Judges for the 2014 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.

The judges for the 2014 Ashden Awards were:

UK Awards

Professor Paul Ekins, Chair of UK judges
Professor of Energy and Environment Policy, UCL Energy Institute, University College, London

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 Co-Director of the UK Energy Research Centre. He is a consultant to the Sustainable Development Commission, a member of the High Level Environmental Advisory Group of Ofgem, the UK gas and electricity regulator and a member of the Government’s Sustainable Energy Policy Advisory Board.

Sarah Butler-Sloss

See below

Peter Capener
Independent Energy Consultant

Peter Capener has an MSc in Energy Resource, and has worked in the sustainable energy field for over 20 years, including seven years as Chief Executive of the Centre for Sustainable Energy. Since 2002 Peter has worked as an independent sustainable energy consultant on a range of projects for various private, public and voluntary sector clients.

Fiona Harvey
Guardian Environment Correspondent

Fiona Harvey joins the Ashden UK judging team for the first time this year. An award-winning environment journalist for the Guardian, Fiona previously worked for the Financial Times for more than a decade. She has reported on every major environmental issue, from as far afield as the Arctic and the Amazon, and her wide range of interviewees include Ban Ki-moon, Tony Blair, Al Gore and Jeff Immelt.

Emma Howard Boyd
Head of Sustainable Investment and Governance, Director, Jupiter Asset Management Limited

Emma joined Jupiter Asset Management in 1994, and is responsible for their sustainable investment business. Since 2003 she has been a director at Triodos Renewables and is also a non-executive member of the Environment Agency board and a Senior Associate at the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership.

Emma Jones

See below

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.

Dr Anne Wheldon

See below

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.

Adam Brett
Founder and Chairman, Tropical Wholefoods

Adam Brett is a Director of Fullwell Mill Ltd, a business that markets the Tropical Wholefoods range of fairtrade and organic food products sourced from small farmers in Uganda, Burkina Faso, Pakistan, Tanzania, Zambia and Costa Rica. Fullwell Mill works directly with partners in these countries to produce a range of sustainably manufactured foods. Adam is also a trustee of another Sainsbury's family charity, The Kilimo Trust, which works in East Africa.

Dominic Brain
Head of Programme Funding Division, Christian Aid

While with Christian Aid Dominic has worked largely in Central America and South Asia. He is responsible for mobilising and managing Christian Aid’s funds for development and humanitarian issues from governments and institutional donors. Dominic introduced environmental management systems and approaches to Christian Aid, including carbon footprinting and ecological footprinting approaches.

Ben Good
CEO, GVEP International

Ben Good is an engineer with 20 years’ experience in the renewable energy and utility sectors. He has undertaken a range of senior operational, commercial, financial, and corporate finance roles with various businesses and projects across Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Ben joined GVEP from D1 Oils plc, the UK-listed renewable energy business with interests in India and southern Africa, where he was CEO. He has a degree in Engineering, Economics and Management from Oxford University.

Steven Hunt
Energy Advisor, Department for International Development (DFID)

As Energy Advisor at DFID Steven focuses on clean energy access via decentralised renewable energy technologies in low-income countries. Prior to joining DFID, Steven worked at Practical Action Consulting providing technical, market development and policy advice on clean energy access to public, private and civil society clients worldwide. A product design engineer by training, Steven previously worked on wind turbine design and volume product development in Europe and North America.

Anne Wheldon
Knowledge and Research Adviser, Ashden

Anne has a PhD in environmental physics, and worked as a lecturer and researcher in applied physics at Universities in Swaziland, Thailand, Australia and Fiji. She then joined the University of Reading UK where she was director of its MSc programme in renewable energy and the environment. In this capacity she acted as technical assessor and judge of the Ashden Awards from their inception in 2001. Anne took up post of Technical Director of the Ashden Awards in 2005, responsible for assessment of applications, seminars and technical communication, and continues this work as Ashden's Knowledge and Research Adviser.

Martin Wright
Founding Editor, Green Futures Magazine, Forum for the Future

Martin Wright is a writer, photojournalist and communications and strategy adviser on the environment and sustainable futures. As special adviser to the Ashden Awards, Martin has travelled widely in Africa, Asia and the Far East, carrying out assessment visits. He has won the Environment Council’s Science and Environment Journalist of the Year Award, a Travelex Travel Writer of the Year Award and a Wildlife Photographer of the year award.

Eurostar Ashden Awards for Sustainable Travel

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.

Sarah Butler-Sloss

See above

James Dark
Independent Travel Consultant and Journalist

James has 15 years’ experience in all aspects of the transport industry working as a journalist and consultant. He is currently Associate Editor of Passenger Transport Magazine and provides policy and strategy support to a wide range of businesses, public sector bodies and professional institutes.

Luke Ervine
Environment Manager, 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.

Richard Hammond
Chief Executive and founder of Greentraveller Limited

Richard is the founder of Greentraveller, which produces booklets, visitor guides, leaflets, maps, videos and new media content about sustainable transport. He also manages the award-winning consumer website greentraveller.co.uk, which promotes hundreds of green tourism businesses as well as holidays run by specialist tour operators in the UK and Europe that can be reached without flying. Richard’s team of writers and new media professionals is also working with over 20 protected areas in the UK to promote sustainable tourism.

Lilli Matson
Head of Delivery Planning, Surface Planning, Transport for London

Lilli has been with Transport for London since 2006, first as Head of Integrated Area Programmes and now as Head of Delivery Planning. Previously, she worked in consultancy on transport and environmental issues, served on the Commission for Integrated Transport for 6 years and was Head of Transport and Natural Resources at CPRE.

School Awards

Emma Jones, Chair
CAG Consultants

Emma Jones is a member of CAG Consultants, having previously been a director at Impetus Consulting since 2000, and prior to that working with the Association for the Conservation of Energy. She has been closely involved with the Home Energy Conservation Act and was also a trustee of the Eaga Partnership Charitable Trust from 2001 to 2004.

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 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 education consultant. She has authored a range of articles, books and online materials relating to sustainability and was recently a member of the government's Expert Panel for Geography.

Joanna Walton
Head of Communications and Deputy Director, Ashden

Joanna has worked in communications for the voluntary sector since 1995 when she joined Media Natura, a communications consultancy providing 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 the LESS CO2 programme 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.