We have visually illustrated the Colour of Power in Britain’s top levels across a broad spectrum of private and public institutions by collating a series of publicly available lists and photos. In order to provide comparable data, we have included the same or equivalent posts of power to those used in our 2017 analysis. These cover a broad spectrum of sectors, chosen on the basis of which institutions most affect our lives.
Some categories are more obvious than others, including national government, the banking industry and our universities. Others required greater consideration. Mainly, selecting the various sectors came down to ensuring the legitimacy of the project: we wanted to include sectors that play a significant role within our society, but equally represent posts which, in theory, should be open to any one of our future leaders here in the UK. For example, owning a Premiership football club is not the same as managing one. The first often requires a billion-pound personal bank account, while the second simply demands insight, tactical nous and man management.