2017 Judges

Our 2017 judges will appear here as they are confirmed. If you have a particular interest in one or more of the categories and would like to join them, please do get in touch by emailing: apply@GlobalGoodAwards.co.uk

Dates for the diary

Entries close – 10th February

Access to Award software to create shortlist between 15th February and 10th March

Decide the winners – 21st March – The Crystal, Royal Victoria Docks (12 noon – 4.30pm)

Will Akerman | Founder and MD, MyKindaFuture

Will Akerman has made a significant contribution in the last five years to improving young people’s future life chances through his creation and development of a unique and innovative social business, MyKindaFuture. Additionally, Will personally helps up-and-coming young entrepreneurs through mentoring, free office space, and resource support using his own time to do so.

MyKindaFuture believes in giving every young person equal power and opportunity to shape their future.  As the biggest emerging talent specialist in the UK, MyKindaFuture’s aim is to raise aspirations amongst 11-25 year olds and help them develop critical employability skills whilst connecting them with work experience and employment opportunities to ensure they succeed in life and at work.

Shaheen Akram | Global Diversity and Inclusion Consultant

A highly experienced and successful business focused leader, Shaheen has led Diversity & Inclusion efforts globally, regionally and nationally across different geographies in a range of business sectors, including pharmaceutical, financial, manufacturing, consulting, public and not for profit sector. Up until 2015 Shaheen was Head of Global Diversity and Inclusion at a global biopharmaceutical company with over 50,000 employees working in 100 countries worldwide.

Shaheen led the development and implementation of the company’s global Diversity & Inclusion strategy designed to support the business through the promotion of an inclusive culture in which the diversity of talents that a global workforce offers are fostered and valued. She also worked in the not for profit sector, supporting women surviving domestic violence.

Shaheen is a thought leader, ambassador, influencer and coach to senior stakeholders in business. Shaheen is keen to create shared value for business and society in a sustainable and impactful way and is passionate about finding ways to better integrate the diversity and inclusion agenda and the CSR agenda to drive business excellence and innovation for people, business and the planet.

Kathryn Baddeley | Head of CSR at Cisco UK & Ireland

Kathryn is the Head of Corporate Social Responsibility for Cisco UK & Ireland, leading and enabling innovative CSR initiatives across the organisation: engaging employees, benefiting the business and supporting Cisco’s not for profit partners.

Kathryn joined Cisco in 1997 and prior to her current role led marketing communications teams in Australia and the UK as well as leading the global web marketing team managing a team spread from China to the west coast of the US publishing Cisco’s 86 global websites in 40 languages.

Kathryn started working in CSR in 1999, creating a partnership for Cisco Australia with The Smith Family, a leading Australian NGO.  The partnership won the award for large business in Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Community Business Partnerships in 2001.  On her return to the UK Kathryn volunteered as part of the Cisco UK & Ireland Civic Council and participated in and led several successful CSR programmes.    Since late 2009 Kathryn has led a programme to mentor offenders in several prisons who are studying for Cisco networking qualifications in the Prison ICT Academy.  As a small programme it has been highly successful and the programme is now entering the next phase – seeking to scale through a network of Cisco channel partners.

Kathryn holds a BSc in mathematics from Hull University and lives in Berkshire with her two daughters.

Rick Benfield | Founder of Third Bridge

Rick Benfield is the CEO of thirdbridge – an award winning social enterprise that helps companies and charities to connect and form partnerships to solve social and environmental issues.  thirdbridge provide a free online network for organisations to connect and a platform for companies to manage their CSR engagements, engage their employees and report on the impact.

Rick worked as a business consultant in both the private sector and third sector for over 12 years, developing a unique perspective and understanding of the needs and demands of the two sectors. He is the co-founder and trustee of wannabeamazin – a small charity operating in Uganda with 15 employees – and helped set-up and launch a social enterprise in Malawi building the capacity of the SME sector.

He is also an RSA fellow and a firm believer that the world’s social and environmental issues can only be solved if the private sector are involved.

Claudine Blamey | Chair of the ICRS & Head of Sustainability & Stewardship at The Crown Estate

Claudine Blamey is Head of 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.

Sue Charman | Director of Corporate Stewardship at WWF

WWF UK is committed to tackling critical threats to valuable ecosystems in its priority places around the world. In addressing these threats, the goal of the Corporate Stewardship team is to bring businesses together to ensure that they source from and enable thriving natural habitats and support action to address global climate change.

