Meet our Judges

In addition to the support of our generous sponsors, these awards wouldn’t be possible without the time, energy and integrity of our judges. These people are committed to helping the county to reach Net Zero by 2030 – find out more about them below.

Head of Environment Strategy | Suffolk County Council

Matt has been working in the environment sector for nearly 30 years, from planting trees and managing habitat in the 1990s to currently leading teams tackling the Climate Emergency and reducing flood risk across Suffolk. The tourism offer has always been strong in Suffolk and Matt is very much looking forward to discovering more about what this innovative industry is currently doing to support sustainable visits to his home county.

Patrick Barker

Director | EJ Barker & Sons

“As a Suffolk farmer, naturalist and business owner I know first hand the richness and diversity of our wildlife and landscapes and the potential that there is for sustainable businesses to thrive. I am passionate about the county of Suffolk, it’s natural environment, heritage and people and I am delighted to be judging the Tourism category which celebrates all of these things. I work hard to manage a business that is productive but also allows our wildlife to thrive whilst having as little environmental impact as possible and this is what I am looking for in this category but in addition, how that message is communicated and the way it inspires visitors to and from our county.”

Executive Director | Wolsey Theatre

David Watson is the Executive Director of the New Wolsey Theatre and has led a range of environmental improvements across the theatre’s operations since 2012, resulting in a significant carbon footprint reduction. Participating as a judge in the Greenest County Awards is a great opportunity for the theatre’s environmental ambitions to be inspired and informed by the great work happening across Suffolk.

Project Manager Environmental Strategy | Suffolk County Council

Chloe has over 12 years’ experience in the environment sector, working in various public and third sector organisations, from Groundwork East to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and now to Project Manager at Suffolk County Council. Chloe has experience leading outdoor education sessions for children and parents, through to engaging with young adults on environmental activities in schools. Chloe is passionate about community engagement, behaviour change and the natural environment, and enjoys spending time walking her dog along the Suffolk coast, with the occasional cold-water dip!

Teacher | Birchwood Primary School

I am Suffolk born and bred, only leaving our fantastic county to do a degree in Geography and Environmental Science and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. I have been teaching in Suffolk since 1994, spending the last 25 years at Birchwood Primary School in Martlesham where I am responsible for all things eco! At Birchwood we believe environmental education is crucial and so it forms an important part of our ethos and curriculum, winning both Suffolk’s Greenest School and Champion of Champion awards in recognition of this. I feel very honoured to be a judge and am so looking forward to reading about the incredible work which Suffolk Schools do!

Managing Director | Spring

Being a judge for the Schools category is a real privilege. Our continued work with clients on a range of sustainability projects is always a rewarding journey, turning ideals into practical solutions that make a real difference. Our focus this year at Spring to gain our own carbon charter status has also been a personal pledge to walk our talk. It all makes it clear how important it is to encourage the younger generation to embrace sustainability. My personal experience with education, both as a parent and in our work within the sector, has shown me the transformative power schools can have in shaping environmentally conscious individuals and being a part of this judging process allows us to cheer on and support schools who are making a real difference in creating a more sustainable future!’

Divisional Director | Barnes Construction

Mark Bailey is a Divisional Director of Barnes Construction responsible for the delivery of construction projects throughout East Anglia. Mark is a Chartered Builder and has worked for Barnes for over 40 years, he has been a supporter of the Greenest County Awards since inception and sat on previous judging panels since 2016.

Pastoral Officer | Sybil Andrews Academy

Suffolk’s young people are an inspiration to us and I am privileged to experience this first-hand. Having formed the Sustainability & Gardening Club at my secondary school, I have witnessed how young people can be empowered through the right support, allowing their ideas to be led to fruition and enabling them to make an active contribution to improving biodiversity and sustainability. They also learn employability skills, build confidence and create fulfilling connections with the community. I am proud to be a judge in the schools category and look forward to championing & celebrating their invaluable contribution to our county’s environment.

Head of Natural & Historic Environment | Suffolk County Council

“I have a life-long passion for the natural environment and helping people to connect with and enjoy it. I have lived in Suffolk for over 30 years but in my professional career I have been involved in a wide variety of national and local environmental, heritage and rural development initiatives. I have been in my current role as Head of Natural & Historic Environment at Suffolk County Council since 2018. I’m delighted to be a judge for the Greenest County Awards in 2024 to help ensure that we recognise and celebrate the great work going on to enhance Suffolk’s wildlife and landscapes.”

