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Judges & Judging

A distinguished panel of Judges will be drawn from state, academic and private sectors to co-ordinate the Green Awards judging. In addition, a highly respected International panel will also judge the entries this year. Our focus is to deliver a balanced judging assessment from industry leaders who will bring their extensive knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise to the judging process ensuring that the winning entries are truly outstanding and worthy of receiving a Green Award.

The panel is carefully selected to ensure the Awards judging process is fair and objective. The Judges are bound by a strict confidentiality agreement and are required to declare any conflict of interest in entries over which they deliberate, in which case that entry will be reallocated. The integrity of this process lies at the very heart of all that we do.

We recognise and respect the sensitive nature of the information submitted in the entries. Submissions are not disclosed or discussed outside the judging process. We do not publish the names of companies, organisations or individuals that have not been shortlisted for an Award, nor will we reproduce any information from your entry unless prior permission is given.

A comprehensive judging process has been put together to decide the worthy winners of Green Awards:

Judging Process

  1. After the closing date for receiving submissions, all entries will be sent for the first round of review.
  2. Entries will be carefully scrutinised with the best selected to go forward to the shortlist for each category.
  3. The shortlist of finalists will be published on the Awards website.
  4. Judges are divided into a minimum of two panels, ensuring any potential conflict is avoided.
  5. A panel of international judges will also judge your entry, with each responsible for 1 category.
  6. The judges will score each of the entries allocated to them against a predetermined set of scores.
  7. Scores are then collected and collated, with the entrant receiving the highest overall score being declared the winner of that category.
  8. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony. The judge's decision is final and no correspondence, telephone, email or communication of any kind will be entered into in relation to decisions reached.

2018 Judging Panel

The winners of the Green Awards will be decided by an independent panel of distinguished industry leaders.

Domestic Panel

Walter Bruton - Senior Consultant, ERM Environmental Resources Management Ireland

Walter Bruton - Senior Consultant, ERM Environmental Resources Management Ireland

Walter is a Senior Sustainability Consultant at ERM, a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, and social consulting services. He has worked with clients globally from across the NGO, public and private sectors, ranging from local SMEs to multinational blue-chip companies, helping them to fully integrate sustainability within their projects and operations, reduce risks, minimise impacts and enhance benefits. Walter works primarily within the Oil and Gas, Power (including Renewables), Mining, Infrastructure, Manufacturing and TMT sectors. He holds an MSc in Sustainable Development and a MA in Town and Country Planning.

Senator Grace O'Sullivan - Green Party, Civil Engagement Group, Seanad Éireann

Grace O'Sullivan - Green Party Senator, Civil Engagement Group, Seanad Éireann

Grace O'Sullivan is a native of Tramore, part of a large family that is well known for their wholesale bottling operations in Waterford.

Grace joined Tramore RNLI alliance and Tramore sea and cliff rescue at a young age, and followed up as a lifeguard on Tramore beach for five years.

Grace joined Greenpeace at the age of 20 and spent the next ten years campaigning on vessels, including the Rainbow Warrior when it was attacked and sunk in Auckland Harbour in 1985. Grace worked on issues such as atmosphere, biodiversity, climate and disarmament. She subsequently worked for Greenpeace International in Amsterdam in human resources management until 2000.

Grace studied Field Ecology at UCC and has a postgraduate diploma in business management from Waterford Institute of Technology. She ran for election for the first time for the Green Party in the South Constituency in the European Elections in 2014. She was the first ever Green Party senator elected to the Seanad, in April 2016.

Ali Sheridan - Sustainability Consultant

Ali Sheridan - Sustainability Consultant

Ali has worked in sustainability for over ten years across the private, public and NGO sectors both at home and abroad focusing on the implementation of sustainable strategies and supply chains, engagement and communication.

Most recently, Ali worked with Bord Bia as a Sustainability Development Manager where she was involved in the development and implementation of Bord Bia’s Origin Green Sustainability programme.

Prior to this, Ali spent two years working as an Origin Green Ambassador where she represented the Irish Food and Drink Industry while undertaking projects with PepsiCo, Subway and the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform. She has previously worked across a range of sustainability roles in Bearingpoint, Green-Schools and Dublin City Council.

Ali sits on a number of sustainability committees and working groups across a range of industries and lectures in Sustainable Energy and Water at Dublin City University.

Ali holds MSc Business Sustainability (UCD Smurfit School), MSc Management for Sustainable Development (DCU), and a BSc Environmental Management (DIT).

Grace Maher - Development Officer, IOFGA (Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association)

Grace Maher - Development Officer, IOFGA (Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association)

Grace has extensive experience in organic food and farming. With a qualification in organic horticulture she began her career teaching Sustainable Agriculture at the Organic College in Limerick. From there she returned to her native Carlow and started a commercial horticulture business selling organic produce at the Carlow Farmer’s Market. Grace continued to teach organic horticulture courses from her farm and also at various centres in the area.

In 2007 she began working with the Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association, IOFGA as their Development Officer. Her role is varied and involves working on projects to develop the sector, and includes a mandate to enhance the role of organic food and producers in the media.

Mark Bennett - CEO, Ambie

Mark Bennett - CEO, Ambie

Mark Bennett consults on smart cities and corporate citizenship. He is currently running BikeLook, a mobility startup supported by EI and the Swiss Kickstart Accelerator. He has worked in the private, public and NGO sectors on environmental and business strategy in Ireland, the US, UK and Italy in addition to placements with the US Environmental Protection Agency and the European Commission. Mark holds a BA in Environmental Science from Trinity College, an MSc in International Management from King’s College London and a postgrad in Sustainable Energy Finance from Dublin City University.

