Edward Enninful – editor-in-chief, British Vogue 

    6 Dame Donna Kinnair – chief executive, Royal College of Nursing 

    7 Jacqueline McKenzie – director at Centre for Migration Advice and Research 

    8 David Olusoga – historian

    9 Afua Hirsch – journalist, author and broadcaster 

    10 Richard Iferenta – vice-chair, KPMG 

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    The annual list of the most powerful people of African, African Caribbean and African American heritage in the UK is ranked by independent judges chaired by retired High Court judge Dame Linda Dobbs, in partnership with law firm JP Morgan. 

    Michael Eboda, the chief executive of Powerful Media, has said the 2020 list, first published in 2007, is marked by the Black Lives Matter protests across the UK following the murder of George Floyd in the US in May.

    Mr Eboda said: ‘The judges actually wanted to make it clear this year’s top 10 was quite deliberately different from years in the past.

    ‘I think in the past it has been a lot more corporate and business-focused, whereas this year it was about the two main issues that have affected black communities globally, which are Covid and Black Lives Matter’. 

    Lewis Hamilton is the first sports star in the list’s 14-year history to claim the top spot. 

    Reflecting on his legacy in the sport, Lewis Hamilton said he hoped his work outside of the car ultimately has a greater impact than his achievements behind the wheel.

    He said: ‘I want to look back on Formula One in 10 years’ time and really see change because yes, we have this Black Lives Matter moment and there’s a mic and people are hearing it, but you’ve got to really do the work to activate change.’

    Professor Fenton was ranked just behind the seven-time F1 world champion and ahead of Stormzy for leading the capital’s response to coronavirus, including minimising the impact on BAME communities.

    His role at PHE involves working closely with the capital’s public health leaders and borough council chairs in how best to respond to coronavirus, alongside advising London mayor Sadiq Khan. 

    4 Michaela Coel - actor, screenwriter and director

    5 Edward Enninful - editor-in-chief, British Vogue

    Actress and screenwriter Michaela Coel (left) , who wrote and starred in 2020 drama I May Destroy You is in fourth with Edward Enninful (right) – editor-in-chief of British Vogue, in fifth

    6 Dame Donna Kinnair - chief executive, Royal College of Nursing

    7 Jacqueline McKenzie - director at Centre for Migration Advice and Research

    Dame Donna Kinnair, chief executive, Royal College of Nursing (left) is in sixth followed by Jacqueline McKenzie (right) , who fought for justice for victims of the Windrush Scandal

    8 David Olusoga - historian

    9 Afua Hirsch - journalist, author and broadcaster

    In eighth is historian and broadcaster David Olusoga , who was behind the shows Black and British: A Forgotten History and Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners. Journalist Afua Hirsch, who fronted the documentary series Enslaved with Pulp Fiction actor Samuel L Jackson is ninth

    Professor Fenton, who was a leading practitioner tackling HIV and Aids issues for three decades prior to his appointment to becoming London’s regional director at PHE in April 2020, said he feels ‘truly honoured’ to be included in the Powerlist.

    He said: ‘To play a small part in it has been a humbling experience and I feel extremely proud of the work we have carried out.

    ‘But it does not stop here. There is still a long way to go and we will continue working hard to stop the spread of this virus as we move through the winter and into the New Year.’ 

    Actress and screenwriter Michaela Coel, who wrote and starred in 2020 drama I May Destroy You is in fourth. 

    She is followed by Edward Enninful – editor-in-chief of British Vogue.

    Dame Donna Kinnair, chief executive, Royal College of Nursing is in sixth followed by Jacqueline McKenzie, who fought for justice for victims of the Windrush Scandal. 

    In eighth is historian and broadcaster David Olusoga, who was behind the shows Black and British: A Forgotten History and Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners.

    Journalist Afua Hirsch, who fronted the documentary series Enslaved with Pulp Fiction actor Samuel L Jackson is ninth, with Richard Iferenta, vice-chair of KPMG in tenth. 

    There is a longer unranked list of black people from the arts, business, education, health and sport including  John Boyega, Idris Elba, Dame Sharon White, Sir Lenny Henry, David Lammy and Anthony Joshua.

    The full Black Powerlist 2021 

    The arts, fashion and design (Unranked)

    Chi-Chi Nwanoku, OBE – Founder, Artistic & Exec Director Chineke!;

    Duro Olowu – Fashion Designer

    Dr Shirley J Thompson, OBE – Composer, Artistic & Music Director, Writer, Educator, University of Westminster

    Pat McGrath MBE – Founder, Pat McGrath Cosmetics

    Lynette Yiadom-Boakye – Artist

    Francesca Hayward – Principal Dancer, Royal Ballet

    Grace Wales-Bonner – Founder and Creative Director at Wales Bonner

    Kobna Holdbrook-Smith – Actor/Founding Member Act for Change

    John Boyega – Actor

    Idris Elba OBE – Actor, Producer

    Business (Unranked)

    Alan Smith – Global Head of Risk Strategy and Chief of Staff, Global Risk, HSBC

    Camille Drummond – Vice President, Global Business Services, BP

    Eric Collins – CEO and Founding Member, Impact X Capital Partners

    Jason Black – Co-founder of Crep Protect and Co-Owner of Crepe and Cones

    Lindelwe Lesley Ndlovu – CEO, AXA Africa Specialty Risks, Lloyd’s of London

    Netsai Mangwende – Head of Finance for Great Britain, Willis Towers Watson

    Pamela Hutchinson – Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Bloomberg

