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Who were the judges, what were they looking for, and what is the judging process?

Due to the global pandemic in 2020, the awards were put on hold to reflect the challenges facing business and society so there were no case studies from 2020. The judges below are examples from 2019 and the 2021 judges will be added as they are confirmed

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Russell Picot
Russell Picot Chair of judging panel

Special Advisor to the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)

Joe Allanson
Joe Allanson Judge

EVP, Chief Accountant and Controller at Salesforce

David Allen
David Allen Judge

Chief Executive at Wates Group

Julie Baddeley
Julie Baddeley Judge

Chair at Chapter Zero

Sam Baker
Sam Baker Judge

Partner at Monitor Deloitte

Richard Barker
Richard Barker Judge

Professor of Accounting at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Shaun Beaney
Shaun Beaney Judge

Corporate Finance Manager at ICAEW

Richard Carter
Richard Carter Judge

Lecturer at West Suffolk College

Fong Yee Chan
Fong Yee Chan Judge

Senior Product Manager in Sustainable Investment at FTSE Russell

Susan Davy
Susan Davy Judge

Chief Financial Officer at Pennon Group

Simon Dietz
Simon Dietz Judge

Professor of Environmental Policy in the Department of Geography and Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science

Paul Druckman
Paul Druckman Judge

Non-executive Director at the Financial Reporting Council

Jessica Fries
Jessica Fries Judge

Executive Chairman at A4S

Rodney Irwin
Rodney Irwin Judge

Managing Director at Redefining Value and Education WBCSD

Leon Kamhi
Leon Kamhi Judge

Head of Responsibility at Hermes Investment Management

Philippa Kelly
Philippa Kelly Judge

Head of Financial Services at ICAEW

John Lelliott
John Lelliott Judge

Board Member at Capitals Coalition

Charmian Love
Charmian Love Judge

Co-Founder and Co-Chair of B Corporation

Virginia Massaro
Virginia Massaro Judge

Deputy Director of Finance at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Trust

Mardi McBrien
Mardi McBrien Judge

Managing Director of CDSB

Charles Nichols
Charles Nichols Judge

Chair of the Investment and Funding Committee at Unilever UK Pension Fund

Will Oulton
Will Oulton Judge

Global Head of Responsible Investment at First State Investment

Veronic Poole
Veronica Poole Judge

UK & Global Head of Accounting and Corporate Reporting at Deloitte

Martin Rich
Martin Rich Judge

Co-founder and Executive Director of Future-fit Foundation

Brigette Rousseau
Brigette Rousseau Judge

Chief Financial Officer of Sèvis Finansye Fonkoze

Helen Slinger
Helen Slinger Judge

Executive Director at A4S

Peter Vermeulen
Peter Vermeulen Judge

Chief Financial Officer of the National Trust

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, conducted by two assessors.


Presentation to a panel of judges followed by questions, in person in London or via video conference call.

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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