We exist to make investment a force for good. Our vision is of an investment system that truly serves savers and communities, and protects our environment for the long term.
We’re working towards a system in which long-term thinking is recognised as the best way to guarantee healthy returns. We believe that anyone can play a part in changing the investment system for good.
We’re a charity that has spent the last 12 years building the movement for responsible investment. We’re now taking the movement worldwide, to transform the investment system and unlock its potential to be a force for good.
Why we do what we do
Money makes the world go round.
£50 trillion of it is invested in the companies that we buy from, that employ us, and that shape the world we live in.
A lot of this money belongs to ordinary people and we all have a stake in the way that it is spent.
But; many of the decisions on how it is invested are made behind closed doors.
We believe that the investment system can be a force for good. But only if these decisions are made openly and with more than short term profit in mind.
The change we want to see
A responsible investment system will look different from the system we see today. It will be geared towards the long-term interests of savers, society, and the environment and will be recognisable for the following features:
- Transparent, meaning people with assets in the investment system, including pension savers, can see where and how their money is put to work across the world. The impacts of investments as well as financial returns will be measured, managed, and reported and all of the players in the system will have clear roles and accountabilities.
- Accountable, meaning people with assets in the system have a voice in the system, with the right to influence what happens to their money and to question those making decisions on their behalf.
- Delivering sustainable economic and human development, meaning institutional investors will allocate and steward capital with a focus on achieving good financial returns over the long-term whilst delivering positive social and environmental impacts through the businesses they invest in.
- Delivering value for money, meaning the investment industry charges no more than is necessary to invest well on behalf of those who entrust assets to the system.
Our theory of change
We believe a dynamic movement of people committed to change, including people working inside and people on the outside of the investment system, is a pre-requisite for progress towards a truly responsible system.
Our movement demands reform in the ways large investors make decisions and account for them. This in turn helps to unlock more enlightened investor dialogue with underlying companies. ShareAction’s demand for a legal framework that gives citizens’ rights to information about where and how their assets are invested is designed to achieve a virtuous circle in which people can see what happens to their money and become more engaged with the workings of the investment system.
All of the above is needed if we are to unlock the immense power vested in the capital markets so that companies operate sustainably and responsibly.
ShareAction’s way of delivering impact involves three mutually reinforcing elements that are woven into all our programmes. To bring about the change we want to see we are:
- Building a movement for responsible investment;
- Reforming the rules, governance, and incentives inside the investment system; and
- Unlocking the power of investors to catalyse positive social and environmental change.
ShareAction grew out of a campaign by People & Planet that helped Britain’s largest single pension scheme adopt a responsible investment policy.
Civil Society helped us set up as FairPensions. We made our name ranking big UK pension funds on responsible investment.
Over time, we added more strings to our bow. We’ve called for change on important issues. We’ve shaped public policy. And we’ve built a diverse movement of savers and investors.
We’ve done a huge amount, but there’s a long way to go. Join the movement and help us transform the investment system.
Meet our dynamic and dedicated team working to make the investment system a force for good. They are overseen by a Board of Trustees. Our interns are paid a London Living Wage.
- AGM Activism
- Climate change
- Good work
- Health & food
- Investor engagement
Amy MetcalfeHead of Programmes & Finance
Amy WebsterHuman Resources & Operations Manager
Amy joined ShareAction in March 2014 and is our Office Coordinator and Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive. Amy is the port of call for Information Technology, Human Reassures (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development qualified), office supplies and the general smooth running of the office.
Anna IrmischEuropean Policy Officer
As part of ShareAction’s team based in Brussels, Anna is driving sustainable finance policy. Prior to that she worked in international development, as a strategy consultant in the software industry, and sociologist. The Fulbright alumna holds a PhD about the influence of sustainable investing on multinational corporations and serves as invited peer reviewer for the journal Business Ethics.
Anne-Marie WilliamsInvestor Engagement Manager
Anne-Marie manages our engagement with global asset owners, specifically focusing on UK pension funds, as well as UK and European asset managers. She engages both directly and in support of Pension Power members. She also leads the follow-up engagement from ShareAction’s surveys, including the Asset Owners Disclosure Project survey. She joined ShareAction in February 2015 to support our investor-focused projects and campaigns, with a particular focus on the Green Light campaign. She previously worked as an investment analyst and fund manager in the City as well as in education. She developed her interest in responsible investment while working as a Treasurer of the charity Listening Books over the past 11 years. She holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.
