Independent judging panel

The Green Globe judges reflect the diversity of sustainability work being undertaken in NSW. The judges bring a depth of experience and knowledge ensuring that the Awards have an extensive, independent and robust judging process.

The judging process involves:

  • the Office of Environment and Heritage do a preliminary review to verify claims made in the nominations and to check entries against the terms and conditions
  • three judging groups independently reviewing each nomination for the categories in their group
  • the judging groups meet to determine finalists and winners
  • the Chairs from each group meet to determine best of the best award winners
  • assessing entries for their compliance with NSW and federal environmental laws.

All judges declare any conflict of interest and are bound by confidentiality agreements.

Judging chairs

Robin Mellon

Robin Mellon

Chief Executive Officer, Supply Chain Sustainability School (SCSS)
Robin Mellon has combined his passion for the environment, qualifications in real estate and finance, and experience with heritage buildings to become one of Australia's acknowledged experts on sustainability in the built environment. Robin is Chief Executive Officer of Australia's Supply Chain Sustainability School, a not-for-profit established to increase sustainability knowledge along construction and infrastructure supply chains, and has extensive experience working in private and public sectors. As former Chief Operating Officer of the Green Building Council of Australia, Robin drove adoption of the Green Star rating system, spearheading government and international relations. As Chair of the World Green Building Council's Asia Pacific Network, Robin helped countries establish their own councils. An accomplished presenter, educator, awards judge and media commentator, Robin is determined to leave the planet in a better shape than it was when he found it.

Judging chair: Built Environment Award, Business Leadership Award, Community Leadership Award, Sustainability Champion Award, Young Sustainability Champion Award

Nicolette Boele

Nicolette Boele

Manager, Policy and Projects, Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA)
At RIAA, Nicolette operates Australasia's certification program for responsible investments and financial advisers. She is also Thinker in Residence at Sustainable Business Australia and on the steering committee for ethical consumption platform, Good on You. Nicolette's focus areas include consumer rights, corporate governance and responsible investing. She has worked most recently with the sustainability advisory firm Banarra, Investor Group on Climate Change and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

Judging chair: Public Sector Leadership Award, Natural Environment Award, Innovation Award

Matthew Bell

Dr Matthew Bell

Partner, Climate Change and Sustainability, Ernst & Young
Matthew is a published doctoral-level scientist who leads Ernst & Young's sustainability and climate change practice across Oceania, the largest team of such professionals in the region. He works with some of Australia's largest companies on their sustainability agendas. Previously, Matt worked on climate change policy in Europe as the head of the project office for Climate and Energy in the UK Government. Matthew is also a board member of the Carbon Market Institute, sits on the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants 's Global Sustainability Forum, and is a visiting lecturer at Sydney University.

Judging chair: Climate Change Leadership Award, Resource Efficiency Award

Judges

Colin Barker

Colin Barker

Deputy Chair, Australian Industrial Ecology Network
Colin has worked with industry and all tiers of government as a mentor, broker and facilitator helping hundreds of businesses, improve their economic and environmental performance through cleaner production, resource efficiency and sustainability initiatives. Colin is a foundation member and current Deputy Chair of Waste Management Association of Australia's Australian Industrial Ecology Network and is also the Manager of Process Engineering and Sustainability at Advitech and the CEO of PolyWaste International.

Judging: Climate Change Leadership Award, Resource Efficiency Award

Kristin Brookfield

Kristin Brookfield

Senior Executive Director Building Development, Housing Industry Association
Kristin has been with the Housing Industry Association for 12 years. She works closely with Federal and State governments, the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) and Standards Australia, to manage the development of state building, planning and environmental regulations and programs. Kristin is also a Director of the Building Products Innovation Council, the Chair of the Development Assessment Forum and is currently the Chair of the International Housing Association's Working Group on Non-Conforming and Counterfeit Building Products.