Padraig Ryan - Manager, Business Consulting, Grant Thornton Ireland

Padraig Ryan - Manager, Business Consulting, Grant Thornton Ireland

Padraig works as part of Grant Thornton’s Business Consulting team. Grant Thornton, Ireland’s fastest growing professional services firm, work with clients from a variety of different industries including food and beverage, healthcare and utilities. In his role Padraig has the opportunity to work with clients on business process re-engineering, Lean Six Sigma and change management projects.

Previously, Padraig held senior sustainability roles in the healthcare and food and beverage industries. Padraig’s approach to sustainability has been nationally and internationally recognised. He is a member of the National Stakeholder Forum on CSR and also a member of Sustainable Nation’s “40 under 40”. Padraig is a qualified Project Manager and holds an MSc in Sustainable Development and an MBA.

Johanna Varghese - Architect & Urban Planner

Johanna Varghese - Architect & Urban Planner

Johanna is an architect and urban planner and recently worked on the EU TURAS (Transitioning towards Urban Resilience & Sustainability 2011 -2016) project http://www.turas-cities.org/ as a project manager  on behalf of Dublin City Council and University College Dublin. As part of the TURAS project the team researched and  prototyped different tools and practices that could add value to land use, regeneration and participatory processes in the city such as Collaborations, ComPass and Reusing Dublin, Open Poplar, Community Gains and Innovative Housing (to be found on the TURAS website).

Craig Bullock - Manager, Optimize

Craig Bullock - Manager, Optimize

Craig Bullock has a PhD in environmental economics and is based part time at UCD where he specialises in the analysis of policies on environmental quality, the natural environment and climate change, and has managed and participated in both Irish and EU projects. He also manages Optimize, a consultancy working in the fields of economics, environment and social impacts. In this capacity he has worked on projects and impact assessments in the fields of transport, flood management, wind energy, recreation, water quality and biodiversity.

Eoin Lonergan - Director, Performance Improvement Advisory, EY

Eoin Lonergan - Director, Performance Improvement Advisory, EY

Eoin is the Procurement Lead with EY Advisory in Ireland, and has held previously senior procurement and operations roles in Ireland and internationally as an academic, consultant and practitioner. He was until December 2015 the first Sourcing Director for the Office of Government Procurement where he was tasked with setting up the largest sourcing organisation in Ireland and directing the development of category strategies to address €6bn of government spend. Prior to this he held senior Consulting Roles in PwC and Deloitte (London) where he led operations transformation projects with multiple clients across all sectors. He is a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.

Tonia Spollen-Behrens - Senior Market Adviser, Public Procurement Department, Enterprise Ireland

Eoin Lonergan - Procurement Lead, EY

Tonia is a Senior Market Adviser in the Public Procurement department at Enterprise Ireland. She has extensive experience in tendering on an EU and national level.  She has worked with SMEs submitting public tenders and EU applications for funding. She worked in Berlin for ten years and prior to that Brussels.

International Judging Panel

Jan Peter Bergkvist - Sleepwell AB, Sweden

Jan Peter Bergkvist - Sleepwell AB, Sweden

Jan Peter "JP" Bergkvist has been active in the field of Sustainable Business at an executive level in the hospitality industry since the early nineties. For 15 years Jan Peter worked with Scandic, with the last 9 years in an executive management position, including 4 years with Hilton International in the role of Director of Environmental Sustainability.

In 2009 Mr. Bergkvist stepped back from his position as Vice President Sustainable Business at Scandic to a role of senior advisor working in his own business SleepWell AB.

SleepWell is running the secretariat of Sweden Textile Water Initiative, stwi.se since 2010 today one of the largest public-private partnerships in Sweden.

Laura Kearney - Landscape Architect and Designer, Portugal

Laura Kearney - Landscape Architect and Designer, Portugal

Laura Kearney is a landscape architect who lived and worked in New York for 12 years, specialising in urban landscape design of parks and streetscapes.

She designed many playgrounds as part of the Bloomberg “Schoolyard to Playground” PlaNYC initiative to ensure all New Yorkers live within a 10 minute walk from a park or playground. She was a member of the team working on the MillionTreesNYC project, identifying unused spaces to plant a million new trees in NYC.

She now lives in the South Western tip of Portugal in the Costa Vicentina natural Park. She is currently researching business ideas promoting Portugal’s natural products and sustainable design in Dublin and New York markets. Together with her photographer husband she is documenting the alternative living and farming community in the Western Algarve.

Among her green interests are xeriscaping, permaculture, natural playgrounds and environmental education in schools. She is also working with Paratelier architects on a project to renovate early 20th century worker housing in Lisbon.

Dexter Galvin - Head, Supply Chain, CDP, UK

Dexter Galvin - Head, Supply Chain, CDP, UK

Dexter runs CDP’s program to enable major multinationals and governments to achieve sustainable supply chains, influencing over US$2 trillion in annual procurement spend. Dexter's supply chain experience is extensive having worked in time-critical logistics prior to joining CDP in 2008. Passionate about harmonising reporting standards, he has lead on driving standardisation in environmental reporting. In 2013 he launched a major new initiative called Action Exchange to accelerate emission reductions in corporate supply chains.

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