Awards Judging Panel

The judges for the 2017 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 Sustainability Superstar and Communicating for Change categories.

 Bruce Burns

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 Transforming Food and Restoring Nature categories.

Amber Uren 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.

Marty Forsman 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 Efficiency Champion category.

Marion Wood 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 Transforming Food and Restoring Nature categories.

Rod Oram Rod Oram 

Rod Oram has 40 years’ experience as an international business journalist. He has worked for various publications in Europe and North America, including the Financial Times of London. He is currently a columnist for the Sunday Star-Times; a regular broadcaster on radio and television; and a frequent public speaker on business, economics, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, in both NZ and global contexts. In 2010, Rod was the winner in the individual category in the Vero Excellence in Business Support Awards and was Columnist of the Year in the consumer category in the national magazine awards for his columns in Good, a consumer sustainability magazine. Rod was a founding trustee and chairman of the Akina Foundation and is a founding trustee of the Aotearoa NZ Foundation for Public Interest Journalism. He is the head judge.

 Jacqueline Farman 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 Hardwired for Social Good and Partnering for Good categories.

 Kath Dewar Kath Dewar

Kath has more than 25 years’ experience at the sharp end of marketing, she’s held senior roles in the UK and New Zealand and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Her marketing services business GoodSense provides expertise to progressive organisations and her training business GoodSense Learning offers a unique online course in green marketing ( in partnership with the Marketing Association and the Sustainable Business Network. Kath delivers workshops, speaks at conferences and provides media commentary on the future of marketing at a time when ethical and environmental concerns make daily headlines. She is judging the Sustainability Superstar and Communicating for Change categories.

 Ralph Sims

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 Smarter Transport and Revolutionising Energy categories.

 Timothy Allan Timothy Allan

Since founding Locus Research in 2002, Timothy has spent the past 15 years on a product development and innovation journey that has covered everything from sleep systems to haircare, farm bikes to merino products, and boating to hip fracture prevention. Timothy has a wide range of experience in the development of start-up businesses associated with product and service development, and in the application of design and product development and management within business. He is a Fellow of the Designers Institute and is judging the Going Circular category.

 Dr Amabel Hunting Dr Amabel Hunting

Amabel is the Director of Service and Experience Design at AUT’s School of Art and Design. She leads a programme that educates people on the role of design in addressing business, social and environmental problems. She teaches on the application of design and innovation for sustainability, with a focus on the circular economy as a key framework for changing business practices. She has previously been a Board member of Kaipatiki Project Environmental Centre and Social Enterprise Auckland. Amabel is judging the Going Circular category

Gary Gary Walker

A passionate advocate for the environment and reducing carbon, Gary manages a high performance team at the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority (EECA) focusing on NZ’s largest energy-using organisations. His goal is to provide good stories, best practice and compelling reasons to key decision makers as to why energy efficiency makes good business sense. With a background in IT, marketing and general management he brings commercial reality to climate change. Gary is judging the Efficiency Champion category.

Dawn Baggaley Dawn Baggaley

Dawn Baggaley is the Head of Sustainability at NZ Post. She has 10 years’ experience leading the development and implementation of strategies to embed sustainability into business practices in New Zealand and Denmark. Dawn has been behind an number of firsts including the first integrated report and social return on investment in NZ. She has a MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice from the University of Bath, UK. Prior to this she worked in banking for nine years and social housing in the UK for 10 years. She is judging the Hardwired for Social Good and Partnering for Good categories.