Sue joined WWF UK in 2010 and until recently has been responsible for the development and delivery of the Finance and Extractives Programmes within the UK office.

Before joining WWF UK, Sue worked for Barclays Bank for 23 years.

Sue is a chartered accountant and a member of the ICAEW Sustainability Committee.

Sue has a BA Honours Degree in German from Exeter University and lives in Dorset.

Phil Clarke | Director of Consciam

Phil is the founder of Consciam Limited, established to drive down the environmental impacts of business and to challenge the status quo. Consciam works with organisations of all sizes, from local government and SMEs to corporates, helping them better understand and reduce their impacts, engage their stakeholders, and to explore innovative strategies, such as Net Positive and Natural Capital Accounting. Phil recently authored a report for the Earthwatch Institute on the business response to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

After graduating in Environmental Studies, Phil worked in the water industry and IT project management, before returning to his environmental roots. Prior to founding Consciam, Phil led Capgemini UK’s Environmental Sustainability team, significantly reducing impacts, engaging employees and establishing a “Net Positive” ambition.

Phil has a life-long passion for the natural world. At his happiest outdoors, fascinated by nature in all its forms, Phil believes reconnecting people with nature is a key part of solving the challenges we face, from environmental issues to health and wellbeing. Phil uses this as an excuse to spend as little time at his desk as possible.

Steve Creed | Director of Business Programmes, WRAP

Steve Creed is an engineer by background having completed an engineering degree in his native country Canada.  He went on to complete an MBA as his interest turned more towards business issues. Prior to joining WRAP, Steve’s roles included Director of the Environment at Carillion plc. and Managing Director of Stanger Science and Environment, where his main focus was helping businesses to integrate sustainable development into their strategy.

Steve joined WRAP in early 2002 as Director of Business and Procurement with the remit to stimulate private and public sector procurement of recycled materials and products while overseeing WRAP’s Business Development Service.  Following a re-organisation in 2005, Steve became Director of Business Growth, focusing on building markets and creating market knowledge for recovered materials. During 2009/10 he led WRAP through the Delivery Landscape Review and implementation which resulted in  WRAP being asked by Defra to lead on resource efficiency issues in England. More recently he was responsible for WRAP’s work focused on improving Business Resource Efficiency.

His areas of expertise include: Business Strategy, Sustainable Development, Resource Efficiency, Finance and Fund Raising and Change Management.

Jacqueline Culleton | Head of Communications, Forum for the Future

Jacqueline Culleton’s career has focused on the power of communications to create positive social and environmental change. Head of Communications and Networks at international sustainability NGO Forum for the Future, her role is to create the maximum impact across a range of pioneering system change projects and to grow Forum’s 120+ network of ambitious companies so that they can collaborate for a better future.

Jacqueline has been at Forum for five years, working across corporate communications and for projects across a diverse range of subjects. Prior to this, she worked with award-winning communications agency Forster on clients including Defra, Solarcentury and the National Trust, on campaigns as diverse as cycling, education, food and energy.

Jacqueline’s career began with a two-year editorial post on the food desk of Stella Magazine and the Sunday Telegraph, where she honed her research and writing skills and developed a strong interest in sustainability through her deep knowledge of the food sector.

Danny Doogan | Group Sustainability Manager, Denmaur Independent Papers

With a background in Economics, Danny Doogan has been in paper industry since 1991 and with Denmaur Independent Papers since 2002.

He became involved with the company’s ever growing environmental requirements in 2005, and this soon developed into a full-time role in sustainability.

Responsible for the direction of the Denmaur’s sustainability policy, the implementation and maintenance of the company’s certifications and sustainability programmes – including, recently, the launch of the Revive paper brand and the company’s Carbon Balance Paper offsetting scheme.

Danny also supports new business development, as well as daily interaction with existing clients and suppliers and the broader stakeholder interest.

An advocate of environmental awareness and fair trade practice, he is always keen to promote paper as one of the best examples of a circular product for a low carbon, sustainable economy.

Nick Gardner | Founder of Project Dirt

Nick Gardner is passionate about using social media for good.  Having started out his career as a youth and community worker and then a ski instructor, he knuckled down to building a career in economic development and regeneration. Evaluating major government and Lottery programmes of community investment led him to set up a social networking platform to promote & resource community projects.

With over 2,500 projects, Project Dirt is now the UK’s largest online network of community projects. Project Dirt was selected by the Sustainable Development Commission as a ‘Breakthrough Idea for the 21st Century’; selected as a Deloitte ‘Social Innovation Pioneer’; and a NESTA ‘Innovation in Giving’ award winner.

