Meet the Judges
Paul Gilbert
Paul Gilbert, Net Zero Programme Lead, SWMAS

Paul is an energetic and accomplished Business Specialist, with a broad base in manufacturing, underpinned with academic diplomas in both Business and Engineering fields. He has managed key projects, internally and externally, with organisations where efficiency, financial performance and timescales are essential. Paul has over 25 years manufacturing efficiency experience and in recent years has concentrated on business support in the Southwest.

Paul has enjoyed varied roles within the team at South West Manufacturing Advisory Service (SWMAS), always leading on Low Carbon and sustainability issues. In 2021 he launched an exciting 5-year Clean Growth / Net Zero Programme aiming to engage manufacturers across the region to accelerate their journey to Net Zero and explore the many benefits that Clean Growth can bring. Paul is passionate about the Environment and more so about achieving change and improvements with busy clients.

Helen Smith,  Founder and Director of Rheos Environmental Consulting Limited.
Helen has been a Flood and Water Management professional since 2003, she has worked in a range of technical, project and management roles for the Environment Agency, Lead Local Flood Authority, planning and engineering consultancies.

She is a former Flood Risk Manager working in local government with significant experience of working across statutory services, and roles in business development, improvement and change in risk management authorities.

Helen is also a Director of the Eco Centre.

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