Most Inspirational Leader

in association with Tesco

WINNER Garry Charnock

Garry Charnock was the driving force behind the social experiment to mobilise the Cheshire village of Ashton Hayes to become the UK’s first carbon-neutral community. In the first year, its carbon footprint was cut by 20%. Garry went on to secure £750,000 of funding, including £100,000 to power the primary school and part of the village using solar energy and combined heat and power. He made a film about the project and represented the UK at the Live Earth concert, which broadcast Ashton Hayes’ successes around the world. He also spoke about it to 120 communities across the UK. More recently, he co-founded the charity Carbon Leapfrog.

Peter Lipman

Peter Lipman is the co-founder and Chair of the Transition Network, now an international movement. The Transition Town concept connects people from a particular area to find local solutions that enable a transition to a sustainable society. The Transition Network has grown to 340 communities across the UK and in other countries, and Peter has played a central role in inspiring this new social movement. Its statement of principles says “our choice is between a future we want and one which happens to us”. Peter is also Policy Director of the charity Sustrans, and co-founded the new Community and Climate Action Alliance.

Daniel Carnegie

Daniel Carnegie is the founder of UK AWARE, the UK’s largest sustainable lifestyle exhibition, held in London each Spring. Danny was inspired to set up an accessible forum where people could learn how to lower their environmental impact after watching Al Gore’s film “An Inconvenient Truth”. A full time fireman, he cashed in his pension to organise the first exhibition in 2008, and ran the project for its first three years from an ordinary garden shed at the end his garden. His infectious enthusiasm has resulted in a total of 18,000 people visiting the shows, viewing sustainable products and services from over 250 suppliers.

Alison Skeat

Alison Skeat, a single parent, lives on a council estate in Plaistow, East London. Two years ago she set up the Dirty Hands project to grow organic fruit and vegetables in a disused space. With no experience of gardening, she made the initiative self-sustaining, sourcing material such as scaffolding boards and water containers from local companies. It has brightened up a corner of the estate, provided fresh local food and involved over 70 volunteers, many unemployed. Alison says “this project brings all ages and races out of their houses, helping to break down isolation, and allowing them to make new friends and share skills.”