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Who are the 2021 judges, the process, and what they will be looking for?

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Gregor Alexander
Gregor Alexander Judge

Gregor Alexander is the Finance Director of SSE and has over 25 years’ service with the Group, having joined Scottish Hydro-Electric plc in 1990. He is a chartered accountant and was Group Treasurer before being appointed to the Board as Finance Director in October 2002. Gregor has SSE Board-level responsibility for Finance, Investor Relations, Risk Audit and Insurance, Procurement and Logistics, IT and Corporate Business Services.

Julie Baddeley
Julie Baddeley Judge

Julie Baddeley was Chairman of global recruitment company Harvey Nash plc and is non-executive director of Ebiquity plc, and Senior Independent Director of Marshall of Cambridge. She is a By-fellow at Cambridge University where she is Director of the Hughes Hall Centre for Climate Change Engagement.

Richard Barker
Richard Barker Judge

Richard Barker is Associate Dean for Faculty at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He is also the Academic Director of the Oxford MBA and Tutor in Management at Christ Church. Richard is currently researching issues of natural capital accounting, business responsibility and sustainability, and institutional structures for the regulation of ‘non-financial’ corporate reporting.

Joanne Beatty
Joanne Beatty Judge

Joanne Beatty is a Director with EOS at Federated Hermes where she leads the corporate reporting theme team. Joanne is the lead for the chemicals sector and also focuses her engagement on the transportation, industrial and capital goods sectors. Prior to joining EOS, Joanne worked as a sustainability consultant for KPMG.

John Boulton
John Boulton Judge

John Boulton is Director, Policy for the Reputation and Influence Department at ICAEW. As Secretary to the Reputation and Influence Board, he reviews ICAEW’s technical output for areas of particular risk as well as joining the dots between the profession’s different specialisms. His background is in corporate reporting. John has experience as an auditor, preparer and analyst of corporate reports.

Paul Druckman
Paul Druckman Judge

Paul Druckman is a global leader in capital market reform having led the International Integrated Reporting Council as CEO for five years. His current roles include chairing Clear Insurance Management and being a Board member of the Shift Project, and he is also a Board member of the FRC and chairs the Corporate Reporting Council.

Jessica Fries
Jessica Fries Judge

Jessica Fries has led A4S since 2008, working with the finance community to shift to a sustainable economy, with a focus on practical actions and targeted interventions. She is a member of the International Integrated Reporting Council Governance and Nominations Committee, the Smith School Global Sustainable Finance Advisory Council, the UN Global Assessment Report Advisory Council and the Global Reporting Initiative.

Rodney Irwin
Rodney Irwin Judge

Rodney is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD). He is also a member of the organization’s Senior Management Team. As COO, Rodney provides leadership of the WBCSD’s enabling functions (Finance, HR, ICT and Facilities) and fundraising, while also being the Company Secretary.

Andrew Karolyi
Andrew Karolyi Judge

Andrew Karolyi is Professor of Finance and holder of the Harold Bierman Jr. Distinguished Professorship in Management at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. He currently serves as Dean of the College. He joined Cornell in 2009. His research specializes in the area of investment management with a focus on the study of international financial markets.

Philippa Kelly
Philippa Kelly Judge

Philippa Kelly is Director, Technical Strategy Business Group Manager, and was appointed ICAEW’s Head of Financial Services in 2018. In addition to leading ICAEW’s technical and policy work related to banking, insurance and investment management, Philippa is a frequent commentator on diversity in financial services and importance of social purpose in the industry.

Caroline van Leenders
Dr. Caroline van Leenders Judge

Dr Caroline van Leenders has a PhD in Environmental Studies and works for the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality of The Netherlands on greening the financial sector. For more than twenty years Caroline has successfully engaged in transformational change in the field of sustainable energy, plant-based food and biodiversity. In recent years her focus has been on accelerating the transition towards a biodiversity positive the financial sector.

John Lelliott
John Lelliott Judge

John Lelliott is a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committees’ of The Environment Agency and The Covent Garden Market Authority. John is a Management Board Member of the Capitals Coalition, Chairman of the ACCA Global Sustainability Forum, a Member of HRH The Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability Project Advisory Council and is an International Integrated Reporting Council ambassador.

