Insignia bolsters responsible investing team

Insignia Financial has appointed James Tayler as head of responsible investing, a decision the firm believes will further build upon its responsible investing capability.

In this newly-created role, Tayler would be accountable for facilitating the firm’s responsible investing strategy across all investment capabilities.

He would focus on driving the development of Insignia Financial’s position in key areas such as identifying and managing environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities, maximising the effectiveness of engagement with managers and companies, and would have a strong focus on climate change, modern slavery, and governance.

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Tayler had almost 30 years of global experience in investment management with a focus on developing and implementing the integration of ESG considerations into investment processes. He would be based in Sydney and would report to Dan Farmer, Insignia’s chief investment officer.

Commenting on the appointment, Farmer said: “We are excited to welcome James and all the industry experience he brings with him to the team. He will support the development of our responsible investing capabilities across the business, building on the robust framework our investment teams already have in place.”

Mandy Mannix, GM asset management distribution, added: “This is a hugely important focus area for Insignia Financial as an investment business as well as something that is of keen interest for all our clients, both those in the super funds as well as those using our wide range of investment options.

“Having James on the team will allow us to better showcase the ESG focus that already exists, while also ensuring our approach remains relevant and contemporary.”

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