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RI People & Appointments, June 13: the latest market job hires and moves

The ESG movers and shakers this week.

Response Global Media (RGM), publishers of Responsible Investor and ESG Magazine, are delighted to announce the appointment of Sophie Robinson-Tillett, Elena Johansson and Laurie Havelock to the editorial team. Sophie will be deputy editor of Responsible Investor and joins from Environmental Finance, where she was news editor. Laurie is a reporter for Responsible Investor and joins from investor relations title IR Magazine. Elena has come on board as a Journalist/content producer on ESG Magazine, where she will work with Hugh Wheelan, co-founder and managing editor of RI and ESG Magazine on writing and commissioning articles for the quarterly publication. Elena has worked as a freelance writer in Europe and Japan, and was previously a global communications associate, energy with Greenpeace. The rest of the RGM editorial team now comprises: Hugh Wheelan (Managing Editor), Daniel Brooksbank (Editor) and Vibeka Mair (Senior Reporter).

Chris Hodge, the former Director of Corporate Governance at the UK’s Financial Reporting Council where he oversaw the UK Corporate Governance Code and the world’s first Stewardship Code, has become a special advisor at governance firm Nestor Advisors. He will focus on corporate governance policies and disclosure systems. Hodge, who established and chaired the European Corporate Governance Codes Network, is also currently an advisor to ICSA: The Governance Institute and Vice-Chair of the Hellenic Corporate Governance Council.

Jill Duggan has joined the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) as Director of Policy and Director of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG). She has been a Senior Associate of CISL for two years; she was previously Director of Policy for Doosan Babcock before running her own consultancy, Carbon Policy Associates. Jill replaces Sandrine Dixson-Declève. Separately, Polly Courtice, founder of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, was made a Dame in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2016 for services to sustainability leadership.

Andrew Smith, currently head of the renewable energy investment fund at the Scottish Investment Bank, has reportedly been named as chief investment officer at Irish renewables developer DP Energy. Citing the company, reNews said the role would include work on the funding round for the Force Tidal projects in Nova Scotia and financing of the 375MW hybrid wind/solar PV development at Port Augusta in South Australia.

Michael Adams has been named CEO designate of Law Debenture, the UK-based investment trust and independent fiduciary services group. He will take over from long-time Managing Director Caroline Banszky, who is retiring. He joins from professional services firm TMF. Announcement

Justin Boers has been appointed Head of Marketing and Communications at sustainable investment specialist Triodos Investment Management. He was previously responsible for the marketing activities of Aegon Asset Management in Europe.After a brief stint at ‘big data’ analytics start-up, Carlota Garcia-Manas returns to responsible investment as Engagement Manager for the Church Commissioners and Church of England Pensions Board. She was previously Head of Research for EIRIS and remains very interested and active in the areas of Natural Capital and Deep Data analytics.

Mexican diplomat and biologist Alicia Bárcena Ibarra has become the new co-chair of the International Resource Panel (IRP), a body of leading natural resource scientists and experts, hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). She will work alongside co-chair Janez Potočnik, the former EU Environment Commissioner. Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, replaces sustainable development specialist Ashok Khosla, who is stepping down as co-chair but who will remain with the IRP as a Panel member.

Karen Hinton, the press secretary for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, is rejoining the campaign of indigenous and farmer communities in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest to force Chevron to pay up on a $11bn environmental judgment imposed for the dumping toxic oil waste. She will work for the Ecuadorians with other private clients as the president of her own public relations firm, Hinton Communications. She previously worked for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo when he was a cabinet-level official in the Clinton Administration.

Richard Wilson, CEO at BMO Global Asset Management (EMEA), the former F&C Asset Management, has been named chief executive officer and chief investment officer at parent BMO Global Asset Management, the funds arm of the Bank of Montreal. Rajiv Silgardo, currently co-CEO of BMO Global Asset Management is retiring.

Vicky Williams, the former head of Private Equity at BP Investment Management, the in-house fund manager for the £21bn BP Pension Fund, has joined investment consultant Cambridge Associates as Senior Investment Director in London. She has also run the private equity portfolios of British Airways Pensions Management and Shell Pensions Management Services.

The AccountAbility AA1000 Standards Board has issued an open invitation to interested stakeholders to serve on the Working Group for the revised AccountAbility Principles Standard (AA1000APS), to be released in late-2016. The Working Group will commence its duties in July 2016. The Working Group is supported by AccountAbility, the secretariat and steward of the AA1000 Series.

Better Markets, the Washington-based organisation which campaigns for a sounder financial system, is seeking a Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Development.

An Analyst for the Infrastructure & Renewable Resources team at the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC) is being sought.