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tve trustee Mei Sim Lai OBE DL FCA FCCA was president of the 2016 tve Global Sustainability Film Awards. Of Malaysian Chinese origin, Mei Sim has lived in the UK since 1970. She is the Managing Director of LaiPeters Limited and Founder of LaiPeters & Co, Chartered Accountants. Since 1991 Mei Sim has held and holds a number of non executive and other appointments in the private, public, charity and not-for-profit sector and she is also involved with international business and women’s groups.
Radio and television presenter and actress Jeni Barnett co-presented the 2016 awards. Twelve years of acting led to the start of her television career with BBC 2’s groundbreaking feminist comedy series ‘Revolting Women’. She was head-hunted by TV-am, where she famously breastfed her daughter on air, and was co-anchor of LWT’s flagship Six ‘O’Clock Show for four years. Described by the Food Network as ‘one of the UK’s leading food presenters’, she is known and loved for her lifestyle shows and as one of our bravest broadcasters on TV, radio and online.
Co-presenter Nik Wood owns and runs www.nikwoodtv.co.uk. A former co-presenter of the BBC’s flagship business programme ‘Working Lunch’, he has also presented the BBC ‘s Radio 5 ‘Wake Up To Money’ and ‘Business Breakfast’ on primetime television. Nik has become the go-to supplier of business content and expertise domestically and internationally. With a background in local radio and regional TV, he has built on his grounding in general news to specialise in business and industry reporting, including the miners’ strike of the 1980s and, more recently, on the IMF and river blindness in Africa. His current client list includes: BNP Paribas Real Estate, DFID, the Eden Project, the Business Travel Show, Edison and Insider magazine.
chair of judges Nick Nuttall is head 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.
Louise Bateman is head of Marketing and Communications at Planet First. She is responsible for the marketing and communications activities of the company and The Planet Mark™ brand. She also manages The Planet Mark communication programme.
Rob Benfield is a Senior Lecturer on the University of Westminster’s highly-regarded BA Television Production course. He 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.
Claudine Blamey is head of sustainability and stewardship at The Crown Estate. She is also the chair of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS), the UK’s first professional body for everyone working in CR and sustainability.
Victoria Brooks is a sustainability communications strategist consulting with global companies, organisations and NGOs on the development of sustainability stories that inspire change. With over 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.
Simon Evans is the 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.
Eileen Maybin has worked at the Fairtrade Foundation since 2001 where she is Senior Media Advisor. The Fairtrade Foundation is an independent certification body which licenses the use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products which meet international Fairtrade standards.
Denise Parkinson is entertainment director, global and UK for Telegraph Media Group. She produces quality content deals and helps to bring new products to market both in the UK and internationally.
Barry Ryan has over 25 years experience as a content creator, journalist, broadcast journalist and TV producer and director. He was a BBC Trainee and worked across a variety of genres including factual, factual entertainment, Children’s, Music & Entertainment and Documentaries & History, science, Features, Entertainment and Arts. He has worked for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4.
Victoria Brooks is coordinating the shortlisting panel. She is a sustainability communications strategist consulting with global companies, organisations and NGOs on the development of sustainability stories that inspire change. With over 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.
Mike Blair has been a print, radio and television journalist. Mike has also been a documentary producer; programme commissioner and ran a wildlife film making company. He is now head of the consumer and current affairs teams at Shiver, which is part of ITV Studios. Programmes they make for ITV include Tonight; The Martin Lewis Money Show; Real Stories and Peston on Sunday. His team also make documentaries for ITV and other channels.
Claudine Blamey is head of sustainability and stewardship at The Crown Estate. She is also the chair of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS), the UK’s first professional body for everyone working in CR and sustainability. Before joining The Crown Estate, Claudine was head of sustainability at SEGRO and before that Director of corporate responsibility at British Land. Her first CR role was as environment manager at Honda.
James Birch supports the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s work to develop partnerships with European Governments in pursuit of the SDGs, with a particular focus on Agriculture, Nutrition, Primary Healthcare, Sanitation and Financial Services. Having joined the foundation in April 2012 he has worked on issues relating to data and led the foundation’s engagements in the UK, Norway and Spain.
Emma De’Ath is the Commissioning Editor for BBC Global News. As a commissioner currently specialising in Arts, Culture, History and Sport for BBC World News and for bbc.com, the BBC’s international website, Emma commissions for the BBC’s rapidly growing global audience.
Sarah Gillett is head of Partnerships at Planet First. Sarah has worked with the company since its inception and is responsible for managing the partnership programme for its sustainability certification The Planet Mark™. Sarah has worked in sustainability for over 15 years, and has extensive experience in business carbon footprinting, sustainability improvement actions and employee and tenant engagement.
Phil Hughes is Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Screenwriting and Producing degree and MA Writing for Screen and Stage programme at Regent’s University, London. Phil entered the film industry working for the EU’s MEDIA Programme’s development fund in the 1990s, latterly as head of fiction. Phil also selected projects for the Swiss government’s twice yearly development fund for film and TV.
Grace Bian is an international entrepreneur with outstanding scientific and high tech entrepreneurial achievements, and with 73 intellectual property registrations in her name. She has a joint business plan with the China Academy of Sciences and is Founder and Chairman of China International Cultural Exchange – a high net worth real time trading platform for highly collectable assets, building an investment bridge between the UK & China economy. Grace is the Chairman of Global Business Associates, promoting and developing business between the UK and China and in other countries around the world.
Barry Ryan has over 25 years experience as a content creator, journalist, broadcast journalist and TV producer and director. He was a BBC Trainee and worked across a variety of genres including factual, factual entertainment, Children’s, Music & Entertainment and Documentaries & History, science, Features, Entertainment and Arts. He has worked for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. He was Head of Programmes at Propeller TV and has worked as a consultant for Shalit Global, Sony Music, the MOBO Organisation and Sainsburys. He has produced prime time programming for ITV, BBC, Channel 4, Five and a range of digital channels including A&E, Discovery, UKTV channels, MTV, VH1, ITV 2,3 & 4 and many others.
Helen Wang is the CEO of Watson International Investment Consulting (UK) Ltd. Helen earned her MBA degree from Birmingham University in the UK, and her undergraduate degree from Sichuan University in China. Helen worked for major global investment banks in London for more than a decade, including Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan, before setting up Watson International Investment Consulting.