Helen Wildsmith joined CCLA (the UK Church and charity mutual) in 2008, and as Head of Ethical & Responsible Investment she is responsible for developing and implementing the firm's client-driven approach in this evolving area. Prior to this she worked as a consultant to CCLA and the sector, and was the Executive Director of UKSIF (the sustainable investment and finance association) from 2002 to 2005. She started her career at NatWest in 1990, specialising in strategy development and project management across the group, and has an MSc in Voluntary Sector Organisation from the London School of Economics and an MPhil in Futures Studies. She is a member of a the $87tn Carbon Disclosure Project's carbon catalyst group, which helped launch Carbon Action, and a member of FTSE4Good's policy and criteria committees. Helen represents the CBF Church of England Funds on the £12bn Church Investors Group's steering committee, and until recently chaired the UKSIF committee that oversees the strategic direction of National Ethical Investment Week.
I am interested in assets that are managed to enhance the long-term well-being of ultimate beneficiaries, and the systemic changes that are required to make this approach a widespread reality. I am concerned that non-linear climate change will be one of this century’s ‘predictable surprises’, and believe that we are collectively not doing enough to balance beneficiaries’ short and longer term needs in relation to the sustainability challenge.