Judging: Built Environment Award, Business Leadership Award, Community Leadership Award, Sustainability Champion Award, Young Sustainability Champion Award

Chris Davis

Chris Davis

Chair, Independent Water Advisory Panel
Chris has worked in the water industry for 43 years, covering many facets of urban water management: design, operations, research and planning, through to sustainability. He understands the water industry and serves in various advisory roles.

Judging: Climate Change Leadership Award, Resource Efficiency Award

Geoff Frost

Geoff Frost

Associate Professor, University of Sydney Business School
Geoff's current research falls within the field of sustainability management and accounting focusing on the role of accounting and accountants in sustainable management. He works on the development of integrated sustainable management systems and the measurement and reporting of non-financial performance. His research interest also includes corporate social responsibility and ethical investment. Prior research has been published in both domestic and international refereed accounting and environmental management journals.

Judging: Public Sector Leadership Award, Natural Environment Award, Innovation Award

Wendy Goldstein

Wendy Goldstein

Lecturer in Sustainable Development, Department of Environmental Sciences, Macquarie University
Wendy has been program director of the Macquarie University's post graduate Sustainable Development programs for 10 years. She has worked as head of the education and communication program at the International Union for Conservation of Nature in Switzerland. Wendy is a published author who has worked in sustainability education, and strategic communication with government, non-government organisations and environmental conventions.

Judging: Public Sector Leadership Award, Natural Environment Award, Innovation Award

Kate Harris

Kate Harris

Chief Executive Officer, Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA)
Kate brings to GECA an extensive background in leadership, capacity building and education aimed at finding sustainable solutions for the future. Kate previously spent six years with the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, including two years as CEO, and now as a non-executive director. She is also the founder of consulting firm Future Ready and a graduate of the Asialink Leaders Program. She has held a variety of management, organisational and coaching roles, and has been an ambassador for 1 Million Women and on the Advisory Board for Pollinate Energy.

Judging: Climate Change Leadership Award, Resource Efficiency Award

Megan Jones

Megan Jones

Principal and Practice Director, Tanner Kibble Denton Architects
Megan is a Principal and Practice Director of Tanner Kibble Denton Architects. Her passion and demonstrable skill is in the conservation and adaptive re-use of existing buildings to fit them for a sustainable future. She has considerable experience in heritage architecture and related adaptive re-use projects and provides industry guidance based on this experience. Her most recent major projects include the restoration of the City Hall and Anzac Square in Brisbane and the extensive re-working and additions to 5 Martin Place in Sydney.

Judging: Built Environment Award, Business Leadership Award, Community Leadership Award, Sustainability Champion Award, Young Sustainability Champion Award

Cheryl Kernot

Cheryl Kernot

Director of Social Business, Centre for Social Impact (CSI)
Cheryl provides thought leadership on social business, social enterprise and social procurement at CSI. She writes regularly on these topics, speaks at events throughout Australia and advises emerging talent and organisations. Cheryl has been elected Chair of the Fair Trade Association of Australia and NZ for the past four years. Cheryl is one of the National Trust's 100 National Living Treasures and is a former Australian senator.

Judging: Climate Change Leadership Award, Resource Efficiency Award

Tony Khoury

Tony Khoury

Executive Director, Waste Contractors and Recyclers Association of NSW (WCRA)
Tony has shaped the business of WCRA turning it into a successful business entity that is well supported and highly respected by all key stakeholders. Members represent an estimated 95 per cent of commercially controlled waste management vehicles used across NSW. Wherever a Council contracts out its waste and/or recycling collection service it does so to a WCRA Member.

Judging: Climate Change Leadership Award, Resource Efficiency Award

Kirsty McIntyre

Kirsty McIntyre

Senior Policy officer, Local Government NSW
Kirsty has over 15 years' experience working with NSW councils on natural resource management and sustainability issues. This has included managing Environmental Trust grants, managing a number of Local Government Environment Awards events and undertaking general policy work across a range of environmental and sustainability issues. Kirsty's previous experience has primarily been in biodiversity policy and project management roles in the government and non-government sectors.

