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Deana Mitchell, Amanda Richman and Dimity MacDonald have begun new positions at Australian Ethical Investment.

Ms Mitchell will become an equities analyst, effective 19 March. She has 20 years’ experience in equity markets, most recently at Macquarie where she worked for almost 14 years, including as head of ESG research.

Last year Ms Mitchell was named the number eight stock-picker of all Australia/NZ sell-side analysts in the Thomson Reuters Analyst Awards.

Ms Richman will become an ethics analyst, coming from a role as senior associate at law firm Allens.

Australian Ethical said Ms Richman intended to use her legal training and six years of commercial experience to critically assess investment opportunities and advocate for change.

Ms MacDonald will become head of communications, building on a 25-year career in financial services. She was most recently head of member experience at Qantas, and before that held senior marketing and communication roles at JP Morgan and AXA.

Australian Ethical managing director Phil Vernon said having a clear business purpose and value-aligned investments was attracting top talent.

“We are a purpose-driven business and people are highly motivated to join us because our work is having a long-term positive impact,” Mr Vernon said.

“We believe a financial system based purely on the pursuit of profits or financial returns is not enough. A new model is needed where all decisions are made conscious of their broader impact on the world around us. Our employees tell us they feel very connected to a business that is so aligned to their values.”