Our expert panel of judges for the 2014 City A.M. Awards included some of the most influential people in the UK financial business community.

They were:

David Hellier, City A.M.

David, City A.M.'s editor, has helped select the distinguished panel. In putting the group together he has ensured the members are exceptionally experienced and knowledgeable.

Dame Alison Carnwath, Land Securities

Dame Alison appeared on 2013's New Year Honours List. A former investment banker at Schroders, she has since taken up a number of directorships. She is chair of Land Securities and on the board of Man Group and Zurich.

Sir Martin Sorrell, WPP

Sir Martin returns to the panel, fresh after picking up the Cannes Lions Holding Company of the Year award for the fourth year in a row. He's chief executive of WPP, one of the world's largest advertising groups.

Nigel Boardman, Slaughter & May

Nigel is one of the City's best known corporate lawyers. He joined Slaughter & May, where he remains a partner, in 1973, and has worked with most of the big companies at one time or another.

Simon Borrows, 3i

Simon's career change, which took him from being an investment banker at Greenhill to chief executive at the private equity giant 3i has recently paid dividends - with 3i joining the FTSE 100 Index earlier this month.

Sir Roger Carr, BAE Systems

Sir Roger is one of the UK's best known businessmen and is currently chairman of BAE Systems. He was previously chairman of Centrica as well as President of the CBI.

Katherine Garrett-Cox CBE, Alliance Trust

Katherine was appointed chief executive of Britain's largest investment trust, Alliance Trust, in 2008. She received her CBE in 2013's New Years Honours list, having enjoyed a 22 year career in the investment industry.

Simon Mackenzie-Smith, BoA Merrill Lynch

Simon joins us on the panel for the fourth year in a row. As chairman of investment banking for Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the UK and Ireland he's spearheaded dozens of deals.

Ian Powell, PwC

Ian was elected chairman and senior partner of the UK firm of PwC in 2008 and re-elected for a second term in 2012. Something of a PwC lifer, Ian joining the firm in 1977.

Phil Raper, Goldman Sachs

Phil is head of UK equity capital markets and chairman of corporate broking at Goldman Sachs. He joined the firm in 2000 and was named managing director in the same year.

Xavier Rolet, London Stock Exchange Group

Xavier is chief executive of the London Stock Exchange Group and joins the panel for the second time. He was chief executive of Lehman Brothers in France from July 2007 to 7 January 2009, having started his career at Goldman Sachs.

Roland Rudd, RLM Finsbury

There can be few better connected people than Roland, who is the co-founder of RLM Finsbury, the City's top financial public relations firm. Never a dull moment, this year has seen him act as adviser to AstraZeneca during its takeover battle with Pfizer.

Nick Hungerford

Nick Hungerford, Nutmeg

Nick is the co-founder and chief executive of Nutmeg - the UK's only online wealth management service. He switched from his job as a stockbroker at the likes of Barclays and Brewin Dolphin to start again as a challenger to the traditional investment industry. He occasionally advises Number 10 on how it can support entrepreneurship and boost financial services.

See last year's winners here.