Judging: Public Sector Leadership Award, Natural Environment Award, Innovation Award

Luke Menzel

Luke Menzel

Chief Executive Officer, Energy Efficiency Council
Luke leads the Energy Efficiency Council's work building the market for energy efficiency, cogeneration and demand management in Australia. He has also led the Council's work on certification, training and standards, to increase the capacity in the energy efficiency sector. Luke has a background in management and his postgraduate research in energy policy focused on financing options for energy efficiency investments.

Judging: Climate Change Leadership Award, Resource Efficiency Award

Andrew Petersen

Andrew Petersen

Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Business Australia (SBA)
Sustainable Business Australia is Australia's peak advocacy and think tank organisation on the business role in leading sustainable development. Our focus is to translate business vision and ideas into action and solutions that deliver value; redefine value through better reporting and disclosure and build collaboration between numerous stakeholders to ensure a sustainable future SBA is the World Business Council for Sustainable Development Australian Network Partner and the Australian Community Leader for the Global Reporting Initiative.

Judging: Built Environment Award, Business Leadership Award, Community Leadership Award, Sustainability Champion Award, Young Sustainability Champion Award

Chris Riedy

Dr Chris Riedy

Associate Professor, Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology, Sydney
Chris applies futures thinking, participatory processes and social theory to practical experiments in transformative change for sustainability. He is a Senior Research Fellow of the Earth System Governance Project and a member of the Editorial Boards for Futures and the Journal of Futures Studies. He has published 35 peer-reviewed articles, one book and more than 50 research reports. He writes a blog on thriving within planetary boundaries called Planetcentric.

Judging: Public Sector Leadership Award, Natural Environment Award, Innovation Award

Erandi Samarakoon

Erandi Samarakoon

Advisor, Social Sustainability, Design and Building, Lendlease
Erandi is a sustainability and social impact specialist with experience across the public and private sectors. She is driven to create positive change at the intersection of government, business and communities through innovative projects and partnerships that demonstrate total value to society. Her current focus is on delivering social sustainability strategy and measurement on major urban renewal projects, community programs and developments. In her previous role, she managed several innovative Collective Impact projects, working in collaboration with the property industry.

Judging: Built Environment Award, Business Leadership Award, Community Leadership Award, Sustainability Champion Award, Young Sustainability Champion Award

Chris Scott

Chris Scott

Restoration Services Manager, Sustainable Natural Resources Group
Christopher has been involved with Landcare for the past 20 years, contributing to the development and habitat restoration at the local, regional, state and national levels. Christopher's leadership roles include Chair of Wherrol Flat and Caparra Landcare, Chair of Manning Landcare since 2003 and Chair of the NSW Landcare Committee from 2003 to 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Land Management, a Postgraduate Certificate in River Restoration and Management and is currently studying a Masters of Environmental Management.

Judging: Public Sector Leadership Award, Natural Environment Award, Innovation Award

Antony Sprigg

Antony Sprigg

Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA)
Antony has been involved with ISCA from its inception and was heavily involved in the development of the Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) rating tool. Before he joined ISCA, Antony held a number of senior management roles within professional services firms and on major infrastructure projects specialising in infrastructure advisory. As a thought leader in applied sustainability, Antony has undertaken industry research and consultation associated with infrastructure investment, project planning and procurement decision making.

Judging: Built Environment Award, Business Leadership Award, Community Leadership Award, Sustainability Champion Award, Young Sustainability Champion Award

Felicity Wilson

Felicity Wilson

NSW Deputy Executive Director, Property Council of Australia
Felicity engages the NSW Government in advancing the interests of member companies on a range of issues including sustainable development and renewable energy. A major area of focus for the Property Council is a framework for sustainable development that recognises the role and interests of the property sector. Felicity holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Sydney and has a background in government and corporate affairs.

Judging: Built Environment Award, Business Leadership Award, Community Leadership Award, Sustainability Champion Award, Young Sustainability Champion Award

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