Judges for the 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.

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 DECC, the Local Government Association and UK Power Networks.

Stephen Joseph
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.

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.

Jonathan Shine
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.

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.

Sustainable Buildings Awards – UK and International

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.