Judges for the 2015 Ashden Awards

Our esteemed Ashden judges have extensive experience in sustainable energy, with a wide variety of backgrounds. Find out more about their credentials below.

UK Awards

Professor Paul Ekins, Chair of UK judges
Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy, and Director, UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources

Paul Ekins was previously Head of the Environment Group at the Policy Studies Institute (PSI) and Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Westminster. In 2002 he was appointed to the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution. He is Deputy Director of the UK Energy Research Centre. He has been a consultant to the Sustainable Development Commission, and is a member of the High Level Sustainable Development Advisory Group of Ofgem, the UK gas and electricity regulator. He received an OBE ‘for services to environmental policy’ in the 2015 New Year’s Honours List.

Giles Bristow
Director of Programmes at Forum for the Future

Giles Bristow in charge of the delivery of “system innovation” strategies in Food and Energy at Forum for the Future - a sustainability non-profit that works globally with business, government and others to solve tricky sustainability challenges. Giles is also responsible for fundraising at The Forum. Prior to joining Forum for the Future in 2012, Giles was Chief Executive Officer at Carbon Leapfrog, and was a senior environmental lawyer for Slaughter and May. Giles has a Masters in Energy Policy and Sustainability from the University of Exeter and completed a thesis on financing renewable energy.

Emma Howard Boyd
Independent consultant

Emma has spent her 25-year career working in financial services, initially in corporate finance, and then in fund management, specialising in sustainable investment and corporate governance. She currently serves on various boards and advisory committees including the Environment Agency, Future Cities Catapult, the Aldersgate Group, the 30% Club Steering Committee, the Executive Board of The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project and the Carbon Trust Advisory Panel. Previously Sustainable Investment and Governance Director and Director of Stewardship at Jupiter, Emma was integral to the development of its reputation in the corporate governance and sustainability fields.

Emma Jones
CAG Consultants

Emma has an MSc in Environmental Technology and 18 years’ experience in the field of sustainable energy.  Her specialism is the role of local authorities, housing providers and community organisations in reducing carbon emissions and fuel poverty.  She is currently a partner at CAG Consultants where she leads a number of projects for clients including DECC, the Local Government Association and UK Power Networks.

Matthew Leach
Professor of Energy and Environmental Systems, the Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey

Matthew is a chartered mechanical engineer, with an MSc and PhD in Energy Policy from Imperial College London. He has previously been Vice President of the Energy Institute and Chair of Council of the British Institute of Energy Economics. Matthew has thirty years’ experience of the challenges in delivering secure and sustainable energy services. His research has focused on decentralised energy supply systems and the role of demand-side management, exploring the environmental and economic performance of emerging technologies, and the roles for policy, in long term transitions to a low carbon economy.

Michael Saxton
Independent Consultant

Michael operates where corporate purpose and corporate reputation meet, working with businesses and brands to produce powerful communications that truly inspire and inform. His expertise starts with stakeholder engagement and continues into senior communications counsel, particularly on issues around corporate purpose, shared value creation and sustainability. Having both founded a successful independent communications agency and led a global communications practice in sustainability, he brings an entrepreneurial approach backed by board-level experience, strategic thinking and creativity to communications’ challenges.

Ian Simm
Founder and Chief Executive of Impax Asset Management

Ian has been responsible for building Impax since its launch in 1988, particularly the firm’s listed equity and infrastructure teams and investment products. In addition to his role as Chief Executive, Ian heads the firm’s investment committees. Prior to joining Impax, Ian was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Co. in the Netherlands, where he led teams to provide advice to clients in a range of environmentally sensitive industries.

International Awards

Sarah Butler-Sloss, Chair of International Judges
Founder Director, Ashden

Sarah has been an internationally recognised leader in the field of sustainable energy for the past 20 years. She is best known for founding the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy – now renamed Ashden – in 2001. As Director of Ashden, Sarah is a regular contributor to UK and global policy debates in the field of sustainable energy and an active member of the UN’s International Sustainable Energy for All Practitioner Network. She is also a trustee of the sustainability charity Forum for the Future.

Eugene Amusin
Senior Vice President, Citi Microfinance

Eugene Amusin engages with microfinance institutions, social enterprises, non-profits, multinational companies and investors to structure banking solutions that enable low-income communities to benefit from essential products and services. Prior to joining Citi Microfinance, Eugene had product management, product development, and technology responsibilities at Citi.

Dominic Brain
Head of Programme Funding Division, Christian Aid

While with Christian Aid, Dominic has worked across Latin America, Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa on development and humanitarian programming. He has overall responsibility for Christian Aid’s Institutional funding from governments and foundations. Dominic introduced an environmental management system to Christian Aid, including carbon footprint and greenhouse gas reporting on agency operations, and is an internal sustainability advisor.

