Judging will comprise a two-stage process: individual marking followed by panel discussion and deliberation on a judging day. In the individual categories, shortlisted entrants will be invited to an interview on the judging day. If entering the individual awards, please keep 22 June 2020 free in your diary should you be successful in reaching the shortlist.
Chaired by Louise Nicholls, Vice Chair, IEMA Board. The IEMA Sustainability Impact Awards judging panel features more than a dozen of the Environment & Sustainability profession’s leading authorities.
Senior Environmental Advisor
Katie is currently a Practitioner member of IEMA working towards Full membership. Katie has worked in the environment Sector for 5 years, starting her career in waste management before moving into Construction where she is now the Senior Environmental Advisor for Cementation Skanska. Katie's particular responsibilities include working towards Skanska's Net Zero Carbon Target 2045 and managing Cementations projects nationwide. Projects include high profile building and infrastructure projects across many different sectors offering a range of complex risk and opportunities. Katie has been an active member of the IEMA North West Steering Group for 5 years and Chair of IEMA Futures for 4 years. https://www.skanska.co.uk/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/skanska/
Chief Policy Advisor
Martin works in the UK and internationally to support the transition to a low carbon, resource efficient and sustainable economy. Martin leads IEMA’s policy and external engagement activity with government and business. He has national and international experience in developing and negotiating global and European standards, and developing capacity for effective and widespread implementation. Martin is head of the UK delegation to the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) on environmental management and chairs the EMS committee. He is also a Board member of IEMA and SocEnv.
The Bee Centre
Simon holds an active and pioneering role in the sustainability profession with over 30 years’ experience as an environmental practitioner, consultant and trainer. He is a longstanding promoter of the circular economy and the need to develop strategies for economic and social adaptation and resilience. Simon works with public and private sector clients ranging in size from micro-organisations to multinationals and has wide experience of working across cultural and geographical boundaries. In 2016, Simon co-founded “The Bee Centre”, a multi-award-winning centre of excellence for bee-related education, breeding and husbandry. The Bee Centre’s unique approach to sustainable and ethical beekeeping is sector leading. The organisation breeds locally adapted honeybees, enhances biodiversity, creates habitat for pollinators and delivers award-winning eco-tourism experiences to visitors from around the world. They also collaborate with a diversity of industrial, commercial and public sector organisations to add economic and social value and foster sustainable, local supply chains.
I am the Managing Director of RRC International, a health & safety and environmental management training company. I have been with RRC for 29 years and have led RRC’s evolution from a generalist training provider to a specialist global provider of qualification training for environmental management and occupational safety and health. RRC have a clear focus on customers’ needs and work with really good subject experts throughout the world to develop and deliver our high quality training. I have an active interest in the environment and championed RRC’s first foray into Environmental Management Training. I am a great believer in the pressing need for organisations to up their game and to be offered the position to judge the IEMA Impact Sustainability Awards 2020 will be a real honour.
Director of Water, Land and Biodiversity
Pete has worked in the Environment Agency and predecessors for over 20 years in a wide range of regulatory, technical and leadership roles including climate change, waste regulation, biodiversity and flood risk management. Previous to this he worked in the voluntary sector, in wildlife conservation. Now in a senior leadership position, Director Water, Land and Biodiversity, he is responsible for leading on work on water quality, water quantity, farming, contaminated land, wildlife and fisheries.
Director of EIA
Thomson Environmental Consultants
Peter is a Chartered Environmentalist with 30 years in environmental consultancy, specialising in EIA, sustainability and environmental planning. With extensive UK and international experience he has developed a pragmatic approach to resolving the competing demands of development and environmental protection. He has worked on high profile infrastructure projects including HS2 and Crossrail 2, as well as numerous complex projects across many different sectors, often leading large multi-disciplinary teams. A strong advocate of proportionate EIA and improving the quality of Environmental Statements (and related documents), Peter is Chair of IEMA’s Impact Assessment Network Steering Group, whose members are actively engaged in developing technical guidance for practitioners and promoting best practice. Peter is currently Director of EIA for Thomson Environmental Consultants, developing a new EIA practice and leading on innovation in digital EIA.
