Church Commissioners announce Head of Responsible Investment

6 August 2020

Church of England publishes on its website:

“The Church Commissioners for England announced today the appointment of Bess Joffe as Head of Responsible Investment for the Church Commissioners for England. She will report to Tom Joy, Chief Investment Officer.

Bess will join the Church Commissioners, in August from Lloyds Banking Group, where she held the position of Director of Investor Relations – ESG. Prior to working at Lloyds Banking Group, Bess also held roles at Goldman Sachs and Hermes Equity Ownership Services.

In recent years the Commissioners have built a strong record for being leaders in the field of responsible investment. Bess joins an award-winning team of five who in 2019 won the IPE ESG award and were included in the PRI Leaders’ Group, which showcases signatories at the forefront of Responsible Investment. In her new role, Bess will champion the Commissioners’ interests and will lead stewardship efforts. In 2019 The Commissioners were rated A+ for RI Strategy & Governance by PRI and gained A+ ratings for Manager Selection, Appointment and Monitoring for all asset classes. In the same year the Commissioners were rated A for engagement and voting.

Commenting on the appointment, Tom Joy, Chief Investment Officer said: “We are delighted to have appointed Bess Joffe to lead the Church Commissioners Responsible Investment Team, a vital part of the Commissioners’ strategy, affecting real change across a range of sectors.”

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