People & Appointments: Additions at UK’s Pension SuperFund and Church Commissioners

The latest ESG movers and shakers

The UK’s Pension SuperFund has named a slew of heavy hitters to its inaugural Asset and Liability committee, which will provide “strategic and operational recommendations to [its] Joint Investment Committee as part of the superfund’s strict governance procedures”. Members include: Chris Hitchen, ex- CEO of Railpen, Chair of pension pool Border to Coast and Non-Exec Director at pension fund NEST; Kari Stadigh, former president and CEO of insurer Sampo Group and Vice Chair at Nokia; Wolf Becke, former CEO of Hannover Life Re; William Maltby, ex- Vice Chair of Investment Banking at Deutsche Bank and Chair of NB Private Equity and Ekins Guinness; Martin Gilbert, former Chair of the Practitioner Panel at the Prudential Regulatory Authority, Co-founder and ex- CEO of Aberdeen Asset Management, and Chair of Aberdeen Standard Investments; and Ian Edward, former investment banker and private equity investor across a variety of sectors including financial services, food & leisure.  

Bess Joffe has been named Head of Responsible Investment for the Church Commissioners for England, reporting to Tom Joy, Chief Investment Officer. She joins from Lloyds Banking Group, where she held the position of Director of Investor Relations – ESG. Prior to working at Lloyds, Joffe had stints at Goldman Sachs and Hermes Equity Ownership Services. She takes the role vacated by Edward Mason, who has joined Generation Investment Management.

Law firm Winston & Strawn has launched an ESG Advisory Team, which will coordinate the firm's advice to companies on ESG-related legal and business issues. The new body will be co-chaired by Houston-based partners Mike Blankenship and Eric Johnson. Rounding out the team are Mike Melbinger, Eleni Kouimelis, Cardelle Spangler, Rex Sessions, Stephanie Sebor, Tara Greenberg, Peter Crowther and Anthony Riley. 

Rajeev Peshawaria has been named as the new CEO of the Stewardship Asia Centre. Formerly the CEO of the Iclif Leadership & Governance Centre based in Malaysia, he takes over from Ong Boon Hwee, who is retiring from the thought leadership body.  

Howard Jones has been named as the new Head of Sustainability & Community at fund management and investment business the Bangarra Group; he will keep his role as Managing Director of St. Mellion Estate in Cornwall, in southwestern England. Bangarra is a private family office group founded by former Australian rules footballer Jeff Chapman.

The Global Reporting Initiative is seeking nominations for its Board of Directors and Stakeholder Council. The nominations period to join the corporate reporting body is open until August 16.

BlackRock has advertised a vacancy for Vice President, Investment Stewardship. The role is a senior leadership position reporting to the Head of BIS Americas. “The intention is for the incumbent to specialise in several industry sectors for North America, as well as in a subset of the policy issues covered by the team, while continuing to support the delivery of our annual and long-term objectives.”