Adam Brett
Founder Director, Fullwell Mill Ltd

Adam Brett is a Director of Fullwell Mill Ltd, a business that markets the Tropical Wholefoods brand of Fairtrade and organic food products sourced from small farmers in Uganda, Burkina Faso, Pakistan, Ghana, Afghanistan, Tunisia, Zambia and Costa Rica. Fullwell Mill works directly with partners in these countries to produce a range of sustainably manufactured foods with a strong focus on sustainable and renewable energy and agricultural practices.

Diana Carney
Director of Strategy and Engagement at the Institute for Public Policy Research

Diana Carney is Director of Strategy and Engagement at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), a progressive think tank. She spent much of her career focusing on development and environment policy issues in Canada (at Canada 2020) and in the UK (at the Overseas Development Institute and elsewhere). Diana is a trustee of Save the Children (UK) and the Friends of the Royal Academy and an adviser to the Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism.

Christine Eibs Singer
Senior Advisor to the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Initiative

Christine Eibs Singer is a Senior Advisor to the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, focusing on the development of financing innovations to accelerate energy access and is Director of Global Advocacy for the recently launched Power for All Campaign. She is a Co-Founder of E+Co, a pioneer in the energy access and impact investment sector and was a founding member of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs. She is also an Ambassador of the C3E Women in Energy Initiative.

Ben Good
CEO, GVEP International

Ben Good is CEO of GVEP International, a non-profit organisation specialising in supporting energy enterprises in order to accelerate access to energy, with some 90 staff in sub-Saharan Africa.  Ben is an engineer with 20 years’ experience in the renewable energy and utility sectors, including a range of senior operational, commercial, financial, and corporate finance roles across Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Ben joined GVEP from D1 Oils plc, the UK-listed renewable energy business, where he was CEO. He has a degree in Engineering, Economics and Management from Oxford University.

Andrew Reicher
Independent Investor in Renewable Energy and Energy Access

Andrew Reicher is an energy access and renewable energy investor/adviser, with wide interests across business angle investment in early-stage African energy access and large scale renewable energy projects in Africa and Asia, based on contact networks in business, finance and government. He is also a trustee for the Global Village Energy Partnership, WWF-UK and Caius House

Richard Brown CBE, Chair
Non-Executive Board Member of the Department for Transport.

Richard is currently Chairman of Catalyst Housing, Deputy President of the French Chamber of Commerce in GB, and a Non-Executive Board Member of the Department for Transport. He was Chief Executive of Eurostar from August 2002 to April 2010, before stepping up to the role of Chairman from 2010 to 2013. Prior to this, Richard had worked at British Rail from 1977 to 1996, setting up Midland Mainline during this period, and then worked for National Express from 1996 to 2002 as Chief Executive of its trains division and then Group Commercial Director.

Luke Ervine
Head of Environment and Energy, Eurostar International Limited

Luke has worked for Eurostar for 9 years in various capacities, including a central role as part of a team that authored Eurostar's original Tread Lightly programme in April 2007. Since then Luke has played a key role in delivering the commitments set out under Tread Lightly, helping Eurostar become a recognised leader in the field of sustainable transport.

School Awards

Emma has an MSc in Environmental Technology and 18 years’ experience in the field of sustainable energy.  Her specialism is the role of local authorities, housing providers and community organisations in reducing carbon emissions and fuel poverty.  She is currently a partner at CAG Consultants where she leads a number of projects for clients including DECC, the Local Government Association and UK Power Networks.

Stephen Green
Environmental Coordinator at Ringmer Community College and Sixth Form

Stephen is Environmental Coordinator at Ringmer Community College near Lewes, which won an Ashden Award in 2008 for its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. Stephen has worked with a number of schools in the public and private sector providing advice on how to use energy in a responsible way and ensuring that students and staff become engaged in the process of sustainability. He has written several articles about sustainability in schools and is also a mentor in Ashden's LESS CO2 programme.

Paula Owens
Curriculum Development Leader, Geographical Association

Paula is a former primary teacher and deputy head who has been involved with Ashden since the launch of our School Awards category – first as a winner, and later as mentor and project facilitator. She now works for the Geographical Association as Curriculum Development Leader and is also an independent consultant. Paula has authored a range of articles, books and online materials relating to sustainability and is a member of Geography Expert Advisory Group (GEAG).

Joanna Walton
Head of Communications and Deputy Director, Ashden

Joanna has worked in voluntary sector communications since 1995 when she joined Media Natura, a consultancy providing communications support for environmental and development NGOs. After a few years at communications charity, Media Trust, she moved to Ashden in 2005 and, as well as overseeing its communications, has worked extensively with Ashden schools winners, piloting LESS CO2 in 2010.

Mike Wolfe
Director of Programmes at CREATE

Mike has brought his expertise to the Ashden School Awards Judging team for several years. CREATE is a not-for-profit organisation working for the promotion and co-ordination of sustainable energy in UK schools and colleges. Over the past 20 years it has developed training and support programmes for over 300 organisations across the public and private sectors from village schools to multi-national corporations.