The monarch topped the list of 100 female figures announced Tuesday on "Woman's Hour," though she is above party politics and her role in government is limited to formalities.
The list was dominated by business leaders and politicians. Home Secretary Theresa May — Britain's interior minister — ranked second, followed by Ana Botin, chief executive of Santander U.K. bank.
Pollard said those in the list "were judged to have power because they had reached a place where they have control — of policy, of direction, of influence, of staff."
She said she hoped the roster would "shine a light on those sectors where too few women are getting to the top, like politics, FTSE companies, the military and journalism."
Among those omitted was the former Kate Middleton, wife of Prince William. Pollard said the judges felt Kate had enormous influence — but not, yet, power.
"Woman's Hour" Power List: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007qlvb/features/power-list-100