Founder & CEO
After spending three years as a Formula One photographer, Karen Sutton set up a design agency in the heart of the Brooklands Business Park (Surrey, UK) – the location inspired by her enthusiasm for Motorsport. Recognising the potential to encourage business relationships and to ‘keep business local’, she established the community initiative Business@ Brooklands and the associated Brooklands CSR Forum. From this local idea, and with her drive and enthusiasm, Karen founded the Global Good Awards (formerly National CSR Awards) which held its inaugural ceremony in spring, 2015. It was then re-branded as Global Good Awards in May 2017.
Karen is passionate in support of local and global charitable activity and aspires to the day when she will be in a financial position to ‘down tools’ and devote 100% of her time to helping others. With a growing concern for the oceans, in 2017, she joined Marine Conservation Society and became a Sea Champion.
Her charitable activity to date includes:-
- being an active Rotarian (serving as President of her Club in 2015-16);
- taking part in a National Immunisation Day, vaccinating children against polio in the slums of Delhi;
- supporting and visiting a Water Sanitation project in a village in Peru, which now enables the village to be more self-sufficient;
- supporting a local Hospice by volunteering, raising funds and awareness and most recently sitting on their Capital Appeal Committee, which is responsible for raising £10m for their new facility opening in Woking in 2017.
Karen aims to drive the Global Good Awards to become a globally recognised brand that rewards ANY organisation that puts sustainability and ethical business practices at its core, demonstrating its commitment to change.
Head of Communications
Liz Jones is an established freelance B2B journalist with extensive experience across a broad spectrum of industries including food and drink, health and beauty, property and travel. It was while editor of Ethical Performance and Best Practice that she developed her passion for writing about sustainability issues, focusing on how businesses are addressing both environmental and societal challenges. She has been involved with the Awards since 2015, when she acted as one of the judges at the inaugural National CSR Awards.
Dr Paula Owen
Paula is a specialist in environmental sustainability, behavioural change and engagement, staff training, carbon measurement & reporting tools. She has over two decades of expertise in the environmental sustainability sector; bringing a wealth of experience to the GGA. Paula is on hand to ensure we keep on top of current trends, regulatory changes affecting certain criterion within our categories, and any other environmental support we may need assistance with. She has a PhD in climate change atmospheric science from the University of Oxford and is the author of numerous environmentally related publications written on behalf of the Energy Saving Trust, Defra, DECC and the EU Commission and others.
She has been a judge with the Global Good Awards since its inception in 2015. Read Paula’s full bio here.
Oggadoon Guerrilla Comms
OggaDoon is based on the simple idea that clever comms gets you reach and revenue. They specialise in high impact campaigns that use a nimble and fresh approach to PR, brand and media. They work with businesses that have passion and purpose, and who want to find clever ways to reach their audience, increase their revenue. From B2B to B2C, co-ops to multi-national companies, CICs to tech startups, all their clients have one thing in common – authenticity.
David Hampton CEng CEnv
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, taking on Dominic Grieve QC at hustings. He gives counsel over coffee (carbon coaching) to individuals and families, CEO’s and celebs. He has his own weekly radio show “Watt Next?” 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 for Riversimple. In 2014 he won the edie Sustainability Leader of the Year Award. In March 2016 he delivered his first (sustainable) stand up comedy set in Soho – appearing as the “carbon carbon carbon carbon carbon komedian”.
Dave works with a number of Eco Olympians who are speaking out courageously on today’s ethical issues.