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RI People & Appointments, April 3: Ex- UK Treasury Minister joins Rockefeller board

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Former UK Treasury Minister Paul Myners has joined Rockefeller Capital Management’s board of directors. Myners is the second independent director to join the Rockefeller board after the firm’s launch in early March.

Nick Robins has been appointed a Professor in Practice for Sustainable Finance at the Grantham Research Institute, part of the London School of Economics. Robins has been co-director of UN Environment’s Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System since 2014, before which he was the Head of HSBC’s Climate Change Centre of Excellence. He told RI he would continue to lead UN Environment’s “network of financial centres for sustainability”, as well as the Sustainable Insurance Forum.

Carbon Tracker has replaced the recently-departed Head of Research James Leaton with Mark Lewis, former Head of European Utilities Research at Barclays and a member of the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD). For more details, see here.

Sustainalytics’ Heather Lang has become Executive Director at the research firm’s re-branded Sustainable Finance Solutions business unit, which focuses on green bonds and sustainable lending. Lang has over a decade of experience in responsible investment, most recently as Director of Advisory Services at Sustainalytics. She started at Jantzi Research, as the firm was then known, in 2004, and has seen it grow from a staff of 10 to over 300 at present.Sir Harvey McGrath has been appointed Chair of the UK National Advisory Board on Impact Investing (UK NAB), starting officially in May. As part of a long career in the global financial services sector, Sir McGrath has experience in social investment through his roles as Founding Trustee of New Philanthropy Capital, as a member of the Advisory Board of Bridges Ventures and as a social investor. Alongside further roles, he is Chair of Big Society Capital, Chair of Governors of Birkbeck College, Chair of Trustees for Heart of the City, icould, Funding London and Prince’s Teaching Institute.

Michael MacHarg is stepping back from his role as Senior Direct of Mercy Corps Social Ventures Fund after four years in the role. He will remain an unpaid advisor to the impact investment fund and their portfolio companies. Scott Onder is stepping up to lead the team alongside being Managing Partner of the fund, a position he has held for the past year. Onder was a founding member of the nascent Social Ventures team in 2014, and oversaw the establishment of the Social Venture Fund.

Luke Hildyard is taking over from Stefan Stern as Director for the High Pay Centre, the independent think-tank monitoring the highest levels of pay. He leaves his position as Policy Lead for Stewardship and Corporate Governance at the Pensions & Lifetime Savings Association. Stern is stepping down after two-and-a-half years at High Pay Centre.