The Project Dirt team runs community investment and corporate volunteering campaigns for clients. Nick and his team have grown the company over the last four years with major private sector clients including Timberland, Skipton Building Society, Olswang LLP, Dentsu Aegis, Corporate Executive Board, and public sector clients including Camden Council and GLA.  Nick is an advisor to the GLA on community volunteering, and (along with co-founder Mark) was identified by George Monbiot in the Guardian as one of the most influential green pioneers in the UK.

David Hampton FCIOB MEI CEng CEnv  | ‘The Carbon Coach’ & Ambassador for Embercombe 

Dave is a prolific campaigner for social and ecological justice, an ethical brand ambassador and a Chartered Environmentalist. He stood for MP for Beaconsfield, for the Green Party, in GE2015. He gives counsel over coffee (carbon coaching) to individuals and families, CEO’s and celebs. He has his own weekly radio show – “the Watt Next show” – on Marlow FM 97.5.  Dave studied Engineering at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University. At the age of 23 he was selected for TeamGB in rowing.

The first 25 years of his professional career he spent influencing thought-leaders and captains of industry towards deeper sustainability. In 2005 he set up on his own as ‘The Carbon Coach’ – the world’s first. He is an Ambassador for Embercombe, and in 2014 won the edie Sustainability Leader of the Year Award.

Kate Holme | Corporate Partnerships Leader at WaterAid

Kate has worked in the charity sector for 17 years, in organisations such as Terrence Higgins Trust and UNICEF. For the last 9 years she has headed up Corporate Partnerships at WaterAid – working closely with CSR and sustainability teams to build dynamic and inspiring partnerships that deliver real impact. She believes passionately in the role of collaboration between NGOs and the private sector to facilitate lasting change.

Tom Idle | Writer, Editor & Founder of Narrative Matters

Tom Idle is a writer, journalist, editor and commentator in the field of corporate sustainability, climate change policy, environmental protection, clean energy and corporate social responsibility. As the former editor-in-chief at 2degrees, the world’s biggest community for sustainable business professionals – and prior to that as editor of Sustainable Business – Tom has spent the past decade tracking trends in corporate sustainability. He currently heads up Narrative Matters, creating content, communications and journalism on a diverse range of subjects, from supply-chain engagement and freight management, to corporate communications and global climate change policy.

Mark Jankovich | CEO, Delphis Eco

Mark Jankovich started his career in the city and for a large part of the 15 years worked at Merrill Lynch and latterly Coutts & Co.  Prior to seeing sense he headed up Coutts’s Ultra High Net-Worth team their Charity & Philanthropy department and ran Investment Sales.

Realising the Green Economy is the most promising future available to us, he bought Delphis Eco in 2008, an ecological cleaning chemicals manufacturer producing great products but on the brink of collapse. Bringing a fresh perspective, and seasoned business acumen to a strong premise, Mark built a successful challenger-brand, that stood as a formidable contender in a pioneering market. Delphis Eco became the first EU Eco Label accredited cleaning products, have gone on to supply prestigious restaurants through the SRA, and participate in social enterprise partnership with Eco-schools. Its customers span both housekeeping and catering and include everything from supermarket chains to universities and schools to shopping malls. Delphis Eco are also double Royal Warrant holders, to the Prince of Wales and HRH Queen Elizabeth, for the provision of environmentally friendly cleaning products. They are currently launching range for the retail market.

From quiet beginnings, the company has since gone from strength to strength under Mark’s leadership, and is now the leading ecological cleaning chemicals brand in the UK with operations in South Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

Delphis Eco has achieved a number of firsts in achieving government accreditation and becoming product provider of choice to a number of environmental consultancies and buying groups. They work hard to inspire sustainability efforts in their customers and business partnerships, as well as bringing light to the discussion on CSR, sustainability and individual environmental impact.

Mark Jenkinson | City Director London at Siemens

Based out of Siemens’ Global Center of Competence for Cities at the Crystal in the east of London, Mark oversees Siemens’ city approach in the Nordics, the UK and Ireland.

In March 2013, Mark also took on the role of City Director for London – a key focus of the role is to support London’s sustainable development through the provision of smart, efficient technological solutions and services and finance solutions.

Mark joined Siemens in 1993 and since then has taken on a variety of roles and responsibilities across Siemens in a wide range of industries and markets in the UK, across mainland Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Asia.