Chairman | Long Melford Biodiversity Group

“I am now retired, having spent my working life involved with environmental issues including on-farm biodiversity enhancement, water and coastal management, and wider countryside improvements. I was originally part of the Suffolk County Council Environment Team so have been involved with these awards for many years and now undertake various environmental voluntary roles. I am Chairman of the Long Melford Biodiversity Group which won the Enhancing Biodiversity and Landscape award last year, so I am delighted to be judging this year.”

Environmental Manager | Milestone Infrastructure

Henry is an Environmental Manager, working for Suffolk Highways with Milestone Infrastructure. Henry has over 10 years of experience in Environmental Management, with significant experience working on Network Rail, London Underground and Local Highways. Henry is a keen Environmentalist, with interests in waste prevention and circular economy and habitat improvement. As a Cambridgeshire native now living in Lincolnshire, Henry has spent significant amounts of time in East Anglia and Suffolk and has worked closely in the past with The Wash & North Norfolk Coast European Marine Site Management Group and Eastern Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority (IFCA), where he worked with teams and local stakeholders to improve marine wildlife and habitat within the European Marine Site. Henry has joined the group as a judge to identify the best work being done in Suffolk in the area of Enhancing Biodiversity and Landscape.

Suffolk Waste Partnership Manager | Suffolk County Council

“Hi, I am Rob Cole and have been the Suffolk Waste Partnership Manager since 2008. I have worked on many different waste and recycling projects ranging from public communications to service changes and strategic planning. It’s an honour to be involved with the Greenest County awards this year and I’m really looking forward to reading about all the great work local individuals, groups and business are doing to reduce and recycle their waste.”

Project Coordinator | Still Good Food

“I have been volunteering and working for the environmental charity Still Good Food for 5 years and in that time have seen the massive problem that food waste is. We continue to fight to reduce the amount of perfectly edible food that is unnecessarily wasted and try to ensure that it gets to people rather than the bin. I am very excited to be invited to be a judge for the Greenest County Awards to get the opportunity to hear about so many amazing initiatives happening in Suffolk and to help to promote and encourage all that they are doing.”

Plant Manager | SUEZ

“As the Plant Manager at the Suffolk EfW facility, I have been involved in the treatment of Suffolk’s residual waste for the past 9 years. In 2021 I was nominated as one of the 35 people under 35. A programme that identifies trail blazers in the waste and recycling industry who are striving for professional excellence, promoting innovation, and giving back to the community. I am a keen advocate for all aspects of sustainability particularly waste reduction and efficient use of resources, and I am really excited to hear about all the great work taking place in our county.”

Founder | Rubbish Walks

As the founder of Rubbish Walks CIC and proud three times winner at the Suffolk Creating The Greenest County Awards Jason is widely regarded as one of Suffolk’s leading environmental activists. His expertise and innovative approach to tackling the issue of littering and plastic pollution has gained him international recognition for his work. He has also recently opened the UK’s first Vintage Litter Museum showcasing his unique collection of 20th century littered items. On being a judge Jason said “I’m absolutely thrilled and can’t wait to see all the amazing work being done across this fabulous county”.

Environment Strategy Officer | Suffolk County Council

Peter Frost holds the position of Environment Strategy Officer for Suffolk County Council and is part of the Carbon Charter project. This enables Small and Medium Enterprises all over Norfolk and Suffolk to access advice and accreditation towards cutting their carbon footprint and boosting their business through improved efficiency. He is keen to spread the word about how companies can be at the forefront of the new paradigm of sustainability and how society will change in the near future. He has also been a key instigator of the ‘Plug in Suffolk’ programme to accelerate the rollout of electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the county.

