Powerwomen Awards 2022 Judges

Karen Jones

Karen founded Citywealth after a career at News International, The Times, and Sunday Times in the legal, financial and recruitment sections. She also ran the Legalease flagship title Legal Business/Asia Pacific Legal 500, and launched Legal Business Awards and Legal 500 parties. Karen then took over In Brief magazine, where she grew the organisation from a buyout where it had gone bankrupt to a successful £500,000-a-year publishing and events business. Her work as a Citywealth CEO was recognised by four New York Stevie Awards: Women helping women (2014, 2015), Innovator of the year (2015), and Entrepreneur of the year (2015).

Emma Woollcott
Mishcon de Reya

Emma is a Partner and Head of Reputation Protection and Crisis Management at Mishcon de Reya. She acts for individuals, companies and charities on defamation, breach of confidence, invasion of privacy, harassment and data protection concerns. She is particularly adept in digital technology and online publications, often advising in times of crisis and in the context of wider disputes. Her clients span a wide range of geographies and industries, including media and entertainment, technology, financial services, politics, publishing, art, property, sport, fashion and the charity sector. Her team won Gold in the Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2020, as Reputation Management team of the Year.

Dhana Sabanathan
Winckworth Sherwood

Dhana is a Partner in Winckworth Sherwood’s Private Business and Wealth Team. She advises UK and non-UK clients on international tax and estate planning. She regularly advises on the establishment of trusts, the structuring of UK real estate investments, and planning for individuals coming to or leaving the UK. She is also noted for her expertise in representing clients facing enquiries from HMRC. Dhana is a trusted advisor to high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals, family offices, entrepreneurs, and owner-managed businesses. Dhana was featured in this year’s Citywealth Leaders List, and has also been recognised by Eprivate Client, Chambers High Net Worth and Legal 500. Legal 500 described Dhana as “having great in-depth tax knowledge and a proactive approach to solving complex problems involving offshore trust and company structures”. 

Ilka Gregory
Head of Client Relationships
Truvvo Partners LLC

Ilka is a Managing Director and Head of Client Relationships. In this role, she leads a team responsible for understanding clients’ objectives and presenting solutions across the firm’s comprehensive capabilities in Strategic Advice and Planning, Investment Management, and Direct Investments.

Julian Washington
Head of Business Development

Julian is a solicitor and Head of Business Development at Druces LLP. He has a career-long commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in the private wealth industry, dating back to his appointment to the Law Society’s Equal Opportunities Committee as a young lawyer in the 1990s. During his time at Royal Bank of Canada, Julian served on the bank’s Global WM Diversity Council and, in his current role, he has led the way in celebrating the contribution of #DrucesWomen to the business. One of Julian’s four goddaughters has her birthday on International Women’s Day! Julian previously served as a judge of the Powerwomen Awards in 2017 and 2018 and is delighted to return to the panel for the 2022 Awards.

Charlotte Thorne
Founding Partner
Capital Generation Partners

Charlotte Thorne is a founding partner of Capital Generation Partners, a multi award-winning investment management firm serving clients in the Ultra High Net Worth space. Charlotte designed and developed the firm’s discretionary platform and remains closely focussed on maintaining excellence in client service. Charlotte is a member of the firm’s three investment committees, bringing her understanding of client goals and their structuring needs to the investment process. She also chairs CapGen’s Business Risk Committee. Charlotte leads the firm’s connections with the wider private client industry. She has a background in financial policy having spent several years at HM Treasury advising Conservative and Labour Chancellors on issues including corporation tax and pensions policy before working in Brussels in the Diplomatic Service during the launch of the euro. She also worked at the FSA advising on European and consumer policy. She has a degree in Politics Philosophy and Economics from Oxford

Catherine Lapadula
Managing Director
UBS International

Catherine Lapadula is Managing Director of UBS AG and Location Head of The UBS International New York branch. New York is the largest international branch of UBS. The branch services Ultra High Net Worth clients in Latin America, Europe and Asia. Catherine is among one of the longest standing managers in the International arena with over thirty one years' experience in Wealth Management, fourteen years with UBS.

Jurga McCluskey

Jurga has been practising international immigration law for 15 years. She has significant experience in servicing international clients dealing with global scale corporate immigration advice and strategy. Jurga deals with all immigration matters including highly complex corporate and personal immigration matters. She gives strategic business advice to international clients, develops innovative services, regularly engages with the UK Government, the European Commission, and the Mayor of London, advises think tanks and is a frequent voice in the media as an immigration expert.

Rachel de Souza

I'm a tax advisor with over 25 years' experience in private client tax planning. I specialise in advising clients where there are international aspects. Many of my client are non-domiciled with offshore structures but increasingly, I advise UK doms as they have cross border issues as well. I also advise trustees directly. Lastly, I have a specialism in advising trustees and members on the implications of accessing funds in all sorts of non-UK pension plans.

Claire-Marie Cornford
Irwin Mitchell

I specialise in private client disputes and litigation, specifically those concerning trust, estate and succession disputes. My clients include private individuals, trustees, executors, administrators, protectors and beneficiaries. I deal with all manner of disputes both in the UK and internationally, including claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, will disputes, and claims in respect of beneficial interests in property.