These Awards provide a constructive platform for sharing innovative business thinking. Even more importantly, they spotlight how the private sector is taking forward transformative action.’
Nick Nuttall, director of communications and spokesperson for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and chair of judges for the tve Global Sustainability Film Awards 2017.
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Nick Nuttall is director of communications and spokesperson for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany. He took up the post in January 2014 after nearly 13 years with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya.
He played a key role in the strategic communications for UNEP’s Green Economy initiative and boosted UNEP’s media profile. He also launched high profile campaigns including Think Eat Save-Reduce Your Foodprint!, which links global food waste to environmental degradation and the lives of ordinary people.
At the UNFCCC Nick leads a team of communications specialists supporting UNFCCC executive secretary Patricia Espinosa and managing the organisation’s media, internet, speechwriting, social media and campaigns output. Nick is a member of the UNFCCC’s management team. He is a regular keynote speaker; lecturer at environmental and climate related conferences and a Guest Professor on sustainability communications at the University of Tonji in China and has appeared on many major news channels including the BBC, China Central TV and Al Jazeera.
This is Nick’s fourth year as chair of our judges’ panel.
Louise Bateman is head of marketing and communications at Planet First. She is responsible for marketing and communications for The Planet Mark™ certification programme, including its clients and partners.
Louise is an experienced communicator and qualified journalist with deep knowledge of the sustainability and green-business agenda. She has founded and edited several publications, including GreenWise Business. She has also advised businesses on content-marketing strategies and helps them devise successful online marketing campaigns.
Rob Benfield is a senior lecturer on the University of Westminster’s highly regarded BA television production course. He also teaches television studio directing courses for the China Media Centre.
Rob worked in broadcast television for 25 years up to commissioning and executive producer level. His career began at the BBC where, for 10 years, he worked for Blue Peter as a director and producer. From there, he developed his career in current affairs and documentary filmmaking with TVS and Channel 4.
As a BBC-trained multi-camera director, he has directed more than 100 hours of live television in several genres, including magazine programming, light entertainment and current affairs. He has also worked as series producer for Carlton TV, part of the ITV network.
James Birch is a senior programme officer in government relations at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. His work supports governments in meeting their commitments to the UN sustainable development goals. He has also led the Gates Foundation’s engagement in Norway, Spain and the UK.
James is a former founder and coordinator of the UK parliament’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development, which brings together MPs and peers with other relevant stakeholders from the private sector, civil society and international institutions. He also helped to set up an informal network of development-focused parliamentary all-party groups under the banner of ‘Parliamentarians Ending Poverty’ as a means of promoting open dialogue on the UK’s support for development.
James studied politics and social anthropology at Queens University Belfast. Upon graduation he worked for the Northern Irish government, providing technical assistance to developing countries from the Northern Irish public sector.
Victoria Brooks is a sustainability communications strategist consulting with global companies, organisations and NGOs on the development of stories that inspire change. With more than 15 years in the communications industry, Victoria has led brand-strategy teams in global advertising agencies Ogilvy, Fallon and BBH, working with blue-chip companies on the creation of groundbreaking integrated marketing campaigns.
Inspired by her work with Unilever and Barnardo’s, Victoria saw the potential for the advertising industry’s creativity to make a broader impact, leading her to consult independently to meet the rising sustainability agenda with unexpected creative solutions.
Victoria has worked in partnership with agencies such as Naked, Futerra, Swarm and Mother for clients ranging from global leaders such as Unilever, Sony and Kering to campaigning organisations like WWF, Hope HIV and climate change organisation HereNow to deliver stories with purpose and impact.
Victoria is currently a director at The Comms Lab, an organisation working to maximise the positive contribution of the advertising industry to society.
Simon Evans is head of consultancy at Eco-Age. He delivers bespoke sustainability strategies, management systems, assurance provision and supply-chain solutions for leading brands and companies.
He has previously worked with companies including Chopard, Arcelor Mittal, Alliance for Responsible Mining, Nestlé, Welltower, BNP Paribas, Eurostar, Wembley Stadium, the Football Association and the British Film Institute.
Before joining Eco-Age, Simon was a senior consultant at Bureau Veritas, focusing on management systems, sustainability strategy and CSR. He has a masters degree in environmental management and assessment from Oxford Brookes University and holds practitioner-level membership of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment.
Simon understands the positive influence that can be created by sustainability-based communications which are built upon long-term strategy and measurable results.