Awards Judging Panel.

The judges for the 2016 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards are leaders in sustainability and business communities.

Donna Williams

Donna Williams 

Donna joined NZI in September 2010 as Marketing and Communications Manager. Before joining NZI she had a career spanning 12 years at Telecom in roles including Sponsorship Manager and Customer Experience Manager. Donna is judging the Communicating Sustainability and Sustainability Champion categories.

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Bruce Burns 

Dr Bruce Burns is a Senior Lecturer in Plant Ecology at the University of Auckland. He has developed a broad understanding of biodiversity management and methods to improve the speed and cost efficiency of ecological restoration. Bruce previously worked as a scientist at Landcare Research, is a past-President of the New Zealand Ecological Society, and a former trustee of both Tanes’ Tree Trust and WWF-NZ. Currently, he is a trustee for the Motutapu Restoration Trust and on the Technical Advisory Committee on Kauri Dieback. Bruce is judging the Restorative categories.


Amber Uren 

Amber is a sustainability strategist and has led projects in sustainable business for private and public sectors in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom. Amber previously consulted for Auckland Council on renewable energy opportunities, including project lead for Auckland Solar, and was the Renewable Energy specialist for the 2011 Rugby World Cup Auckland Environmental Workstream. Amber specialises in renewable energy and energy efficiency and is currently working with most energy intensive businesses in New Zealand to provide EECA support. Amber is judging the Renewables categories.

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Marty Forsman 

Marty is a passionate sustainability advocate whose journey has evolved from a compliance focus to environment manager role and onto sustainability. Marty has been Air New Zealand’s Sustainability Manager since 2010. His previous experience includes managing environmental contracts across the Hauraki Gulf Islands. Marty is judging the Mega Efficiency categories.

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Marion Wood 

Marion Wood is Managing Director of Commonsense Organics, New Zealand’s leading organic retailer.  She is Chair of the Organic Retailers of New Zealand and on the Board of Fair Trade Wellington.  She is a former Vice Chair of SBN and was Chair of the Board of the Central Region for several years.  Her focus is on making organic food more accessible to New Zealanders and developing a successful business paradigm based on a clear understanding of the interconnections between financial, environmental and social realities. Marion is judging the Restorative categories.

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Tim Marshall 

Tim Marshall is an experienced PR professional who runs his own consultancy Communication by Design. Tim is a life member of the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (PRINZ) and a former PRINZ president and PRINZ Awards chief awards judge. A Sustainable Business Network member, he initiated the partnership between SBN and PRINZ. Tim also chairs Squash Auckland the governing body for the sport in Auckland. Tim is judging the Communicating Sustainability and Sustainability Champion categories.


Jacqueline Farman 

Jacqueline is a founding Partner of The Purpose Business,. She is a passionate advocate for values and purpose driven business, and bringing the customer’s voice into an organisation to drive better decisions, performance and results. She has over two decades of experience working with leading New Zealand businesses and brands to improve the quality of their stakeholder engagement and reputation capital. Jacqueline is recognised as a thought leader in sustainable business and brand strategy. In her previous role leading New Zealand’s most respected market insights agency, she created The Colmar Brunton Better Business Report, a seven year longitudinal study into the growth of conscious consumerism in New Zealand. Jacqueline is judging the Community categories.


Craig Dowling 

Craig is Head of Corporate Affairs at IAG New Zealand. Craig has worked in media and corporate affairs (providing strategic advice on business reputation) for more years than he’d care to reflect on. He’s passionate about social justice and believes that there is huge potential to be realised through better collaboration between the public, not for profit and private sectors. At IAG he has been involved in embedding the concept of ‘shared value’ in the insurer’s approach to the communities it offers it products to. This is his second year as a judge in the Community category of the NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards.


Ralph Sims

Ralph Sims is Professor of Sustainable Energy at Massey University where he has researched renewable energy and climate change mitigation for several decades. He chaired the Royal Society of New Zealand panel for the 2016 study Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy for New Zealand. He has also led author chapter teams for the Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Ralph was Senior Researcher for Renewables at the International Energy Agency (IEA), Paris for four years and currently serves on the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel for the Global Environment Facility (GEF), based in Washington DC. He is presently contracted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation to lead several projects on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in agri-food supply chains, has a major interest in sustainable cities, and has consulted for many organisations and businesses including OECD, Shell, Chevron, Meridian Energy. Ralph is judging the Renewables categories.


Chris Thurston

Chris is Account Manager at the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA). He is deeply passionate about the nexus between sustainability, business performance and innovation. He has returned to New Zealand after working in the UK with some of the largest companies in the world on their responsible sourcing and ethical procurement strategies. Chris currently provides support to significant energy-using businesses with a view to changing behaviour and processes for long-term energy and carbon reductions. He is currently very excited about electric vehicles and the direction for a low carbon New Zealand. Chris is judging the Mega Efficiency categories.