2018 Judges

Our judges love the way we run our awards programme so much, that 75% of them return each year. Therefore, we now have a waiting list! If you are interested in judging for us in the future, please email: karen@GlobalGoodAwards.co.uk. You must have been involved in a judging process before, and have the necessary experience within at least 5 of our categories.

Dates for the diary

Entries close: 9th February

Access to Award software: 15th February and 10th March

Judging Day: 20th March – The Trampery, Old Street (11:30 – 17:00)

Will Akerman | Founder and MD, MyKindaFuture

Will Akerman created and developed MyKindaFuture a mission-led business to raise aspirations amongst 11-25 year olds and help them develop critical employability skills and connect them with employment opportunities. Will has marshalled an eclectic range of stakeholder supporters throughout the lifespan of MyKindaFuture to help empower and provide opportunities to young people across the UK.

He works closely with many multi-national businesses, SMEs, Government, teachers and lecturers with the vision of ensuring every young person, regardless of their background, has the opportunity to succeed in life and at work.

In 2016, Will was recognised for his work in supporting and nurturing the next generation of young talent through inclusion on the Maserati 100 List. Will is also a member of the City & Guilds Council.

Will has been on the Judging Panel since 2016.

“I was thrilled to be asked; it gave me a chance to get to grips with the great work that so many organisations are doing and see first hand the progress that is being made.”

Shaheen Akram | Global Diversity and Inclusion Consultant

A highly experienced and successful business focused leader, Shaheen has led the development and delivery of strategic transformational agendas at the highest level for Diversity & Inclusion globally, regionally and nationally.  A track record in leading change in the retail, pharmaceutical, financial, manufacturing, consulting, public and not for profit sector. Up until most recent Shaheen was Head of Diversity and Inclusion strategy at the Co-op group, with over 70 000 employees working in the UK.

Shaheen led the development and implementation of the company’s Diversity & Inclusion strategy designed to support the business through the promotion of an inclusive culture in which the diversity of talents that a UK 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.

Shaheen has been on the Judging Panel since 2016.

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.

Kathryn has been on the Judging Panel since 2016.

Rick Benfield | Founder of thirdbridge

Rick Benfield is the CEO of thirdbridge – an award winning social enterprise that provides software to make it easy for companies to start, track and report on doing good. The online platform is designed to help companies engage their employees and measure the impact of their responsible business initiatives.  They also provide a free online network to help companies connect with charities in their local area. Clients include BNP Paribas, Provident Financial Group and The Crown Estate.

Prior to setting up thirdbridge, 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 Uganda Creates – 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.

Rick has been on the Judging Panel since 2017.

“I attended the National CSR Awards in 2016, which had a conference before the awards event.  It was by far and away the best CSR conference I had been to in years – covering the full range of topics that a company should be considering from tax policy, to pension investment, to supply chain to environmental impact and beyond. I thought then that I need to get involved with this organisation, they actually ‘get’ that CSR is about more than a philanthropic donation to charity!”

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 is a Board member of BITC and was previously a Board member of the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) and Chair of its Policy and Communications Committee.

Claudine has been on the Judging Panel since 2016.

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.

Phil has been on the Judging Panel since 2017.

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.

Steve has been on the Judging Panel since 2017.

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.

Danny has been on the Judging Panel since 2017 as a representative from our headline sponsors, Denmaur.

“Becoming a judge was a good opportunity to learn from other sectors, and their goods and services, and also an opportunity to impart some of the knowledge from the success that we’ve gained in the paper industry.”

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 3,000 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 UnileverTimberland, 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.

Nick has been on the Judging Panel since 2016.

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.

Dave has been on the Judging Panel since 2016.

“When I first encountered the Global Good Awards they seemed fun, fresh, un-stuffy and disruptive; how you’d expect an awards to be, believing in responsibility and ethics! Potentially a breath of fresh air, and a force for GOOD (globally) I thought. I was impressed by the diverse array of judges Karen had already assembled, so it was a no brainer to seek to join.”

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.

Kate has been on the Judging Panel since 2016.

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.

Tom has been on the Judging Panel since 2016.