Charmian Love
Charmian Love Judge

Charmian Love is Co-Founder and Activist in Residence at B Lab UK and Co-Chairs B Lab’s Global Climate Taskforce. She is also Social Entrepreneur in Residence at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford where she designed and teaches an MBA elective on Regenerative and Circular Economy and has contributed to the new MBA core class ‘Capitalism in Debate’.

Mardi McBrien
Mardi McBrien Judge

Mardi McBrien joined the CDSB Secretariat as Managing Director in 2011. Mardi is a member of the GRI Stakeholder Council, a trustee of the International Tree Foundation and board member of WOCAN — Women Organising for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management. In 2013, Mardi was awarded environmental campaigner of the year by the Sheila McKechnie Foundation.

Tom Parkinson
Tom Parkinson Judge

Tom Parkinson is Managing Director at SteamaCo, recent Finance for the Future winner and a venture-backed company using IoT technology to help African utilities get paid, reduce losses and win consumer trust and a recent Finance for the Future winner. Tom previously served on ICAS Sustainability Panel helping the accounting body set sustainability policy and provide advisory for its members.

Veronic Poole
Veronica Poole Judge

Veronica Poole is a Vice Chair of Deloitte UK and Global IFRS and Corporate Reporting Leader. She chairs Deloitte’s Global IFRS Leadership team, which is the voice of the Deloitte global network on IFRS and corporate reporting. She leads Deloitte’s contributions to the WEF IBC Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics, helped launch the UK Directors’ Climate Forum – Chapter Zero, and was instrumental in establishing Deloitte’s global response to climate change: WorldClimate. She is a member of the International Integrated Reporting Council, the G7 Impact Taskforce, the FRC Advisory Panel, Chair of the Advisory Group to the ICAEW Financial Reporting Faculty, and advisory member to the Hundred Group Financial Reporting Committee.

Helen Slinger
Helen Slinger Judge

Helen Slinger is Executive Director at A4S and moved into sustainable business in 2006, initially with PwC, Helen is a Fellow of ICAEW, a Practitioner Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment and an Accredited Social Return on Investment Practitioner. She sits on the ICAEW Sustainability Committee and the Capitals Coalition Advisory Panel.

Kristen Sullivan
Kristen Sullivan Judge

Kristen B. Sullivan is a partner and leads Deloitte & Touche LLP’s Sustainability and KPI services and Americas Region Sustainability Services. Kristen brings extensive experience in delivering sustainability risk assessment, governance, strategy alignment, measurement, reporting and assurance services. Kristen serves as a member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Community, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Assurance Task Force, the Sustainable Stock Exchange (SSE) Initiative Corporate Working Group and serves as Chair of the AICPA Sustainability Task Force.

Alison Vipond
Alison Vipond Judge

Alison Vipond leads on Sustainability Policy and Innovation at Ecology Building Society. Collaboration and innovation are at the heart of her role, and she is responsible for ensuring Ecology continues to be ambitious and impact focused as it drives forward on its ecological mission. Current areas of focus include carbon accounting, impact assessment and climate risk.

The judging process


Due diligence: a) your entry is reviewed to check it meets the award criteria b) your last three years of financial statements are reviewed by a finance manager.


Half-hour interview about your submission, via audio or video conference call in July (dates to be confirmed soon), conducted by three assessors.


Presentation to a panel of judges followed by questions, in person in London or via video conference call to be scheduled in September (dates to be confirmed soon).

Entrants will need to complete each stage successfully in order to move onto the next.

*Those applying in the ‘Jeffrey Unerman award for Driving change in the finance community’ category are exempt from submitting financial statements.

How to enter

What are the judges looking for?

Here are some tips from a judge:

Involve the CFO.

This goes a long way to impressing the judges.


Show how your project delivers change and encourages others to adopt similar behaviours.

This is why the link between the project sponsor and the finance department is an essential ingredient: proving financial credibility is an important way to inspire action.


Provide good evidence.

These Awards aren't about CSR programmes. Sustainability should be integrated into the organisation's business model. We want to see sustainability within the mainstream thought process to unlock value for the future.


Be clear.

Say what the issue was, what you did and what the outcome was. Be consistent and logical.


Work with others.

Give examples of how the finance team have worked collaboratively with other functions to achieve your results.


Be unique, tell your story.

We want to see your energy, passion and finance expertise shining through.

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