Insignia Financial creates head of RI role

Insignia Financial has created the role of head of responsible investing and recruited an ESG exec from Ellerston Capital for the role.

Insignia Financial has named James Tayler to the newly created role, which will be responsible for the responsible investing strategy across the firm's investment capabilities.

Tayler will focus on driving the development and articulation of Insignia Financial's position in areas including identifying and managing ESG risks and opportunities, maximising the effectiveness of engagement with managers and companies, and will have a strong focus on climate change, modern slavery, and governance.

Tayler comes to Insignia Financial from Ellerston Capital, where he was head of ESG. He has almost 30 years of global experience in investment management with a strong focus on developing and implementing the integration of ESG considerations into investment processes.

Tayler will be based in Sydney and will report to Dan Farmer, Insignia Financial's chief investment officer.

"We are excited to welcome James and all the industry experience he brings with him to the team," Farmer said. "He will support the development of our Responsible Investing capabilities across the business, building on the robust framework our investment teams already have in place."

Having Tayler in the role will allow the firm to "better showcase" the ESG focus that already exists in the firm, said Insignia GM asset management distribution Mandy Mannix.

"This is a hugely important focus area for Insignia Financial as an investment business as well as something that is of keen interest for all our clients, both those in the super funds as well as those using our wide range of investment options," Mannix said.

Funds under management for Insignia Financial was $96.9 billion as at 31 March 2022.

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