Beau O’SullivanCommunications Manager
Beau joined ShareAction in January 2017 to lead on media engagement and communications. He has experience in public relations for the financial sector, having spent two years at Societe Generale investment bank in London and then a short stint at the British Bankers’ Association. He holds a degree in French & Spanish from St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge.
Bethan LiveseySenior Fellow
Bethan joined ShareAction in March 2013 to lead ShareAction’s policy engagement and research work aimed at developing our thought leadership role in the responsible investment debate. She previously trained and worked as a litigator in the City of London. She holds a First Class BA (Hons) in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge.
Catherine HowarthChief Executive
Catherine joined ShareAction as Chief Executive in 2008. ShareAction coordinates civil society activism to promote responsible investment across Europe. She is a board member of the Scott Trust, owner of The Guardian, serving on the Scott Trust’s investment committee. She also serves on HM Treasury’s Asset Management Taskforce. She was a Member Nominated Trustee of The Pensions Trust for five years until Spring 2013. Catherine was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014.
Charlie CrossleyProject Coordinator - WDI
Charlie joined ShareAction in November 2015, working in the digital team. He moved to the Workforce Disclosure Initiative in late 2016. Previously he worked in a policy role focused on financial inclusion at Toynbee Hall. He has a First Class BA in Politics from the University of Sussex and an MA in International Relations from the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals.
Chris HicksFinancial Controller
Chris joined ShareAction in September 2018 to manage and enhance our financial processes. He previously trained as a Chartered Accountant at PwC, before moving to Marks & Spencer where he spent seven years working in various roles in Internal Audit and Finance. He holds a BAcc (Hons) in Accountancy with Business Finance from the University of Dundee and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Christian WilsonSenior Research Officer - Climate Change
Christian joined ShareAction in December 2018. His bio will be available soon.
Clare RichardsProgramme Manager - Good Work
Clare leads ShareAction’s Good Work programme, which includes the Workforce Disclosure Initiative and the Living Wage campaign. She first saw the potential of responsible investment through attending one of ShareAction’s AGM activism training sessions and has been a convert ever since. Clare joined ShareAction in May 2016 and initially led investor and corporate engagements in support of sustainable food systems and renewable power. She contributes a broad range of insights from her previous involvement in international development and peacebuilding projects, having worked at a range of organisations including Conciliation Resources, the Quakers, and UNICEF UK.
Clem McCullochCommunications Coordinator
Clem joined ShareAction in February 2018 to work with the fundraising and communications team and support the campaigns team. Prior to joining ShareAction, Clem worked as an analyst for a branding and communications agency and as a support worker for adults with learning disabilities. Clem holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Sussex.
David O’SullivanPolicy Officer - UK
David joined ShareAction in August 2016. He supports our work engaging with UK policymakers on the need for responsible investment, and how reform of the investment system by government and regulators can facilitate this. He previously supported our campaigns team and, before joining ShareAction, worked in local government. He has a BA in English Literature from the University of Southampton.
Deborah BallHead of Communications & Fundraising
Deborah joined ShareAction in June 2017 to lead the diversification and growth of ShareAction’s fundraising portfolio and develop and deliver an integrated communications strategy. Having started out in business development for brand and marketing agencies, Deborah began her career in the non-profit sector as corporate fundraiser for youth charity, Catch22, in 2009. She then spent five years building a major grants programme, raising funds from trusts, foundations, statutory bodies and the Big Lottery at London-based homelessness organisation, Broadway, (which latterly merged with national charity, St Mungo’s).
In 2015, Deborah moved to international sustainable development NGO, Forum for the Future, to set up their fundraising function, cultivate relationships with large foundations in the UK, Europe and the US and deliver a major donor fundraising programme, whilst working closely with the communications team to develop key messages and effectively support fundraising activity. Deborah holds a BA (Hons) degree in Communication Studies from Anglia Ruskin University and is passionate about using her role to contribute to positive social and environmental change.
