Access People President, Dean Forbes named one of the most Influential black people in the UK

Congratulations today to Dean Forbes, president of Access People division at The Access Group, who has been named one of the 100 most influential people of African, African-Caribbean and African-American heritage in the United Kingdom.  SEVEN-times Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton topped the list.


Dean Forbes, president of Access People division, is named one of the most influential people of African, African-Caribbean and African-American heritage in the UK.


Elected to the Powerlist 2021 by a panel of judges, Forbes is recognised for his exceptional business leadership and entrepreneurial successes over the last decade. Also cited is his commitment via The Forbes Family Group (FFG) to mentoring young people; helping and inspiring those from difficult backgrounds make a success of their lives; as well as FFG’s community work supporting low income parents.


“I’m honoured to be named to the Powerlist, to stand alongside such outstanding individuals from the black community,” said Forbes. “Race, inclusion and representation matter and this list is an excellent showcase of the brilliance that exists in the black community and demonstrates the broad and powerful contribution being made by these individuals to society and the UK economy.”


Forbes joined the Access Group in May 2020 when we acquired CoreHR. In his three years as CEO there, he grew the company to become one of the foremost HCM technology solutions in the UK and Ireland. Prior to that venture, Forbes led the business transformation of travel and expense software company KDS and its sale to American Express Travel.


Today, Dean is also a board trustee of the London-based African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust.


Michael Eboda, The Powerlist 2021 publisher, said: “The Powerlist continues to be a great showcase, acknowledgement and reminder of the amazing individuals of African, African Caribbean and African American heritage we have in the UK and I would like to congratulate each and every one on the list."


Now in its 15th year, The Powerlist, in partnership with J.P.Morgan, honours incredible men and women across a wide range of industries including the arts, business, politics, science and technology. Entrants are judged on their “ability to change lives and alter events, as demonstrated over a protracted period of time and in a positive manner”.