Our Sustainability Advisory Panel (SAP) brings together five leading eco and ethical experts.
Panel members have been chosen for the extensive experience gained in their field and are drawn from the following sectors – waste and recycling, ethical fashion, carbon management, behaviour change, corporate sustainability, environmental charities and sustainable living. SAP is independent of Green Rewards and its role is to help us meet the highest standards of sustainability in everything we do.
Every single product, experience and service in our Green Shop has been individually assessed and approved by SAP which means you don’t need to worry about the authenticity of our Green Shop – it’s already been authenticated for you by SAP! If you’ve got a burning question to do with all things green and ethical, SAP is happy for you to ask them the question at ask SAP and we’ll get back to you with their considered view as soon as is practical – and the best questions win extra Green Points!
Matt is the chair of the Sustainability Advisory Panel. As an environmental scientist, Matt works on a range of carbon management and sustainability consultancy projects. He founded the award-winning CarbonLimited programme at the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) which carried out research and experimentation into policy ideas for reducing personal carbon emissions.
Matt has become a regular commentator on public engagement in climate change for a number of broadcast and print media and has worked closely with UK government on policy development. Matt also has a strong interest in built environment sustainability, with national firsts to his name for green roof and solar energy projects.
As Head of London College of Fashion, Frances prioritises sustainability projects. She is Chair of the Conference for Higher Education in Art and Design (CHEAD) with a special focus on social inclusion and employability.
Recent events at the college include a series of events entitled ‘Is Green the New Black?’ encouraging people to be both fashionable and eco-conscious. Clothes swaps, discussions and wardrobe audits were on the creative menu. In addition to Green Rewards, Frances advises stakeholders such as the UK Department of Culture, Media and Sport.
Frances received an OBE for her contribution to the fashion and arts industries and her continued commitment to expanding and improving educational opportunities within those industries.
Chief Executive of The Travel Foundation - the British sustainable tourism charity - Sue Hurdle's travel career began with Thomas Cook. After a number of years in mainstream travel and then specialising in sustainable tourism, Sue led an initiative to persuade the UK’s leading travel companies that corporate responsibility really is good for business. In 2003, backed by UK government and some of travel’s household names, this initiative was launched as The Travel Foundation - the world's first industry partnership to help companies put sustainable tourism into practice and bring greater benefits to the people and environments of holiday destinations.
Today, the organisation works in 17 countries and has 500 members, representing industry (multi-national companies, independent tour operators, travel agents, airlines), government, NGOs and research bodies focused on sustainable tourism.
In 2007, Leona was project manager for the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act commemoration events. This gave her an understanding of the importance of promoting the Fairtrade industry and led to her setting up BestFairtrade.com.
As the managing director of BestFairtrade.com, Leona aims to raise awareness of the huge range of Fairtrade products available and also to promote smaller businesses. BestFairtrade.com is the only web-based directory for Fairtrade products.
After graduating in International Business, Leona worked in Hong Kong and India where she gained first hand experience of trading in the textile industry. Leona is also a governor of a C of E primary school in Central London.
A sustainability specialist with two decades of professional experience in sustainable energy, climate change and carbon foot printing, Paula has a PhD in Climate Change Chemistry from the University of Oxford, as well as a Masters in Information Science from City University, London.
Her career covers the academic, public, charitable, governmental and corporate sectors including eight years with the Energy Saving Trust before setting up Paula Owen Consulting in 2010. Her publications include Decommissioning the Brent Spar, The Rise of the Machines, Ampere Strikes Back and Elephant in the Living Room. Paula is proud to have led the project that developed the first official UK Government’s carbon calculator for the domestic sector, the award winning Act on CO2 Calculator.
Dr Paul Pritchard is a corporate responsibility specialist who is a registered Principal Environmental Auditor, Chartered Environmentalist and a Chartered Chemist. He studied chemistry and the environment followed by research in metal pollution. Initial work on contaminated land and water was followed by a range of roles in environmental consultancy before joining RSA as an environmental specialist in 1997. After a period working in the Group Corporate Centre he joined the UK business in 2006 as Head of Corporate Responsibility. He is a non executive director of IEMA and serves on the management committee of the insurance sector climate change initiative Climatewise. His principal publications are Environmental Risk Management (2000) and Managing Environmental Risks and Liabilities (1994).