Eleni ChoidasSenior EU Affairs Officer
Eleni is ShareAction’s European Policy Manager, based in Brussels. She works on financial regulation covering the European Sustainable Finance Agenda, and has a background in human rights, having worked on business and human rights at the European Parliament's Subcommittee on Human Rights, in corporate social responsibility and in the private sector, as well in asylum and refugee policy for the Greek government. She has also worked on trade and political relations for the Brazilian Embassy in Athens, Greece, and on children's rights at a grassroots level in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She holds a BA in International Relations and Latin American Studies, an Executive Certificate in Financial Regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is currently undertaking an MSc in Banking and Finance at the University of London.
Emma Howard BoydTrustee
Emma Howard Boyd
Felix NagrawalaResearch Analyst - AODP
Felix joined ShareAction in March 2017 and supports the Asset Owners Disclosure Project with research and analysis, having previously worked on the Workforce Disclosure Initiative. Prior to joining ShareAction, Felix worked at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Digital Communications, and did freelance research work on the relationship between political violence and religious ideology across regions in Pakistan. Felix holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics form Durham University, and has a keen interest in music and photography.
Fergus MoffattHead of Policy - UK
Harriet RimbaultFundraising Manager
Harriet joined ShareAction in February 2018 to coordinate our fundraising activities and help implement an ambitious fundraising strategy in order to grow and diversify ShareAction’s income.
Harriet’s first experience of fundraising was at The Royal Institute of International Affairs, otherwise known as Chatham House, where she assisted in the growth of the Major Donor portfolio. She also worked at the homelessness charity St Mungo’s, developing income from a wide range of individual supporters. Following this she moved into political fundraising, running the Labour Party’s Thousand Club, before leading the Philanthropy and Partnerships function at Refugee Action.
Harriet holds a BSocSci (Hons) in Politics and International Relations and an MA in Governance and Public Policy from the University of Manchester.
Helen WiggsInvestor Engagement Manager - Climate Change
Holly ClarkProcess Improvement Manager
Holly joined ShareAction in November 2017 to lead the implementation of our new CRM system, oversee our preparation for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and manage other improvement projects. She studied Business Management at the University of Sussex and has experience of project management in a housing social enterprise.
Isobel MitchellNetwork Officer - CRIN
Isobel joined ShareAction in September 2018. Prior to joining ShareAction, Isobel studied Global Environment and Climate Change Law at the University of Edinburgh and previously interned with responsible investment NGO Preventable Surprises.
James ColdwellInvestor Engagement Manager - WDI
James joined ShareAction in January 2017 as part of the Workforce Disclosure Initiative, an investor programme to increase transparency and improve practices in global workforces. He previously worked for a social finance intermediary, and has been an elected councillor since May 2016. He holds a BA in History with French from the University of York and an MPhil in Modern European History from the University of Cambridge.
Jamie AudsleyHead of Education & Organising
Jamie joined ShareAction in February 2015 to lead work building a network of citizen investors to catalyse change in the UK’s pensions and investment system. His career has focused on education and democracy starting out with roles in youth work and as a Geography and Science teacher in Croydon. After teaching he joined Citizens UK as a community organiser with special responsibility for schools work, and then undertook the Clore Social Leadership Programme. More recently he spent time working in business at Pearson, the FTSE 100 and world’s largest education organisation.
Jeanne MartinSenior Campaigns Officer - Fossil Fuels
Jeanne joined ShareAction in February 2017 to coordinate our AGM activism work. She previously worked as a Research Assistant at the Sustainable Gas Institute, undertaking research on the exciting topic that is the future of gas networks. She is a keen climate campaigner and has attended the UN Climate Talks as a youth delegate since May 2015 with the UK Youth Climate Coalition. She holds a First Class BSc in Environmental Policy with Economics from the LSE and a Distinction graded MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.
Jo AlexanderResearch & Engagement Manager
Joanna WeightmanShareholder Activism Coordinator
Joanna is the first port of call for all AGM activism queries, and will be giving training and organising attendance at companies' annual general meetings throughout the AGM season. She has worked in a variety of charitable settings, from working with the homeless to more recently working at Macmillan Cancer Support as a coordinator, supporting the delivery of their Mobile Information and Support Service. Although originally gaining a BA in German and Spanish, she is now studying towards a Master’s degree in Environmental Management.
