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Judging panel 2024

Lauren Ashwell, Responsible Business Manager, Berkeley Group
Mark Evans, Publisher, Better Society
Dalton Leong, Non-Executive Director, Trustee and Mentor
Dominic Plummer, Head of Sustainable Quality Engineering, Enterprise Engineering, Technology, NatWest Group
Gordon Roy, District Surveyor, City of London Corporation
Peter Woods, Head of Facilities, Daiwa Capital Markets Europe

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Lauren Ashwell, Responsible Business Manager, Berkeley Group
Lauren started her career in contaminated land remediation before joining the large urban regeneration housebuilder Berkeley Group, where she has worked for the last five years. Her time at Berkeley originated in a site-based operational sustainability role, responding to and educating production teams on environmental management of construction sites. Since then she has moved into a strategic role working on the development, delivery and reporting of the company’s responsible business strategy, Our Vision 2030. Lauren also chairs the Group’s human rights and modern slavery committee and is currently working on the development of Berkeley’s evolving net zero transition plan.

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Mark Evans, Publisher, Better Society
Mark has been in financial journalism for over 20 years, working in charity, technology, finance and retail. He is currently the Publishing Director of PPL. He holds a degree from Cardiff, an MA from Oxford Brookes and an MBA from Henley.



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Dalton Leong, Non-Executive Director, Trustee and Mentor
Dalton worked for 21 years in financial services, in various sectors at Barclays. After becoming a founding trustee of Shooting Star Children's Hospice in 1995, he then became Chief Executive in three local and national charities before retiring in 2022. At Shooting Star, he project-managed the construction of the hospice, where energy efficiency was a key feature of the building. During his time at Global, Europe’s largest radio company (owning Capital, Heart and Classic FM amongst others), he was responsible for their Corporate Social Responsibility Programme, including overseeing the Global Going Green project (making the company paperless within six months). At The Children's Trust, he introduced their first Responsible Organisation strategy, with the aim of ensuring that sustainable practices were designed into every aspect of the work. Dalton is now establishing a non-executive portfolio and enjoying more time on the golf course. He likes the greens!

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Dominic Plummer, Head of Sustainable Quality Engineering, Enterprise Engineering, Technology, NatWest Group
Dominic has 25+ years of practical hands-on IT development experience and is a quality evangelist. He believes that the insights from the quality process can transform both the Software Delivery Life Cycle process and radically reduce the carbon footprint of technology change. Dominic and his team won “Team of the Year” at 2023 National Sustainability Awards and are committed to purposeful and responsible technology carbon reduction.

Image titleGordon Roy, District Surveyor, City of London Corporation
Gordon has worked in the Local Authority Building Control for over thirty years. Specialising in sports grounds, Gordon led the building control teams on the Olympic park venues for London 2012 and working with the LDSA Sports Grounds Committee, he helped draft the “Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds During Construction” and the model General Safety Certificate and has been a past Chair of the Core Cities, “Sports Grounds and Public Safety Committee”. He is a member of the BSi and CEN working groups on “Spectator Facilities” and BS 9991” Fire Safety of Residential Buildings”. In 2018, Gordon became the Corporation’s, “District Surveyor and Environmental Resilience Director”, with responsibility for inspection and maintenance of the City’s civil engineering structures, and manages the Corporations Building Control service. The District Surveyors team provide a building control service to the City’s world-famous financial sector which includes some of the highest and most complex buildings in Europe. The team have recently expanded the team to help deliver the Corporations, “Climate Action Strategy”, which will help the Square Mile to become Zero Carbon and a more climate resilient City. In 2016, Gordon was awarded Honorary membership to LABC for his contribution to Local Authority Building Control.

Image titlePeter Woods, Head of Facilities, Daiwa Capital Markets Europe
Peter has worked in the facilities management and real estate industry for over 30 years responsible for multiple sites for Tesco, Santander and other household names. Energy and sustainability have always been at the top of the agenda to ensure an effective service delivery. Currently working for Daiwa they aim to reduce the impact of the firm’s operations on the environment, through the Group 2030 Vision initiative, promoting the “transition to a carbon-free society and realising a resilient society”. The goal is to promote sustainability and environmental awareness at all levels of the firm with various initiatives to do this.