Premier Asset Management appoints head of responsible investing

Premier Asset Management announces it has appointed Helene Winch as Head of Responsible Investing.

In this newly-created position, Helene will be responsible for overseeing Premier’s overall responsible investing strategy and development, including co-ordinating the integration and communication of ESG factors into Premier’s general investment philosophy and process. This role also includes working closely with the investment team of the Premier Ethical Fund.

Helene joins from HSBC Global Asset Management where she is a Senior Responsible Investment Adviser. Her previous roles included Director, Head of Policy and Research at the Principles for Responsible Investment and Director, Head of Policy, at BT Pension Scheme Management.

She has over twenty years of investment industry experience, including considerable experience in responsible investing, including co-ordinating the integration of ESG into investment processes, as well as working as an investment manager.

Helene holds an MA Hons in Engineering Science from Cambridge University, an MSc in Maths & Finance from Imperial College.

Helene is expected to start working at Premier in September 2019.

Premier Asset Management’s Chief Investment Officer, Neil Birrell said: “We are delighted Helene Winch is joining us as Head of Responsible Investing. The asset management industry is at a critical point in embracing sustainability as a core part of how it operates and invests on behalf of clients. 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, including a more resilient, low-carbon economy. 

Helene has considerable experience and expertise in the area of responsible investing, which makes her a very good fit to help us develop our approach to responsible investing across our broader investment platform and for our specialist ethical investment product.”

Helene Winch commented: ‘I am really pleased to be joining Premier Asset Management as Head of Responsible Investing. 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.’


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