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Chris was educated in Edinburgh and then Pembroke College, Cambridge, achieving a double first in English (and later a PhD on Wordsworth and Coleridge) and was also a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard. Chris has had an impressive political career. He started out as a Labour Councillor for Islington Borough, served on the Environment Select Committee until 1986 and in 1992 he joined the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Environmental Protection. He was made a life peer, taking his seat in the House of Lords in July 2005. He currently sits on the crossbenches as an independent Peer. He has chaired the Environment Agency since 2008, leading the development of its new Corporate Strategy, appointing its Chief Executive, and emphasising its commitment to partnership working in order to achieve environmental objectives.
Peter joined BRE in 1992 as a senior scientific officer progressing to director of the timber division and then managing director of BRE's construction division. He was appointed chief executive of BRE in 2007. A materials engineer with a PhD in wind energy and the design of turbine blades, Peter's focus as BRE's chief executive is to drive innovation and improve sustainability across all sectors. Peter has led major initiatives in the areas of new build and existing housing, as well as in commercial and public sector buildings. The award winning BRE Innovation Park, designed to give a glimpse of how the future delivery of sustainable buildings and communities can be achieved, was Peter's brainchild. It has had a significant impact on the UK and the global sustainability arena since its inception in 2005. Since 2006 he has been on part-time secondment to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) where he has helped create the sustainable development strategy for London 2012.
Currently head of waste and resource management, from the 1st April 2011 Liz takes on a challenging new role at the agency as its Head of Climate Change. The Environment Agency's core role is regulating the growing range of businesses that manage society's waste in order to minimise its impacts on the environment and people's health. It also tackles those that flout the rules. Liz and her team work with Government to set the direction for the organisation and to translate Government's policies into actions on the ground. Increasingly the Agency is working in partnership with other delivery bodies, such as WRAP, to support businesses in managing their resources more sustainably. Liz has been with the Agency since its formation in 1996, having previously worked with the Tidy Britain Group and local government.
Kulveer Ranger is the Director of Environment and Digital London for the London Mayor's Office. His responsibilities include leading the development of the Mayor's six statutory environmental strategies and other discretionary environmental policies to improve London's environment. He has also worked on transport policy and was the lead delivery manager for the Oyster card project for London. He has advised the Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Alan Duncan MP, and he was also Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party with responsibility for Cities. Kulveer has replaced Isabel Dedring, who is unable to judge the awards this year due to other commitments.
Greg has wide ranging environmental experience drawn from roles managing consultancies, not for profit businesses, advice and research programs and as a Director of public and private sector organisations. Greg has led on projects covering climate change, bioenergy, air pollution, environmental risk assessment and sustainable development with a focus in recent years on sustainable transport. As MD of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership since 2004 he has established energy efficiency labeling in new and used car showrooms, led work that established European requirements for sustainable biofuels, established new markets for low carbon buses delivering over 1MTCO2 savings in the transport sector at a cost of £6/T.