Judges

Each year the Sustainability Leaders Awards entries are judged by an esteemed panel of sustainability experts, hand - picked for their specialist knowledge and experience within their own specific field. Scroll down to check out who will be judging your entries this year!

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Elaine Cohen
Managing director
Beyond Business

Elaine is an expert voice in the field of CSR, sustainability strategy and reporting and the CSR interface with Human Resources Management. Elaine is the founder manager of Beyond Business Ltd (www.b-yond.biz), a specialist CSR Consulting and Sustainability Reporting firm, working with clients on all continents. During Beyond Business’s 12 years of activity, Elaine has personally worked on the preparation of more than 80 published CSR/Sustainability Reports, several strategic CSR processes, social and environmental audits, assurance processes and related services for global clients such as Caesars Entertainment (USA), Nexeo Solutions (USA), Liberty Global (Europe), Mahindra Sanyo Steel (India), Ajinomoto (Japan), Cushman & Wakefield (USA), Strauss Group (Israel), Netafim (Israel), ECI Telecom (Israel) Teva Pharmaceuticals (Israel) and many more. Elaine is the author of three books in the field of sustainability and sustainability reporting, and writes the widely-read CSR Reporting blog. She lectures widely on corporate sustainability and reporting and Sustainable Human Resource Management, is a frequent conference chair and judge in sustainability award programs. Elaine was selected as a Trust Across America 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award honoree and tweets as @elainecohen to 18,000 followers.
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Matthew Farrow
Executive director
Environmental Industries Commission

Matthew Farrow is Executive Director of the Environmental Industries Commission, a role he has held since 2013. Previously he was Director of Policy at the Environmental Services Association, a trade body representing the waste management industry, and prior to that he was Head of Environment Policy at the CBI, where he played a key role in developing the CBI’s thinking on climate change under Director General Richard Lambert.
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Liz Goodwin OBE
Director of food loss & waste
World Resources Institute

Liz Goodwin is a chemist by background. After an early career at ICI she began to move towards the environmental sector at Zeneca and subsequently Syngenta. In 2001, she joined the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and in 2007 Liz took on the role of CEO which position she held until June 2016. During her period at WRAP, UK recycling rates increased from 9% to 43% and food waste was reduced by 21% in 5 years. In 2015 Liz was awarded and OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the Business Resource Efficiency and the Environment. Liz joined the World Resources Institute (WRI) in 2016 as Senior Fellow and Director, Food Loss and Waste. In March 2017 Liz was appointed Chair of the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) by the Mayor of London.
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Rob Holdway
Director
Giraffe Innovation

Rob is a familiar media face in design and sustainability issues and best known for presenting Channel 4’s Dumped TV programme where 11 unsuspecting contributors signed up for an eco-challenge only to be told they would live of a landfill near East Croydon for 3 weeks! Rob is a London Sustainable Development Commission - London Leader, a Davos World Economic Forum YGL and Professor Associate, Brunel University School of Engineering & Design. Rob started his professional design career as an industrial designer at Philips Corporate Design, Eindhoven in the early 1990’s before working at Unilever Research on innovation management. Previously, Rob spent 4 years as a Research Fellow at the Royal College of Art with the University of Cambridge on the Good Design Practice Programme and he recently gave evidence to the House of Commons Environment Audit Committee on the importance of design in the Circular economy. He is also chair of the Circular Economy Conference – Resource www.resource-event.com and Chairs The Renewables Conference at RWM http://www.therenewablesevent.com/. Rob co-founded Giraffe Innovation Ltd in 1998 specialising in eco-design and life-cycle assessment. Giraffe was described by The Guardian newspaper business pages as ‘one of the UK’s top green businesses’ and by The Manufacturer Magazine as ‘Britain’s leading eco-design consultancy’. Rob has worked internationally on eco-design projects and Giraffe’s work with Virgin Atlantic recently won a DBA Gold Design Effectiveness Award. Rob was also project director for the RSA WEEE Man www.weeeman.org and also the ‘Changing Habbits’ project www.changinghabbits.org which focusses on pro-environmental behaviours.
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Beth Knight
Corporate responsibility director
EY

