2016 Judges

Our 2016 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@nationalCSRawards.co.uk

Dates for the diary

Entries close – 12th march

Access to Award software to create shortlist between 14th March and 4th April

Decide the winners – 12th April at Crystal (approx 11.00am – 3.30pm)

CHAIR: Ed Gillespie | Co-founder of Futerra Communications

Ed Gillespie is Co-Founder of Futerra, one of the world’s only communications consultancies to specialise solely in sustainable development and corporate social responsibility. He has shaped and driven the creative direction of Futerra’s work since its foundation 13 years ago.

Aside from writing regularly for the Guardian, Ed is a highly sought after public speaker and lecturer, renowned for his memorable and entertaining presentations laced with refreshing humour and wit.

Since 2001, he has presented all over the world – from Hong Kong to Bratislava, from Korea to Auckland. And he’s been heard by every kind of audience, from the UN and national governments, to multinational corporations and campaigning organisations.

Ed is author of ‘Only Planet – a flight-free adventure around the world’, Chairman of European Rail Business Loco2, a London Sustainable Development Commissioner, and Director of Zero Carbon Food and carbon emissions campaigning organisation Sandbag. He’s also an investor in FoodTrade.

Stuart Poore | Director of Corporate Sustainability for WWF

Dr Stuart Poore is Director of Corporate Sustainability at WWF-UK, leading the organisation’s engagement with businesses across a broad range of stewardship priorities – covering agricultural commodities, food, freshwater, extractives & infrastructure, sustainable finance – with a focus on China, India, East Africa and Brazil/Amazon. Prior to WWF he acted as a sustainability consultant to a range of businesses and NGOs, in particular Virgin Group and TFT, a global non-profit focused on helping retailers source products responsibly. Stuart has extensive experience of working within businesses to lead social and environmental change programmes. He spent four years in the media and telecommunications sector as Director of Corporate Responsibility at Virgin Media and previously led Corporate Responsibility at the QinetiQ Group, a global defence, aerospace, and security company.

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.

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.

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.

David McAuley | CEO of Trussell Trust

David McAuley is the Chief Executive of The Trussell Trust, ‘Britain’s Most Admired Charity: 2013’, and best known for its network of UK foodbanks.  With a background in business, David started his career as an electronic engineer for Services Sound and Vision Corporation, best known for their British Forces Broadcasting Services. During his time in SSVC David completed a Business Degree and Post Grad qualification in Total Quality Management and Change Management.  In 2001 he left BFBS and worked for three years in various private sector and small business consultancies before taking a 3 year sabbatical in 2004 to read Theology at Sydney College of Divinity.  Since David joined The Trussell Trust in 2008 the organisation has grown over tenfold in all areas of activity and has risen to prominence in the media and political spheres, making it one of the most talked about charities in the UK.

David says: “Managing growth, dealing with politicians and the media, building and maintaining a good reputation, developing practical services that meet people at their point of need and managing change is all part of working for the Trussell Trust. No one said it would be easy, but it is very rewarding.”

David was appointed Chief Executive in January 2014 and is starting to look toward the next ten years and the challenges that post-austerity Britain may bring.  David is married to Chrissy and now lives in Salisbury, England.

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.

Williams Johnson Mota | Change & Leadership Development Consultant for L21

Williams is an entrepreneur, leadership practitioner and change catalyst.

He focuses on the intersection of sustainability, leadership and change; supporting organisations, networks and individuals to foster innovation and learning, scale up impact and build new capacities for system wide change.

He is the former Chief Executive Officer of LEAD International – the world’s largest not for profit organisation dedicated to building leadership capacity for sustainability with global network of 3,000 fellows across 90 countries and 12 international offices.

Prior to joining LEAD, Williams was Managing Director at the GPTW UK, where he partnered with major global brands to re-invigorate their workplace cultures. He also worked as a researcher for the sustainability think-tank AccountAbility.

He has served on the Board of a number of international organisations, including the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), which is a US$100 million global initiative, formed in 2010, designed to support developing countries in tackling the challenges posed by climate change.

One of his strengths lies in his ability to convene collaborative platforms for impact and innovation bringing business, civil society, academic institutions and public sector organisations together to harvest alternative futures.

In his spare time, he is a self-diagnosed music and sports junkie.

Michael Solomon | Founder & Director of Responsible 100

As founder and director, Michael describes Responsible 100’s ambition as becoming a kite mark for businesses determined to have the maximum positive impact on society and the environment.

Michael argues we can all exercise a choice about which businesses we want to succeed, and as and when we do, we can all be part of creating a better business. Almost 14 years in development, R100 sets a high but demonstrably achievable bar. To join, businesses are required to answer challenging questions on a range of social, environmental and ethical issues; have their answers reviewed, assessed and scored; guarantee their information as complete, accurate and verifiable, and maintain it as such at all times; and make it available for public scrutiny, comment and rating on www.responsible100.com.

R100 is the product of genuine collaboration between businesses and NGOs and campaign groups. Its final phase of development concerns defining the purpose and brand which will maximise take up and impact. Michael says while any company can produce a CSR report, those prepared to undergo R100’s exacting requirements appear to have four key attributes in common which set them apart.

First, they are entirely open and honest, and are prepared to explain and justify all the things they do. Second, they are on a path to becoming net positive by increasing their positive impacts on people and planet, and decreasing their negative impacts, as far and fast across their operations as possible. Third is an acceptance of their role as businesses: to deliver goods and services, make profits, AND make the world a better place. Lastly, they don’t just say “yes, yes, we do these things”, they actually provide proof by making a clear, public, unequivocal commitment.

Responsible 100’s soon-to-be-unveiled new brand will manifest these qualities and, as such, differentiate businesses determined to help create and be part of a better world.

