One of the many elements of our robust awards programme is our outstanding judging panel. All our judges have excellent experience in the categories they judge – boasting at least five years knowledge of the field – and many return year after year. The panel is also a well balanced mix of representatives from a broad spectrum of businesses from large corporations and SMEs to charities and social enterprises.
For 2020, we have 23 ‘returners’ and four new judges. Some of our longest serving judges include Paula Owen, founder of ecoactiongames, who has been a judge since the inaugural awards in 2015 and Kathryn Baddeley, head of CSR at Cisco UK & Ireland, and Dave Hampton, aka ‘The Carbon Coach’, who have been involved since 2016.
Our four new judges are: Dr Shima Barakat, director of entrepreneurship for sustainability at Cambridge University; Sarah Handley, carbon neutral manager at Siemens; Emma Hill, group head of food, health, safety & environment for foodservice company CH&CO; and Petra Parizkova, responsible business manager, for energy company ENGIE UK & Ireland.
Shima is an entrepreneur, director and academic obsessed with making the world a better place and has spent the last 25 years helping companies (from startups to MNEs) as well as governments and international funding agencies to improve their performance on sustainability.
Sarah is taking over from Mark Jenkinson who had been a judge since 2016. She is leading the programme to meet Siemens’ ambitious goal to be carbon neutral by 2030, by decarbonisation of UK operations.
Emma successfully drives CH&CO’s long-term commitment to operating in a socially responsible, sustainable way. Under her direction, CH&CO has become the largest and most diverse contract caterer to be awarded the highest sustainability rating of three stars by the Sustainable Restaurant Association.
And Petra leads on the development of ENGIE’s responsible business reporting including the company’s materiality stakeholder engagement process and works closely with procurement to ensure sustainability is embedded in the procurement strategy, processes and practices. She also developed ENGIE’s annual step counting challenge portal which engages over 2,000 employees in health and wellbeing.
You can read the full biographies of all our judges here.