“Reading the submissions, assessing the landscape of best practice, and challenging what it is that constitutes ‘good’ right now are at the forefront of my mind and the GGAs offer a brilliant window into doing all of that. Of course, getting to know my fellow judges is great too.”

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 has been on the Judging Panel since 2017.

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.

Mark has been on the Judging Panel since 2016.

“I judged the awards in 2016 and I thought it was exciting and really enjoyed it, so it was an easy decision to make to just do it again!”

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.

Harriet has been on the Judging Panel since 2016.

“I am an entrepreneur and so always love hearing ideas and learning from them. I am a believer that, like a good band, if we come together we can be much better than the expected sum of our parts. I find judging interesting and inspiring which is why I’m back for a third time for 2018.”

Karen Lynch | CEO of Belu Water

Karen Lynch has been the CEO of the social enterprise, Belu Water since 2011, having previously pursued a corporate career at Emap plc and Barclays.

Under Karen’s leadership, Belu launched a new business model focused on exemplifying environmental standards in the industry and pledging to donate all profits to WaterAid.

Belu offers the most ethical choice in water service from bottled mineral water to filtration and reusable bottles and carafes. Belu income is all from trading and to date, the business has passed £2.2 million to WaterAid, transforming over 140,000 lives with access to safe water and sanitation.

With Karen at the helm, the company has been recognised with many awards. Most notably in 2017, The Queen’s Award in the Sustainable Development category for championing the environmental benchmark in the sector, innovative design and achieving 100% Carbon Neutrality to the British Standard of PAS 2060.

Karen is a newcomer to the Judging Panel in 2018, following Belu’s award win in 2017.

Victoria McMillan | Director of Corporate Partnerships, Earthwatch

Victoria leads the corporate partnerships team at Earthwatch, an environmental NGO which works with companies to collaborate on business-relevant science.  Earthwatch research projects provide the understanding to address operational and supply chain issues, whilst engaging employees, communities, clients and other stakeholders.  Victoria started her career in global sports events, and prior to Earthwatch was working with the Williams F1 team, whose sub-division, Williams Advanced Engineering provides world-class technical innovation to deliver energy efficient performance to a range of commercial sectors, including automotive and healthcare.

Victoria is a newcomer to the Judging Panel for 2018, after attending the event in 2017.

Nas Morley | Director of Partnerships at UnLtd

Nas joined UnLtd, in September 2017 as Director of Partnerships & Influence to lead income growth and oversee influencing and policy work. UnLtd is the leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK and offers the largest such network in the world. UnLtd supports hundreds of individuals each year with financial awards and tailored support to help solve some of the UK’s most pressing social issues.

Nas first developed her commercial, partnership and marketing skills in the financial services industry working for the likes of GEPrudential and Santander. Then, in 2010, Nas swapped retail finance to work for organisations that were committed to improving the lives of others. Nas spent five years leading fundraising teams at Breakthrough Breast Cancer developing corporate partnerships with the likes of M&S, Avon and Adidas, eventually building and leading a new Major Partners fundraising team to maximise the potential of high value relationships. In 2015, Nas joined the MicroLoan Foundation as Director of Fundraising and Communications where she oversaw the development of a new brand and fundraising strategy to grow income and engagement from all donor channels. It was here, that Nas first became interested in the idea of investing in people to create social change.

Nas is a newcomer to the Judging Panel for 2018

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.

Paula has been on the Judging Panel since the awards launched in 2015, and plays an integral part of the programme.

“I think it’s a great idea to bring together environmental, social and economic into one awards programme as they are all part of the solution. I love judging these awards; being part of the journey and seeing how it’s evolve enormously.”

Karen Reynolds | Head of Community Relations at JTI

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 nearly 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.

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.

Recently, she has been leading the development of a community legacy for Ballymena, N Ireland following the closure announcement of JTI’s factory in that town.

Music plays a pivotal role in Karen’s private life and she regularly performs in both musical theatre and opera.

Karen returns to the Judging Panel for 2018, after being a founder judge in 2015.

Paul Robinson | CEO & Founder of Alquity

Paul is the Executive Chairman & Founder of Alquity and leads the line in growing our transformative business.

Paul believes in a world where everyone has an opportunity to succeed. Alquity is how he expresses that desire through real action, a business that is focusing on giving opportunity to succeed to those who are poor simply because of where they were born.

