Sustainability Leaders Awards 2015: Meet the judges…

With deadline day fast approaching for one of the most prestigious award schemes in the sustainability sector, we take a closer look at this year's judging panel for the Sustainability Leaders Awards.

The edie Sustainability Leaders Awards 2015 recognise excellence across the spectrum of sustainability activity; from the best efficiency programmes through to sustainable design and product innovation.

The Awards are open to all businesses and organisations across the public and private sectors and of all sizes; from the largest multi-nationals to the smallest micro-organisations. Sustainability Leaders have one thing in common: they are all doing business better.


With such an array of high-quality entries to analyse, edie has hand-picked the 2015 judges based on their specialist knowledge and experience within their own specific field. From Forum to the Future to WRAP; the Carbon Trust to Waterwise, we’ve got sustainability expertese right across the board.

Scroll down to check out who will be judging your entries this year…



David Bent, director of sustainable business, Forum for the Future

Bent leads Forum for the Future’s work on business strategy, helping companies discover how they can be both profitable and sustainable. Bent’s work at Forum includes leading research into business models for sustainable consumption, and the business case for sustainability.

Bent is an executive advisor to the Telefonica Executive and has previously been commission to design strategy for MAS Holdings in Sri Lanka. He has published extensively on corporate strategy for sustainability, competitiveness, and accounting for sustainability.


Jane Bickerstaffe, director, INCPEN

Bickerstaffe is director of cross supply chain research group INCPEN. She has over 20 years’ experience working on packaging and environmental issues, promoting responsible packaging for resource-efficient supply chains, including working as Special Advisor to the UK Government’s first Minister with Responsibility for Recycling in the 1990s.

Bickerstaffe organised the first analysis of household waste to identify the packaging fraction, while working in the Environment Department of Metal Box (now Crown Packaging). In 2014, she received the Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award in the UK Packaging awards.


Claudine Blamey, chair, ICRS

Blamey is head of sustainability and stewardship at The Crown Estate. She is also 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, Blamey 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. Blamey has a Masters Degree in Environmental Management and Legislation from Brunel University and a BSc Honours Degree in Environmental Control from Greenwich University.


Lucy Chamberlin, head of programme, RSA Great Recovery

Chamberlin manages the RSA Great Recovery programme. She runs workshops and events, and conducts research on design for circular economy. She helped to design the project’s Game of Circularity, shown at the 2015 Resource Show, and ran an exploratory design residency examining the challenges and opportunities of furniture waste, in partnership with SITA UK.

Chamberlin previously worked for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and her expertise in circular economy is born of a wider interest in interdisciplinarity and sustainability.


Andy Deacon, managing partner, Global Action Plan

Trained as a climatologist and meteorologist, it’s been said that Deacon has his head in the clouds. But that early training also inspired a passion for environmental work that has seen him study the impacts of air pollution and pilot the UK’s air quality management legislation, help understand and prepare for the impacts of climate change and design and deploy city scale retrofit programmes to cut carbon emissions.

Having held roles in academia, local, regional and central government and the third sector, Deacon brings a diverse range of experiences to GAP and the Sustainability Leaders Awards judging panel.


Dexter Galvin, head of supply chain, CDP

Dedicated to harmonising sustainability reporting, Galvin has worked on partnerships with other sustainability reporting organisations such as the DJSI to reduce duplication.

Galvin recently launched a powerful initiative called Action Exchange that will help suppliers around the world to rapidly reduce emissions, and has also expanded CDP’s supply chain program, into other environmental areas like water and deforestation. He has provided tailored logistics solutions to automotive and aerospace manufacturers such as Toyota, Audi, Bosch and Honeywell.


Rob Holdway, director, Giraffe Innovation

Holdway is a familiar media face in design and sustainability issues and best known for presenting Channel 4’s Dumped TV programme. Holdway is the London Sustainable Development Commission – London Leader; a Davos World Economic Forum YGL; and professor associate at Brunel University School of Engineering & Design.

Holdway 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. Giraffe was described by The Guardian newspaper business pages as ‘one of the UK’s top green businesses’.


Michael Rea, chief operating officer, The Carbon Trust

Rae 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, Rae was at McKinsey & Co where he specialised both in corporate & business unit strategy and performance improvement. Prior to that, he worked at Procter and Gamble in product supply. Rea is a graduate of University College Dublin where he completed a BEng (Mech) in 1991.


Paul Scott, director,

Scott 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.

Scott developed many of the first corporate environmental and CSR reports in the UK and his website now profiles 49,000 CSR reports from 10,000 companies across 170 countries. His own CR Reporting Awards (CRRA) launched in 2007 are the only annual global awards for CSR reporting.


Philip Sellwood, chief executive, Energy Saving Trust

Sellwood has been the chief executive of the Energy Saving Trust since 2003. He has had an extensive commercial career in the retail, food and private equity markets. He spent 20 years with Marks & Spencer, joining as a graduate in 1977 and working in almost every part of the business.

Sellwood is a member of the UKERC (UK Energy Research Centre) and sits on the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership Board. He is a member of several influential Government Task Forces, including the Government & Industry 2016 Zero Carbon Housing Force, and as an Independent Commissioner to sit on the LGA Climate Change Commission, as well as being a member of the National House-Building Council.


Jacob Tompkins, chief executive, Waterwise

Tompkins is managing director of Waterwise, an NGO focussed on promoting water efficiency. He has worked on water issues for the past 25 years, focussing mainly on water supply and water efficiency. He previously worked as an academic and as a policy adviser for Water UK.

Tompkins has engineering and hydrology degrees from University College London and Imperial. He was a founder member of the green NGO coallition ‘Blueprint for Water’ and is currently chairing a review of water sector resilience for Ofwat. He has wide experience in developing partnerships between public, private and NGO sectors.



Sarah Clayton, head of products and services, WRAP

Clayton has worked in the environmental sector for over 10 years, joining WRAP in October 2006 as a project manager in the manufacturing team. She now heads up the products & services team at WRAP, leading the group’s work on manufactured goods and the built environment.

During her time at WRAP, Clayton has been responsible for managing the WRAP input into the Waste Protocols Project – a joint Environment Agency and WRAP initiative, which won the Better Regulation category at the National Business Awards in 2009. She has also worked on London 2012, EPOW and public sector procurement to name but a few


Final submission deadline for the Sustainability Leaders Awards 2015 is Thursday, 23 July.


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