LONDON, 25 July 2013 – The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Initiative today announced the appointment of Helene Winch as its new Director of Policy and Research, based in London. Ms. Winch will develop and implement the PRI’s newly formed policy and research work stream, supporting signatories to identify and overcome barriers that currently prevent financial markets from functioning more sustainably. She will join the PRI in October 2013 and will report to the PRI’s Executive Director, James Gifford.
Ms. Winch is currently Head of Policy at BT Pension Scheme Management Ltd, the executive company and investment advisor to the £40 bn BT Pension Scheme(BTPS). BTPS is one of the largest defined benefit pension scheme in the United Kingdom and a founding signatory of the PRI. In this role, Helene has held discussions with governments and regulators on behalf of BTPS and developed the fund’s sustainable investment strategy. She previously held roles at Refco London managing pension scheme commodity allocations as well as ANZ Investment bank and Rabobank. Ms. Winch has an MSc in Maths & Finance from Imperial College, London and an MA in Engineering Science from Cambridge University.
“We are delighted that Helene is joining the PRI team,” said James Gifford, Executive Director. “Her extensive investment and policy experience within one of the largest pension funds in the UK and her unique insights into the challenges asset owners face mean she is ideally placed to take up this new challenge. She will add a huge amount to the organisation and to signatories.”
Helene Winch said on her new role: “I’m very excited to be given this opportunity to work with the team at PRI and to take a lead on the new policy work stream, building on much of the work I’ve been doing at BTPS.”
About the Principles for Responsible Investment
The United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment Initiative (PRI) is a network of international investors working together to put the six Principles for Responsible Investment into practice. The Principles were devised by the investment community. They reflect the view that environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues can affect the performance of investment portfolios and therefore must be given appropriate consideration by investors if they are to fulfil their fiduciary (or equivalent) duty. The Principles provide a voluntary framework by which all investors can incorporate ESG issues into their decision-making and ownership practices and so better align their objectives with those of society at large.
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