Green Globe Awards judging panel

The panel's depth of experience and knowledge ensures the judging process is independent and robust.

2018 Green Globe Awards panel chairs: Robin Mellon, Nicolette Boele, Luke Menzel

2018 Green Globe Awards chairs of the judging panel: Robin Mellon, Nicolette Boele and Luke Menzel. Photo: Quentin Jones

This is how the process works:

  • Staff at the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) carry out a preliminary review of nominations. They verify any claims made and check entries against the terms and conditions.
  • Three judging groups review each nomination for the categories in their group. Then they meet to decide the finalists and winners.
  • The chairs of each group meet to decide the best of the best award winners.
  • All entries are checked to make sure they comply with NSW and Federal government environmental laws.

The panel declare any conflicts of interest and are bound by confidentiality agreements.

Find out what the judges are looking for from nominees.

Judging panel chairs

Luke MenzelLuke Menzel

Chief Executive Officer, Energy Efficiency Council

Luke leads the Council's work to build the market for energy efficiency, demand management and demand response in Australia. He is also Vice President of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC), and sits on the Steering Committee of the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS).

Previously, Luke managed the Energy Efficiency Council’s program on certification, training and standards.

His postgraduate research focused on financing options for investment in energy efficiency.

Nicolette BoeleNicolette Boele

Executive Manager, Policy Research and Certification, Responsible Investment Association Australasia

Nicolette oversees the governance of Australasia’s certification program for responsible investments and financial advisers. Her work helps drive more capital towards sustainable assets and enterprises and provide informed choice for savers and investors.

Nicolette’s interest areas include consumer rights, corporate governance and responsible investing.

Robin MellonRobin Mellon

Chief Executive Officer, Supply Chain Sustainability School

Robin Mellon is one of Australia’s acknowledged experts on sustainability in the built environment. He has broad experience working in the private and public sectors and is a talented presenter, educator, awards judge and media commentator.


Colin BarkerColin Barker

Chair, Australian Industrial Ecology Network

Colin has helped hundreds of organisations improve their economic and environmental performance through cleaner production, resource efficiency and sustainability initiatives.

As well as his role at the Australian Industrial Ecology Network, he is the Manager of Process Engineering and Sustainability at Advitech Pty Ltd, CEO of PolyWaste Technologies Limited and a Director of Newtecpoly Pty Ltd.

Adam CarrelAdam Carrel

Partner, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young

Adam is a Partner in EY’s Climate Change and Sustainability Team, the Asia Pacific’s largest sustainability advisory team. Adam is a strong believer in sustainability and is working across all aspects of the business. His current focus is on human rights, ethics and climate risk.

Jacqueline FetchetJacqueline Fetchet

Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

Jacqueline is passionate about renewable energy and sustainable communities. She specialises in renewable energy project finance in her current role and previously worked in litigation and environment policy at OEH.

Jacqueline is the Program Leader of the Renewable Cities Young Ambassadors' Program, a national network of young energy professionals. Jacqueline is an alumni of not-for-profit organisation Global Voices and represented young Australians at the 2016 climate conference where the Paris Agreement was adopted. She is also an alumni of the Centre of Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Program.

Geoff FrostGeoff Frost

Associate Professor, University of Sydney Business School

Geoff’s current research on the role of accounting and accountants in sustainable management has a particular focus on the development of integrated sustainable management systems and measuring and reporting non-financial performance.

His research interests also include corporate social responsibility and ethical investment.

Wendy GoldsteinWendy Goldstein

Lecturer in Sustainable Development, Department of Environmental Sciences, Macquarie University

Wendy has been program director of Macquarie University’s post-graduate sustainable development program for 12 years. She was previously head of the education and communication program at the International Union for Conservation of Nature in Switzerland.

Wendy’s research interests include looking at how to help young people motivate others to connect with nature.

Kate HarrisKate Harris

Chief Executive Officer, Good Environmental Choice Australia

Kate has an extensive background in sustainability leadership, capacity building and education. She is a non-executive director of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, where she was previously CEO.

Kate is also the founder of consulting firm Future Ready and is on the advisory board for Pollinate Energy.

Megan JonesMegan Jones

Principal and Practice Director, Tanner Kibble Denton Architects

Megan is passionate about the conservation and adaptive re-use of existing buildings to fit them for a sustainable future. She provides industry guidance based on her considerable experience.

Her most recent major projects include the restoration of City Hall and Anzac Square in Brisbane and the extensive re-working and additions to 5 Martin Place in Sydney.

Tony KhouryTony Khoury

Executive Director, Waste Contractors and Recyclers Association of NSW

Tony has been involved in the waste and recycling industry since 1990 and has turned the Waste Contractors and Recyclers Association of NSW into a successful and well supported business. Members of the Association represent an estimated 95% of the commercially controlled waste management collection vehicles used across NSW and the ACT. Tony reports to an Executive Board comprised of 12 Members elected from across the waste management industry.

