Meet the 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!
Tim Balcon is Chief Executive of IEMA. With solid expertise on professional skills and growing organisations, Tim is leading IEMA towards achieving its global ambition to transform the world to sustainability. Tim joined IEMA in 2013 and since then has created a new vision for IEMA, reviewed and implemented a new governance structure and in 2016, led the organisation through an ambitious and comprehensive project to refresh IEMA’s membership structure and value offering. He is an experienced Chief Executive and has led previous organisations from start-up to rapid growth through to high performance in the energy, utility and education sectors. He was previously Chief Executive of Energy and Utility Skills (EU Skills Group) which includes the National Skills Academy for Power. As well as his position as Chief Executive of IEMA, he is also currently a non-executive member of OfQUAL and has held previous appointments including Chief Executive of GWINTO (Gas and Water Industries Training Organisation), non-executive position at Aston University Engineering Academy, and is a past President of the Institute of Water.
Claudine Blamey is Head of Sustainability and Stewardship at The Crown Estate. She is also the Chair of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS), the UK’s first professional body for everyone working in CR and sustainability.Before joining The Crown Estate, Claudine was Head of Sustainability at SEGRO and before that Director of Corporate Responsibility at British Land. Her first CR role was as Environment Manager at Honda. Claudine has a Masters Degree in Environmental Management and Legislation from Brunel University and a BSc Honours Degree in Environmental Control from Greenwich University. Claudine was previously a Board member of the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) and Chair of its Policy and Communications Committee.
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.
Richard Gillies joined Kingfisher (the world’s third largest home improvement group) in 2013, as Group Sustainability Director, to consolidate its Net Positive initiative to become a restorative business. A retailer through-and-through, he joined from much-loved British retail brand, Marks and Spencer, where he spent over 20 years in a variety of disciplines. These included Store and regional management, HR, operations, store development, strategy, change management and procurement. His last five years saw him become the main driver behind Plan A (the M&S sustainability project). Richard is a Director at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), sits on the Innovation Advisory Board of NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) and Critical Eye, which helps leaders collaborate to share knowledge, solve problems and gain perspective on a range of business issues. He is also an advisor to the Board of BiTC (HRH The Prince of Wales’ responsible business network) and works with the Cambridge University institute for Sustainable Leadership, and Leaders Quest. Richard now works independently helping organisations practically respond to global sustainability trends, drives change, reduce risk and deliver growth.
Malcolm is a carbon and energy management professional with over twenty years’ experience in energy and sustainability across various sectors. He leads the National Energy Foundation Technical Team and has broad experience of the opportunities and barriers associated with managing energy across complex organisations and projects. He has particular expertise in developing low-carbon solutions for existing building portfolios and has substantial experience of energy-efficient design, procurement and operations. Malcolm previously spent seven years as Regional Director with AECOM, building the energy and carbon management team. During this period he helped the Carbon Trust pilot its carbon management programme and developed more than 30 organisational carbon management programmes. Malcolm is also an Evaluator for the Technology Strategy Board's Building Performance Evaluation Programme and an ESOS Lead Assessor under the Energy Managers Association register.
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 on 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. 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.
Chris leads many of Global Action Plan’s employee engagement programmes, creating environmental change in corporate, public sector and third sector organisations. Since joining Global Action Plan in 2005, Chris has directed change programmes for workplaces containing tens of thousands of employees, creating thousands of tonnes of carbon savings. In 2013 Chris’s work with Barts Health NHS Trust was recognised with an ‘Improving Environmental and Social Sustainability’ award from the Health Sector Journal as well as the ‘Judges Supreme Award’ at the Energy Awards. Both awards recognised the pioneering nature of the work demonstrating that patients get better sleep and privacy in energy efficient wards, and the open replicability of the project that could lead to the NHS saving £35 million per year. Chris particularly enjoys helping non-environmentalists to access the topic of sustainability. He has managed programmes with Barts Health NHS Trust, Great Ormond Street NHS Trust, RWE Npower, E.ON, Britannia Building Society, Scottish and Southern Energy, and the British Council.
With 18 years of leadership in the field of carbon and environmental management, Director of consultancy ESHCon, Anya Ledwith works with a range of sectors, from micros to multinationals. A Chartered Environmentalist, Anya is an experienced auditor and implementer of ISO 14001 environmental management systems. She has produced carbon footprint assessments for numerous carbon management strategies, meeting ESOS and GHG Reporting requirements. An experienced judge of regional and national awards, she enjoys hearing about how companies embed the environment into core business practices... this is Effective Environmental Management.
Peter Maddox is the director of government programmes at WRAP. With a DPhil degree in Chemisty, Peter has worked with WRAP for the past 10 years across a range of strategy and delivery positions within the charity. His previous roles included working at BP for the polymers and chemicals businesses in the UK and France.
Linda is Head of Communications at building science centre BRE. The focus of her team is to communicate the economic, social and environmental benefits of sustainability in the built environment and to encourage the construction and property sectors to take positive action on the buildings, homes and infrastructure they construct own and manage. She previously worked in the film unit of Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food (now Defra) and Worldvoice Communications, a TV documentary production company.
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.
Paul has been an environmental and CSR consultant for more than 20 years, and has worked with dozens of companies across many business sectors, and with Governments and with non-governmental organisations. He has worked for the German government and was a member of the official German delegation to the Earth Summit in Johannesburg in 2002. He developed many of the first corporate environmental and CSR reports in the UK and his CorporateRegister.com website now profiles 49,000 CSR reports from 10,000 companies across 170 countries. His CR Reporting Awards (CRRA) launched in 2007 are the only annual global awards for CSR reporting.
Dr Sally Uren is passionate about creating a sustainable future and is very clear that businesses and brands are key to making progress. At Forum for the Future Sally oversees partnerships with leading global brands to deliver truly sustainable business models. Sally oversees Forum’s networks and communication activities, sustainable business practice and the food system programme. She has particular expertise in the retail and food sectors and regularly works across these sectors to create a shared understanding of sustainability challenges and to create solutions.