Principles for Responsible Investment’s Director of Policy and Research Helene Winch leaves

Former BT Pension Scheme official departs PRI initiative

Helene Winch, the former policy chief at the BT Pension Scheme, is leaving her role as Director of Policy and Research at the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).

She is leaving for an undisclosed role elsewhere, the PRI said. “Helene has accomplished a huge amount during her time at PRI, for example building the policy and research team and overseeing key publications such as the Case for Investor Engagement in Public Policy,” a spokesperson said.

Winch, the former Head of Policy at the UK’s largest pension fund (and founding PRI Signatory), the BTPS, joined the PRI in October 2013, reporting to the then Executive Director James Gifford.

Before joining the BTPS in 2009, she spent two years at Hermes Investment Management in a commodities investment role.She was previously at Refco London managing pension scheme commodity allocations as well as ANZ Investment bank and Rabobank.

She is a former non-executive board member at Hermes Equity Ownership Services and was also on the board of the Institutional Investors Group for Climate Change. Her two main focus areas at the BT fund were engaging on investment policy issues and heading up the fund’s sustainability policy.

The PRI has advertised for her replacement, reporting to Managing Director Fiona Reynolds and the role is part of the senior management team. The salary is “competitive for not-for-profit”. The role addresses a range of issues such as the long-term impacts of ESG and financial externalities on investment portfolios, short-termism/investment chain, and the alignment of incentives. The deadline for applications is March 31.