Wealth management group St James’s Place has hired Emma Hunt to lead its responsible investment team as the company looks to develop its offering in the field.
Ms Hunt has previously held roles at Mercer, Towers Watson and Hermes, in which she focussed on environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) investing.
Tom Beal, deputy chief investment officer at St. James’s Place, said: "We operate a minimum ESG criteria framework for all our underlying portfolio managers which reflects the increased interest in this area from our clients to hold ESG-friendly portfolios.
"Emma joins us at an exciting point for the business, bringing with her a wealth of expertise and experience, having been at the forefront of developments in sustainable and responsible investing for over 20 years."
Ms Hunt added: "ESG practices and good stewardship are now integral to the identity of any investment institution.
"Given the reputation of St. James’s Place and its market leading position in the financial advice market, I look forward to developing the business’ capabilities and helping to further enhance its investment proposition in the interest of clients."