Trust for Sustainable Living

The Judges

Our shortlisted Finalists’ essays will be judged by an international panel of sustainability experts and educationalists, who will select the winning entries in each category.

The judges are looking for originality and creativity in all formats – and the potential to contribute to constructive national or international debate. Unique and well-argued perspectives score highly.

Each student’s age is taken into account when judging, so that younger students are not at a disadvantage when compared with older students.


Meet the Judges

Dr Jo-Anna Reed Johnson

Dr Jo Anna Reed Johnson is the Institute of Education School Director for Climate and Sustainability Education and lecturer in science education at the University of Reading. Her research interests include Sustainability Education, Systems Thinking, Critical Pedagogy, Teacher Education, Leadership and Management in Education

Peter Omondi

Peter is the founder and CEO of Global Youth Forum, a community organisation founded in Kenya that seeks to empower youth with skills to get or create jobs and work towards realising the SDG’s. They provide opportunities in 4 key areas, Education, EdVentures, Entrepreneurship and Environment, enabling young people to gain leadership, civic education and life skills.

Shane Emilie

Shane has over 17 years’ experience in the public and private sector and has produced several learning support materials, initiated and coordinated several sustainability change projects, developed a sustainability programme for the Indian Ocean region, amongst others. He holds a Master’s degree in Education for Sustainability and a Dual Masters in Business Administration and Global Project Management. Currently an Executive Board member on the Environment Appeals Board, appointed by the President of the Republic of Seychelles


Dr Barry Murrer

Dr Barry Murrer is a distinguished industrial scientist having recently completed a 35-year career at the FTSE-100 company Johnson Matthey in the UK. During this period, he led the development and commercialisation of a range of technologies across the company’s portfolio, including novel catalysts, nanomaterials, sorbents and FDA-approved platinum-based drugs.

Dr Murrer joined the TSL Board of Trustees in September 2017.


The 2023 competition is now closed

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