RI People & Appointments, October 15: Rory Sullivan and Nicky Amos launch new ESG analysis house

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Dr Rory Sullivan, the experienced responsible investor professional, and Nicky Amos, Executive Director of the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare, have started a new company, Chronos Sustainability, which will analyse complex systems in order to deliver practical, effective sustainability-oriented solutions with the relevant tools and performance measurement systems, as well as building related multi-stakeholder partnerships, networks and relationships. Sullivan and Amos say they will work with a team of issue experts and senior analysts at Chronos, with the aim of delivering transformative, systemic change in the social and environmental performance of key industry sectors, notably Sustainable Food and Agriculture, Animal Health and Welfare, Climate Change and Environment and Conservation and Ecology.
Chronos will also act as the secretariat for the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) and the Global Coalition for Animal Welfare (GCAW).
Stephen Hine, former Deputy CEO of ESG research house Eiris, is now the Director of Research Content and Leadership at Sustainalytics. Having been at Eiris for nearly 25 years, he became Director of External Affairs when it merged with Vigeo in 2016. He left in December 2017 and has this month announced his new role at rival Sustainalytics.
Two former ABN AMRO staffers, Ruben Koekoek and Björn Vennema, have co-founded Social Finance NL – the Netherland’s addition to the Social Finance Network that is based in countries including India, the US, the UK and Israel. Annemieke Roobeek, currently a member of the supervisory board of ABN AMRO, KLM and Abbot Healthcare Products, is chair of Social Finance NL. She also chairs the PGGM Advisory Board for Responsible Investment and a member of the Advisory Board of CPI Governance. Founding partners of Social Finance NL are Dutch bank ABN AMRO and foundation Oranje Fonds.
Now:Pensions founder and former CEO Morten Nilsson was appointed CEO of BT Pension Scheme Management late last month. Nilsson set up the auto-enrolment provider in 2011, leaving earlier this year following a statement last summer from Now:Pensions, saying “it was the right time” to change executive management at the firm. According to his LinkedIn, Nilsson was an Independent Advisor for eight months, before taking the reins at BTPS in September.Juan Prieto, CEO and founder of Corporance, the Spanish proxy advisory firm, has appointed a six-member advisory board of governance specialists to set voting policies and best stewardship practices in Spain. They are: Pilar López-Aranguren, Senior Compliance Officer at Goldman Sachs Spain; Ángel Martínez Aldama, President of INVERCO (Spain’s major investment and pension funds association); Ignacio Santillán, CEO of Gestora del Fondo General de Garantía de Inversiones (a mandatory compensation scheme to cover the insolvency of investment firms); Gregorio Arranz Pumar, lawyer and board member of Spanish listed real estate company Inmobiliaria del Sur; Antonio Fornieles, President of the Registro de Expertos Contables (the official registry of chartered accountants); and Ramiro Martínez-Pardo, President of asset manager Solventis SGIIC.
Sustainable investment specialist Nanuk Asset Management has named Jane Henderson as an Investment Analyst. According to a statement, Henderson spent nine years at Norges Bank Investment Management, in addition to roles at Perpetual, QIC and Solaris in Australia. Nanuk is based in Australia and invests in equities relating to clean energy, energy efficiency, waste management, industrial automation, recycling and sustainable materials.
Gordon Ceresino, Vice Chairman of Federated Investors, has become a Director at Hermes Equities Ownership Services (EOS), according to a filing at Companies House. Ceresino is also President of Federated International Management Ltd, and Executive Director for International Distribution at Federated. He is responsblle for heading up the firm’s global business and distribution plan.
Nathan Fabian’s role at the Principles for Responsible Investment has changed in recent weeks. Originally the organisation’s Director of Policy and Research, he is now its Chief Responsible Investment Officer. His new title is described as covering the PRI’s work on Investment Practices, Active Ownership, Policy and Research, Climate Change, SDGs and ESG.