Chief Sustainability Officer
Richard is responsible for Sustainability and the Earth DividendTM. He is also a member of the investment committee.
Richard has spent over 30 years in international banking. In his 20 years with ABN AMRO he was Head of UK Structured Finance and Corporate Banking and sat on the UK Executive and Credit Committees. As Global Head of Project Finance he was responsible for ABN AMRO’s award winning business franchises in Europe, Asia, Australia, North America and Brasil. In this role he was also instrumental in the creation of the Equator Principles, a market recognised standard for managing environmental and social risk issues in project financing. Latterly, as Global Head of Sustainability, he chaired the group’s Sustainability Council and developed the bank’s strategy on climate change and the carbon markets. He is former Chair of the UNEP Finance Initiative, a former Steering Committee member of Renewable Energy Networks for the 21st Century and external board member of Forest Renewables (part of the Forestry Commission in Scotland).
Richard is currently a Fellow of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and holds a BA and MBA from Durham University. He is an Independent Non-Exec Director of Triodos Bank UK, a Senior Adviser to the Earth Security Group and a Dutch Development Bank (FMO) nominated non-Exec Board Director of Union Bank of Nigeria.