This Week’s People Moves: ESG Lead for Real Assets Appointed by Church Commissioners

ESG Investor’s weekly round-up of new hires in the sustainable investing sector, including the Church Commissioners for England, EFRAG, Ninety One, Rathbone Greenbank Investments, Lombard Odier Investment Managers and Epworth Investment Management.

The Church Commissioners for England, which manages a £9.2 billion ethical investment fund, has appointed Paul Jaffe as its Real Assets ESG Lead. Formerly of British Land and LaSalle Investment Management, Jaffe will oversee ESG-related activities for the Church Commissioners’ property, land and infrastructure investments, working with the Responsible Investment team. At British Land, Jaffe oversaw environmental initiatives and community projects across a £1.8 billion campus in the West End of London. John Weir, head of real estate at the Church Commissioners, said Jaffe would “enhance our focus on environmental stewardship and the creation of social value across our diverse real assets portfolio”.

The European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) has appointed 22 members to its Sustainability Reporting Technical Expert Group, completing the main steps of integrating the EFRAG Sustainability Reporting Pillar into its structure. Members of the group are drawn from a wide range of stakeholders and 11 countries. The expert group will provide technical advice on the draft EU Sustainability Reporting Standards and will be responsible for the development of the standards with input from EFRAG working groups and advisory panels. EFRAG Board President Jean Paul Gauzès, said the appointments were an “important milestone” in governance reform at EFRAG.

Daisy Streatfeild has joined Ninety One, the South Africa-headquartered global asset manager, as Sustainability Director. She will be responsible for implementing Ninety One’s net zero commitments across the firm and within portfolios. She was previously Programme Director at the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, where she helped to establish the Paris Aligned Investment Initiative. Beginning her career as a Researcher in sustainable finance at the WWF, Streatfeild has more than ten years of experience in various climate and finance focused roles, including as Advisor – Sustainable Infrastructure at the Inter-American Development Bank Group.

Rathbone Greenbank Investments has made three appointments to its investment management team. Christophe Borysiewicz joins as an investment director, specialising in the management of portfolios for charities and trusts. He has 18 years of experience in providing and managing investment solutions for charities, not-for-profit organisations and pension funds. Jonathan Moon also joins as an investment director, specialising in managing tailored investment portfolios with a focus on sustainability, impact and ESG considerations. He has previously held roles at Sanlam Private Office, Close Brothers Asset Management and Tilney Investment Management, working on both the private client and professional intermediaries sides. Stephanie Sotiriou has been appointed assistant investment manager. She was previously an investment manager at TAM Asset Management, where she was responsible for managing ethical portfolios.

Dr Ruben Lubowski has joined Lombard Odier Investment Managers (LOIM) in the newly-created role of Chief Carbon and Environmental Markets Strategist. Based in New York, he will develop LOIM’s range of products in the carbon and nature-based solutions markets. Lubowski has 30 years of experience, holding senior leadership and advisory positions with environmental organisations, including the Environmental Defense Fund in New York and the Emergent Forest Finance Accelerator. He has advised governments and stakeholders worldwide on carbon markets design. He also serves as Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, specialising in carbon pricing and economic analysis of environmental policies

Epworth Investment Management, the UK manager focused on churches and charities, has appointed Simon Woolnough Head of Business Development. In the role, he will have overall responsibility for assisting existing and prospective clients to identify the investment solutions that align with their values and support their mission. Previously, Woolnough spent 30 years with AXA Wealth, over 20 of which were in IFA-facing roles.

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