Creative Green Awards 2020 speakers

We’re thrilled to be joined by an exciting line up of speakers, performers and guest presenters for the Creative Green Awards 2020, to be held virtually on Friday 13th November, 4:45pm-6:15pm.


Keynote speaker: Gillian Burke

We’re pleased to announce our keynote speaker Gillian Burke, who will be talking about the role of culture in climate leadership and how we can continue to push for the changes and policy we need.

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Gillian joined the BBC’s much-loved Springwatch brand in 2018 alongside hosts Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan & Iolo Williams.  She also recently presented the BBC’s Blue Planet UK with co-host Steve Brown.

Having earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Bristol University, Gillian pursued a career in natural history filmmaking, working her way up the ranks from Researcher to Producer/Director on several Animal Planet and Discovery Channel series.

Whether from the natural world or the human world, she is drawn to the rich vein of stories that are full of universal themes of awe and wonder, defeat and victory, struggle and survival.  As a scientist, she is committed to tracking down and sharing evidence of hope.  It’s why she defiantly remains an optimist (on most days).


MC: Hana Ayoob

Hana Ayoob is an events producer, speaker and illustrator working in science communication. She’s passionate about bringing people together to explore and challenge science. Hana’s academic background is in zoology and she continues to indulge her interest in weird and wonderful animals by drawing and talking about them whenever she can.


Award presenter: Esme Ward

Esme Ward is Director of Manchester Museum, at the University of Manchester with a commitment to lead the world’s most inclusive, imaginative and caring museum. She is leading a £14 million transformative project, hello future to extend the footprint and renew the creative and civic mission of the museum.  Manchester Museum is urgently transforming its work and ecological action, committed to reframing how we how we care and take action to build understanding, empathy and love for our world and each other: ‘Culture Declares Emergency’

Esme is the Environmental Sustainability Lead for the Manchester Cultural Leaders Group and is convening a cultural assembly to address the climate emergency.  She is also Chair of the National Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance and is Honorary Professor of Heritage Futures and a Clore Fellow.


Award Presenter: Lucia Pietroiusti

Lucia Pietroiusti is a curator based in London, working across disciplines at the intersection of art and ecology, mostly outside of the exhibition format. She is Curator of General Ecology at Serpentine Galleries. Ongoing projects include The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish (with Filipa Ramos) and Back to Earth.

Lucia Pietroiusti was the founder of the General Ecology project and network, and a co-founder of Serpentine Radio. Outside Serpentine, she is the curator of Sun & Sea by Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė and Lina Lapelytė, the Lithuanian Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale. She is one of the Curators of the 2020-2021 Shanghai Biennale. Publications include More-than-Human (with Andrés Jaque and Marina Otero Verzier), forthcoming in late 2020. 

Our fantastic judges will also join us to present awards on the evening:

  • Juliet Davenport, Founder and Chief Executive of Good Energy,
  • Bella Sereno, Environmental and Sustainability Manager at Tate,
  • Jonathan Badyal, Head of Communications at Universal Music UK,
  • Julie Godefroy, Sustainability Consultant and Chartered Engineer,
  • Chris Johnson, co-founder, Operations Director and Sustainability Lead, Shambala festival
  • Malini Mehra, GLOBE International, and London Climate Action Week
  • Salome Wagaine, Season for Change


Love Ssega

Love Ssega has carved a creative music career with that is vivid, artful, politically nuanced and astute. The founding frontman and songwriter of Clean Bandit – having written their signature breakout UK Top 20 hit Mozart’s House – Love Ssega left the band to complete his PhD in Laser Spectroscopy at Cambridge University. Since completing his PhD, he has appeared at Edinburgh Festival for the award-winning Shadwell Opera and been commissioned by the Department for International Trade and Creative Europe/European Union to create publicly-funded commissions.
Love Ssega has performed internationally.

In 2018/2019 he was the British Council and PRS Foundation’s Musician in Residence for China. Support in the music industry has come from Annie Mac and Lauren Laverne, with international and national print features from Q Magazine, Notion, 1883 Magazine, Variety to Mixmag. His work has been performed by BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic.

Alongside mentoring for Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, Love Ssega was also invited by Brian Eno to join the soon-to-launch climate initiative EarthPercent.

Kirk-Ann Roberts

Kirk Ann Roberts

Kirk-Ann Roberts will be performing ‘Gaia’ for us.

Kirk-Ann Roberts is a Caribbean-born, London-based playwright, theatre director, and spoken word poet. A Roundhouse Resident Artist and graduate of the Young Vic Directors and Almeida young producers programme, she has worked with theatre companies including Talawa, Pleasance, and Emergency Exit Arts. Innovation, honesty and inclusivity are at the heart of Kirk-Ann’s work which often focuses on themes of identity and home and always reflects her commitment to championing under-represented voices.

Metis Arts

Metis Arts – High Carbon Culture, part of Love Letters to a Liveable Future

METIS will open the Creative Green Awards ceremony with ‘High Carbon Culture’ – an exercise for the imagination, exploring the contradictions of the world we are living in (and catalysing our energy towards transforming it). As part of Season for Change, METIS is making an improv show with Cambridge Junction: Love Letters to a Liveable Future, that this collective performance will feed into.

Directed by Zoë Svendsen, METIS is a UK performing arts company creating interdisciplinary performance projects through rigorous research. A fascination with maps, space, technology, travel and history drives our work in a range of media. METIS involves a diverse network of artists, creating richly detailed audience experiences.

The Creative Green Awards are proudly sponsored by:

Our headline sponsor – Good Energy

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Our printing sponsor – Seacourt

Banner image: Unicorn Theatre, nominated for Highest Achievement for Understanding and Highest Achievement for Improvement. Credit Micky Lee & Team London Bridge

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