Joe BrooksProject Officer – Fossil Fuels
Julie MumbyHead of Operations
Jules joined ShareAction in September 2018, and has overall responsibility for providing the support, tools, environment, and working practices that enable the organisation to thrive.
Jules has had a long and eclectic career that has seen her work in the financial sector, in IT, in academia, and for charities. She had a degree in Business Studies before most members of the team were born, and has more recently gained a degree, masters, and PhD in History.
Lauren PeacockSenior Campaigns Officer - Pensions
Lauren joined ShareAction in November 2016 as an organiser on the Pension Power campaign. Prior to joining ShareAction Lauren worked in the ESG research team of the stock broker Kepler Cheuvreux. She has also worked with the Plan A sustainability team at Marks & Spencer and the International Institute for Environment and Development. Lauren holds a M.A. in Sustainable Cities from King’s College London and a BSc (Hons) in Economics from the University of Liverpool and is an avid dog lover.
Mara LilleySenior Campaigns Officer - Living Wage
Mara joined ShareAction in July 2015. She supports ShareAction’s work across a number of campaigns including the Living Wage campaign. She holds experience working on a wide range of human rights issues and a campaign to stop deforestation in Cambodia. Most recently, she worked as a human rights liaison intern for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Mara holds an LLB in Law from the University of Glasgow and a first-class LLM in International Human Rights from the Irish Centre for Human Rights.
Michael KindProject Officer - Research & Development Lab
Michael joined ShareAction in March 2018 to coordinate our shareholder activism across 2018 AGM Season. Subsequently he moved into our R&D Lab, looking to understand how we can tell a story around pensions that hooks individuals in, maintains their interest, and motivates them to take action - redeveloping and building ShareAction’s movement for responsible investment in the process.
Prior to ShareAction, Michael worked on a range of food surplus redistribution schemes, as well as being a sabbatical officer at Sheffield Students’ Union - campaigning to make their investments more responsible.
Pamela joined ShareAction in November 2013 to manage ShareAction’s finances. Prior to joining ShareAction, she spent over 13 years in financial roles and several years prior to that as an Office/Finance Manager. Pamela has worked mainly in not-for-profit organisations and holds a BSc (Hons) in Combined Studies (Law with Accounting).
Paul BrittonResearch Analyst
Paul joined ShareAction in October 2017 and supports the Asset Owners Disclosure Project with research and analysis, having previously worked on the 2018 survey of auto-enrolment pension providers. He previously worked in responsible investment as a Carbon Data Analyst Intern at ET Index. Paul holds a BSc. in Geology and an MSc. in Environmental Technology, specialising in Global Environmental Change and Policy, taking them both at Imperial College London.
Paul DickinsonChair of Trustees
Peter UhlenbruchInvestor Engagement Officer - AODP
Peter joined ShareAction in January 2018 to work on the Asset Owners Disclosure Project’s best-practice survey. He previously undertook corporate governance research services for CDP and Ownership Matters, research on environmental, social, and governance investment factors for MSCI, and has taught business ethics, corporate governance, and CSR subjects at RMIT and Monash University. He holds a BA/Bcom(Hons) specialising in Management from Monash University in Australia.
Rachel HaworthPolicy Manager - UK
Rachel joined ShareAction in December 2015. She leads ShareAction’s policy work in the UK. She previously trained as a solicitor in the City of London and has a BA (Hons) in English from the University of Cambridge.
Rosie MackenzieCompany Engagement Manager - WDI
Sam HaywardProject Officer – Climate Change
Sam joined ShareAction in January 2018 as a research analyst for the Asset Owners Disclosure Project. He now supports our work on banks and corporate decarbonisation. He has previously worked freelance conducting content analysis on Modern Slavery Act statements and also currently works part-time in campaigns and policy for a grassroots fuel poverty organization. He achieved a Distinction in a Public Policy MSc from UCL in 2017, where he specialized in UK energy policy decision-making, and a First class Philosophy BA from the University of Leeds in 2015, where he specialized in the metaphysics of language and time.
