Clare Allman, UK marketing manager, Ecover
Clare was born in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire and graduated from Birmingham University with a BSc(Hons) in Chemistry and embarked on a career in marketing spanning retail and consumer products.
After a career break and the birth of three boys, Clare joined Ecover in 2000 and has worked on the support, interpretation and marketing direction of the brand as it faces the challenges of ecology being in the limelight and an increasingly competitive and confused market. Ecover is the main sponsor of the Observer Ethical Awards...
Christoph Behling, founder, Christoph Behling Design and curator of the Sustain exhibition, RCA
Christoph Behling is the founder of Christoph Behling Design, a London-based product design studio which has achieved international recognition in a diversity of industries including communication technology, watches, and transport.
In 2006 Behling founded SolarLab Research & Design to formalise his commitment to solar powered design. Solarlab is widely recognised as a pioneer in the field of sustainable transport design...
Michael Bremans, chairman, Ecover International
Michael is the managing director of Ecover, a manufacturer of biodegradable cleaning products made from renewable resources.
Michael was born in Schoten, Belgium. He studied for a licenciate in applied economics at RUCA, Antwerp and his professional career has spanned the tourism and the service industry.
In 1993, Michael was appointed as managing director of Ecover Belgium and he has constantly improved the ecological influence of the Ecover factory...
VV Brown, singer and model
VV Brown, is an English recording artist, songwriter and producer.
Tim Burgess, musician
Tim Burgess is the lead singer of the British rock/indie act The Charlatans.
Damian Carrington, head of environment, The Guardian
Damian Carrington is the head of environment at the Guardian.
Lily Cole, model
Lily Cole is one of the iconic faces of her generation, the expanding breadth of her achievements consistently defies the norms.
In her modelling days, Lily worked with the most prestigious international brands. She continues to remain a respected figure in the fashion industry. Meanwhile quietly focusing on her film projects she has steadily carved a reputation for herself as a talented young actor with a solid archive of work.
For the past decade Lily has strongly supported notable charitable causes including The Ethical Justice Foundation, to whom she is now a patron...
Stacey Dooley, campaigner and TV presenter
Fashion conscious Stacey Dooley's life took an unexpected turn when she travelled to India in 2007 for the BBC3 series Blood, Sweat and T-Shirts to live and work alongside the people in the Indian fashion industry making clothes for the UK High Street.
When she returned to the UK, Stacey began campaigning against child labour, organising events to raise money for charities and even appearing on BBC2's Newsnight to raise awareness...
Rick Edwards, TV presenter
A Cambridge University graduate with a degree in Natural Sciences, Rick began his career in front of the cameras hosting E4's music content. From here he swiftly moved on to the Channel 4 show Freshly Squeezed before becoming one of the T4 presenting family in 2007.
Since then Rick has fronted a diverse range of programming for Channel 4, from game shows to movie specials and music series to sports programmes. Amongst his most recent presenting credits are That Paralympic Show on Channel 4 and E4 entertainment series Tool Academy.
Livia Firth, filmmaker and owner of Eco Age
Livia Firth is creative director of Eco-Age.com and founder of the Green Carpet Challenge.
Ben Fogle, TV presenter
Ben Fogle is a presenter, writer and adventurer.
His achievements include racing 160 miles across the Sahara desert in the notorious Marathon Des Sables. He has rowed the Atlantic Ocean in 49 days and crossed Antarctica in a foot race to the South Pole. He has presented numerous programmes including BBC's Animal Park, Wild In Africa, Countryfile, Crufts, One Man and His Dog and Extreme Dreams. He writes regularly for the Sunday Telegraph and the Independent and has written four bestselling books.
Rob Holdway, director, Giraffe Innovation
Rob Holdway is director of Giraffe Innovation Ltd acknowledged by The Manufacturer Magazine as 'Britain's leading eco-design consultant'. Giraffe works internationally on eco-design and life cycle assessment (LCA) projects, greenhouse gas reporting as well as advising on environmental strategy for business and UK Government.
Rob trained and practiced as an industrial designer and was previously a Research Fellow at the Royal College of Art/Imperial College (IDE)...
Emma Howard Boyd, sustainable investment & governance director, Jupiter Asset Management
Emma Howard Boyd joined Jupiter in 1994 and has overall responsibility for the management and development of Jupiter's sustainable investment business. She is also responsible for Jupiter's corporate governance and engagement services for institutional clients and Jupiter's UK retail funds.
Emma is an independent non-executive member of the Environment Agency Board, a senior associate of the University of Cambridge's Programme for Sustainability Leadership and a director of Aldersgate Group...
Sarah Greenaway – Senior Brand Manager One Planet Home/ Start Project Manager
Sarah manages the customer facing aspect of B&Q's One Planet Home Programme which includes working alongside buying teams to develop B&Q's 'green' offer, working with the marcomms teams to manage One Planet Home communications across all channels, and developing new 'eco' retail propositions.
