People & Appointments: Manning to step down from the FCA

The latest ESG movers and shakers: Citi appoints LatAm head of sustainability and ESG; RLAM hiring climate strategist.

Mark Manning has announced that he will leave the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) “towards the end of the year”, after more than five years at the UK watchdog, most recently as sustainable finance strategic policy adviser. He is launching an ESG consultancy called New Paradigm Advisory, which is “dedicated to helping regulators, policymakers, standard-setters, NGOs and academics” with transitioning business and finance to net zero. Manning will continue to work with the FCA in an advisory capacity, and will stay in his role at the Transition Plan Taskforce as a member of the delivery group and workstream co-chair. Manning will also remain a member of the International Organisation of Securities Commission’s sustainable finance taskforce. In a LinkedIn post, he added that he will be working alongside the International Financial Reporting Standards foundation to “support the global adoption” of the ISSB’s sustainability-related reporting standards, and with Chapter Zero to “embed sustainability in corporate boardrooms”.

Guillermo Tejeiro Gutiérrez has joined Citi as head of sustainability and ESG for Latin America. He leaves law firm Brigard Urrutia where he was head of the environment and sustainable business practice. He is also a professor at the Universidad de los Andes, Universidad del Rosario and Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, as well as board member of the Latin American Alliance for Environmental Law and Sustainability, and co-chair of the Global Alliance of Impact Lawyers of Latin America.

Royal London Asset Management is hiring a climate strategist to provide subject matter expertise, as well as “translate” regulatory changes and client requirements on net zero into “actionable models and processes”. The successful candidate will also provide SME expertise for the selection of data, models and processes to support fund-level climate analysis to promote portfolio level alignment with the Paris goals. The deadline for applications is 29 October.

Doug Bryden has joined law firm Freshfields’ global ESG and sustainability practice. He previously worked at Travers Smith where he was a partner for 13 years, working as head of environment and operational regulatory, and co-head of the ESG and impact group.

The Principles for Responsible Investment is calling for new members from within its signatories to join its asset class and asset owner guidance advisory committees. The committee will advise on the development of PRI guidance on ESG integration and stewardship across multiple asset classes and issues. Members will start from January for a minimum three-year term. The deadline for applications is 24 November.

The London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) is recruiting a climate expert to lead the development of new sovereign climate-related data types and models. The successful candidate will help to define the strategic research agenda and represent LSEG as a subject matter expert on sovereign climate-related issues with clients, key investor initiatives, standard setters and regulators.

Razvan Dumitrescu has joined Emirates NBD Capital as a sustainable finance director. He leaves the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development after nine years, where he was most recently a green capital markets principal. He has also held roles at Erste Group Bank and Deutsche Bank.

Linda Romanovska has left PwC Australia where she was director of the sustainability specialist team. She will continue in her roles as co-lead on activating investment opportunities in natural capital at the Responsible Investment Association Australasia, as an appointed member on environment-climate at EFRAG, a sustainable finance committee member at Standards Australia, and a member (appointed in a personal expert capacity) on the EU Platform on Sustainable Finance.

Rupert Rink has joined Barclays as sustainable finance knowledge and content lead. He leaves his role as ESG research vice president at JP Morgan following more than three years at the bank. He will continue in his role as chair of UKSIF’s industry development committee. Prior to his role at JP Morgan, he worked in several ESG research roles including Citi and Impax Asset Management.

The UK Department for Energy Security and Net Zero is recruiting a principle policy adviser for international climate change and blended finance. The role would include leading a project workstream to understand how international experience in blended finance can enhance the design of UK policies and instruments. The successful candidate will work as part of a new cross-government initiative to explore the use of blended finance models to catalyse additional private investment into net-zero sectors. The project will explore a range of potential interventions for different technology sectors and investor types.

Position Green has appointed Julia Staunig as managing director of its new Brussels office. She joins from global consultancy group Teneo where she was senior managing director for two years. She was also formerly head of strategy execution and business risk at Danske Bank, where she worked for nine years.

Pins Brown has joined Chronos Sustainability as a human rights expert adviser as part of its global advisory network. She was previously director of human rights at personal care company Natura. She also chairs the Food Network for Ethical Trade.