Standard Life Investments

Our team

As one of the largest institutional investors in the UK, it’s only fitting we should have a dedicated ESG investment team to focus on developing and implementing a professional approach to the field.

A reputation that opens doors

Our financial strength and professional reputation encourage companies’ management to consider our views, and take them into account where possible.

Our ESG investment team works closely with the companies we invest in, promoting best practice standards. Companies are required to demonstrate that they manage their social and environmental impacts effectively. By holding frequent one-to-one meetings with company management we’re able to raise any concerns with them directly. We also publicise our concerns where appropriate – you’ll find examples of this in the ESG documents section. We want to ensure that we communicate clearly with our customers, and the companies we invest in. With this in mind, please feel free to with any comments or suggestions you may have.

Head of Stewardship and ESG Investment

Euan Stirling

Global Head of Stewardship and ESG Investment Euan Stirling

A chartered accountant, Euan’s career began at Ernst & Young in 1986 and he subsequently held a variety of accounting roles spanning Private Practice, Industry and Local Government. Before joining us, he was a UK fund manager at Schroder Investment Management where he managed several institutional pension funds and charity portfolios. Euan moved into his role as of Head of Stewardship and ESG Investment in 2016 following a fifteen year career with us during which he was a fund manager and investment analyst in the UK Equity Team. Euan’s role brings together the Governance & Stewardship and Responsible Investment teams with a reporting line to the Chief Investment Officer.

Governance and Stewardship

Mike Everett

Mike Everett

Governance & Stewardship Director

Mike moved to his role as Governance and Stewardship Director in October 2012. In this role he works as part of the Governance & Stewardship team to protect and enhance the value of our clients' investments through the analysis and mitigation of governance risk. He also has specific responsibility for addressing the implications of changes to public policy for Standard Life Investments and its clients.

Alison Kennedy

Alison Kennedy

Governance & Stewardship Director

Alison holds a degree in business from the University of Edinburgh and a Diploma in Banking from the Institute of Bankers in Scotland. Before joining us, she was a UK equity analyst and fund manager at Provident Mutual, Scottish Widows Investment Partnership and Abbey National Asset Managers.

Deborah Gilshan

Deborah Gilshan

Governance & Stewardship Director

Deborah joined the ESG Investment team in May 2017. Prior to this, she was Head of Sustainable Ownership at RPMI Railpen (the pension fund for the UK railway industry) where she led their work on active ownership and sustainable investment strategies, having joined as a governance specialist in November 2007. She started her governance career at the UK’s Co-operative Insurance Society in December 2000. Deborah is a member of the 30% Club’s Steering Committee and co-chairs the UK institutional investor group. She is a Fellow of ICSA: The Governance Institute, an IMC member of CFA UK and serves on the FRC’s Stakeholder Advisory Panel and ICGN’s Business Ethics Committee. In October 2011, Deborah founded The 100% Club, a network for professional women.

Nick Duncan

Nick Duncan

Governance & Stewardship Manager

Nick holds an MA (Hons) in Accountancy & Finance from Heriot-Watt University and an MSc in Investment Analysis from Stirling University. Nick is a CFA charterholder with over 15 years experience in the fund management industry, previously running both Japanese and global portfolios. He has held fund management positions with Scottish Widows Investment Partnership, Abbey National Asset Managers, Aberdeen Asset Managers and Murray Johnstone.

Joanna McNeill

Joanna McNeill

Governance & Stewardship Manager

Joanna has over 10 years' experience in the asset management industry. Prior to joining us, she specialised in corporate governance analysis, engagement, research and voting at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership. Joanna is an associate member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) and an IMC member of CFA UK.

Douglas Wilson

Douglas Wilson

Governance & Stewardship Manager

Douglas is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) and also has extensive experience in securities registration, settlements, fund accounting and taxation gained while at Hill Samuel Asset Management.

Nicola Robertson

Nicola Robertson

Governance & Stewardship Process & Controls Manager

Nicola holds an honors degree in Quality Management and Business Studies from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Nicola's role is to manage and continuously improve the Governance & Stewardship team's processes in order to support the team in providing value to our clients through our Governance and Stewardship activities.

Claire Leighton

Claire Leighton

Governance & Stewardship On Desk Support

Claire joins the Governance and Stewardship team from Standard Life Investments’ Operations department, having worked in Service Delivery. She has over 10 years’ experience in financial services, with previous roles in client reporting and retail banking. Claire holds a BA (Hons) from Edinburgh Napier University.

Responsible Investment

Amanda Young

Amanda Young

Head of Responsible Investment

Amanda has a long-standing career in responsible investment within the financial services industry. As Head of Responsible Investments, she leads a team of analysts focusing on the sustainability issues affecting Standard Life Investment’s investee companies. The team focuses on integrating human rights, environment, labour standard and business ethics issues into the mainstream investment process, as well as providing oversight to its Sustainable and Responsible Investment (SRI) and ethical investment propositions. Prior to joining Standard Life Investments, Amanda was the SRI Officer at Newton Investment Management where she integrated environmental, social and governance matters into Newton’s mainstream investment process. Amanda started her career in responsibility investment at CCLA Investment Management where she has responsibility for CCLA’s charity clients. Amanda’s first research position was at Rabobank International, in the economics department. Amanda graduated from Lancaster University with a BSc in Psychology. Amanda current sits on the FTSE ESG Advisory Committee. She was a member of the board of the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association for six years.

Andrew Mason

Andrew Mason

Responsible Investment Analyst

Andrew has a master’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Edinburgh and a post graduate diploma in Sustainable Business from the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining Standard Life Investments, Andrew worked on the development and implementation of environmental, social and ethical risk policies at the Royal Bank of Scotland and led the Group’s relationship with key stakeholders on sustainability issues. He also chaired a working group of the Equator Principles (EPs) and was active in the UK Network of the UN Global Compact.

Elizabeth Meyer

Elizabeth Meyer

Responsible Investment Analyst

As a Responsible Investment Analyst, Elizabeth promotes the integration of environmental and social considerations in the investment process. She supports sector analysis and company engagement, and focuses on human rights and impact investing. Elizabeth joined the ESG Investment Team from the Global Investment Specialist Group within Standard Life Investments. Prior to joining the firm, she worked in research and communications roles across a range of sectors, including legal services and utilities. Elizabeth holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) and an MSc in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh.

Sophie Rahm

Sophie Rahm

Responsible Investment Analyst

Sophie is a Responsible Investment Analyst in the ESG Investment Team. She promotes the integration of environmental and social risks and opportunities across equity and credit investment portfolios. Sophie conducts company analysis and engagement, covering the oil & gas, mining, utilities and technology sectors. She also has a focus on environmental issues. Prior to joining SLI, Sophie worked for Schroders in London as an ESG Analyst. She started her career as a research analyst with Trucost. Sophie holds an MSc. in Environmental Policy from the London School of Economics and went on to gain a further MSc. in the Conservation of Historic Buildings from the University of Bath.

Katharina Lindmeier

Katharina Lindmeier

Responsible Investment Analyst

Katharina is an analyst in the Responsible Investment team covering the chemicals, telecoms and agricultural sectors. She specialises in supply chain and ethical issues, in particular with regard to the ethical funds. Katharina joined the Responsible Investment team in 2015 after completing an MA with Joint Honours Philosophy and Economics at the University of Edinburgh.