Alquity is already making an impact in the investment space. Its model is based on a Virtuous Circle which delivers attractive investment returns, enhanced by focusing on companies who respect Environmental, Social and Governance issues, and then builds up the economies from the grass roots by donating up to 25% of fee revenue to support microfinance projects and create jobs. So as well as delivering compelling retunrs to investors Alquity has also tranformed more than 12,000 lives through its revenue donations to mircofinance projects. With the launch of 4 new funds in 2014 Alquity is taking its innovative model global.

Paul returns to the Judging Panel for 2018, after a year’s gap, with colleague Suresh Mistry taking his place for 2017.

Kate Sandle | Community Manager at B Lab UK

B Lab UK is a registered charity which exists to support the community of B Corps in joining and contributing to the global movement. Certified B Corporations are leading a global movement of people using business as a force for good. By voluntarily meeting higher standards of transparency, accountability, and performance, Certified B Corps are distinguishing themselves by measuring their impact and offering a positive vision of a better way to do business. Kate works with existing B Corps to strengthen the community, build the B Corp movement and plan B Corp events in the UK.

Previously she worked for The Portland Trust, an ‘action tank’ co-founded by Sir Ronald Cohen, promoting peace and stability in Israel and Palestine through economic development – focusing on the power of business to create change. Before that Kate spent four years organising international conferences for large multinationals, after graduating from University of Leeds where she read International Relations.

Kate is a newcomer to the Judging Panel for 2018.

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.

Seema has been on the Judging Panel since 2016.

“As a GGA Judge I have the opportunity to review some really amazing work around sustainability, and it’s great fun to chat to like-minded people on the judging day!”

Natalie Smith | Director of Corporate Stewardship, WWF

Natalie Smith is interm Corporate Stewardship Director for WWF-UK, having joined the organisation in December 2016 as Head of Corporate Stewardship – Food & Freshwater. WWF-UK’s conservation work aims to safeguard the natural world, so that we have a planet where humans and nature thrive. Prior to WWF-UK, Natalie’s agricultural background has allowed experience in a number of areas within the food system including primary production, retail and consultancy. Prior to joining WWF Natalie worked in animal health and welfare consultancy for the food service and retail industry as well as Head of Agriculture for Sainsbury’s.

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.

Natalie is a newcomer to the Judging Panel for 2018, but WWF has been represented since 2016.

Georgina Stevens | Sustainability Advisor, Writer, Campaigner

Georgina Stevens has worked in sustainability for 16 years, working on all sides of the fence; she has worked as an environmental consultant in Asia, at NGOs including WWF-UK where she helped and challenged many companies on their environmental policies and has then helped shape some of the most respected sustainability programmes and initiatives during her tenure at both M&S and Virgin.

She now runs her own sustainability consultancy, supporting a wide range of organisations from start-ups to multinationals who all share the bravery and intention to look at things differently and make big changes.  Some of her recent work has included helping a $2bn valuation food company realise the bottom line benefits of sustainability as they went through their IPO, and working with Bafta and Warner Bros. She is also a trustee for climate change campaigning organisation, 1010, and an author, campaigner and speaker on sustainability. Just don’t get her started on cycling…..

Georgina is a newcomer to the Judging Panel for 2018.

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 Vice 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.

Joan has been on the Judging Panel since 2017, after being a Chair speaker during the Conference in 2016.

Georgina Wilson-Powell | Editor at Pebble Magazine

Georgina Wilson-Powell has been a journalist and editor for 15 years working with Time Out, Lonely Planet, BBC Travel and BBC Good Food. She founded pebble magazine last year to fill a gap for people who want to live a stylish, sustainable life and to share positive stories of people finding amazing solutions to the the planet’s problems. Since last November, pebble has grown rapidly and now has a Facebook community, the pebble pod as well as an engaged and active readership online.

Georgina is now also giving talks on sustainable issues and has set up a consultancy service for brands who want to talk authentically about their eco stories.

Georgina is a new addition to the Judging Panel for 2018.

“I’m passionate about helping small businesses succeed as well as shifting the way we consume everything from food to fashion. The GGAs reflect the growth I’ve seen even in the last couple of years to support eco businesses and products.”