People & Appointments: S&P’s Michael Wilkins replaces Charles Donovan at Imperial College

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Michael Wilkins has been named as the incoming Executive Director of Imperial College London’s Centre for Climate Finance and Investment. Wilkins will remain a Senior Research Fellow for Sustainable Finance at S&P Global, where he has worked for nearly 30 years. Before taking on his current part-time role at the firm in January, he was S&P Global’s Head of Sustainable Finance Analytics & Research. Wilkins replaces Charles Donovan, one of the Centre for Climate Finance and Investment’s founders, who leaves Imperial to lead climate change-related programmes at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.

Jo Saleeba has left her role as FTSE's Head of Sustainable Investment for Australia and New Zealand after just four months, and has joined forestry investment B-Corp New Forest as Head of Sustainability, where she will build out the firm’s sustainability and impact investing framework. Saleeba was the first CEO of Australia’s Investor Group on Climate Change and former head of responsible investment at super fund HESTA. She left FTSE in July but, according to her LinkedIn, retains a role as Senior Advisor for Sustainable Investment at the firm. 

Kim Woehl has been named ESG Manager at mid-market firm Montagu Private Equity. Woehl joins from PwC’s sustainability and climate change practice, and was a research analyst at environmental data house Trucost prior to that.

Nico Aspinall is to become the next Chief Investment Officer for Connected Asset Management. The impact-focused investment house, which is due to rebrand in the coming month, aims to “connect impact managers with pension schemes seeking to create impact through their investments”. Aspinall is currently Chief Investment Officer at B&CE, a non-profit running the UK’s People’s Pension, and chaired the Resource and Environment Board of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. 

Khalid Hussain has been appointed as Senior Vice President and Head of ESG at alternatives asset manager Cohen & Steers, where he will oversee ESG integration as Chair of the ESG Steering Committee. He joins from Moody’s, where he led efforts to embed ESG factors into credit analysis and research.

Christine Robinson has been promoted to Partner within Deloitte’s US Sustainability and ESG Services group. She joined the firm in 2004 as an auditor, and was seconded to the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board in 2015 to support corporate adoption of its reporting standards. 

Mayleah House has joined the Principles for Responsible Investment as a Senior Policy Analyst. Previously an economic analyst and campaigner at the Australian Conservation Foundation, her new role will see her implement the recommendations of a recent PRI-led report on a legal framework for impact investing over the next two years.

Glenn Anderson has taken up a new role at Fidelity International as a Sustainable Investing Analyst. He leaves the Global ESG Investments team at Allianz Global Investors, where he has been since 2018.

Maggie Rodger, a member of the Church of England Pensions Board, has been appointed to co-chair UK trustee body the Association of Member Nominated Trustees (AMNT). She fills the vacant position left by David Weeks – who has resigned over ill health – until the 2022 AGM. 

Facebook is seeking a sustainability expert with experience of ESG reporting frameworks and rating methodologies to lead on external sustainability reporting, and senior-level manager to oversee sustainability and climate-related partnerships at the company.