The Rushlight Awards are judged by leading experts in their chosen fields who are entirely independent of sponsors, headline partners and Eventure Media. They have been invited to join the panels due to their impartiality, vast experience and knowledge.
The judges for the Rushlight Awards 2020-21 are as follows:
Damitha Adikaari – Director for Science & Innovation for Climate & Energy, BEIS
David Aitken – Associate Director, Head of Cleantech Ventures Incubation, Carbon Trust
Chris Bagley – Head of Infrastructure, KTN
Jane Beasley – Director Beasley Associates, Associate Local Partnerships LLP
Tina Benfield – Senior Technical Advisor, CIWM
Caroline Bragg – Head of Policy, the Association for Decentralised Energy
Jeff Douglas – former Strategy Manager Smart Systems & Heat, Energy Systems Catapult
Andy Eastlake – Managing Director, Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership
Prof Paul Ekins – Professor of Energy and Environment Policy UCL Energy Institute, University College London, former Member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, co-founder of Forum for the Future
Prof David Elliott – Prof of Technology Policy and co-Director of the Energy & Environment Research Unit, The Open University
Geraint Evans – Bioenergy Programme Manager, Energy Technologies Institute
Rukhsana Faiz – Programme Manager Carbon Limiting Technologies, Non-Executive Director CEAD, former Chair, London & South East Group, The Institution of Chemical Engineers and Environmental Industry Sector Director, WSP.
Toni Gladding – Senior Lecturer in Environmental Engineering, Open University
Malcolm Grimston – Senior Research Fellow Energy Policy and Management Group, Imperial College and Associate Fellow Chatham House
Beverley Gower-Jones – Managing Partner Clean Growth Fund and CEO Carbon Limiting Technologies, former Performance Director QinetiQ and Vice President Shell Technology Ventures
Jim Halliday – Head of Energy Research Unit at (STFC) Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Nicola Henderson – Non-Executive Director and Chair Technology Forum at British Water, Managing Director at Aquability OPS Ltd
David Lloyd Owen – MD Envisager Ltd, author of 5 books on water markets and management and adviser to a number of investment funds, eg 3i plc and Pictet
Prof Alan Lowdon – Dealmaker | Global Entrepreneur Programme (GEP) | Technology, Entrepreneurship and Advanced Manufacturing Sector Cluster| Department for International Trade
Craig Lucas – Director of Energy Transformation at Mott MacDonald, former Director of Science and Innovation at BEIS
Jim Marshall – former Policy & Business Advisor, Water UK
Jenni McDonnell – Knowledge Transfer Manager, More Sustainable Energy
Richard Miller – former Head of Sustainability, Innovate UK
Prof John Murlis – Vice President Environmental Protection UK, Vice Chair of the European Federation of Clean Air Associations and former Chief Scientist and Director of Strategy Environment Agency
Prof John Oakey – former Head of Energy Technology Centre Cranfield University
Isabella O’Dowd – Climate & Energy Specialist, WWF
Amit Rama – Director UK Climate Investments, a JV between the Green Investment Group and BEIS
Prof Carolyn Roberts – Professor of the Environment at Gresham College
Prof Tony Roskilly – Director, Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research, Newcastle University
Prof Nilay Shah – Head of Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College
Phil Sheppard – Research Associate, Loughborough University
John Stewart – Chairman UK Noise Association
Clare Wenner – Consultant and former Head of Renewable Transport, Renewable Energy Association
Mike Weston – former Operations Manager, UKERC
Paul Winstanley – Consultant and former Project Manager, Energy Technologies Institute LLP
Jonathan Withey – Business Development Manager, Planet First
- The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into concerning the judging process or the decisions made.
- The judges can move an entry to a different category if it is felt that it is more appropiate in the other category.
- The judges can choose not to give an award if the entries are not deemed to be of a suitable standard.
- Judges have the opportunity to give special commendations to entries of particular merit.
- No lobbying of the judges will be allowed.