Beth has over ten years' experience as a sustainability leader - directing change programs and influencing sustainable development across a variety of sectors. She is an ambassador for the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and is a member of the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) Stakeholder Council. Beth is on the board of ISSP, a fellow of IEMA and founding member of ICRS. Beth has recently returned to the UK after a 1 year assignment in Kenya - where she was Chief Program Officer of an NGO specialising in women’s empowerment and human rights in urban slums.
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Chris Large
Partner
Global Action Plan

Chris leads partnerships in many fields for GAP, with one common thread running through them all: the huge change required for the UK to exist within environment limits will bring great benefits to people’s lives, not hardship. Since joining the charity in 2005, Chris has led the creation and coordination of National Clean Air Day, is supporting the implementation of Singapore’s green building strategy and created the award-winning Operation TLC programme that saved the NHS millions of pounds of energy costs. Chris’s focus is now on improving air quality through public mobilisation, making the circular economy a reality, and moving beyond consumerism for the sake of the environment and the wellbeing of the population – especially young people.
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Anya Ledwith
Director
Eshcon

Anya Ledwith has a mission to make environmental management the business norm. Founder of award-winning consultancy Eshcon, Anya works with a range of sectors, from micros to multinationals, on ISO 14001 EMS, carbon reporting & ESOS energy audits. Being both a consultant and implementer of systems, Anya see both sides & understand the challenges faced, so tailoring advice accordingly. This helps clients embed the environment into core business activities and so gives them the results they are looking for: real improvements & commercial benefits. Reducing risk, promoting efficiency, saving money & winning business: This is Effective Environmental Management.
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Anita Longley
Chair
Institute of Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability

Anita has over twenty years experience at a senior level in the private and public sector. She is CR professional with particular expertise in sustainability in the energy industry. Anita is currently Chair of the Institute of CR and Sustainability, (ICRS). Launched in June 2014 the ICRS is dedicated to supporting CR and sustainability professionals to be brilliant at all stages of their careers. It recognises, promotes and supports high standards of professional practice. Anita is also a trustee of the Scottish Power Foundation and until recently NED at Secure Meters. As Director of CR at RWE npower for 12 years, Anita established the CR Team and developed the CR strategy for the UK business and for the generation business across Europe. Anita has also participated in a number of charity fund raising activities, including rowing the English Channel and climbing Kilimanjaro.
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Mike Pitts
Interim challenge director
Innovate UK

Dr Mike Pitts is Interim Challenge Director for the Transforming Construction ISCF Challenge at Innovate UK. He was previously Head of Urban Systems covering the priority areas of Urban Living and Smart Infrastructure. Mike has also led on embedding sustainability across Innovate UK’s strategy and programmes since he joined in November 2012. He has also led Clean and Cool entrepreneur Missions in 2013 to Brazil and 2015 to San Francisco. Mike also ran the Resource Efficiency programme during 2013/14.
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Michal Rea
Chief operating officer
Carbon Trust

Michael joined the Carbon Trust in 2002 as Director of Strategy, responsible for developing existing and new services to reduce carbon emissions and develop low carbon technologies. He has carried out a number of strategic and operational roles at the Carbon Trust, including Director of Technology Development and his current role of Chief Operating Officer. Previously, Michael was at McKinsey & Co where he specialised both in corporate & business unit strategy and performance improvement. Prior to that Michael worked at Procter and Gamble in product supply. Michael Rea is a graduate of University College Dublin where he completed a BEng (Mech) in 1991. He was awarded the faculty gold medal in his final year. He also completed an MBA at INSEAD, Paris in 1996.
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Trewin Restorick
Chief executive
Hubbub

Trewin Restorick is Founder and CEO of the award-winning charity Hubbub UK www.hubbub.org.uk which transforms the way environmental messages are communicated by bringing people and organisations together as a force for good. He is also Chair of Student Hubs http://www.studenthubs.org/ Previously Trewin created Global Action Plan the UK’s leading environmental behaviour change charity. Trewin is a frequent media commentator on environmental issues and was trained by Al Gore as one of his climate change ambassadors. Before starting Global Action Plan, Trewin was Director of Fundraising at Friends of the Earth where he created PaperRound London’s leading community recycling business. Prior to Friends of the Earth, Trewin worked at Plymouth City Council and produced a youth TV programme for the BBC called Something Else.
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Philip Sellwood
Chief executive
Energy Saving Trust

