David Pitt-Watson is an experienced fund manager, and a leading practitioner and thinker in the field of responsible investment and business practice. He is currently an Executive Fellow at the London Business School, non-executive at KPMG, and Treasurer of Oxfam.
Previously, David was Chair of Hermes Focus Funds, and a former board member of Hermes Fund Managers, Britain’s leading in-house pension fund manager. As co-founder, and CEO of the Focus Funds and Equity Ownership Service, he built and led the largest “responsible investment” group of any institutional fund manager in the world.
In recent years, David has also lead the RSA’s Tomorrow’s Investor programme, successfully championed the consumer cause in promoting better pension arrangements in Britain, co-Chaired the UN Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative, been closely involved in the setting up of the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investment, and was a board member of the International Corporate Governance Network, the organisation of corporate governance professionals from around the world.
David has been involved in policy making in the UK, Europe and around the world, particularly in the field of corporate governance and financial market regulation. He was a partner in Deloitte for twelve years until 1997 and finance director of the UK Labour Party for two years until 1999.
David studied at Oxford and won a scholarship to Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has served as a pension trustee, and as an advisor to fund managers. He has written extensively on the subject of responsible investment and capital market regulation.