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Judging

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. 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

Russell is Special Advisor to the FSB’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, having co-chaired the previous FSB task force on Enhanced Disclosure for Banks. Prior to this, he was Group Chief Accounting Officer of HSBC for over 20 years. He is currently a director of LifeSight, WTW’s UK DC MasterTrust and an Ambassador for the IIRC. He is a chartered accountant by profession and has a MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University.

Julie Baddeley
Julie Baddeley Judge

Julie 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. Julie is currently leading a series of initiatives with investors, scientists and advisors to help chairs and non-executive directors recognise the challenge of climate change to their businesses, and their business’ impacts on global warming.

Richard Barker
Richard Barker Judge

Richard 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. As an expert in financial reporting, he was the academic member of the Corporate Reporting Council. He previously served on secondment as Research Fellow at the International Accounting Standards Board. Richard is currently researching issues of natural capital accounting, business responsibility and sustainability, and institutional structures for the regulation of ‘non-financial’ corporate reporting. He serves on the Expert Panel of A4S.

Paul Druckman
Paul Druckman Judge

Paul is a global leader in capital market reform having led the International Integrated Reporting Council as CEO for five years. Paul is highly respected in business and has operated as a non‐executive chairman and director for companies in a variety of sectors. Highlights include being President of ICAEW; and chairing The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) Executive Board and being on the Takeover Panel. His current roles include chairing Clear Insurance Management and being a Board member of the Shift Project, which brings respect for human rights to business via the UN Guiding Principles. He is also a Board member of the FRC, and chairs the Corporate Reporting Council.

Jessica Fries
Jessica Fries Judge

Jessica 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 to achieve global change. 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. Previously, Jessica held a number of roles at PwC advising a wide range of companies, governments, investors and not-for-profit organizations. Jessica is a chartered accountant, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, has an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

Rodney Irwin
Rodney Irwin Judge

Rodney is the Managing Director of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Redefining Value and Education programs. He has responsibility for overseeing projects that help companies measure and manage risk, gain competitive advantage and seize opportunities by understanding environmental, social and governance (ESG) information. Rodney is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, a Certified Fraud examiner, a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional and a Specialist member of the Institute of Risk Management UK. He sits on The Council of the IIRC, is a Board Member of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board and sits on the Sustainability Council of several global businesses.

Leon Kamhi
Leon Kamhi Judge

Leon is responsible for developing and directing Hermes’ program for integrating responsibility across the group. This includes ensuring that investment teams integrate ESG performance in investment decisions and that engagement is effectively incorporated alongside investment activities. He also oversees how the firm’s responsibility activities and performance are integrated into Hermes’ client relationship management and reporting, the delivery of its corporate citizenship programme and the development of responsible structures and processes for the firm. He also leads a number of corporate and public policy engagements.

John Lelliott
John Lelliott Judge

John retired from The Crown Estate in September 2016 where he held the position of Finance Director. John is now a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committees’ of The Environment Agency and The Covent Garden Market Authority. He is also a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Finance Committee of Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch NHS Foundation Trust. John was the Chair of The Natural Capital Coalition from July 2016 to July 2019 and is now a Management Board Member of the Capitals Coalition. He is also 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 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’. She is also the Co-Director for the newly launched Oxford Climate Emergency Programme. Charmian’s areas of focus include the rise of profit and purpose business, regenerative and circular economic models, ‘Systempreneurship’, ‘Cocktail Careers’ and how to mobilise a ‘Movement of Movements’.

Mardi McBrien
Mardi McBrien Judge

Mardi joined the CDSB Secretariat as Managing Director in 2011 following a career which has included roles such as President of an International Students Association, public-private partnership management, leading flagship environmental campaigns and projects including for the Campaign to Protect Rural England (and the author Bill Bryson), WWF-UK’s Earth Hour and carbon market policy for UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change. Mardi is a member of the GRI Stakeholder Council, a trustee of the International Tree Foundation and a founding 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.

Veronic Poole
Veronica Poole Judge

Veronica is a Senior Accounting Technical Partner at Deloitte. She is the DTTL Global IFRS Leader and UK National Head of Accounting and Corporate Reporting. In addition, she is a member of both the DTTL Global and UK Audit Quality Boards. Veronica is a member of the UK FRC Corporate Reporting Council, HM Treasury Financial Reporting Advisory Board (FRAB) and the Hundred Group of UK Finance Directors Financial Reporting Committee. She is also chair of the ICAEW Financial Reporting Faculty Advisory Board.

Helen Slinger
Helen Slinger Judge

As Executive Director, Helen has a responsibility across all aspects of A4S activities, focusing much of her time on our CFO Programme and our Knowledge and Technical Programmes. Having trained as a Chartered Accountant, Helen moved into sustainable business in 2006, initially with PwC, working with a diverse portfolio of cross sector organizations and supporting them to deal with a wide variety of strategic, operational, regulatory and reporting challenges. 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.

Alison Vipond
Alison Vipond Judge

Alison leads on Sustainability Policy and Innovation at Ecology Building Society. Ecology is a pioneering mutual with a mission to harness the power of its members to make a positive impact by enabling sustainable building and communities. 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, where she is exploring new opportunities for financial services to enable society to mitigate and adapt to the climate emergency.

The judging process

1

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.

2

Half-hour interview about your submission, via audio or video conference call between 28 June – 9 July, conducted by two assessors.

3

Presentation to a panel of judges followed by questions, in person in London or via video conference call to be scheduled between 16-17 September.

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:
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Involve the CFO.

This goes a long way to impressing the judges.

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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.

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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.

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Be clear.

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

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Work with others.

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

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Be unique, tell your story.

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

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