The Colour of Power has the potential to begin an honest debate in the UK about who wields power, and what those consequences might mean for all of us. Perhaps even more boldly it might precipitate a broader conversation about who we are as a nation of people and who we want to be.

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Leaders of Political Parties

The men and women who lead our main political parties are the ambassadors and drivers of our representative democracy.

Cabinet Members

The Cabinet is the collective decision-making body of the Government of the United Kingdom, composed of the Prime Minister and her most senior Government Ministers.

Government Ministers

Department Ministers cover almost every aspect of daily life in the UK.

Scottish Parliament Ministers

Ministers of the Scottish Parliament are the lawmaking body in Scotland for devolved matters.

Welsh Assembly Cabinet Members

Ministers for the Welsh Assembly are the law making body in Wales for devolved matters.

Supreme Court Judges

The Supreme Court is the highest in the whole of the United Kingdom for civil matters, and for criminal matters from the United Kingdom jurisdictions of England and Wales and Northern Ireland.

Members of Defence Council for the Armed Forces

The Defence Council of the United Kingdom is the body legally entrusted with the defence of the United Kingdom and its overseas territories, and with control over the British armed forces.

Heads of the Intelligence Agencies

The Government of the United Kingdom maintains intelligence agencies within several different government departments. The agencies are responsible for collecting and producing foreign and domestic intelligence, providing military intelligence, performing espionage and counter-espionage.

Permanent Secretaries in the Civil Service

A permanent secretary is the most senior civil servant in a department. Each supports the government minister at the head of the department, who is accountable to Parliament for the department’s actions and performance.

Police and Crime Commissioners

PCCs are elected by the public and their aim is to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service within their force area. They are responsible for the totality of policing.

Chief Constables

Chief constable is the rank used by the chief police officer of every territorial police force in the United Kingdom except for the City of London Police and the Metropolitan Police.

Leaders of Trades Unions

The Trade Union leaders or sometimes known as General Secretaries are major figureheads of a particular union, often representing 100,000s if not millions of workers in the UK.

Leaders of London Borough Councils

The role of the leader of the council is often to provide overall political leadership for the council by: co-ordinating and delivering council policies, strategies and services. Most leaders are selected by the political party in power.

CEOs of London Borough Councils

Chief Executive officers oversee the management of the council.

Leaders of Metropolitan Borough Councils

Metropolitan authorities, like unitary authorities, are responsible for delivery of all services (unlike boroughs where some services are delivered by the county). The role of the leader of the council is often to provide overall political leadership for the council, most are selected by the political party in power.

CEOs of Metropolitan Borough Councils

Metropolitan authorities, like unitary authorities, are responsible for delivery of all services (unlike boroughs where some services are delivered by the county).

Leaders of Unitary Authorities

Unitary authorities, like Metropolitan councils, are responsible for delivery of all services (unlike boroughs where some services are delivered by the county). The role of the leader of the council is often to coordinate and deliver council policies, strategies and services.

CEOs of Unitary Authorities

Unitary authorities, like Metropolitan councils, are responsible for delivery of all services (unlike boroughs where some services are delivered by the county). Chief Executive officers oversee the management of the council.

Directly Elected Mayors

Directly elected mayors are local government executive leaders who have been directly elected by the people who live in a local authority area.

Chairs of Top 50 NHS Trusts

NHS Trusts typically have budgets of 100’s millions pounds, a staff force of many thousands, and delivering services to potentially hundreds of thousands of individuals.

CEOs of Top 50 NHS Trusts

NHS Trust CEO’s are responsible for the financial and managerial performance of their Trust and they have also been made responsible for the quality of clinical care.
NOTE: There are 51 CEO”s because of a job share at Newcastle-upon-tyne.

CEOs of FTSE100 Companies

The financial wellbeing of the UK is often predicated on how well the Ftse 100 is performing. Each company is typically worth hundreds of millions of pounds, and often employ many thousands of employees.

CEOs / Managing Partners of Top Law Firms

Many top law firms will have a global outlook and be strong across key industry sectors, such as financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare.

CEOs of top UK Banks, Financial Institutions and Regulatory Authorities

The banks and financial services play a huge role in the UK economy. In 2011 financial and insurance services contributed £125.4bn to the British economy – 9.4% of its total economic output.

CEOs of Top Accounting Firms

Public accounting firms typically employ Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) that work in the areas of audit, tax and management consulting across a plethora of areas and industries including: pharmaceutical, real estate, telecommunications, aerospace, defence, banking, entertainment, Government and public sector, insurance, power and utilities.

CEOs of Top Advertising Agencies

The Advertising industry has a massive impact on our lives. It is a 20 billion pound a year industry, that fuels a 100 billion pound economy . Furthermore, it has a huge impact on our values and how we see ourselves.

CEOs of Top Consulting Firms

Consulting firms lend valuable expertise and provide advice in many specialised areas of business. Their worth in the UK is valued at around 7 billion, with the top firms taking a big slice of that cake.

CEOs of Media Agencies

In the broadest sense, media agencies are companies which buy, create or produce PR on behalf of clients. Combined revenue for the top 100 UK media companies is more than £87bn.

CEOs of Top Publishers

In 2014 UK publishers printed 20 books every hour, making it the biggest publication of books per capita in the world. The industry is worth around £4.6 billion, and by its very nature plays a huge role in the cultural values of our society.

Editors of National Newspapers

Two thirds of the UK population, 42 million people, read a newspaper in print or digitally every week. Some people argue that the digital and print media have huge influence over our politics and other aspects of our daily lives.

Editors of Top 10 UK Fashion and Lifestyle Magazines

Despite being forced to adjust to a digital world the top UK fashion and lifestyle magazines still enjoy have huge circulations, and strongly influence our fashion and lifestyle tastes.

Managing Directors of TV Broadcasters

The power and influence of the TV broadcasters cannot be underestimated – watched by millions of people on a daily basis for news, entertainment, culture and sport. The BBC alone employs 35,000 people.

Premier League Managers

The UK’s most popular sport is football, and the Premier league at £4.5 billion, is the richest by some measure in the world. In most Premier league teams the percentage of BME players is around 30%.

Vice-Chancellors of Top Universities

For decades the UK’s top universities have been feeders to the most prestigious and well paid jobs in the country. For example, in the former Prime Minster David Cameron’s Cabinet, more than have were schooled at either Oxford or Cambridge.

CEOs of Top Charities

As a nation we give nearly £10 billion to charities every year. The top ten receive hundreds of millions, and their campaigns influence what and how we prioritise our charitable giving.

CEOs of Business Organisations

This is a small, but influential group. For example, the CBI speaks on behalf of 190,000 businesses of all sizes and sectors. Together they employ nearly 7 million people, about one third of the private sector-employed workforce.

CEOs of Public Bodies / Quangos

Public bodies / quangos play keys roles, including watch-dogs, and cultural bodies which guide and influence. They are tax payer funded, but maintain a degree of independence.

CEOs of Arts and Culture Organistions

The arts and cultural bodies are often quangos too – there are several hundred quangos in the UK – and they are often what culturally defines us a nation.

CEOs of National Governing Bodies of Sport

Sport plays such a huge role in both the cultural and physical well being of a nation. The governing bodies to these and other sports are there to promote and expand their chosen field.