meet the judges
Bea Elliott is a Retail and Sustainability Consultant at IBM Consulting and recently led the Case Study with Pets at Home as part of the BRC’s Climate Action Roadmap.
As the official partners for Pathway 4 – Sourcing Sustainably, Bea’s team at IBM have worked with numerous Retailers to identify the key challenges in this space,and developed a compelling framework for how to overcome them.
Bea is passionate about helping her Retail clients to rethink, design and build future-fit enterprises and deliver change, which is impactful, equitable, and responsible.
Hugh is Managing Director of Carbon Trust Business Services, providing strategic sustainability and climate change advice to leading global businesses and their supply chains, as well as assurance for their calculations and claims. The team’s work includes sustainability and decarbonisation strategy, setting and achieving net zero and science-based targets, and addressing climate risk, for companies all around the world. Among the team’s best-known offers are the Route To Net Zero Standard for Organisations and the Carbon Trust Carbon Label for Products.
Prior to the Carbon Trust Hugh has extensive experience in professional services and international sales and marketing at both IBM and PwC Consulting, and has a MA in Modern Languages from Cambridge University and an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.
James Harman is a highly experienced HVAC professional with over 15 years of experience in the industry. He is dedicated to supporting the decarbonsiation of the United Kingdom achieving Net-zero emissions by utlizing sustainable and renewable energy sources. Throughout his career, he has gained extensive knowledge of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, including design, installation, maintenance & repair. He has worked on a wide range of projects, from residential homes to large commercial buildings, and has a strong track record of helping clients reduce their carbon footprint while maintaining optimal indoor air quality and comfort.
He remains committed to developing the retail sector with the latest advancements in HVAC technology to ensure that he can provide the best possible solutions for this client’s decarbonisation and net-zero goals”.
Kate Parminter was created a life peer in July 2010. She sits in the House of Lords on the Liberal Democrat benches and is the Chair of the Lords Select Committee on the Environment & Climate Change. She is a member of the House of Lords Appointments Commission.
Kate was born in 1964 and grew up in West Sussex. Educated at state schools in Horsham she went on to study Theology at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.
Subsequently she worked for Nestle, Simon Hughes MP and a PR Consultancy. From 1990-1998 she headed the Public Affairs for the RSPCA, during which time she chaired the Campaign for the Protection of Hunted Animals which helped to ban hunting. In 1998 she became Chief Executive of CPRE, the Campaign to Protect Rural England.
From 2004-2010 she was a freelance consultant advising corporations and charities on charity, CSR and campaigning issues. Clients included Lloyd’s, the City of London Corporation & Mencap.
She was a Liberal Democrat Councillor on Horsham District Council in West Sussex for eight years (1987-1995).
Kate campaigns on eating disorders and is is a Patron of the Meath Epilepsy Charity.
She lives in Godalming, Surrey with her husband and two daughters.
Lindsay Hooper, Executive Director, Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership has over 20 years’ experience at the forefront of business and sustainability, challenging, inspiring and supporting senior leaders from multinational businesses, financial institutions and influential organisations to accelerate progress to a sustainable economy. She has a track-record of leading significant growth, innovation and impact through building the vision, strategy, structures and capabilities necessary to deliver against organisational mission.
Lindsay has led significant and sustained expansion of high-impact leadership programmes, as well as leading innovation in the creation of new propositions, including Board-level engagements and strategic advisory services, as well as expansion into new geographies. She personally leads client engagements across banking, extractives, defence, retail and manufacturing sectors, as well as with major municipalities and SOEs in China and the Middle East – engagements which have resulted in transformational change and enhanced business performance.
She has deep experience of harnessing the talents and expertise of leading practitioners, experts and innovators internationally, building high-performing teams and long-term collaborations to develop leading edge programmes that deliver significant, positive impacts.
Lindsay has led the Institute’s contribution to evolving international debates on business leadership and strategic responses to sustainability challenges. She speaks on global trends and the commercial implications for business – most recently on the business response to Net Zero transition. Other areas of focus include the relationship between business and society, ‘Rewiring Leadership’ and ‘Business, Justice and the New Global Economy’
As an award-winning climate and green business journalist, Matt has been covering the climate emergency and corporate sustainability for almost a decade for edie, reporting from the front line on key milestones such as the Paris Agreement and the UK’s net-zero emissions target for 2050.
Sebastian Munden is Chair of environmental NGO WRAP (The Waste and Resources Action Programme), which partners businesses and governments globally, promoting the circular economy, and tackling the causes of climate change, waste and pollution in the food, consumer products and textile systems. He is also Chair of Ad Net Zero, the advertising industry’s global programme to deliver net zero ways of working and promote more sustainable behaviours, products, and services.
Sebastian was chief executive of Unilever UK & Ireland until 2022. With 32 years’ experience in FMCG, he held senior roles in Unilever across Europe and North America, was leader of the Laundry Category for Europe & ANZ, and head of Global Marketing Operations. He is a passionate supporter of classical music, Harlequins rugby club and vegetarian cooking.
With more than twenty years of retail industry experience, Simon is a Supply Chain, Retail and Sustainability SME and has worked with clients across the world as part of IBM’s Supply Chain Strategy & Procurement practice. Previously in his IBM career he has been the Global Retail Lead for IBM’s Institute for Business Value; leveraging research and insight from global studies to identify future trends that would impact the consumer industry. Simon co-authored the ‘Monitor, Measure and Report Supply Chain Scope 3 Emissions’ guide that was published by the BRC in 2022. Simon has been an advocate of sustainable business practices for more than a decade and is committed to helping clients achieve their sustainability strategy and ESG aspirations.
Steve Kenzie, Executive Director, UN Global Compact Network UK. Steve has managed the Secretariat of the UN Global Compact Network UK since 2007, connecting UK companies and other organisations in a global movement dedicated to driving corporate sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals. He has been Chair of the UN Global Compact’s Global Network Council and was a member of the UN Global Compact Board.
He has been Chair of the UN Global Compact’s Global Network Council and was a member of the UN Global Compact Board. He was previously a Programme Director at the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) leading projects across a wide range of responsible business issue areas. Prior to joining IBLF, Steve was the founder and Managing Director of a successful retail sports equipment business in Canada.
He has a B.Comm from the University of British Columbia and an MSc in Business & Environment from Imperial College London.
Interim Director of Advocacy at WWF