In her role as project manager for Start (B&Q's activity for HRH the Prince of Wales' sustainability initiative) she is responsible for defining, developing and implementing engaging visitor experiences that communicate B&Q's sustainability message...
Deborah Meaden, businesswoman and Dragon's Den star
Deborah Meaden started her business career with very little capital launching her own glass and ceramics import company straight out of Business College. Deborah then set up one of the first 'Stefanel' fashion franchises to appear in the UK.
With several successful businesses in the leisure and retail sector under her belt, she became managing director of Weststar Holidays, acquired the major shareholding in a management buyout and later sold the company in a deal worth £33 million whilst retaining a 23% stake...
Chris Murray, National Grid and CEO of Xoserve Ltd
Chris is National Grid's Climate Change Champion for Transmission. He is instrumental in driving through plans to both reduce emissions and hook up new sustainable energy sources to the networks.
National Grid has stated its intent to be a business that makes a real difference in the area of climate change. It has set itself the target of reducing emissions from its own activities by 80% by 2050 – long before the Government set targets in this area.
Ruaridh Nicoll, editor, Observer Magazine
Ruaridh Nicoll is editor of the Observer Magazine and the author of two novels, White Male Heart and Wide Eyed.
Lucy Siegle, Observer ethical living columnist, BBC One Show presenter and chair of judging panel
Lucy Siegle is one of the UK's most recognisable opinion forming journalists on environmental issues. She has been an Observer columnist since 2004 and also contributes features and comment pieces. Her mission is to re-brand ecology and wider environmental issues as relevant and accessible and she launched the Observer Ethical Awards in 2005.
Her work is underpinned by rigorous research and scientific debate (she does not believe in the healing power of crystals)...
Andrew Shelton, managing director, Virgin Holidays
Andrew joined the board as Marketing Director at Virgin Holidays in 2006, with a brief to realise a shift to a more marketing-led business and to take the brand into a stronger consumer-facing position. Since then, he has improved the unprompted brand awareness of Virgin Holidays as a long haul holiday company by nearly 10 points, in the process, scooping a number of marketing accolades.
Andrew also heads up the Responsible Business team at Virgin Holidays, and was instrumental in the realisation of the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship in the Caribbean...
Iwan Thomas, Olympian
Iwan is without doubt one of the finest 400m runners that Britain has ever seen. Securing medals at all major championships, Iwan still holds the British 400m record – 44.36s. Not only talented in Athletics, Iwan competed internationally in BMXing, where he was ranked 4th in Europe.
He went to the 1998 European Championships in Budapest winning Gold in the 400m and in the 4x400m. Success at the World Cup in South Africa later in the year was particularly satisfying representing Europe against the other continents of the World. In what must have seemed an endless year, Iwan flew straight to the Commonwealth Games...
Alison Tickell, director, Julie's Bicycle
Alison Tickell established Julie's Bicycle, a not-for-profit organisation galvanising cultural action on sustainability by making it intrinsic to the business, art, and ethics of the creative industries.
Alison, and Julie's Bicycle, bridge the creative and sustainability industries, uniting industry with scientists and academia. Alison and her team of creative and sustainability experts have developed the Industry Green tools and certification, carbon management specifically for the creative industries.
Alice Wilby, editor, Eco Age
Editor at Eco Age, Alice graduated from the London College of Printing with a degree in Photography, before starting her styling career assisting on shoots for Harpers and Vogue. Alice then worked as a stylist and costume designer for brands including Disney, French Connection, MTV and Universal Records, before realising her passion for ethical fashion. Prior to editing Eco Age, Alice founded ethical fashion magazine, FutureFrock.com and has been a regularly ethical fashion contributor to the Metro newspaper.
James Wong, ethnobotanist and TV presenter
James is an ethnobotanist - in simple terms he is a scientist who studies how people use plants. From incredible edibles to medicinal marvels, how harnessing the power of plants could help overcome civilizations great threats and lessons to be learnt from the diet of stone age man, James sees plants as much more that greenery for your garden.
His first prime time show Grow Your Own Drugs aired on BBC2 in 2008. In the 6 part series James cooked up home made herbal remedies, offering an alternative to over the counter medicines for a variety of common ailments as well as...
Martine Wright, Paralympian
Martine Wright was born in London and studied psychology and advertising before embarking on a career in sales and marketing. Then on 07/07/2005 on the way to work as an international marketing manager she got on the circle line, and was sat just 4 foot away from one of the suicide bombers that hit London that morning. Being the most injured survivor she was the last to be rescued and lost both her legs above the knee, lost 80% of her blood and was revived several times. Since then she has grabbed every opportunity and has learnt to fly, ski , jumped out of a plane at 10,000 ft, got married to her husband Nick and had her son Oscar. Over the last 2 years she has been training hard as part of the Great Britain sitting volleyball team...