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Cherry Reynard

Chairperson

Investment Week

Cherry Reynard is a freelance financial journalist. She has worked for a range of national, consumer and trade titles including the Financial Times, Telegraph, Independent, Money Observer, Moneywise, What Investment, Citywire and Money Marketing. She has co-authored a book on investing in emerging markets and is six-time winner of the Investment Management Association's freelance journalist of the year award and four-time winner of the AIC Freelance journalist of the year award. She began her career as a tax accountant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, before moving to investment bank JP Morgan.

Niaz Alam

Hon. Secretary

Foreign Press Association in the UK

Niaz Alam is a responsible investment consultant and writer. A qualified lawyer, he has worked on corporate responsibility and ethical business issues since 1992. He was appointed as a non-executive director of the London Pensions Fund Authority in 2001 with a remit to advise on human rights and RI and sat on its board till 2010. He has worked as an independent adviser to trade unions and NGOs and served in senior roles at EIRIS, UKSIF and Dhaka Tribune. He is the current Hon. Secretary of the Foreign Press Association in the UK.

Geoff Burnand

CEO

Investing For Good

Geoff has been the CEO of Investing For Good since 2004, a pioneer and a leading intermediary in the global impact investing sector. IFG has delivered several notable firsts in the market, including arranging and bringing to market the first listed charity bond programmes, producing the first impact rating and portfolio design capability for the sector which provides a credible, authoritative methodology to analyse socially motivated capital, and the first blended capital fund for social investment in the Arts.

He is a regular media contributor and speaker at leading industry events, a visiting lecturer on Executive MBA programmes at Cass Business School and a judge since 2014 for the Responsible Investor Awards. He published The Good Analyst in 2012 and The Good Investor in 2013. He has been a Trustee of various adult disability, foundation and arts and culture charities.

Charlene Cranny

Communications and Campaigns Director

UKSIF

Charlene joined UKSIF in September 2013 as a Programme Manager before becoming Communications and Campaigns Director last year. Charlene directs the UKSIF brand, PR and communications. Communication goals range from helping investment analyst to integrate ESG and sustainability factors to encouraging asset owners to meet their fiduciary duties around financially material ESG factors such as climate change. Charlene also directs Good Money Week, the annual campaign to promote sustainable and ethical finance and investment to retail audiences in the UK. Before UKSIF, Charlene worked on cause and policy-led campaigns and marketing for charities, think-tanks and campaign groups such as Centre for London and 38 Degrees. Charlene has a degree in Politics and Philosophy from the University of York.

Pradeep Jethi

Co-founder

Social Stock Exchange

Pradeep is the Co-founder of the Social Stock Exchange and was its first CEO and the Chair of its Admissions Panel. The SSX is a trading platform for publicly listed social impact businesses looking to raise capital on the primary market and trade in the secondary market: it is for profit-with-purpose companies who are able to demonstrate that their core product or service addresses a social or environmental need - in addition to seeking market-rate or market-beating returns - through the publication of an impact report.

Prior to the development and launch of the SSX in June 2013 Pradeep spent three years at the London Stock Exchange as its New Product Development Manager. At the LSE he built, developed and launched the Corporate Responsibility Exchange: a disclosure platform for extra-financial (ESG) indicators. Pradeep has experience of gaining regulatory approval from the FCA for new products and has worked with both the issuer community and institutional investors.

Prior to his career at the LSE, Pradeep was Founder and Head of FTdynamo.com, a Financial Times business and management information portal.

Pradeep has previously worked as a consultant to the UK Government on social stock exchanges and regularly speaks at conferences on - and advises on - the social impact investing and social business marketplace.

His contacts and experience are global, spanning: social ventures, impact investors, institutional investors, wealth managers, intermediaries, financial products, public policy, investor relations, impact measurement/reporting, and capital markets and SRI generally. He has a global reputation as an innovator and entrepreneur in these fields.

Pradeep is a longstanding judge of Investment Week magazine's Sustainable Investment Awards, was on Tomorrow's Company's Tomorrow's Capital Markets working group, and is a Fellow of the RSA. He holds a BA (Hons) from the University of British Columbia and an MA from the University of Sussex.

