The Judging Panel
The National CSR Awards will be inviting a list of high-profile UK names to form the Judging Panel. Judges will appear here upon their announcement during 2014.
Board of Directors, Senior Management, Think Tank
James Cameron is non-executive Chairman of Climate Change Capital.
In addition to his role at CCC, James is the chairman of the Overseas Development Institute and a member of HM Treasury’s Infrastructure UK advisory council. He also serves as a member of GE’s ecomagination board, Vice-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Measuring Sustainability and their Advisory Board of the Global Competitiveness Index, and served as a member of the UK Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group (2010 – 2012).
James is also an advisor to the Climate Bonds Initiative, a trustee member of the UK Green Building Council and the Carbon Disclosure Project and was a member of the Green Investment Bank Commission.
Prior to CCC, James was Counsel to Baker & McKenzie and was the founder and the head of their Climate Change and Clean Energy Practice. He has spent much of his legal career working on climate change matters, including negotiating the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol as an adviser to the Alliance of Small Island States. As a barrister he appeared in several of the leading cases in international and environmental law.
James is also a senior advisor to the Climate Group, chairman of China Dialogue, a member of the development board at the University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, and a member of the advisory board at the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute.
“Being a responsible business is at the heart of what we do at G Adventures, and I’m excited to be a part of a judging panel that rewards companies who are doing the same. It’s fantastic to see CSR being put in the spotlight. I’m confident these awards will encourage more organisations to give back to the community and environment by introducing sustainable initiatives”
Pre Judging Panel
Karen Reynolds is Head of Community Relations, UK, at JTI (Japan Tobacco International) and has worked within the tobacco industry for most of her career. Having spent over 20 years as a HR professional, she was appointed to her current role in 2007 and has been responsible for creating JTI’s community investment programmes and partnerships across the UK. Karen has been involved in the assessment of CSR programmes taking part in the judging panels for both Business in the Community and Arts and Business.
JTI is a member of the Japan Tobacco Group of Companies, a leading international tobacco product manufacturer. With its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, JTI has operations in more than 70 countries and about 27,000 employees. JTI’s community investment programme supports adults who are less-advantaged to improve their quality of life and helps make the arts more accessible to all. JTI’s employees also play a key role through volunteering their time, energy and skills to help others.
Neil is responsible for LowCVP’s communications activities including all publications, the monthly e-newsletter and the website. He also manages the Partnership’s own events, including the annual conference and party conference activities, and agrees participation in third-party initiatives. Neil is responsible for media and Parliamentary communications and also for the Secretariat’s information management.
Neil has worked in both the public and private sectors in a variety of policy, public affairs, business development and communications roles. After 7 years with the energy company, Texaco, and a two-year assignment as a VSO volunteer, Neil joined the Energy Saving Trust’s nascent transport programmes division. He has a degree in Economics and Politics, a Masters in Business Administration and a Postgraduate Certificate in Journalism. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Paula has worked in the field of sustainability for two decades. She began her career in academia with a PhD in climate chemistry from Oxford University. However, quickly realised she couldn’t spent her entire life in a darkened laboratory and so changed tack to concentrate on communicating environmental and scientific concepts to non-technical audiences.
Since then she has worked for environmental charities, within the public sector, in UK Government environmental departments: Defra and DECC, and for the Energy Saving Trust. In 2010 she set up her own research, training and advice agency focusing on environmental sustainability generally, and energy issues and carbon management in particular. She works with a range of clients, from blue chip corporates right through to arts organisations.
She is a published author, writing on the subject of energy and energy efficiency, and was the project manager for the award-winning Defra/Decc Act on CO2 carbon calculator. Her most recent book is titled ’how gamification can help your business engage in sustainability’.
She has become increasingly convinced that engaging the majority is vital if we are to make progress environmentally. In 2012, she was awarded a London Leaders for Sustainability position – a scheme run by the Mayor’s Office, the Greater London Authority (GLA) and the London Sustainable Development Commission- to further her work in researching the power of fun and games to encourage sustainability. She is the founder and chief ‘fun & gamer’ in her new social enterprise company – eco action games – an initiative which re-imagines well-known games and gives them an environmental twist to help education, engage and engender behaviour change in wider society.
Andy Deacon is Managing Partner at Global Action Plan, the UK’s leading sustainable behaviour change charity, working with businesses, schools and communities to deliver programmes that help people live more sustainably. Having held roles in academia, local, regional and central government and the third sector, Andy brings a diverse range of experiences in the UK and overseas to Global Action Plan and is looking forward to continuing to nurture and grow the organisation.