Founder & CEO
An awards programme like the Global Good Awards (GGA) doesn’t come about by chance but through perseverance and a true passion for wanting to see real societal change.
That need for change and a more collaborative approach to business first struck Karen, former professional photographer and GGA founder, when she set up a community initiative and CSR forum in a bid to ‘keep business local’ at Brookland Business Park in Surrey, where her design agency business was based.
That vision grew into her establishing the National CSR Awards in 2015 which, as the idea and reach expanded, were rebranded the Global Good Awards in 2017.
Karen has since set up a sustainable events consultancy service to help other award, festival and event organisers to make fast, positive changes for the benefit of people and planet. She is also a member of the Independent Awards Standards Council where she acts as an assessor for the Awards Trust Mark; an accreditation scheme to enhance trust between those entering awards schemes, and the organisations running them.
On a personal level, Karen is a Sea Champion with the Marine Conservation Society. A keen environmental campaigner and active supporter of local and global charity work, she has taken part in an immunisation programme, helping to vaccinate children against polio in the slums of Delhi; supported and visited a water sanitation project in Peru; taken part in several beach cleans and volunteers for a local children’s cancer charity in her home town of Eastbourne. Ultimately, she aspires to the day when she will be in a financial position to ‘down tools’ and devote 100% of her time to helping others.
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
Beth Richardson is a media consultant and freelance journalist with experience across a broad spectrum of industries including media, business management, conservation and ethical travel. Her career started in regional press before moving into PR via press offices including for one of the UK’s leading charities where she had responsibility for TV and media relations and the continued success of several award-winning primetime shows.
Growing up overseas, Beth developed an awareness and passion for different cultures and conservation. She specialises in purpose-led PR and, in her spare time, volunteers for environmental organisations and continues to write for charities and the press.
In 2017 she founded the BIG Foundation, a charitable trust which identifies sustainable community & conservation projects for individuals and corporates to support in Africa. She has been involved with the Global Good Awards since 2020.
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 MA (Cantab)
Dave is a prolific campaigner for social and ecological justice, an activist, and an ethical brand ambassador. 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.
In 2018 Dave founded a diverse network of Olympians and sporting legends speaking out boldly on the climate emergency: ChampionsForEarth