Global Head of ESG and Strategic Partnerships
Abigail leads responsible investment engagement across all asset classes and markets at Aviva Investors. She compliments this work with public policy advocacy in the UK, EU, OECD and UN on a spectrum of issues relating to sustainable finance. Alongside this Abigail leads the commercial and business development work stream. She has a special interest in the defence and security response to climate change and leads the implementation of the Aviva strategic response to climate change. She is the co-founder of the Superbugs and Super Risks series of reports on antibiotic resistance.
Experience and qualifications
Abigail sits on the UKSIF Leadership Committee, the 30% Club Investor’s Steering Committee, ICAEW Corporate Governance Committee, is a technical advisor to the Zoological Society of London's palm oil and forestry group, an advisor to the new FishTracker initiative & a Trustee of the Chartered Secretaries’ Charitable Trust. She is a judge for the ICSA and IR Europe awards, an advisor at Reputation Consultancy and focused on the impact of a loss of pollinators on investment returns when completing the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business at the University of Cambridge. This work was subsequently included in a book - The Business of Bees. Abigail previously headed up corporate governance at The Co-operative Asset Management (TCAM), now acquired by Royal London Asset Management (RLAM). During her tenure TCAM received 'Best Steward of the Year' in the Financial News Asset Management Awards and Best Users of Research - Thomson Reuters Extel SRI-Connect survey as well as providing national pension fund NEST and private equity house Kohlberg Kravis and Roberts (KKR) with bespoke RI consultation. TCAM became the first investor to ascribe to the Stewardship Code and to factor in gender into their voting policy.