Investor Group on Climate Change chief exec Fabian joins PRI as policy director

Head of Australasian climate body takes senior role in London

Nathan Fabian, CEO of the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC), the institutional investor association covering Australia and New Zealand, is to join the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) as its new director of policy.

Fabian joins the PRI after six years at the IGCC, replacing former BT Pension Scheme executive Helene Winch who left the role in February after two years. The IGCC has commenced a search for his replacement.

The IGCC is one of the four regional climate change investor groups that work together as the Global Investor Coalition on Climate Change.

In his new role with the PRI, based in London, Fabian will be responsible for further developing and implementing the PRI’s policy work stream, supporting signatories to identify and overcome barriers that currently prevent financial markets from functioning sustainably.

Fabian has a long history working in the ESG space. Former roles include head of ESG research at Regnan, a provider of ESG research and engagement.He has also worked as a corporate governance policy advisor to Senator Penny Wong of Australia.

Commenting on his new position with the PRI, Fabian said: “I’m very excited to be given this opportunity to work with the team at PRI and to further develop the policy work stream. Engaging with policy makers is paramount to moving responsible investment forward and the PRI’s global base of signatories lends itself to a wide range of policy initiatives.”

Just last month Fabian teamed up with Jessica Robinson of the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA) to write an article about low carbon investment in Singapore for the Straits Times.

Separately, Will Martindale, research and policy manager at the PRI, has failed in his bid to become a member of parliament in the UK. Martindale stood as a Labour candidate in the London borough in Battersea in yesterday’s general election. He came in second place behind Conservative incumbent Jane Ellison with 36.8% of the vote.