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 Ashden

    Giles was previously 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 was 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. He has recently joined Ashden as the new Director of Programmes.

  • Sarah Butler-Sloss

    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.

  • 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 BEIS, the Local Government Association and UK Power Networks.

  • Professor 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.

  • 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.

  • Stephen Joseph, Sustainable Transport Judge

    Executive Director of Campaign for Better Transport

    Stephen Joseph has been executive director of Campaign for Better Transport since 1988. He was a member of the Commission for Integrated Transport from 1999-2005, having been one of the panel of external advisers on the Transport White Paper 1997-8, and was a member of the Standing Advisory Committee on Trunk Road Assessment (SACTRA) during its inquiry on transport and the economy. More recently he has been a member of challenge panels or advisory groups for government plans on high-speed rail, eco-towns, transport appraisal and the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. He was awarded the OBE in 1996 for services to transport and the environment.

  • Jonathan Shine, Sustainable Transport Judge

    Sustainability Entrepreneur

    Jonathan Shine is a veteran of the zero-emission transport world having set up his company, Drivelectric, in 2001. With an Advanced Diploma in Sustainability from Cambridge University and a BA from Manchester University in Political Thought and Economics, Jonathan is a serial entrepreneur and thought leader in the fields of electric vehicle, car-sharing and sustainable transport.

Sustainable Buildings

In addition to the judges for the UK Awards:

  • Jonathan Hines

    Managing Director, Architype

    With a life-long commitment to social and environmental sustainability, Jonathan has led the development of Architype’s innovative approach to sustainable design, and managed the teams that have delivered many of Architype’s pioneering projects.Under his leadership Architype has pioneered the introduction of Passivhaus into the UK, the integration of natural materials into mainstream construction, and is at the forefront of building performance evaluation and monitoring in the UK. Jonathan is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a design review panel member of the Design Commission for Wales.

  • Tai Lee Siang

    Architect and Urban Planner

    Tai Lee Siang has practiced as an architect and urban planner since 1990. In 2009, following his contribution to the design world, he was elected by the design industry as the first chairman of Design Alliance of Singapore. He is a thought leader in and strong advocate of the field of design and started the Singapore Good Design Mark in 2014. In 2013, he was elected as a Board Director of World Green Building Council. Through his active participation, he was recognised by the global body and was subsequently elected as Chairman in June 2016. He is also Board Member of the Health Science Authority and a Trustee of the Singapore University of Technology and Design.

  • Peter Murray

    Chairman of New London Architecture

    Peter is Chairman of New London Architecture, a think tank focusing on London’s changing environment and a Director of Centre for Active Design in New York. A member of the Mayor’s Design Advisory Group in the Johnson administration, he has a particular interest in the Mini Holland suburban cycling programme and in Active Travel policies. He is a Visiting Professor at the IE University in Madrid.

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

    Dominic has overall responsibility for Christian Aid’s strategy, business development, program design and performance with governments and foundations. He has worked across Latin America, Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa on development and humanitarian programming. 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 and energy champion.

  • 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.

  • 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, Energy4Impact

    Ben Good is CEO of Energy4Impact, 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.

  • Magdalena Banasiak

    Senior Innovation Adviser, DFID

    Magdalena Banasiak is a Senior Innovation Adviser at UK DFID. She has over 20 years’ experience in international development working in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. She has led programmes on energy, urban and infrastructure as well as climate change. Currently she is leading on innovation and social entrepreneurship, working closely with the private sector partners on mobile for development, climate, energy and WASH.

  • Yacob Mulugetta

    Professor of Energy and Development Policy, UCL

    Yacob is a founding member of the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), where he worked as Senior Climate & Energy Specialist. He has 25 years of research, teaching and advisory experience specialising on the links between energy infrastructure provision and human welfare. He served as a Coordinating Lead Author of the Energy Systems chapter of the IPCC, a member of the core writing team for the IPCC synthesis report, Steering Committee member of UNEP’s Emissions Gap Reports, and lead author in the upcoming IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C. He served in the drafting team of the African Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI), and continues to provide technical support for the initiative.

  • Roy Russell, Sustainable Mobility Judge

    Software and Technology Entrepreneur

    Roy Russell is an entrepreneur with 40 years of experience in software and technology development.  He led product and service development efforts as founding CTO of Zipcar.  Zipcar’s service, enabled by sophisticated yet easy-to-use application of technology, has been widely praised and the technology has garnered numerous awards.  He was CTO of Buzzcar, a peer-to-peer car-sharing venture and of Veniam, a mesh-enabled vehicular wireless networking company. Roy has a BSEE from MIT.

  • John Whitelegg, Sustainable Mobility Judge

    Visiting professor at Liverpool John Moores University

    John Whitelegg is a visiting professor at Liverpool John Moores University’s School of the Built Environment and an associate at the Zentrum Für Mobilitätskultur in Kassel, Germany.  He has had a long career specialising in sustainable development and transport. His latest book “Mobility” calls for the abandonment of what he calls the mobility paradigm and its replacement by an ethical, sustainable, child-friendly accessibility paradigm which supports the local economy, increases quality of life and is less costly than the current approach.


  • Anjali Mahendra, Sustainable Mobility Judge

    Director of Research at World Resources Institute (WRI) Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

    Anjali's core expertise is in urban transport and land use policies, and developing methods to evaluate their public health impacts, their impacts on equity and regional economic development, and their impact on emissions. She is responsible for leading WRI’s research agenda related to cities and ensuring the production of robust evidence to guide WRI’s engagements in cities around the world, across the three core work areas of the WRI Ross Center – urban mobility, urban land development, and urban efficiency and climate. She is passionate about connecting research with practice and has worked in the U.S., Latin America, Europe, and India. 

  • Dario Hidalgo, Sustainable Mobility Judge

    Director Integrated Transport Practice, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

    Dario guides WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities' international team of transport engineers and planners. This team is involved in walking, bicycling, public transport, new mobility and demand management projects and policy support in multiple developing countries, particularly in Colombia, México, Brazil, Turkey, India and China. He also coordinates the Observatory of the BRT Center of Excellence. He has more than 25 years of experience as a transport expert, consultant, and government official. He has taken part in urban transport projects and taught training courses in 15+ countries.