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Kirsten Simpson has been appointed head of investment stewardship and ESG (environmental, social and governance) at Future Fund. She joined the Australian sovereign wealth fund in 2018 as manager of investment stewardship and ESG, after working at VicSuper for five years previously. 

Anouk Darling has been named inaugural president of the The Property Council of Australia’s newly formed Student Accommodation Council alongside inaugural executive director Torie Brown

Dr Anita Cosgrove joined Greenpeace Australia Pacific in their campaigns. She previously served The Wilderness Society Australia as Queensland campaign manager, and has a PhD in ecology and conservation from the University of Queensland

Investment management firm Natixis IM affiliate, Loomis Sayles & Company, has appointed Colleen Denzler as head of ESG. Based in the US, Ms Denzler will report to David Waldman, chief investment officer. She previously worked as an investor at Smith Capital Investors, LLC.

T. Rowe Price Group has named Poppy Allonby as head of ESG enablement based in London. With 20 years of asset management industry experience, she was most recently head of global product for American multinational investment management corporation BlackRock in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and Asia-Pacific.

Carbon accounting company Normative is joined by new chief operating officer Maggie Buggie and chief commercial officer Neil Ryland. Buggie previously held senior executive roles at SAP, Capgemini and Fujitsu, and is on the board of Spirent Communications. Ryland has executive experience at Workday and Huddle.

The company is hoping that the executives will accelerate its work to engage enterprise value chains in carbon reduction and management. Over 90 per cent of companies’ carbon footprint is located in the value chain, and reducing value chain carbon emissions has been the target of recently proposed EU and US legislations. 

Leadership of Integral Group changes hand amid uplift in interest in ESG

Andrew Mather is part-way through handing over leadership of Integral Group to Andrew Oxley. In the meantime, he shared some observations about the industry. 

On the sustainability front he sees positive signs but more difficulty in procuring mechanical and electrical consultants. 

There are plenty of projects approved, he said, but not many where the clients are prepared to press the go button. There is a great deal of uncertainty, driven by the war in the Ukraine and ongoing pandemic. 

“We’ve got a lot on our books but the jobs are just not starting. Developers are being cautious.”

On the sustainability side, no such caution is obvious. 

“There’s a real increase in interest from developers.” 

Amid the interest is to have higher sustainability objectives. 

As a response the Integral team is looking to grow. It’s currently got about 150 people Australia-wide, with 35-40 in Sydney and about 20 in sustainability. 

Parent company the Dar Group has majority holding in Integral is also on the lookout to increase its strategic acquisitions for specialist companies that are left to continue operating in their own right but offer to plug a particular set of client demands. Dar, a private company that originated in the Middle East, already has about 17,000 staff globally.

Work keeping the Australian outfit busy for now includes Central Barangaroo in Sydney and Mather is overseeing the last phase of the mechanical and electrical aspects of the project.

Other work includes Central Place near Sydney’s Central Station, the mixed use development for Frasers Property and Dexus, where Integral is working on the sustainability masterplan for the site.

Renewable energy on site is part of the intended outcomes and so too electric car charging with minimal parking available and a focus of operational carbon.

Another big area is the Bays Precinct that takes in the Sydney Fish Markets and adjoining bays areas on the edge of the CBD; but this is sustainability work that is just starting.

Mather says there is an uplift in interest in environment, social and governance targets (ESG) among listed companies and this is forcing them to look more closely at sustainability initiatives.

Some of the targets are “pretty ambitious”. Even those who are less ambitious are now ramping up, he says. “The whole industry is definitely lifting the game.”
He’s also noticed more interest in nature based targets alongside awareness of Indigenous heritage and culture.

New regional director for Australia with the company is Andrew Oxley who claims a “background and strong passion for fire engineering and fire protection design”.

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