 

Brendan Llewellyn

Director

Adviser Home

Brendan Llewellyn, Director and Co-Founder of Adviser Home - helping advisers run and develop their practices - has over 30 years' experience in management, leadership and marketing. He has worked as a consultant and coach with over 50 companies from leading multi nationals like GE Capital, Barclays and Aviva through to a range of SMEs, focussing on strategy, proposition development, communication advice and delivery. In delivering consultancy he draws on 20 years' experience in corporate management. His particular focus is the inter-relationship between strategy and communication. He has a regular thought piece commenting on the financial services sector with Incisive Media - "Armchair Critic"

James Murray

Editor-in-Chief

BusinessGreen

James Murray is the editor-in-chief of BusinessGreen having launched the site in October 2007 .
He is responsible for BusinessGreen's leading news, opinion and analysis, and also contributes to the brand's expanding events programme.
James is one of the UK's leading commentators on the low carbon economy. He writes occasionally for the Guardian newspaper and has also reported for BBC Radio on a number of green technology stories.
He reports daily on a wide range of green business issues, with a particular focus on low carbon policy, economics and technology.
In March 2011, he was voted number eight in the Press Gazette's list of the top 50 environmental journalists in the UK.
Prior to launching BusinessGreen James spent five years as a technology journalist working on a variety of IT titles.

Julian Parrott

Ethical Futures

Founding Partner

Julian Parrott is a founding Partner of Ethical Futures - ethical specialist independent financial advisers (IFA) based in Edinburgh. Ethical Futures provide ethical financial planning advice to private clients, trusts & charities throughout Scotland.

Julian has over 25 years experience in financial services, encompassing building society management, mainstream advice and fifteen years as an ethical specialist.

Julian is active in promoting ethical investment to the wider financial & adviser community. Julian has held posts as Chair of the Ethical Investment Association and as a Board member of UKSIF. He currently sits on the Ethical Oversight Committee of Parmenion Investment Management, on the EdenTree Amity Panel and is a Director of the Ethical Finance Hub project.

 

Lisa Stonestreet

Marketing Promoter

EIRIS Foundation

Lisa Stonestreet has over 10 years of experience in the sustainable and responsible investment space. Lisa is currently a part of the EIRIS Foundation team with responsibility for their communications, marketing and programme development strategies. Lisa was previously with the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) originally as Member Services Executive but more recently as the Programme Director of UKSIF's Market Programme supporting the growth of UK market demand for responsible investment and other financial services that advance sustainability through activities such as Good Money Week, the Ethical Investment Association and support for Pension Funds and Charity Investors. Lisa initially developed an interest in sustainable finance while studying Finance and Environmental Economics and completing her dissertation on Ethical Investment Funds in South Africa. Lisa has been involved in various sustainable investment related advisory committees and project teams for a number of research reports and initiatives.

Chris Welsford

Managing Director

Ayres Punchard

Chris Welsford, Managing Director, Independent Financial Adviser and Investment Adviser. Chris is a graduate of the University of Southampton (1986) with a B.Sc Hons in Social Sciences Politics.
He joined the UK's first execution-only share-dealing service, Sharelink, as a Client Account Manager on the 20th October 1987 the day after Black Monday. He then worked in IT accountancy sales before joining one of the last Canadian mutual life insurance companies, Confederation Life in 1992 as a life Underwriter. In 1993 he joined Laurentian Mildon as a financial adviser and Mentor for their fees based financial planning service.
He established Ayres Punchard in 1995 specialising in fees based advice and ethical investing, which remains a core value and a strong part of the investment process employed today. Chris believes that there is firm evidence to show that by taking Environmental, Social and Governance factors into account, when analysing investment funds and constructing portfolios, more sustainable investment outcomes can be achieved.
Chris is committed to the highest professional standards and holds the IMC (Investment Management Certificate) and is an IMC member of the Chartered Financial Analysts Society of the UK.
He is also a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment.
In addition he holds the Chartered Insurance Institute's CF8 Long Term Care Insurance qualification and is therefore qualified to provide advice to clients and their representatives on matters associated with long-term care fees planning, affairs of the elderly and those in need of, or already under, a power of attorney.