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Towers Watson’s co-head of sustainable investment Goodland to join Old Mutual

Leading investment consultant joins venerable asset manager

Towers Watson’s Jane Goodland is joining Old Mutual Wealth, one of the largest wealth management businesses in the UK, as head of responsible business.

Goodland will take up the newly created role in mid-August from the leading investment consulting firm where she spent the past eight years, most recently as co-head of sustainable investment. A spokesman for Towers Watson has said it is not planning a direct replacement for her.

Goodland is one of the most well known responsible investment figures in the consulting community, working with her colleague and co-head, Emma Hunt, who joined from rivals Mercer in 2010.

Goodland joined the firm in 2007, after stints with HSBC Global Asset Management and Henderson Global Investors.She was on the Technical Committee overseeing changes to the Principles for Responsible Investment’s new reporting framework for its investor signatories. In 2011, Goodland was involved in a project with Oxford University on a collaborative research effort to examine the impediments to progress in sustainability integration.

Old Mutual Wealth’s parent company, the venerable Anglo-South African investment, savings, insurance and banking group Old Mutual, has a responsible business team headed up by Helen Wilson and is a signatory to the PRI, having signed in 2012. The firm celebrated its 170th anniversary last month.

Jon Duncan, Head of Sustainability Research and Engagement at Old Mutual Investment Group, has been conducting a series of workshops across the firm on responsible investment issues.