Head of Sustainability
Canary Wharf Group
Martin Gettings FIEMA CENV Canary Wharf Group Head of Sustainability Martin’s 15 year background in construction engineering, design, and project management, preceded his next 15 years in Environmental Management and Sustainability Leadership. He is currently responsible for delivering Canary Wharf Groups’ commitment to Make Sustainability Real, across their 128 acre Estate and development portfolio. Martin is a Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment and a Chartered Environmentalist. An elected board member of Supply Chain Sustainability School and active industry collaborator, Martin also participates in a number of leading built environment initiatives including UKGBC Future Leaders and Considerate Constructors Ultra Site, as well as Canary Wharfs’ own Breaking the Plastic Habit campaign. https://group.canarywharf.com/corporate-responsibility/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/martingettings/
Dan Hamza-Goodacre is Executive Director of the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program, a global initiative helping developing countries improve the efficiency of cooling as they reduce pollution from F-gases. Dan has worked on sustainable development globally for over 20 years. Previously, Dan was: Director of Buildings and Industry at ClimateWorks;Deputy CEO of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network; a PwC consultant; a U.K. Environment and Agriculture Ministry policy maker, including Head of the Secretary of State’s office; co-founder of the UK’s Adapting to Climate Change Program; Adaptation Policy Lead for the UK Climate Change Act, Sustainable Agriculture Advisor and UK Foreign Office Climate Attaché. He is a regular speaker and moderator at conferences and events and has written widely on climate and development. Dan has an MSc in International Development from Bristol University, where he also lectured and researched global environmental politics. In his early career Dan lived and worked in the rainforests of Latin America.
Discipline Manager - Safety & Sustainability
Rebecca Harris is the Discipline Manager for Safety and Sustainability looking after the Infrastructure Projects and Capital Delivery organisations within Network Rail. Her role is to lead the development of competence and capability within the safety and sustainability professions as well as providing support to all other professions, such as project management and engineering, with their safety and sustainability capability. Whilst at Network Rail Rebecca has also developed and managed environmental management systems as well as working in the central team on strategy, policy and standards for the whole business. Rebecca is a chartered environmentalist, a full member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment and has a Master’s degree in Environmental Management.
Safia has worked on Senior Executive Teams including working as Director of Transformation and retains a comprehensive understanding around transformative change. Safia had also trained and practised as a Barrister in regulation and related public law work for around 10 years. She has previously advised and advocated for organisations from a variety of sectors. Safia is founder of GCM a global advisory group working to increase conscious capability and excellence in organisations and society. Working with those seeking a deeper understanding around social impact, connectivity, purpose and those committed to transformative organisational change. GCM also promotes awareness and seeks to improve conscious capability through collaboration, dialogue and uniquely curated events.
Professor of Environmental Policy
FIEMA and University of East Anglia
His research seeks to understand how policy emerges and performs in multi-levelled or polycentric systems such as the European Union. He has published extensively on these topics and in 2017-8 was named a Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher, one of only 180 social scientists in the world. His next book – Durability by Design? Policy Feedback in a Changing Climate – will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2020. He currently sits on the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency and DEFRA's Scientific Advisory Council - Social Science Expert Group. In 2015 he established (and currently co-chairs) Brexit&Environment, a policy facing academic network funded by the UK’s ESRC. He has served as a specialist advisor to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (on EU-UK environmental policy relationships, 2015-2016), and given oral and written advice to many select committees in both Houses. https://www.brexitenvironment.co.uk/
Deputy Chair of Judges and Editor
Worked in financial publishing for over 25 years with a focus on the banking, insurance and actuarial fields. More recently developed an interest in environmental issues and completed a Masters programme in Environment & Sustainability from Birkbeck College, University of London, in 2019. Have been managing editor of The Actuary magazine for 13 years and became the editor of TRANSFORM, IEMA's membership magazine in 2017.
Shaun McCarthy OBE
Shaun’s portfolio includes; Director, Action Sustainability, Chair, Supply Chain Sustainability School, Chair, IEMA Professional Standards Committee, Chair, Action Sustainability Asia Pacific, and Trustee, Greeshoots Foundation Trust. From 2006-13 he was Chair of the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012, a ground breaking assurance body directly advising the Mayor of London and Olympics Minister.
Shaun was awarded an OBE for services to sustainability and London 2012 in Her Majesty the Queen’s 2013 birthday honours list. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (FIEMA), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), and a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS).
