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Appointment of the month

Hyundai Motor UK has appointed Robin Hayles to the newly created position of sustainable fuel development manager. He will develop and deliver Hyundai’s fuel cell and sustainable fuels strategy. Hayles was most recently product manager for the Hyundai ix35, Santa Fe, i800 and iLoad, and was responsible for managing the viability study of ix35 fuel cell vehicles in the UK.

Starting out as an apprentice vehicle technician with a local franchise group, Hayles joined Hyundai in 2004 as a technical adviser in the customer service team, before moving into technical operations in 2006. “After six years, I was given an opportunity within our product marketing department with several product responsibilities, including the ix35 fuel cell.” He recalls. “As the work in this area started to grow, Hyundai Motor UK created the dedicated role of sustainable fuel development manager, for which I was fortunate enough to be selected.”

Hayles says he finds the technology side fascinating. “However, to be able to play a part in bringing such environmentally important technology to the general market is a huge personal attraction,” he explains. “Hyundai are the first manufacturer to begin series production of a fuel cell electric vehicle and I want to make the UK one of the most important global markets for us.”



F&C Investments, creator of Europe’s first ethically screened investment fund, has appointed Howard Pearce as chair of its new Responsible Investment Advisory Council, effective 1 January 2015. Pearce has more than 25 years’ investment experience in the environment, leisure, IT and water sectors and is also a non-executive director for a number of charitable and public bodies. Between 2003 and 2013 he was the head of pension fund management for the Environment Agency Pension Fund.

Pearce started out as a project manager in the water industry. “My subsequent career path has included increasingly more senior corporate planning and investment roles, leading up to the management of the £2.3bn Environment Agency Pension Fund, and then to my non-executive advisory role with F&C Asset Management,” he explains. In his new role, he is looking to help F&C Asset Management to be at the “forefront and leading edge” of responsible investment.

The World Resources Institute (WRI) has hired Aniruddha (Ani) Dasgupta as the first global director of the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. He will be responsible for developing environmentally, socially and financially sustainable solutions to improve people’s quality of life in developing cities. Dasgupta’s background is in international development and urbanisation. Most recently he served as the director of knowledge and learning at the World Bank.


Mott MacDonald has appointed Ian Allison as head of climate resilience. He will be responsible for developing the consultancy’s advisory and policy services to help clients adapt and mitigate the impact of climate change. Allison was previously director of Mott MacDonald’s environmental consultancy, where he led a 220-strong team supporting the development of major infrastructure projects. He was also responsible for the company’s environment and climate change adaptation businesses.


David Wilton will join Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners (AIP) as a managing director with a focus on private equity impact investing. Wilton joins from the International Finance Corporation, where he was chief investment officer and manager of its global private equity arm. AIP will develop a private equity impact investing programme in partnership with the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing.

Graham Wood has become the first chief global programme officer at international development NGO Pact. Wood joined Pact in 2008. A British national posted at Pact’s regional office in Nairobi, Kenya, he will relocate to Pact’s Washington, DC, headquarters in early 2015.


JPMorgan Chase & Co has appointed Bruce McNamer as head of global philanthropy and CEO of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. For the last nine years, McNamer has been president and CEO of nonprofit organisation TechnoServe. Dalila Wilson-Scott is to be president of the Foundation. Wilson-Scott has been leading the Foundation since the beginning of the year.

John Baines has joined the board of the UK’s Co-operative Bank as finance director. He joined in 2013 as chief financial officer (CFO). Prior to that he was CFO at Aldermore Bank.


David Connor has been hired as the director of CSRwire. Connor is founder of consultancy Coethica and has supported and campaigned for social change with numerous non-profit board level positions.

CDC Group, the UK’s development finance institution, has appointed Michele Giddens, Wim Borgdorff and Keki Mistry as new non-executive directors. Giddens is the founding partner of fund manager Bridges Ventures. Borgdorff co-founded AlpInvest Partners, while Mistry is the vice-chairman and CEO of the Housing Development Finance Corporation in India.

Stephanie Miller is the new director of the Western Europe department of the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Prior to this, she was World Bank Group director for climate change. IFC’s Western Europe department co-ordinates with governments and European international and development financial institutions on a wide range of issues, such as financial market development, agribusiness, climate finance, energy efficiency and environmental protection.

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