Liz Jones | Editor of EDUcatering & TUCO Magazine, H20 Publishing

An established B2B journalist and editor, Liz has worked in a variety of industry sectors over the years – from cosmetics and packaging, to recruitment and property – and more recently corporate responsibility as editor of Ethical Performance where she developed a passion for sustainability and all aspects of responsible business practice. Her two current titles are focused on catering in education where sustainability is very high on the agenda.


Will Akerman | Managing Director, MyKindaFuture

Will is a regular business speaker and has addressed international audiences including London School of Economics, London Stock Exchange, World Money Show and Soho Radio. He has been an advisor to DPM Nick Clegg, GLA and Lord Young. In 2003, Will founded Speakeasy4Schools, which grew to become the largest independent Enterprise Education provider in England, now rebranded as CragRats and teaching 150,000 students per annum.

In 2010, Will identified that students could not effectively connect with businesses. He therefore set up MyKindaCrowd, a social enterprise that offers opportunities for businesses to engage with students and teachers. In 2015, Will acquired Bright Futures and merged together with MyKindaCrowd, rebranding to MyKindaFuture, reaching over 4,500 schools and 50 societies and working with over 70 FTSE businesses.

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.

Paul Robinson | CEO of Alquity

Paul passionately believes in a business model that sees companies interacting more closely with society to create real beneficial change, by ensuring everyone gets sufficient support to be able to make a positive contribution to their economic well being.

Paul is a keen social entrepreneur, having funded and helped build Global Ethics, an ethical goods company operating businesses under the One Brand, where 100% of the profit is given to charitable causes. Since 2005 they have donated over £10m and transformed more than 2 million lives.

Read Paul’s Bio

Martin Powell | Head of Urban Development, Siemens

Martin is The Head of Urban Development within Siemens Global Centre of Competence for Cities. This involves working with Mayors and leaders providing advice and support to cities as they strive to meet tough economic, social and environmental targets and looking at economic and technical models of delivering solutions at scale.

Martin was previously the Mayoral Advisor on the Environment to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. As Executive Director of Environment he also had responsibility for delivery of London’s Environmental Projects and Programmes.

As Managing Director of Cambridge Management & Research, an organisation working with a number of cities, Martin was a Special Advisor to The C40 Cities Group, Chaired by former Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg.

Martin is co-author of ‘Our Urban Future’ and ‘Better Cities, Better Life’ and the forthcoming book about ‘The Smart City in the Digital Age.’

Simon Webley | Research Director of Institute of Business Ethics

Simon has been Research Director at the Institute of Business Ethics in London since 1998. The Institute is a not-for-profit organisation based in London which helps organisation in many countries develop and implement business ethics policies and programmes.

He has published numerous studies on all aspects of business ethics, the most recent being: Towards Ethical Norms in International Business Practices (2014) and Corporate Ethics Programmes Survey, UK & Continental Europe (2013) – which will provide wider context for this report. He has lectured and facilitated training on applied business ethics issues for organisations in many countries.

Simon is a member of the ICC’s Commission on Corporate Responsibility and Anti-corruption and the British Standards Institute’s (BSI) Anti Bribery Standard’s Panel.

Simon has a Masters degree in Economics and Political Science from Trinity College, Dublin.

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.

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.

Harriet Kelsall | Managing Director 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.

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.

Harriet was also named 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. Last year, 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 currently writing a book about how to start a successful creative business.

Adrian Henriques | Professor of Accountability and CSR

Adrian Henriques is an adviser on corporate responsibility, social accountability and sustainability working with companies, NGOs, social enterprises and the public sector.  He has produced research on social sustainability and taught widely on accountability, stakeholder engagement, social impact measurement and social auditing.

Adrian was for five years a member of the Global Reporting Initiative Steering Committee.  He is currently Chair of the UK mirror committee for ISO 26000.  Adrian is Visiting Professor of Accountability and CSR at Middlesex University Business School. Adrian was formerly Head of Accountability at the New Economics Foundation.

His publications include: ‘Quantifying natural and social capital: guidelines on valuing the invaluable’, ‘Understanding ISO 26000 – a practical approach to social responsibility’, ‘Corporate Impact: measuring and managing your social footprint’, ‘Corporate Truth: the limits to transparency’, ‘Focus on Sustainability and its Implications for CSR’ and ‘The Triple Bottom Line – does it all add up?’

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.

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.

Esther Maughan McLachlan | Director of Communications for Forum for the Future

With 15 years’ experience in integrated strategic communications, Esther joined Forum in 2014 with a brief to create more impact by raising the organisation’s profile worldwide and taking the growing Network of members and partners to the next level. The Sustainable Development Commission’s first Head of Communications, more recently Esther led Sony’s multi-award-winning FuturesScapes project, exploring how technology can enable sustainable lifestyles.

Esther is a governor at the Steiner Academy free school in her home town of Frome, Somerset.

Paul Caulfield | Assistant Professor, International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR)

Paul Caulfield is Assistant Professor in Responsible & Sustainable Business at the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR) and also Director of Nottingham MBA at Nottingham University Business School.  His research and teaching interests include Corporate Responsibility and new strategies for Sustainability: Corporate Community Investments, Employee Volunteering, Base of Pyramid, Social Enterprise, Eco-entrepreneurship and Sustainable Business Design.

Paul’s academic work and directorship is built upon experience gained in Strategic Planning and Corporate Responsibility with major corporations where he was responsible for European strategic planning and for community investment and engagement strategy focusing on improving sustainable interventions. Paul has held senior roles in strategic business development, focusing on business modelling and venture finance for major European and US banks. He has operational experience of MNC and NGO operations in the developing world covering sustainable business development and capability building in Angola, Russia, Vietnam and Bangladesh.

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.