Founder & CEO
After spending three years as a Formula One photographer, Karen Sutton set up a design agency in the heart of the Brooklands Business Park (Surrey, UK) – the location inspired by her enthusiasm for Motorsport. Recognising the potential to encourage business relationships and to ‘keep business local’, she established the community initiative Business@ Brooklands and the associated Brooklands CSR Forum. From this local idea, and with her drive and enthusiasm, Karen founded the National CSR Awards which held its inaugural ceremony in spring, 2015.
Karen is passionate in support of local and global charitable activity and aspires to the day when she will be in a financial position to ‘down tools’ and devote 100% of her time to helping others. Her charitable activity to date includes:-
- being an active Rotarian (serving as President of her Club in 2015-16);
- taking part in a National Immunisation Day, vaccinating children against polio in the slums of Delhi;
- supporting and visiting a Water Sanitation project in a village in Peru, which now enables the village to be more self-sufficient;
- supporting a local Hospice by volunteering, raising funds and awareness and most recently sitting on their Capital Appeal Committee, which is responsible for raising £10m for their new facility opening in Woking in 2017.
Karen aims to drive the National CSR Awards to become a Globally recognised brand that rewards ANY organisation that puts sustainability and ethical business practices at its core, demonstrating its commitment to change.
Communications & Media Relations
An established B2B journalist and editor, Liz has worked in a variety of industry sectors over the years – from cosmetics and packaging, from to property and hospitality – and more recently corporate responsibility as editor of Ethical Performance where she developed a passion for sustainability and all aspects of responsible business practice. Liz is available for freelance commissions.
David Hampton CEng CEnv
Dave is a prolific campaigner for social and ecological justice, an ethical brand ambassador, and a Chartered Environmentalist. He stood for MP for Beaconsfield, for the Green Party, in GE2015, taking on Dominic Grieve QC at hustings. He gives counsel over coffee (carbon coaching) to individuals and families, CEO’s and celebs. He has his own weekly radio show “Watt Next?” on Marlow FM 97.5. Dave studied Engineering at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University. At the age of 23, he was selected for TeamGB in rowing.
The first 25 years of his professional career he spent influencing thought-leaders and ‘captains of industry’ towards deeper sustainability. In 2005 he set up on his own as ‘The Carbon Coach’ – the world’s first. He is an Ambassador for Embercombe, and for Riversimple. In 2014 he won the edie Sustainability Leader of the Year Award. In March 2016 he delivered his first (sustainable) stand up comedy set in Soho – appearing as the “carbon carbon carbon carbon carbon komedian”.
Dave works with a number of Eco Olympians who are speaking out courageously on today’s ethical issues.