Director | Depden Care Farm

Tim is Director of Depden Care Farm, a day service for adults with additional needs and winner of last years Greenest County, Small Business Award. Depden Care Farm support adults with additional needs to progress and live fulfilling lives by providing learning programmes and work opportunities in agriculture, horticulture and environmental projects. All delivered on the six acre smallholding Tim owns with his partner. Together with the staff, customers and volunteers, they have built a sustainable model smallholding with the environment at its heart, reducing the carbon footprint of the farm and spreading that impact across the wider community through produce sales, contract services and community engagement activities and events. 2024 marks the 10th Anniversary of Depden Care Farm and Tim is delighted to be a judge at this year’s awards.

Director | Highways

Clive has over 30 years’ construction experience and has successfully delivered infrastructure works across multiple sectors and industries. Clive understands the value of working collaboratively and developing productive relationships with authorities, customers, supply chain and across local communities and businesses. Clive is passionate about supporting and encouraging small businesses, through a combination of personal values, community interests, and economic considerations. Clive understands that small green businesses are often integral parts of a community and that supporting them can strengthen the local economy, create jobs, and foster a sense of community identity, aswell as contribute to wider sustainable development.

Carbon Negative Nature Positive Programme Manager | Suffolk County Council

“I have over ten years’ experience working with sustainable businesses in Suffolk – including establishing the Carbon Charter and managing Business Energy Efficiency (BEE) Anglia. I am constantly inspired by the levels of innovation and commitment that Suffolk businesses show for the environment, and am delighted to be involved in raising their profile, and laying down a challenge for all Suffolk businesses to match. I hold an MSc in Environmental Science from UEA and am now Programme Manager for Suffolk County Council’s Carbon Negative; Nature Positive ambitions.”

Sustainability and Environment Manager | University of Suffolk

Justine has been an environmental professional for over 20 years; starting her career as a fast track graduate within the Ministry of Defence and later running her own environmental consultancy assisting blue chip companies, SME’s and public sector organisations. Justine is currently the Head of Sustainability and Programme at the University of Suffolk and chair of the South East Region for the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges. She is additionally, an active member of the Suffolk Climate Change Partnership and Carbon Charter Panel member.

Her current focus is upon researching and supporting sustainable development and decarbonisation within the built environment. Identifying and developing approaches to the implementation of Education for Sustainability Development and widening external partnership engagement and collaborations through the Suffolk Sustainability Institute. With an undergraduate degree in Environmental Analysis and a Post Graduate in Environmental Management for Business; she also is a Chartered Environmentalist and full member of both the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment and the Institute of Environmental Sciences.

Climate Change and Carbon Manager | Anglian Water

Richard is the Climate Change and Carbon Manager at Anglian Water. His efforts are concentrated around 3 broad themes – operational energy/carbon reductions, capital carbon reductions in our construction programme and the climate resilience of our assets. He was instrumental in the development of the Anglian Water Net Zero Carbon 2030 strategy and is involved in the Climate Resilience Demonstrator (CReDo) project with UKPN and BT investigating climate change related cascade failure across the inter-related infrastructure network. He is very interested in judging the Suffolk Greenest County Awards as celebrating and promoting the leaders should act as inspiration for the whole community.

Suffolk Climate Change Partnership Manager | Suffolk Climate Change Partnership

Emma Dixon has over 23 years of working in the environmental and sustainability sector, having worked at the Environment Agency, SCC, the Water Management Alliance before she took over the role of the Suffolk Climate Change Partnership Manager in March 2022. Emma has lots of experience when it comes to judging for the awards – she ran the Awards for several years and has met literally hundreds of inspirational people and groups from across Suffolk!

Director | Eco Carriers BSE

Libby Ranzetta (BCAc) is a passionate believer in the power of communities to make a positive difference on climate change and biodiversity loss. She is a founding director of EcoCarriers BSE that aims to increase cycling over car use for local journeys, and Chairman of Bury Water Meadows Group whose volunteers work hard to conserve green spaces for the benefit of wildlife and residents. She says: “We need to normalise community action on climate change; the Greenest County awards are a great way to do that and I am delighted to be involved in the judging this year”.

Climate Change Officer | Community Action Suffolk

I have chosen to be judge because I have a passion for enhancing the natural environment through protect and spreading knowledge. I trained as a Marine Biologist and went on to study Sustainable Environmental Management. I have always worked in one environmental job or another and wish to help promote the good practices of others beyond the industry that I work in. I look forward to hearing about all these amazing projects.