Stephanie McGibbon is an established environmental consultant, leading Arup’s impact assessment team where she advises on all aspects of development projects and plan-making. She is a Fellow of IEMA, also a membership assessor for IEMA and a chartered town planner. In her work and underpinned by Arup’s philosophy to shape a better world, Stephanie’s goal is to achieve positive environmental outcomes and eventually for this to be the new norm in EIA. Outside of work, Stephanie volunteers with the Environmental Law Foundation, a charity supporting local people and communities to have an equal voice in environmental matters. arup.com elflaw.org
Managing Director and IEMA vice chair
Louise Nicholls runs a Human Rights and Sustainability consultancy Suseco.org working with organisations and governments to disrupt existing systems, turn ideas into action and create a collaborative shift towards a sustainable future. She works with a broad range of Clients including Astra Zeneca, Kingfisher, World bank and Ethical trading initiative and tutors for Cambridge (CISL) university. Previously she worked for M&S, most recently as Corporate Head of Human Rights, Food sustainability and Food Packaging. She led M&S Corporate Human Rights programme for over 18 years from inception to their approach being consistently recognised for its leadership. She brings a broad breadth of understanding on Human Rights and Modern slavery, from realities of supply chain implementation, to awareness raising from board to shop floor and in driving stakeholder coalitions, having played a key role in the development of UK licencing Authority; Gangmaster Licensing Abuse Authority (GLAA) and in championing for the UK Modern Slavery Act. She has extensive experience of managing compliance and beyond compliance programmes in 40+ countries with 1000’s Suppliers in Food, Clothing and Home sectors. Louise is a fellow of Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) and was also part of M&S Food technology leadership team where she led a fantastic team of Food sustainability and Award winning Packaging experts supporting buying teams and supply chain on a day to day basis with issues as diverse as Plastics, Food waste, Water stewardship, Fairtrade, Lean manufacturing and sustainable raw material procurement. She was instrumental in development of Sedex sitting on the board for 16 years and chairing Sedex stakeholder forum (SSF) establishing SMETA, globally the most widely used ethical trade audit methodology. In addition Louise has held Board positions at the Ethical Trading Initiative, LOCOG Stakeholder oversight board, Consumer Goods Forum, IHRB Leadership Group and is currently a trustee of the Bread and Butter thing and vice chair of IEMA. Her leadership has been recognised externally; second in Guardian’s unsung Sustainable business leader in 2015 and in the Top 100 CSR leaders in 2018.
Dorry is a Sustainability Consultant and a steering group member of the IEMA Futures network. She specialises in corporate sustainability solutions and services, and also has a background in the application of emerging technologies in sustainability. Prior to joining DNV GL, Dorry was a Consultant at WSP and a Sustainability Assistant at House of Fraser. She holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London and a BSc in Geography from the University of Manchester.
Corporate Responsibility Director
At VolkerWessels UK responsible for the provision of a range of services including health, safety, environment, quality, sustainability, occupational health and wellbeing, integrated management systems, performance reporting, operational training, fleet, facilities, major incident management, strategic development, and collaboration. A career history in the implementation and development of sustainable business practices, including the oversight of health, safety, environment, quality, and sustainability to maintain compliance to corporate, legal and stakeholder requirements. • Implementation and oversight of health, safety, environment, quality and sustainability management systems and associated activities, for an employed and subcontract workforce exceeding 7,500 people. • Proven track record of achieving industry leading health, safety, environmental and sustainability performance. • Maintaining corporate governance for a multi-disciplinary construction group. • 25 years in the construction industry across operational, training, supervision, management, change, HSEQS, and professional services.
Kamran Shezad is a grassroot community activist and is the Sustainability Lead for a national faith based NGO. He is an award panel member for the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Sustainable Futures Committee and has ‘consultative status’ with United Nations Environment Assembly. He is passionate about working and empowering people to guide behavioural change within their communities and simplifying the language on climate change and climate friendly living. Kamran has helped developed a number of community toolkits, video messaging campaigns and resources to promote sustainability and positive environmental behaviour for various faith communities Kamran is a chartered environmentalist and is a full member of the Institute for Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA).
Penny Walker is an independent facilitator, coach and trainer who helps people have more effective conversations about tricky things, especially challenging and uncertain sustainability issues like flood risk management, low-carbon strategies and collaboration in the soft-commodities supply chain. She is a Fellow of IEMA and a Chartered Environmentalist, as well as being a qualified coach and Certified Professional Facilitator. She has written two editions of IEMA’s practitioner guide “Change Management for Sustainable Development”, “Working Collaboratively: a practical guide to achieving more” and co-founded She is Still Sustainable. She blogs at www.penny-walker.co.uk/blog and tweets as @penny_walker_sd