People & Appointments: UNEP FI recruiting for net-zero sector pathways consultant

The latest ESG movers and shakers: Skidmore resigns over UK’s oil and gas licence plans; KKR promotes three of its sustainable investing team to directors.

The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is recruiting for a net-zero sector pathways and engagement consultant. The successful candidate will develop and implement a consolidated strategy for the UN-convened net-zero financial alliances on sector decarbonisation pathways. They will also support the coordination of the alliances’ sector work, ensure coordination with GFANZ’s relevant work, and be responsible for management and development of the UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance’s and Net-Zero Banking Alliance’s sector work tracks. The deadline for applications is 17 January.

UK Conservative MP Chris Skidmore has resigned from Parliament over the government’s new oil and gas licences bill, which will be debated today (Monday). In a statement, the former energy minister said he had already stated his opposition and “cannot vote for a bill that clearly promotes the production of new oil and gas”, while having previously signed the UK’s net zero 2050 commitment into law. He added that the bill “achieves nothing apart from to send a global signal that the UK is rowing even further back from its climate commitments”. Skidmore led the UK’s net-zero review last January, which was broadly welcomed by the investment community.

KKR has promoted three of its sustainable investing team to directors. Nicole Wilson joined KKR in 2021 as a sustainable investing principal. She previously worked on ESG advice and solutions at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and spent more than three years in responsible investment roles at Canadian pension fund PSP Investments. Jeannie Cho started at KKR as sustainable investing vice-president in 2019, having previously been associate of sustainability management and financial services at Business for Social Responsibility. Jesse Audet joined in 2020, also as vice-president, from Barrick Gold Corporation where he held several sustainability-related positions across eight years. He was also a member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board’s (SASB) standards advisory group for more than one year.

Steve Hatfield has been promoted to co-head of global sustainability at the Carlyle Group, having joined in 2020 as head of ESG for the US. He previously held ESG roles at Cerberus Capital Management, and spent 10 years at PwC working across sustainability. He is joined as co-head by Katharina Neureiter, Carlyle’s former head of ESG and impact for EMEA and APAC. She was previously an impact executive at British International Investment, and has also worked at Adam Smith International and Oxford Policy Management.

Claire Berson has left the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) where she spent more than two years as executive director. Berson first joined the NGO in 2016 as director of operations, before leaving in 2018 to work as head of operations for a villa rental company and rejoining CBI in 2020.

Rosanne Lam has left Ortec Finance after four years to join Dutch development bank FMO as senior sustainable finance associate. Lam was previously a climate and ESG strategy manager at Ortec Finance.

Tim Ash Vie has been promoted to chief of staff for global sustainability at HSBC. He joined the bank in 2022 as head of climate for Europe. Vie was previously executive director of The Climate Group, and has also worked as head of climate change at Adam Smith International, and as a director in PwC’s climate change and development team.

The Bank of England has promoted David Gayle to nature and biodiversity policy adviser. Gayle joined the bank in 2018 as an analyst, before undertaking a Master of Philosophy in Environmental Policy, and re-joining the central bank as a senior climate change analyst. He will continue in his role as an associate fellow at the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law.

PSP Investments is seeking an active ownership director and climate advisory director for its sustainability and climate innovation group. The first position will require the successful candidate to develop and enhance PSP’s active ownership strategy, policies and procedures, including proxy voting and engagement.

The climate advisory director will provide climate policy and regulatory expertise to support PSP’s team and further progress its climate strategy. They will also be involved in sustainability and climate-related disclosures and carbon footprint measurement.

The UN is recruiting two sustainable investment officers for its Joint Staff Pension Fund. The successful candidates will support the team in developing the sustainable investment policy and impact investing approach, and implement this in collaboration with the investment teams. The respective deadlines for the roles are 26 January and 1 February.

Hannah Holmstedt has been promoted to senior sustainability compliance officer at Danske Bank, a year after joining the bank. She was previously a legal adviser at the University of Amsterdam’s business and human rights clinic.

Republican SEC commissioner Mark Uyeda has been sworn in for his second term. He began his first term in June 2022, after being nominated by President Joe Biden and confirmed by the US Senate for a term expiring in 2023. His second term will expire in 2028. In addition to his service as a commissioner, Uyeda served on the SEC staff in several roles from 2006 to 2022, including as senior adviser to chairman Jay Clayton, senior adviser to acting chairman Michael Piwowar, and counsel to commissioner Paul Atkins. Uyeda in June suggested that listed companies could bypass the regulator when determining whether a shareholder proposal should go to the vote by setting their own standards, governed at state level.

The UNEP FI is seeking a freshwater consultant to deliver an implementation strategy and resourcing plan. The successful candidate will be required to consider issues related with wastewater, nutrients and sand extraction and create a landscape overview for freshwater using a double materiality lens. The deadline for applications is 24 January.