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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Chris Large
Senior partner
Global Action Plan

One of two partners that leads the charity, Chris guides Global Action Plan’s ambitions to enable organisations and the public to minimise their contribution, and exposure, to air pollution. Chris is the architect of the Clean Van Commitment, leading a collective commitment from some of the UK’s largest fleet operators to have a zero tailpipe emission van fleet by 2028. Chris also led the creation of the Clean Air Day initiative, convening a group of 200 supporter organisations to mobilise action on air pollution across the country. Supporters include the Royal College of Physicians, Highways England, Defra, Great Ormond Street Hospital, UNICEF and the authorities of the UK’s largest cities. In 2019, the Clean Air Day traditional and social media campaign created £11m worth of coverage promoting air pollution facts, trending top on Twitter, and securing a Sky Breakfast studio slot. 3,800 organisations took part, hosting over 600 events around the UK, with 250 official campaign supporters. Alongside air quality, Chris is supporting Singapore’s government to implement the country’s green building strategy and created the award-winning Operation TLC programme that has saved the NHS millions of pounds of energy costs. A graduate of the University of York and the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, Chris has worked for Global Action Plan since 2005.
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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

Mike is the Deputy Challenge Director for Transforming Construction –the government’s Industrial Strategy programme linked to the sector deal and managed by Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation. He acted as interim Challenge Director in securing the programme as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Mike was previously Head of Urban Systems at Innovate UK, covering the priority areas of Urban Living and Smart Infrastructure. He joined Innovate UK in 2012 to lead on embedding sustainability across Innovate UK’s strategy. He has also led Clean and Cool entrepreneur Missions in 2013 to Brazil and 2015 to San Francisco and ran the Resource Efficiency programme during 2013/14. Previously Mike spent five years driving sustainability-led innovation in the chemical industry with Chemistry Innovation. He has developed and managed projects on lifecycle analysis, renewable chemicals, industrial biotechnology and resource efficiency across the chemistry-using industries. Mike holds a PhD in organic chemistry and spent his early career in several technology spin-outs leading R&D teams developing process technology for the pharmaceutical, agrochemical and electronics industries.
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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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Michael 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 and business unit strategy and performance improvement. Prior to that Michael worked at Procter and Gamble in product supply. Michael is a graduate of University College Dublin where he completed a BEng (Mech). 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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Gudrun Cartwright
Environment Director
Business in the Community

Gudrun Cartwright is Environment Director at Business in the Community. She is a strong advocate for the ability of business leadership to drive positive change for people and planet. Gudrun leads BITC’s Environment programme focused on ‘smart growth’ - creating prosperity and opportunity through a rapid transition to a resilient, net zero carbon, circular economy that restores the health of water, land and biodiversity in urban and rural areas. Gudrun is passionate about developing collaborative, cross sector projects that deliver a step change at a system level and has established water and circular economy taskforces to enable this work. Since joining BITC in 2008 Gudrun has headed up environmental work across England West, working closely with regional and local stakeholders, led a refresh of the ‘Forces for Change’ research and had a focus on innovation and partnerships. She has an MSc in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development. Prior to working at BITC she worked in the NHS, manufacturing, logistics and retail, supporting innovation and change to improve quality, productivity and customer experiences. Gudrun is available to talk about how business can achieve zero carbon, the circular economy and how businesses can work together to be consider thier environmental impact.
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Susanne Baker
Head of Programme, Environment and Compliance
techUK

Susanne is responsible for techUK's Environment & Compliance Programme. The programme, which spans issues such as eco-design, chemicals policy and producer responsibility legislation to conflict materials, circular economy and climate change policy, helps techUK members to get to grips with the latest compliance issues, policy developments and environmental trends, and in turn works with government to ensure that regulation in this area is targeted and effective. Before joining techUK, Susanne worked in the policy and representation team at EEF, the manufacturers' organisation. For several years she was a senior writer for The ENDS Report, an environmental policy and business journal, and worked in several Whitehall press offices. She holds a BSc in Environmental Science from Kings College London and is a fellow of the RSA.
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Mike Barry
BITC Environment Leadership Team

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Tim Balcon
Chief Executive
IEMA

Tim Balcon is Chief Executive of IEMA and joined in 2013. Since this time, he has led fundamental change to the scope and ambition of the organisation and working with members, he has created a new vision for IEMA: ‘Together we’re transforming the world to sustainability’. By recognising that the profile and importance of the environment and sustainability professional requires an influential and high profile professional home, IEMA has seen steady growth. Tim has had the role of CEO for 20 years. He then went on to become CEO of the National Training Organisation in the Gas and Water industries (GWINTO), after he moved from British Gas Training Department to develop a strategy to up-skill North Nottinghamshire’s workforce, after the decline of the mining industry. Prior to IEMA, Tim was CEO of Energy and Utility Skills (EU Skills Group), taking it from an insolvent start-up position to becoming one of the standout Sector Skills Councils. Tim was appointed to the UK Vocational Qualification Reform Board, also appointed by the Secretary of State to the board of OFQUAL, where he oversaw a reform in England’s general and vocational education system.
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Nick Turton
External Affairs Director
Energy Institute

Nick Turton is External Affairs Director at the Energy Institute, the chartered professional membership body that brings global energy expertise together. He previously spent more than a decade in Westminster, Whitehall and in consultancy advising government ministers and corporate leaders across the energy sector, dealing with issues as complex and contentious as global climate talks, new nuclear power and spiralling energy bills. At the Energy Institute, he is working to build the professional status of those working in energy and to reinforce the role of evidence and expertise at the heart of the public debate, so that energy, and its critical role in our world, is better understood, managed and valued.
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Luke Redfern
Regional account manager - transport
Energy Saving Trust

Leading the DfT funded Local Government Support Programme at the Energy Saving Trust, Luke is a Clean Air Zone and Air Quality Policy specialist helping organisations to develop, deliver and analyse projects that improve air quality and accelerate the uptake of Low Emission Vehicles. Luke is also a Lead Auditor for the Electric Vehicle Approved Scheme, led by the NFDA and Office for Low Emission Vehicles, assessing dealerships knowledge and ability to sell low emission vehicles. Luke also works with businesses and organisations to support them to adopt electric vehicles and strategically purchase infrastructure, signposting them to the current grants and financial support available.