Sonia HierzigSenior Projects Manager - Climate Change
Sonia joined ShareAction in September 2015. She currently leads our investor-focused campaign to align the activities of the banking sector with the goals of the Paris Agreement. She previously conducted a survey of Swiss pension funds’ performance on responsible investment. Sonia previously worked for a number of charities, including the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre and the Citizens Advice Bureau. She holds a B.A. in Politics and International Studies from the University of Exeter, an M.Sc. in Development Management from the Open University, and an M.Sc. in Human Rights from the London School of Economics.
Sunniva GautvikSenior Network Officer - Europe
Sunniva joined ShareAction in February 2017 to support the European Responsible Investment Network. She has a range of legal research experience, including from her work with the International Energy Agency and the Natural Resource Governance Institute. Sunniva holds an LLB in Law and Human Rights from the University of Essex, an LLM in International Law from University College London, and a keen interest in baked goods.
Toby BelsomHead of Research
Toby joined ShareAction in April 2017 as Head of Investor Research & Analytics. Prior to joining ShareAction, he spent 10 years as a UK equity portfolio manager at Aviva Investors and a further 7 years as an analyst on one of the leading socially responsible investment teams at NPI, Henderson Investors and Aviva Investors. He brings a wealth of hands-on experience in asset management, governance and ESG integration, and will add to ShareAction’s approach to research.
Vaidehee SachdevSenior Research Manager - WDI
Vaidehee joined ShareAction in November 2016. She is working on the new Workforce Disclosure Initiative building on ShareAction’s work on the Living Wage. She previously worked for a number of organisations including Global Witness, Womankind and Global Justice Now. She holds a BA in Philosophy and an MA in International Politics at Manchester University.
WhiskeyChief Canine Officer
Wolfgang Kuhn is a Fellow at ShareAction with 20 years’ experience in fixed income markets, investing in corporate and government debt, allocating to high yield, emerging markets, convertibles and loans on behalf of institutional investors around the globe.
With a strong interest in risk management, he has been on a quest for the right approach to sustainability in bond management since 2006. Wolfgang is convinced that the orthodox investment framework of risk and return is dangerously incomplete, and needs to be complemented by a third one, real-world impact.
His most recent role was that of Head of Pan-European Fixed Income at Aberdeen Asset Management, managing European credit and macro teams. Previously, he worked for UBS, Deutsche Asset Management and DG Bank.
Wolfgang graduated from Technical University of Berlin, having also studied at University of Wisconsin and University of Freiburg. Wolfgang is a CFA Charterholder, a Certfied EFFAS Financial Analyst (CEFA) and a Financial Risk Manager (FRM).
ShareAction has a small team of skilled individuals committed to promoting responsible investment. Joining our team gives you the opportunity to work in a friendly, dynamic environment, where initiative and flexibility are valued.
Our core staff team typically works with interns, paid a London Living Wage, who assist with general and specific projects.
ShareAction is committed to promoting responsible investment throughout all sectors of society, understanding that the investment industry affects everyone. We welcome anyone who shares our enthusiasm for responsible investment – whether they have experience in the investment system or not. We particularly encourage applications from women, people from ethnic minority backgrounds, people with disabilities and other protected characteristics in underrepresented areas of work. We are happy to make reasonable adjustments to enable disabled candidates to show their suitability for any role.
ShareAction is a UK registered charity (1117244) and company limited by guarantee (5013662). We are governed by diverse board of trustees. Our Board is held to account by our member organisations.
Our member organisations
Our fundraising policy
ShareAction will not seek or accept funds from listed companies or from any for-profit investment firms.
We will sometimes accept, and are grateful for, support in kind from commercial entities in the form of venues for events. This form of support will be accepted only where it clearly furthers the charitable aims of the organisation (for example hosting a training or seminar on responsible investment).
All funding received by the organisation, including in-kind support, will be publicly disclosed on our website.
We welcome not-for-profit asset owners becoming paying members of investor networks that work collaboratively on responsible investment projects and are serviced by ShareAction. The sole purpose of such networks is to improve those investors’ performance and impacts as responsible investors. For the avoidance of doubt, membership of ShareAction is only open to not-for-profit civil society organisations. These members have voting rights and elect the board of trustees.
Our policy on ethical funding does not preclude ShareAction from receiving fees for conferences or specialized training.
This policy and its implementation is subject to trustee oversight and will be reviewed annually by the board of trustees’ Governance and Risk Committee.