RI People & Appointments, August 8: Environment Agency fund hires Rathbone Greenbank’s Mansley

RI’s regular Monday round-up of people news

The Environment Agency Pension Fund has hired Mark Mansley from Rathbone Greenbank Investments, the responsible investing arm of fund manager Rathbone Investment Management. “During the next year or so we are going to review and take forward our Active Fund’s financially and environmentally innovative investment strategy,” said Howard Pearce, head of environmental finance and pension fund management for the Environment Agency. “So I am absolutely delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Mansley to the role of Investment Manager”. Mansley was previously external Responsible Investment Advisor to the EA pension fund. Faith Ward continues as Pearce’s deputy.

Amanda Wilson has been confirmed in the permanent position of Managing Director of Australian environmental, social and governance (ESG) researcher Regnan. She joined as Deputy Managing Director a year ago, and from February this year has been acting in the MD role following the unexpected departure of Erik Mather due to illness. Wilson is a former Executive General Manager of Performance and Reward at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

James Mack has been appointed acting chief financial officer at The Co-operative Bank, reporting to Steve Humes, chief financial officer at The Co-operative Group. He replaces Barry Tootell who was recently named acting chief executive of The Co-operative Bank. Announcement

Barney Schauble, Managing Partner of reinsurance fund firm Nephila Advisors LLC in San Francisco, has joined the board of Ceres, the US coalition of investors, environmental organizations and other public interest groups. It follows the previously announced appointment of New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli to the Ceres board.Bev Park has been appointed interim president and chief executive of TimberWest Forest Corp., the Canadian forestry company that was recently bought by the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board. Park, a former TimberWest CFO, takes over from Paul McElligott who has resigned. Link

Nominations are now being sought for the 2011 “SRI Service Award” recognizing outstanding contributions to the sustainable and responsible investment industry in the US. The 2011 award winner will be recognized on October 4 at the SRI in the Rockies event in New Orleans. Nominations will be accepted through September 6. Link

Michael Bilbrey is the apparent winner of a special runoff election to fill a vacancy on the 13-member California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) Board of Administration. According to the unofficial vote count, Bilbrey received 117,034 votes while Richard Ross received 78,718 votes, the $233bn pension fund said.

Index firm FTSE has advertised a vacancy for an Associate, Responsible Investment. The role takes responsibility for supporting and delivering projects in the RI Unit including around; quality assessments on RI research from partners, supporting the product development pipeline, dealing with company communication and engagement, and providing marketing and sales support both in the UK and regional offices. The deadline for applications is August 26.

The United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment has advertised a vacancy for a Manager of Investor Engagements: corporate governance. “This position is an ideal springboard for a career in the intersection between business, investment and society. There will be opportunities for international travel,” the ad states. Deadline for applications is September 2.