Ian Christie – senior lecturer at the Centre for Environment and Sustainability in Surrey.
Ian Christie is a senior lecturer at the Centre for Environment and Sustainability in Surrey. He is knowledge exchange coordinator for CUSP (Centre for the understanding of Sustainable Prosperity).
Ian has been at the University of Surrey since 2011, teaching and researching sustainable development. His interests are mainly in the political economy and ethics of sustainability; values and behavioural change in households, communities and large organisations; and policymaking for sustainability. He has worked in various roles on CUSP’s precursor programmes led by Prof Tim Jackson—RESOLVE and the Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group. His earlier career included senior roles in think-tanks (Demos and Policy Studies Institute); in business (Henley Centre for Forecasting); and in central and local government. Ian worked independently as a sustainability advisor from 1999 to 2011, with clients including government departments, think-tanks, the Church of England, the Environment Agency and Natural England. He is an associate or trustee of several organisations concerned with sustainability, environmental policy and public engagement in policymaking and ethics: Green Alliance, Involve, Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development, New Economics Foundation and Theos
Terry Tidbury – Managing Director Woking News & Mail
Terry Tidbury is a retired accountant with over 40 years’ experience with international blue-chip organisations across a variety of business sectors.
Having been brought out of retirement in 2014 and joining the News & Mail he led the efforts to ensure the paper’s survival and return the title to readership growth in a climate of decline for local newspapers.
Terry said, “When the subject of Sustainability Awards came up, I jumped at the chance to help promote and establish Surrey’s first dedicated programme recognising the fabulous work being undertaken by businesses in and around Woking.
“The work undertaken in developing these awards has opened my eyes to the fantastic and exciting strides being taken by organisations in and around Woking and I am honoured to have been asked to join the panel of judges.”
Carol Miller – Chair – Woking Chamber of Commerce Environmental Committee
Carol Miller has a wide breadth of experience in journalism and communications that includes over 12 years with the UK supermarket chain, Waitrose, where she was editor of its internal print and online magazine. The role helped build an extensive contact base within food and beverages alongside a clear insight into the industry, nurtured by a personal passion for all aspects of field to plate journeys.
Prior to that Carol worked for 12 years in internal and external communications with a broad range of companies, including a European aviation trade and lobby association. This followed 12 years as a journalist for national, regional and local media outlets. Clients know they can rely on her real understanding of the media from all aspects to optimize news and events.
“The business community has to take a leading role in protecting and improving the environment where we live and work because sustainability is not something to be seen as a potential option. However, the benefit to those that recognise that the very survival of our planet is in imminent danger and take positive action, will not only give future generations the opportunity to thrive but will help build trust and credibility of stakeholders for those committed businesses.”
Sarah Butcher – Head of Membership, Surrey Chambers of Commerce
Sarah Butcher joined Surrey Chambers of Commerce in April 2014 after a 12-year career at the University of Surrey. Starting out as the Export Surrey project Lead, she spent the first two years supporting Surrey businesses with their export endeavours and building connections internationally within the global Chamber network.
As Head of Membership, she is passionate about helping local businesses grow and prosper whether they are a sole trader or a corporate company. Actively involved with Surrey Climate Commission, Clean Growth and Green Innovation focus groups she is keen to help support the businesses community in the move to achieving a cleaner, greener carbon neutral county.
Cllr Kevin Davis – Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainability at Woking Borough Council
Cllr Kevin Davis was first elected in 2012, representing the Heathlands ward and a member of the Executive with portfolio holder responsibilities for the Environment and Promoting the Local Economy.
“The CREST21 Business Awards merges the two portfolios I am most passionate about; the environment and business, so it is an honour to be invited to participate in judging them. I am looking forward to learning about the many innovative ways our vibrant local economy is tackling climate change and sustainability issues, especially as we move through these challenging times.”
Katie Sargent – Surrey County Council
Katie Sargent is the Environment Group Commissioning Manager at Surrey County Council and leads on the work to reduce carbon emissions in Surrey to net zero by 2050, and by 2030 for the Council’s emissions. Joining Surrey County Council in 2019, she has overseen the development of Surrey’s challenging Climate Change Strategy and the Council’s £300M Greener Futures Investment Programme.
Katie has worked in the environment field in the public sector since 2006 with roles at Camden Council and the GLA and has a Masters Degree in Environment, Society and Policy from the Open University.