The Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI) has this week announced the appointment of Fiona Manning as a senior analyst and Hannah Armitage as research manager.
Ms Manning was formerly a portfolio manager of diversified, ethical and impact funds at AMP Capital and Apostle Funds Management and is experienced in the analysis of ESG issues and sustainability drivers as well as company engagement on ESG practices.
ACSI said that Ms Manning had a diverse background across investment strategies, climate change research, equity analysis, investment communications and fundamental ESG analysis investment.
Meanwhile, Ms Armitage joins ACSI after nine years at the United Kingdom’s audit and reporting regulator, the Financial Reporting Council, where she worked on corporate governance, stewardship policy and ESG reporting best practice.
Ms Armitage’s background is in public policy, including a stint at the Australian Department of the Treasury where she worked on executive remuneration, director duties and an initiative to encourage women to enter senior leadership.
ACSI’s executive manager, stewardship, Ed John, said that the new hires extended the organisation’s strengths in ESG analysis, company engagement, research and advocacy.
“ESG issues are becoming more complex, and investors are requiring deeper expertise, across a broader number of issues,” he said.
“ACSI is committed to delivering value to members by strengthening ESG performance in listed companies, and across the market. These new appointments will help us deliver on our mission.”
Jon Bragg is a journalist for Momentum Media's Investor Daily, nestegg and ifa. He enjoys writing about a wide variety of financial topics and issues and exploring the many implications they have on all aspects of life.