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Judging Panel

Susanne Baker

Head of Programme, Environment and Compliance

techUK

Susanne Baker is Head of Programme, Environment and Compliance at techUK, the business organisation for the UK's technology sector. She also is a board member of the High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute. Before joining techUK, Susanne worked for EEF, the manufacturers association and the environmental business journal, The ENDS Report. She is a Fellow of the RSA and a graduate of Kings College London.

Beverley Gower-Jones

CEO

Carbon Limited Technologies

Beverley is a business leader with a proven track record in early stage cleantech investments and commercialisation. She has over 30 years' experience in the international energy sector and is a thought leader in the commercialisation of sustainable technologies. She specialises in accelerating innovation to market and scaling companies by providing strategic insights, developing industry partnerships and identifying novel ways to overcome barriers to entry. In 2006 she established CLT whose mission is "scaling transformative technologies for clean growth, sustaining our planet". Her ambition is to create a better, sustainable world and she firmly believes that this will be achieved through innovation playing a transformative role in our economy.

She founded CLT in 2006, and has supported low carbon ventures in a wide range of sectors including power, transport, built environment, industry and waste. During her tenure at Shell she gained wide international business exposure and delivered the £500 million subsurface technology transfer programme to worldwide operations. Beverley was founder and Vice President at Shell Technology Ventures in this role she was instrumental in defining Shells technology venturing strategic approach. At QinetiQ she was Performance Director for the corporate venture division managing a portfolio of ventures (total value of £60 million), which went on to yield an IRR of 18%. She Chairs BEIS Energy Entrepreneurs Fund commercial panel which has invested £72 million into early stage, cleantech ventures. Beverley holds a degree in Mining Geology from University College Cardiff.

Anna Guyer

Founder

Greenhouse PR

Anna Guyer is Founder of Greenhouse PR, an award winning agency with a mission to drive positive social and environmental change to accelerate the transition towards a sustainable green economy. She has worked with some of the UK's leading pioneers in energy, transport, finance, food, resource management and clean tech.

Cat Hirst

Director

FutureMakers

Cat is a strategist, coach, and leadership facilitator who drives positive change and innovation through sustainability leadership. In over a decade of developing and delivering strategies, learning, and leadership programmes, she has come to believe that it is always people who drive major systemic change. When you invest in people, you change businesses for the better. As well as leadership programmes, her experience spans strategy development, learning needs analysis, learning design and coaching. She is an expert in sustainability, innovation, and in the delivery of people-based change programmes. As a Director at the UK Green Building Council she conceived numerous leadership initiatives, targeted at future leaders and change agents right up to C-Suite executives. Cat is motivated by building and nurturing diverse communities around a shared purpose.

Victoria Page

Chair

PRCA Responsible Business Group

As Chair of the PRCA Responsible Business Group, Victoria's role is to deepen understanding of the issues wrapped up in sustainability and responsible business amongst communication and marketing professionals.

The Group regularly convenes some of the leading responsible business minds in the UK and Europe including Unilever, Sky, Philips, Accenture and UNICEF.

Having Chaired the Responsible Business Group for more than a decade, Victoria has seen the evolution of the green marketing landscape from tactical responses by business, such as philanthropy and corporate volunteering, to holistic solutions that deliver widespread positive impact.

Victoria is passionate about helping businesses become a force for good and is a Fellow of the RSA to drive innovative solutions to societies challenges. As part of this, she has recently launched an initiative to rid her local town of Haslemere from excessive plastic. Love Haslemere Hate Waste aims to galvanise individuals and organisations to reconsider plastic use and collaborate to find sustainable solutions.

 

Guy Pattison

CEO

Stronger Stories

Guy is committed to helping good ideas get the attention they deserve. As CEO of Stronger Stories, he has developed strategies, brands and campaigns for pioneers in sustainability, education, health, diversity and inclusion.

As cofounder of Clean + Cool, he uses story to help the UK's most exciting early stage cleantech entrepreneurs grow faster.

Prior to this, Guy was head of comms for a NGO promoting entrepreneurship and a director of a top 5 London consumer PR agency, with Barclays, EDF Energy, RAC, Guinness and Coca-Cola amongst his clients.

 

Mike Pitts

Head of Urban Systems

Innovate UK

Mike is the Head of Urban Systems covering the priority areas of Urban Living and Smart Infrastructure. These future markets are driven by the addition of data layers to infrastructure and enable new and different services to be delivered to citizens. Mike previously led on embedding sustainability across Innovate UK's strategy and programmes since November 2012. He has also led Clean and Cool entrepreneur Missions in 2013 to Brazil and 2015 to San Francisco. Mike also ran the Resource Efficiency programme during 2013/14.

Previously Mike spent five years driving sustainability-led innovation in the chemical industry with Chemistry Innovation. He has developed and managed projects on lifecycle analysis, renewable chemicals, industrial biotechnology and resource efficiency across the chemistry-using industries. Mike holds a PhD in organic chemistry and spent his early career in several technology spin-outs leading R&D teams developing process technology for the pharmaceutical, agrochemical and electronics industries.

Mark Riminton

Investment Platform Manager

Clean Growth UK

Clean Growth UK is a national university-led business network that catalyses clean and green business innovation. Open to any business with a commitment to taking action on climate change or sustainability, members of the community get access to a programme of business innovation and growth support, workshops and webinars. Support can include university-business R&D partnerships, a commercialising innovation service and an investment readiness programme.

Mark is responsible for Clean Growth UK's industrial relationships and for its investor readiness development track for SMEs. A former consultant and business coach, Mark has long experience of working with UK business owners and investors. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Andrew Wordsworth

Managing Partner

Sustainable Ventures

Andrew Wordsworth is a Founder and Managing Director of Sustainable Ventures which works with investors, entrepreneurial managers and corporate partners to originate, build and grow businesses in the low carbon and sustainability sectors. The company also established Sustainable Workspaces, the UK's largest cluster of start-up companies in the sector with over 25 ventures based in two locations near London Bridge.

Sustainable Ventures portfolio includes E-Car Club which created the UK's first crowdfunding exit in 2015 when Europcar acquired a majority stake; and Powervault which is seeking to disrupt the domestic electricity storage industry. In 2017, the Company launched the Sustainable Accelerator fund, which has now the UK's leading specialist seed stage investor in the sector.

Prior to establishing Sustainable Ventures, Andrew had over 15 years' experience in the energy and climate change sector - including roles within Esso, Bain & Co, Arthur D Little and Managing Director of Carbon Trust Enterprises. Andrew holds an M.Eng from the University of Cambridge.