People & Appointments: S&P Sustainable1 creates vice chair role for Mattison

The latest ESG movers and shakers: Lopatta appointed to Persefoni's sustainability advisory board; Bob Ward to chair London Climate Change Partnership.

Richard Mattison has been appointed to the newly created position of vice chair at S&P Global Sustainable1. Mattison, who founded S&P’s environmental data and risk analysis arm Trucost, has been president of the firm’s sustainability division for two years. In his new role, he will drive S&P Global’s leadership positioning on sustainability, developing critical research and thought leadership as well as engaging with market participants, policy makers, regulators and standard-setting bodies. Mattison is a member of the Scottish Taskforce for Green and Sustainable Financial Services, a member of the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD), and chair of data council at the Future of Sustainable Data Alliance (FoSDA). Chris Heusler will take over as president of S&P Global Sustainable1, moving over from S&P Global Ratings where he was chief commercial officer.

Kerstin Lopatta has been appointed to Persefoni’s sustainability advisory board. Lopatta is vice chair of the sustainability reporting board of the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) and special liaison to the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB). She is a professor of accounting, auditing and sustainability at the University of Hamburg, a director at the Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment and a member of the German government’s sustainable advisory committee.

Bob Ward has been named chair of the London Climate Change Partnership. He has worked as policy and communication director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change, and the Environment and the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science since 2008. Ward has represented the LSE in the partnership since 2013, and was appointed deputy chair in 2018. He succeeds Louise Pryor, chair of the Ecology Building Society, who has completed her three-year term as chair.

Alternative credit manager Pemberton has hired Niamh Whooley as head of sustainable investing. Whooley joins from Goldman Sachs, where she was global head of fixed income ESG research and integration. Her previous roles include senior vice-president of ESG strategies at Pimco, director of ESG equity investing at Société Générale CIB, and head of ESG at Fidelity International. She has also served as a consortium member of the Principles for Responsible Investment’s inevitable policy response and on its SDG advisory committee.

Rowan Douglas has left his position as head of the climate and resilience hub at WTW, 23 years after joining Willis Re in 2000. He will continue in his role as chair of the operating committee at the Insurance Development Forum.

ImpactA Global – the women-led emerging markets impact investment advisory firm – has announced its senior advisory council. Sustainability appointments include Jessica Jacob, CEO of ESG consultant Sureco and Partners and an industry expert in Latin American sustainable finance; Global Solutions 4U CEO Pedro Mateas das Neves; and head of financing solutions and operations at Unilever’s climate and nature fund Charlotte Ward.

Leontine van der Goes has been appointed as a member of Denmark’s financial regulator AFM’s supervisory board. She previously spent three years leading Robeco’s sustainable finance regulation implementation.

ShareAction is recruiting a social programme director to lead the NGO’s growing work on social issues. The candidate will strengthen its Good Work programme and more recently established Long-term Investors on People’s Health (LIPH) initiative, reviewing strategy and improving its global relevance, especially in developing markets. The deadline for applications is 26 June.

Joe Dharampal-Hornby has left the Impact Investing Institute after nearly three years to join UKSIF as head of public affairs. He is also a sustainable finance champion for the London Borough of Lambeth.

EB Sustainable Investment Management has promoted Tobias Beck to head of fixed income portfolio management. He joined the manager more than four years ago as senior portfolio manager fixed income.