    Sandra Wallace – UK Managing Partner, DLA Piper

    Tevin Tobun – Founder and CEO, GV Group (Gate Ventures)

    Yvonne Ike – Managing Director and Head of Sub Saharan Africa region, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

    Paulette Rowe – CEO, Integrated and E-commerce Solutions, Paysafe Group

    Nadja Bellan-White – Global Chief Marketing Officer at VICE Media Group, former Executive Partner, WPP Team Leader at Ogilvy

    Roni Savage – Managing Director, Founder of Jomas Associates

    Dean Forbes – President, The Access Group

    Dame Sharon White – Chairman, John Lewis Partnership

    Tara Lajumoke – Managing Director, Financial Times

    Adrian Joseph – Managing Director, Group AI and Data Solutions, BT Group

    Femi Bamisaiye – Chief Information Officer, HomeServe UK

    Yemi Edun – Founder and CEO, Daniel Ford & Co and Daniel Ford International

    Emeka Emembolu – Senior Vice President – North Sea at BP

    Tunde Olanrewaju – Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

    Media, Publishing and Entertainment (Unranked)

    Akala – Educator, Rapper, Poet, Activist

    Anne Mensah – Vice-president of Content UK, Netflix

    Amma Asante MBE – Writer, Director

    Charlene White – ITN News Anchor

    Femi Oguns MBE – Agent, Founder and CEO of Identity Theatre

    Education (Unranked)

    Gary Younge – Journalist; Author; Professor of Sociology, University of Manchester

    Lorna Clarke – BBC Controller of Pop Music

    Marcus Ryder – Executive Producer of Multimedia, Caixin Global

    Paulette Simpson – Executive, Corporate Affairs and Public Policy, Jamaica National Bank; Executive Director, The Voice Media Group

    Reggie Yates – Writer; Director; Broadcaster

    Reni Eddo-Lodge – Journalist, Author

    Sir Lenny Henry – Actor, Writer, Campaigner

    Vanessa Kingori MBE – Publisher, British Vogue

    Bernadine Evaristo – Writer, Professor of Creative Writing, Brunel

    Hugh Muir – Senior Assistant Editor, The Guardian

    Annette Thomas – CEO Guardian Media Group PLC

    Dorothy Koomson – Author

    Kamal Ahmed – Editorial Director, BBC News

    Politics, Law and Religion (Unranked)

    David Lammy – Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Member of Parliament for Tottenham

    Dr Sandie Okoro – Senior Vice President and Group General Counsel, World Bank

    Joshua Siaw MBE – Partner, White & Case

    Dr Kathryn Nwajiaku – Director, Politics and Governance, Overseas Development Institute

    Martin Forde, QC- Barrister

    Rose Hudson-Wilkin – Bishop of Dover

    Segan Osuntokun – Managing Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

    Harry Matovu QC – Barrister

    Marcia Willis Stewart QC – Director, Birnberg Peirce & Partners

    Stephanie Boyce – Deputy Vice-President, Law Society of England and Wales

    Patrick Vernon OBE -Political activist and social commentator

    Public sector and politics

    Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon – MBE CEO and Co-Founder, STEMettes

    Dr Margaret Casely-Hayford CBE – Chair, Shakespeare’s Globe; Chancellor, Coventry University; Non-Executive Director, Co-op Group

    Marvin Rees – Mayor of Bristol

    Dr Nira Chamberlain – President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications

    Professor Funmi Olonisakin – Professor of Security, Leadership and Development at King’s College London; Founding Director of African Leadership Centre

    Lord Simon Woolley – Co-founder/Director, Operation Black Vote

    Sonita Alleyne OBE – Master, Jesus College, Cambridge

    Professor Patricia Daley – Vice Principal at Jesus College Oxford

    Science, Medicine and Engineering (not ranked)

    Dr Emeka Okaro- Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

    Dr Ian Nnatu – Consultant Psychiatrist

    Dr Joy Odili – Consultant Plastic Surgeon

    Dr Sylvia Bartley – Senior Global Director, Medtronic Foundation

    Samantha Tross – Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Professor Laura Serrant OB – Head of Department and Professor of Community and Public Health Nursing at Manchester Metropolitan University

    Professor Jacqueline Dunkley Bent OBE – Chief Midwifery Officer, NHS England

    Martin Griffiths – Lead trauma surgeon, Royal London & National Clinical Director for Violence Reduction, NHS

    Dr Paula Franklin – Chief Medical Officer at Bupa Global and UK

    Dr Jacqui Dyer MBE – President, Mental Health Foundation

    Sport (Unranked)

    Anthony Joshua – World Heavyweight Boxing Champion

    Dina Asher-Smith – World champion sprinter

    Raheem Sterling – Footballer

    Marcus Rashford – Footballer and campaigner

    Tech (Unranked)

    Ebele Okobi – Public Policy Director Africa, the Middle East & Turkey, Facebook

    Ije Nwokorie – Senior Director, Apple

    Nneka Abulokwe OBE – Founder and CEO, MicroMax Consulting

    Jacky Wright – Chief Digital Officer & Corporate Vice President, Microsoft, US

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