People & Appointments: LGPS Central hires PRI’s Baker as net zero manager

The latest ESG movers and shakers: London CIV’s Jackson promoted to CSO; Deutsche Bank announces nature advisory board members.

UK pension pool LGPS Central has named Edward Baker as net zero manager. Baker was previously head of climate policy at the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). A spokesperson for the PRI told Responsible Investor that it has not yet hired his replacement. Last week, LGPS Central published its net-zero strategy.

Jacqueline Amy Jackson has been promoted to chief sustainability officer at London CIV after more than three years as head of responsible investment. She will still run the responsible investment team. Jackson previously worked at S&P’s environmental data and risk analysis arm Trucost for more than six years as director of ESG and sustainability business development.

Deutsche Bank has announced the members of its nature advisory board, which has been tasked with developing and reviewing the bank’s internal nature-related criteria and methodologies. The board will be chaired by Viktoriya Brand, head of group sustainability, and Markus Müller, chief ESG investment strategist at the private bank. Other members from Deutsche Bank include global head of ESG and sustainable finance Claire Coustar; chief sustainability officer Jörg Eigendorf; and head of portfolio management and ESG within the risk department Christopher Howland.

External board members include: nature lead at UNEP FI Jessica Smith; WWF nature positive initiative director Gavin Edwards; nature markets senior associate Dorothée Herr; director of financial institutions Europe at The Nature Conservancy Beatrice Merino; executive director and co-founder at the Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance Karen Sack; Karina von Schuckmann, an oceanographer specialising in marine climate at Mercator Ocean International; Senckenberg Society for Natural Research general director Klement Tockner; and senior consultant 30by30 economic analysis at University of Cambridge Anthony Waldron.

The Financial Reporting Council is recruiting a stewardship senior manager to manage and improve the process for assessing reporting from asset managers, asset owners, and service providers applying to become signatories to the UK Stewardship Code. The successful candidate will also be tasked with identifying good practice and areas for improvement, as well as working on cross-organisational initiatives that promote effective stewardship and corporate governance or support organisational transformation.

Matthew Smith has joined Advisense as interim head of risk, compliance and finance Norway. He leaves financial adviser FCG Norge, where he was director of sustainable finance for more than one year. Smith was formerly director of sustainable finance at KPMG Norway and also spent 12 years at Storebrand, where he was head of sustainable investments for five years. He was also a member of the supervisory board at Norsif for six years.

Nordea is recruiting a sustainability policy expert to lead the group’s efforts to “mitigate adverse impacts covering E, S and G topics”, as well as “capture opportunities in the value chain” through best practice sustainability policies.

Aviva Investors has recruited Catherine Clark from Prudential for its sustainable finance centre for excellence. She leaves Prudential after nine years, having most recently been director of ESG policy engagement.

Aviva Investors is hiring a climate strategist for its net-zero unit. The successful candidate will provide expertise in climate science and advancing the development of methodologies to assess the carbon performance of investments; undertake bespoke analysis of net-zero transition for investments; and support the implementation of the net-zero roadmap.

The Council of Institutional Investors’ (CII) Amy Borrus has announced her retirement for next spring after more than 17 years at CII, including three as executive director. A search committee of the CII board of directors has begun the process of selecting an executive recruitment firm to identify future candidates for the role. Borrus will continue in her roles as co-chair of the Global Network of Investor Associations and a member of the BPP oversight committee, the governing body that reviews and monitors the best practice principles and public reporting by proxy advisory firm signatories to the principles.

Wealth manager Charles Stanley has appointed Paris Jordan as head of responsible investing. She leaves Waverton Investment Management, where she was senior multi-asset analyst for more than two years. Jordan was previously a socially responsible investing fund analyst at Sanlam Investments UK.

Erwin Jackson has been promoted to policy managing director at the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC) after working as a policy director for five years. He will continue as a member of the ANU’s Institute for Climate, Energy and Disaster Solutions external advisory committee. Jackson was formerly a senior climate change and energy adviser at Environment Victoria, and spent more than 10 years at The Climate Institute.

The Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) is hiring a senior policy programme manager to lead the group’s engagement on UK sustainable finance policy. The deadline for applications is 2 November.

Radhika Lalit has left climate non-profit RMI after seven years to join the Climate Imperative Foundation as industry initiative director. She previously led RMI’s initiative on cement and concrete decarbonisation strategy as a principal.

JPMorgan Chase is recruiting a corporate sustainability and ESG engagement vice-president to join its APAC sustainability team.