Premier Asset Management has hired Helen Winch to the newly created role of head of responsible investing.
Her responsibilities include co-ordinating the integration and communication of ESG factors into the firm’s investment process and working with the investment team of the Premier Ethical fund.
Winch (pictured) joins Premier from HSBC Global Asset Management, where she was a senior responsible investment adviser.
She said: ‘There is increasing client focus on this area and this is an exciting time for investment firms such as Premier, as we continue to integrate responsible investing, covering ESG factors including sustainability and climate change, into our investment approach.
‘I welcome the opportunity to play an important role in the next stages of the company’s development in these areas.’
Bringing over 20 years' investment industry experience to the role, Winch previously worked as a director and policy head at the Principles for Responsible Investment and BT Pension Scheme Management.
Premier Asset Management’s chief investment officer, Neil Birrell, added: 'Premier believes that asset management firms have a key role to play in harnessing their clients’ assets to create a more sustainable economy and society.
‘Helene has considerable experience and expertise in the area of responsible investing, and she will play a key role in developing our approach to responsible investing across our broader investment platform and for our specialist ethical investment product.’