People & Appointments: PRI announces board election results

The latest ESG movers and shakers: Harvard-Williams to lead UK transition finance market review; DBT and FRC seek UK sustainability disclosure TAC chair.

The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) has announced its board election results for 2023. Signatories voted to elect Takeshi Kimura, special adviser to the board at Nippon Life Insurance Company, Lebo Mokgabudi, independent specialist trustee at the Government Employees Pension Fund, Torben Möger Pedersen, CEO at PensionDanmark, and Tycho Sneyers, managing partner at LGT Capital Partners. The board directors will start a three-year term in January. Signatories also voted Conor Kehoe as the next chair, following his nomination in July. He replaces Martin Skancke who served as chair for almost 10 years.

Staying with the PRI, Mayleah House has left after two years working across policy to join Ethical Partners Funds Management as head of stewardship. She was formerly an economic analyst and campaigner at the Australian Conservation Foundation, and a response campaigner for Greenpeace Australia Pacific.

On the recruitment side, the PRI is seeking a director for responsible investment ecosystems across India, Middle East and Africa (IMEA). The successful candidate will be responsible for signatory retention, growth, and progression, as well as eco-system performance goals. The deadline for applications is 1 January.

The organisation is also recruiting a responsible investment manager for Switzerland to “enhance responsible investment awareness” in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, and provide investors with the tools to implement it in their investment process. The successful person will develop engagement with Swiss signatories through new on-boarding, review meetings, and reporting and assessment sessions. They will also be responsible for the recruitment of new signatories amongst public and corporate pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, insurers, endowments/foundations, as well as key investment managers and consultants. The deadline for applications is 2 January.

Vanessa Harvard-Williams has been chosen to lead the UK government’s transition finance market review, as part of its green finance strategy review which will launch in January. She has a long-standing career at Linklaters where, across her 35-year tenure, she was head of environment and climate change for 18 years, and co-ordinated the firmwide ESG practice for three years. She now works a consultant. Harvard-Williams also sits on the Transition Plan Taskforce (TPT) delivery group.

The Department for Business and Trade (DBT) and the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) are recruiting for the role of chair of the UK sustainability disclosure technical advisory committee (TAC). This position offers an opportunity to “influence the development of sustainability disclosures” in the UK. Applications for the chair position close on 15 January.

JPMorgan Asset Management is hiring an investment stewardship specialist to contribute to carrying out governance analysis, engagement, and proxy voting in its London team. The successful candidate will drive corporate engagement in collaboration with investment teams on specific corporate governance and sustainability themes, research and develop the engagement agenda and pipeline, and coordinate between different investment teams to ensure alignment on key engagement issues.

The IFRS Foundation trustees have announced Emmanuel Faber will serve a second three-year term as chair of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) until the end of 2027. His second term will begin on 1 January 2025.

Jessica Henry has been promoted to responsible investment specialist at Man Group. She first joined the manager in 2019, and has held two responsible investment research analyst positions. She is also a member of UKSIF’s industry development committee.

Evenlode Investment has appointed Lily Postlethwaite as a stewardship analyst. She leaves Whitley Asset Management after four years, where she was an investment manager.