RI People & Appointments, July 16: €12bn real estate giant names sustainability manager

ESG movers and shakers

Debbie Hobbs has been named Sustainability Manager at Legal & General Property (LGP), the £10bn (€12.7bn) real estate fund management arm of Legal & General Investment Management and the third largest institutional property fund manager in the UK. She joins from consulting firm ENVIRON, where she oversaw the sustainability and climate change practice. Last year, LGP’s Managing Director Bill Hughes took over as chair of the Green Property Alliance.

CDC Group, the UK’s development finance institution, has appointed Colin Buckley as its new Chief Operating Officer. Buckley was previously Executive Director, Investments at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, where he headed the Foundation’s expansion of health, education and nutrition programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Between 2005 and 2009, he managed around $400m in US government funding for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). He has also worked for the International Finance Corporation in roles focusing on improving corporate governance in the former Soviet Union.

Frances O’Grady is to take over from Brendan Barber as the General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress, the UK’s umbrella labour union body. O’Grady, the current Deputy General Secretary, will replace Barber when he retires at the end of the year. Announcement

Ivor Frischknecht has been named as the inaugural CEO of the new A$3.2bn (€2.7bn) Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), set up as part of its Clean Energy Future package. His appointment takes effect on August 6; he will join from venture capital firm Starfish Ventures. ARENA’s inaugural board members were also named as Jane Sargison, Betsy Donaghey, Judith Smith and Mark Twidell alongside previously appointed Chairman Greg Bourne, Brian Spalding and ex-officio member Drew Clarke.PGGM, the Dutch pension asset management giant, is advertising for a Senior Advisor Responsible Investment. Please see here for more details (Dutch).

The International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR) at Nottingham University Business School is seeking a Chair in Sustainability. “The appointed Chair would build on and lead advances already made in sustainability education within School and ICCSR, in particular it would draw on and contribute to wider interdisciplinary developments in sustainability research and education across and lead the development of a new MSc Managing for Sustainability,” the ad says. The vacancy, which comes as the ICCSR is increasingly integrating sustainability issues into its curriculum, closes on July 26. The starting salary for the post is £55,908. Link

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) is inviting applications for membership on its Investor Advisory Panel. The seven-member Panel, which was established in 2010, is nearing the end of its initial two-year term. While all members were offered reappointment for an additional term, three members, including Chair Anita Anand, have chosen not to renew their appointment.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is seeking to recruit Environment and Social Specialists, based in Luxembourg. The successful candidates will join the Environment, Climate and Social Office of the Projects Directorate, responsible for the development and implementation of the EIB’s policies and performance standards in its three areas of competence.