Tim Edwards wins Green Finance Essay Competition 2020

  • 18 September 2020
  • News | Press release | Green Finance

The Institute is delighted to announce that the winner of our inaugural Green Finance Essay Competition 2020, is Tim Edwards, an Economics student at the University of Bristol. 

Having received an extremely high standard of entries, Tim’s winning entry was, in the judges’ opinion, the most creative and thought-provoking essay and his proposal for “green” to become the default option for financial products and services one worthy of further development by the finance sector.  
Tim will receive a trophy and £100 of ethical gift vouchers and his prize will be presented at the Ethical Finance Summit 2020, in Edinburgh next month. His winning essay will also be included in our upcoming Social Market Foundation (SMF) “Pathway to COP26 – the Role of Green Finance” Essay Series, which will include essays from high profile individuals from across the financial services world. 
Commenting on his win, Tim Edwards said: " I entered the competition as I was excited to have the opportunity to apply behavioural economic theory with a policy recommendation, to help address the problem of climate change. Furthermore, the prestige of the Chartered Banker Institute and chance to be published alongside leading finance professionals motivated me to enter and to help kickstart my career! 
Green finance interests me due to the necessity of directing capital to solve climate challenges, alongside the growing role and awareness in conventional financial thinking.  Being part of Gen Z, I am motivated by green issues, and understanding the role of finance in achieving green objectives is crucial to my personal interest and the changing nature of global capitalism.”  

Matthew Ball

Matthew Ball

Chartered Banker Institute | Head of Public Affairs, Policy & Communications


Matthew is responsible for leading the implementation of the Institute’s strategic and operational plans for public affairs, key stakeholder engagement and communications.

Matthew has over 25 years’ experience working as a senior Parliamentary/Political Affairs Professional with a wealth of skills across all areas of public affairs, joining the Institute in 2015 to help raise its profile, impact and influence. Matthew has worked for MPs, co-founded a public affairs agency and run think-tanks providing him with considerable knowledge of the operations of regulators and government. He is also an expert in the UK Parliamentary Process.

Matthew was Administrative Secretary to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Building Societies and Financial Mutuals between 2003 and 2013 and immediately prior to working for the Institute, was Chief Executive of the financial services think-tank, New City Agenda.

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