Harriet Kelsall | Chairman and Founder of Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery

Harriet Kelsall is one of the most respected bespoke jewellery designers working in the UK today. In 1998 she founded her company Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery, with the aim of making bespoke jewellery available to all and since then it has been a trailblazer in the industry, playing a leading role in breathing new life into the independent jewellery sector and winning multiple awards for innovation, retail and social responsibility.  She is also the vice-chairman of the National Association of Jewellers.

Ethical issues have always been a passion of Harriet’s and she has played a major part in improving the ethical credentials of the jewellery industry including her company being involved in the worldwide launch of Fairtrade gold and being the first UK Independent Jeweller to be certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council.  Harriet is a regular keynote speaker about entrepreneurship, skills, ethics and responsibility and she has spoken at many national events and workshops such as a recent Business in the Community leadership summit.  She is a Non-Executive Director of the Responsible Jewellery Council and the British Hallmarking Council, appointed by the Secretary of State.

Harriet is the 2016 National HSBC Forward Ladies Retail Businesswoman of the year and was Everywoman in Retail ‘Woman of the Year 2011’ as recognition for her inspirational role in retail and is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. In 2014, Harriet was chosen by the IoD Director magazine for its shortlist of ‘Women who have most changed the business world’. In her personal capacity, she mentors start-up directors, advises the Creative and Cultural Skills Academy and is has just finished writing a book about how to start a successful creative business.

David Lale | Founder and MD of Charity People Group

David is the Founder and Managing Director of the Charity People Group, encompassing Career Volunteer, Charity People Ltd, and Charity Leaders.

David has 25 years’ experience in recruiting staff at all levels in the charity sector, from major projects such as setting up the charitable giving part of the National Lottery, to recruiting 120 staff last year for V-inspired to promote volunteering among teenagers.  He has recruited entire Boards of Trustees for organisations such as the Expert Patient Programme, the Board of Directors for the Children’s Society and is also Chair of the charity, Tiny Tickers, which aims to give babies with heart conditions the best possible start in life.

He leads on work engaging companies with the charity sector through ESV programmes (Employer Supported Volunteering), particularly around placing senior corporate directors as trustees, directors and charity board members across social enterprises, the public sector and charity sector.  A Fellow of the RSA and holder of an MBA from the OUBS, he is passionate about promoting the charity sector as a great place to work and volunteer.

Suresh Mistry | Director, Brand Engagement of Alquity

Suresh is a co-founder and member of the Alquity board. He currently leads the company’s marketing strategy with a particular focus on the brand engagement with clients and partners.

Suresh has over 25 years of management experience including senior roles at Lloyds Bank, Levi Strauss & Co and latterly as a partner for a European HR/Training Group leading strategy development and training engagements with multinational clients, including Barclays Bank, Invesco Perpetual, Lafarge, British Telecom, Danone, Schneider Electric and Tesco.

Suresh was also a Non-Executive Director of Global Ethics Limited, the company behind the “One” brand of products which donates 100% of its profits to charitable causes in Africa.

Suresh is the co-author of “Leading Strategy Execution – How to galvanize your people to implement your strategy” published in 2010 by Kogan Page.

Paula Owen | Founder of ecoactiongames & Trustee at 10:10

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.

Dil Patel | CEO at Jalebi 

Dil has spent 25 years working for some the UK’s biggest brands – and brings a unique commercial view. He is currently CEO of Jalebi, a new start-up working with Virgin Media, Diageo, npower, Tesco and Cineworld

Jalebi connects brands and communities. It builds scalable community programmes that build trust, amplify messages and drive sustainable growth. It can connect brands to over 15.3 million households from 16,000+ profiled communities and their members using data, insights and leverage points.

Dil believes the world is going to look very different by 2020 – where business and communities will be a substantive focus for CEOs.

Russell Seymour | Sustainability Manager, Lord’s Cricket Ground

Russell holds a first class honours degree in Ecology from Royal Holloway College, London, two Masters degrees, in Environmental Sciences and in Taxononomy and Biodiversity, and a PhD in Biodiversity Management with specialised interest in giraffe conservation, which led to extensive travel through Africa. He is passionate about wildlife, recycling and all environmental issues, and is devoted to the welfare of this planet and to the preservation of it’s ecosystems for future generations.