Kirsty McIntyreKirsty McIntyre

Senior Policy Officer, Local Government NSW

Kirsty is an experienced local government professional - working with councils on a broad spectrum of natural resource management and local sustainability issues both in an advocacy and project management context.

More recently her work has included managing state-wide projects involving capacity building and contestable grant programs to assist councils to undertake environmental management actions in their local areas. Kirsty also supports the recognition of innovation and commitment of councils through the local government run environment awards event.

Andrew Petersen

Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Business Australia

Andrew heads Australia’s peak advocacy body on the role business plays in sustainable development. He is a practising lawyer who has advised on environmental risk, law and policy, including climate change.

Andrew previously spent 11 years with PwC Australia, with 3 years as legal and advisory lead of the firm’s sustainability and climate change team.

Bruce PreciousBruce Precious

Sustainability Manager, ex GPT

Bruce is a sustainability professional well known in the commercial property sector for his sustainability leadership. He played a major role in bringing some of Australia’s most iconic sustainability programs to life, including the NABERS program and GreenPower. Bruce has complemented his successful experience working within government on energy efficiency and renewable energy programs with a successful career in business development for an energy services company and, most recently, as the National Sustainability Manager at GPT. Bruce understands the challenges and opportunities that sustainability brings to business and the broader community.

Parrys RainesParrys Raines

Chief Executive Officer, Future Business Generation and Founder of Climate Girl

Parrys is an entrepreneur, director, international public speaker and four-time Australian representative to the United Nations Environment Programme.

She founded her first business, Climate Girl, at the age of 14 and since then has educated thousands of young people and business leaders about the importance of sustainability and social entrepreneurship. 

Will Rayward-Smith

Will Rayward-Smith

General Manager, SunSHIFT

Will is a multi-disciplinary expert in renewable energy generation. He has a PhD from Cambridge University and has worked for Arup, the UK Government’s Department of Energy & Climate Change, Bloomberg New Energy Finance and the start-up firm Azuri Technologies.

SunSHIFT, where he is general manager, was the proud winner of the Green Globe Award for Environment Innovation in 2015.

Tennant ReedTennant Reed

Principal National Adviser, Public Policy, The Australian Industry Group

Tennant has worked heavily on climate and energy issues, advising Ai Group’s Leaders’ Group on Energy and Climate Policy and developing reports on natural gas supply, energy prices and energy efficiency.

He also works on issues related to manufacturing and innovation. Previously he was an adviser in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Chris RiedyChris Riedy

Professor, Sustainability Governance, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney

Chris is a transdisciplinary academic who focuses on governance for sustainable futures. He is a senior research fellow of the Earth System Governance Project and a member of the Sustainability Transitions Research Network.

Chris is also a member of the editorial boards for two journals – Futures and Journal of Futures Studies.

David RowlinsonDavid Rowlinson

Make It Wood Campaign Manager, Planet Ark

David studied architecture and building engineering in the UK and has an MBA from Macquarie University and a Master of Marketing from UNSW.

Before joining Planet Ark in 2016, David was CEO of a Sydney-based building products manufacturer. His proudest achievement was the development of an industry-leading environmental sustainability agenda, including the unique Earthplus product-reuse program.

Erandi SamarakoonErandi Samarakoon

Indigenous Supplier Diversity Manager, Lendlease Group

Erandi specialises in designing and delivering complex collaborative projects with measurable societal value. As Lendlease Group's Indigenous supplier inclusion and diversity lead, she is responsible for designing and executing the supplier diversity strategy across Lendlease business units. She is one of 5 Social Value International accredited practitioners in Australia and prior to Lendlease, has consulted to private and public sector clients on sustainability initiatives.

Rebecca SpindlerRebecca Spindler

Executive Manager, Science and Conservation at Bush Heritage Australia

Rebecca has over 20 years of conservation science experience, working to improve the reproduction, health and biodiversity of rare and endangered species. She is committed to effective collaboration for conservation outcomes and currently leads the Science and Conservation team at Bush Heritage Australia.

Jason TimorJason Timor

Director, Two Point Co

Jason is a proud Badu Island man from the Torres Strait Islands and an accomplished professional who has provided consultancy services for some of the largest businesses and organisations in Australia, including NRMA, Westfield, KPMG, Sydney Water, Microsoft and AMP. As Director of Two Point Co, a 100% indigenous owned consultancy, Jason  specialises in  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement through strategy design, facilitation, community consultation and social impact assessment. Previously, Jason held the position of Deputy CEO at Supply Nation, Australia’s premier supplier diversity organisation, advocating for Indigenous businesses.