The MT Sky Future Leaders Awards aims to recognise sustainability champions across all disciplines and areas of enterprise. From the Start-up Star category, which is aimed at new firms using sustainability and ethical values to build better businesses, to the Corporate Ace, spearheading sustainability initiatives within large businesses, to the Non-Profiteer, those who are putting sustainability at the heart of their charitable or government organisations. This is truly the most wide-ranging and ambitious awards of its kind.
An Awards launch needs a show-stopping panel of judges. And we've tracked down the most respected minds from the worlds of business and social enterprise to choose our winning candidates. We are delighted to announce that Barbara Stocking, the CEO of Oxfam - the most well-known international development organisation in the world - has agreed to join the panel. An inspirational leader, both because of Oxfam's incredible work across war zones and humanitarian crises, and for her tireless work to promote equality and fairness in business and beyond.
Martha Lane Fox also joins our elite panel. Now government's technology champion, she is the co-founder of dotcom stalwart LastMinute.com and also boss of karaoke chain Lucky Voice. Her entrepreneurial experience is second to none, and her work with numerous charitable foundations signals her commitment to fair, sustainable business.
Jeremy Darroch, CEO of BSkyB is the next heavyweight name on the judges board. Under his stewardship, Sky has gone from a one-product, pay-TV broadcaster shifting set-top boxes to a triple-play, multiplatform communications operator. Hot on the numbers - his background is in finance, after all - and deeply committed to sustainability, he adds his considerable experience to the judging panel.
Next up, Kai Peters, the hugely respected dean of Ashridge Business School, one of the world’s leading and largest providers of executive education. His unparalled knowledge of the MBA beat gives him the edge on our panel when judging the MBA Mastermind category, while his positions on numerous supervisory and advisory boards for social care organisations gives him a unique perspective on the ways that entrants are putting people at the heart of their business strategy.
Carl Gilleard has been the CEO of the Association of Graduate Recruiters for over ten years. As such, he has a real handle on what sustainability means to the latest crop of graduates, and what corporations need to do to attract the talent of today.
Our own Matthew Gwyther, editor of Management Today, is also adding years of experience to the judging mix. Having interviewed everyone from George Osborne to Richard Branson, he can spot a sprinkling of entrepreneurial and leadership gold dust from 20 paces. Nothing gets past his gimlet eye.
We also have one last judge joining the roster, which will be announced next week, so keep your eyes peeled. And remember, the deadline for entries in Friday 13 July - just two weeks away - so if you, or anyone you know could be a Future Leader in the sustainability stakes, download the application on the right, and tell us about it.
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