Working at Lord’s as the first Sustainability Manager at a major sports venue in the UK, Russell has had the opportunity to see how powerful an influence sport can have on the behaviour of both the participants and the public. With this in mind, he set up BASIS (the British Association for Sustainable Sport) in 2010, with the intention of bringing together like-minded individuals at all levels of sport, to share ideas, experiences and strategies.

Russell worked with the BSI in the development of their BS 8901:2007 standard, implementing and testing the draft standard at a Lord’s Test Match. He also worked on the UK mirror-committee for the development of the ISO 20121 standard. He was presented with the London 2012 Sustainability Ambassadors Award for his contribution towards a sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Russ is a fan of American Football, and an ex-player for the Reading University team, the Reading Knights, for four years. He went on to coach them for eleven years, eight as Head Coach.  He then helped set up a new team, the Reading Renegades, and was their Head Coach for four years. He also enjoys cricket, though he sees very little of it at work, as he says he usually has his head in a recycling bin.

Seema Sharma | Entrepreneur & Founder of Child Action

Seema’s background is typical of self-made entrepreneurs.  She started her career as a dentist, founding several dental practices and building up a property portfolio before moving into healthcare management and consulting.  In 2010 she founded her charity Child Action, after visiting Mumbai to star in Channel 4’s only overseas episode of Secret Millionaire.

Child Action supports children living within Mumbai’s most disadvantaged street and slum communities; such as those which have been established on rubbish dumping grounds.  She works with three grass roots charities to support the development of young people living in extreme poverty by providing them with access to both informal and mainstream education, as well their right to a childhood through play.

Through Child Action Seema has seen the entrepreneurial flair and ‘can-do’ attitude of children living in unimaginable hardship, and believes there are valuable lessons to be shared globally.  Seema facilitated and project managed an innovative collaboration between Child Action and the British Asian Trust one of the Prince’s charities resulting in the roll out of Enterprise 4 Change, an innovative web-based resource which teachers in the UK use to explore the resilience of children living in challenging environments, with the aim of sharing core life skills such as determination and entrepreneurship.  It also introduces the idea of philanthropy to the younger generations and encourages a sense of social responsibility.

Claire Singlehurst | Director of Relationship Fundraising at Macmillan

As Director of Relationship Fundraising, Claire heads up the award winning regional fundraising, national corporate partnerships, donor stewardship & special events and philanthropy teams.  With a passion for CSR, her leadership and strategic approach has resulted in a step increase in high impact community and national relationships and initiatives.

Having lost her sister to cancer in 2010, and experiencing firsthand the support that Macmillan gives to families affected by cancer, Claire became a volunteer and took part in a challenge event to trek along the Great Wall of China in 2011. Following this trip, Claire decided to put her skills and experience to use professionally joining the charity in 2012 as Director of Regional Fundraising.

Prior to this Claire worked in the private sector and has extensive commercial leadership experience in large private sector organisations such as Boots.

Robert Tate | Head of Engagement, Institute of Business Ethics

Robert spent 20 years at Barclays in a wide variety of retail and commercial banking roles culminating in four years as part of the group’s strategy and planning team.

Since leaving Barclays, Robert has concentrated on roles that enable him to challenge companies to behave more responsibly. At In Kind Direct, one of the Prince’s Charities, Robert was responsible for persuading businesses to donate surplus product to be redistributed to charities. At Business in the Community he held a number of senior company-facing roles including leading the team that developed and delivered the CR Index – a global benchmark of responsible business practice.

As Head of Engagement at the IBE, Robert leads on deepening engagement with corporate supporters on responsible business and ethics.  He has been with the Institute since February 2015.

Joan Walley | Chair of Aldersgate Group

Joan joined the Aldersgate Group team as Chair in May 2015.

Joan was elected Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent North at the 1987 general election and represented that constituency for twenty-eight years before stepping down in 2015. In that time, she was shadow spokesperson for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1988–1990) and then for Transport (1990–1995). She was Chair of the influential Environmental Audit Select Committee for five years 2010–2015 and also sat on the Members’ Expenses Committee (2011–2015), National Policy Statements Sub-Committee (2010–2015) and Liaison Committee (2010–2015). Joan has recently been named Politician of the Year (2015) by businessGreen.

Throughout her time in office, Joan championed the public and political profile of issues such as climate change, sustainable transport, alternative energy and responsible government procurement.

She is honorary president of the Institute of Environmental Health Officers and takes a keen interest in public health matters. She takes a particular interest in citizenship, grass roots football and was a member of the All Party Football Group.