Philip Sellwood has been the Chief Executive of the Energy Saving Trust since 2003, leading the organisation to deliver on its mission to help everyone save energy every day. Philip has substantial experience in both the public and private sector, and is an active member of a number of influential Boards. He is Vice Chair of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership Board, a Non-Executive Director of REAL (Renewable Energy Assurance Limited) Board and a Non-Executive Director at the Local Government Improvement and Innovation Board. In addition, Philip is an Advisory member of UKERC (UK Energy Research Centre) and NHBC (National House Building Council). Philip is also a Founder Trustee of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which aims to build a positive circular economy. During the last 15 years, Philip has undertaken work with DTI/Defra, for an educational charity and as Ministerial Advisor at the Home Office, and sat as an Independent Commissioner on the LGA Climate Change Commission. Philip is a Member of the Institute of Energy, a Fellow of the British Institute of Management and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
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Solitaire Townsend
Co-founder
Futerra

Solitaire has been a passionate change-maker for over 30 years. As co-founder of Futerra she advises governments, charities and brands including Danone, Lancôme and Vodafone on imagining a better future, and making it happen. With Futerra offices in London, Stockholm, New York and Mexico City she admits that making the world a better place is a damn good business plan. You can watch her TEDx talks online and read her in the Guardian, Huffington Post, Forbes and more often as @GreenSolitaire. Solitaire was named ‘Ethical Entrepreneur of the Year’ in 2008 and more recently was Chair of the UK Green Energy Scheme, a member of the United Nations Sustainable Lifestyles Taskforce and a London Leader for Sustainability. Her new book The Happy Hero - How To Change Your Life By Changing The World is out now.
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Paul Toyne
Sustainability development expert and London Sustainable Development Commissioner

Dr Paul Toyne is a respected environmentalist and sustainable development expert. He is non-executive director and independent adviser to business and government on the sustainable built environment. Paul has held global roles as Director of Environment and Sustainability at Balfour Beatty and at WSP and was LendLease’s first Head of Sustainability for its construction business Bovis Lend Lease. He is a London Sustainable Development Commissioner appointed by the Mayor of London in 2010; a member of the Green Construction Boards Infrastructure Working Group; Chair of Constructing Excellence’s Sustainability Group; and a Fellow of IEMA and RSA. Paul has a PhD from Imperial College. He regularly chairs and facilitates sustainability conferences. Amongst other claims to fame, he has a butterfly that he discovered, named after him.
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Sally Uren OBE
Chief executive
Forum for the Future

Sally oversees Forum’s mission to accelerate a big shift towards a sustainable future by catalysing transformational change in global systems. This involves working with global organisations, to address complex challenges in systems such as food, energy, apparel and shipping. Sally is directly involved in a number of projects at Forum including Cotton 2040, a collaboration to accelerate the mainstreaming of sustainable cotton. As well as regularly speaking at conferences and writing for publications, Sally is also an independent advisor on Advisory Boards for several global businesses.
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Joanne Wade OBE
Chief executive
Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE)

Dr Joanne Wade joined the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE) as Director on 1 September 2014. Previously she was a director of energy and environmental consultancy Impetus Consulting, and for nine years until 2004 she was the research director of ACE. As well as acting as a freelance consultant, she lectures and supervises at Imperial College London, City University and the University of Surrey. Amongst recent clients have been the UK Energy Research Centre, the European Commission, Consumer Focus, Which? and the Department of Energy & Climate Change. She is currently a steering group member of the Centre for Innovation & Energy Demand at the University of Sussex; an honorary senior research fellow at Imperial College; and a Fellow and member of the Energy Advisory panel of the Energy Institute. She has been chair of the board of trustees of the eaga Charitable Trust, a Commissioner of the London Sustainable Development Commission; a trustee of the Global Action Plan; and an Associate lecturer at the Open University.