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Richard Maitland - speaker

Richard Maitland, Head of Charities at Sarasin & Partners

Richard has more than 23 years' investment experience and joined Sarasin & Partners in 1992. He has led the firm’s third party funds research team, analysing specialist equity funds and alternative assets while managing portfolios for a range of charities, pension funds and unit trusts.

He now focuses on managing diversified multi-asset portfolios for charities, and assists in setting the firm's long-term strategic asset allocation. Richard is author of the Sarasin & Partners Compendium of Investment and a member of the Executive Committee.

Natasha Landell-Mills - speaker

Natasha Landell-Mills, Head of Stewardship at Sarasin & Partners

Natasha joined Sarasin & Partners in 2013 and oversees stewardship activities across the company. These include the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into the investment process, steering deeper engagements where Sarasin believes intervention can protect and create value, and leading the firm's external policy outreach on matters that can impede long-term value creation.

Prior to this, Natasha spent over six years as the Senior Analyst leading ESG integration and several strands of policy work at the Universities Superannuation Scheme's investment management arm, and four years in Budapest working with OTP Fund Management and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Before moving into finance, Natasha spent a number of years working on sustainable development in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

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David Pitt-Watson

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.

Sir John Beddington

Sir John Beddington

John Beddington started his studies initially at the LSE where he took a BSc and MSc. He then moved to Edinburgh to do a PhD in what was then the rather new discipline of Mathematical Ecology. His academic career was initially at York University and subsequently at Imperial College. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001 and appointed CMG in 2004.

He was from 2008 until 2013 the Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA) reporting directly to the Prime Minister. As GCSA, he was responsible for increasing the scientific capacity across Whitehall by encouraging all major departments of state to recruit a Chief Scientific Adviser.

During his time as GCSA he set up the Scientific Advisory Group in Emergencies (SAGE) that reported to the COBRA committee.  He ran the Foresight Team that reported on such varied issues as Food Security, Climate Change Threats and High Speed Financial Trading and was responsible for reviews on inter alia Nuclear Energy, High Speed Computing in Climate Science and the Scientific Contribution to National Security.

He was awarded a Knighthood in 2010 and in June 2014 received The Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese Government.

He is the Senior Adviser to the Oxford Martin School and Professor of Natural Resource Management at Oxford University.  Amongst other activities he is a Non-Executive Director of the Met Office (currently Acting Chair), chairs the Cabot Institute External Board at Bristol University, the Global Academies Panel at Edinburgh University and the Systemic Risk Institute at the LSE.

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Heidi Hellmann

Heidi Hellmann became Head of Group Strategy and Market & Competitor Intelligence at Centrica plc in November 2016.

Heidi has had over 25 years’ experience working in the oil and gas and power sectors, having started her career at Exxon in 1991 as a Project Engineer. Heidi worked as a Senior Offshore Drilling Engineer at Amoco, before taking a break to get an MBA in Finance and Multinational Management from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Following three years at Enron, Heidi joined RD Shell, where she worked in a range of positions over a 10 year period.

From Shell, Heidi moved to BG Group in 2012, where she was Head of Group Strategy. In this position Heidi was responsible for leading Group-wide strategy and the competitor intelligence function. Key aspects of Heidi’s work included a review of all BG’s producing assets, and the development of the new corporate strategy in 2015.

In addition to her MBA from The Wharton School, Heidi has a degree from Stanford in Petroleum Engineering.

Cameron Hepburn

Professor Cameron Hepburn

Professor Cameron Hepburn is Professor of Environmental Economics at the Smith School and a Fellow at New College, University of Oxford. He is the Director of the Economics of Sustainability Programme at the Institute for New Economic Thinking and Co-Director of the Net Zero Carbon Investment Initiative at the Oxford Martin School. He has degrees in law and engineering, a doctorate in economics, and over 30 peer-reviewed publications in economics, public policy, law, engineering, philosophy, and biology.

Cameron has advised governments (e.g. China, India, UK and Australia) and international institutions (e.g. OECD, UN organisations) on energy, resources and environmental policy.  He is a member of the Economics Advisory Group (with Lord Stern and Professor Helm) to the UK Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change.  He served for almost a decade as a member of the Academic Panel, in the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department of Energy and Climate Change. 

Cameron began his business career with work at oil multinational Shell, law firm Mallesons and then management consultancy McKinsey & Co.  Cameron is now a founder-investor in the social enterprise and clean energy sectors.  He has co-founded three successful businesses in environmental and energy finance and economics.

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