Purpose-driven culture attracts top talent


Leading ethical investment manager Australian Ethical Investment, which manages more than $2.6 billion in funds in accordance with its Ethical Charter, has announced a number of appointments to help build out its investment, ethics, and marketing teams

The appointments are in response to Australian Ethical’s ongoing growth in funds under management (FUM) and memberships as ethical investing continues to gain mainstream attention

Australian Ethical Investment’s Managing Director Phil Vernon said having a clear business purpose and value-aligned investments is attracting top talent

“We are a purpose-driven business and people are highly motivated to join us because our work is having a long term positive impact,” Mr Vernon said

“We believe a financial system based purely on the pursuit of profits or financial returns is not enough. A new model is needed where all decisions are made conscious of their broader impact on the world around us. Our employees tell us they feel very connected to a business that is so aligned to their values.

New team members include:

Ms Deana Mitchell, Equities Analyst (appointed 19 March)

With over 20 years’ experience in equity markets, Deana joins the investment team at Australian Ethical as an Equities Analyst.  Deana comes from Macquarie where she worked for almost 14 years in various roles in equities research. Most recently she was Deputy Head of the Emerging Leaders Research team, which was ranked number one in the Peter Lee Survey.

Prior roles were Head of ESG Research, where her research was highly regarded in the market, and senior analyst in the financials team, where her insurance research product was rated number one for five consecutive years.

In 2017, Deana was awarded #8 overall stock-picker of all Australia/NZ sell-side analysts in the Thomson Reuters Analyst Awards.

Ms Amanda Richman, Ethics Analyst (appointed 19 February)

Amanda Richman has joined the team as an Ethics Analyst. In her previous role, she was a Senior Associate at Allens law firm.

Amanda intends to use her legal training and six years of commercial experience to critically assess investment opportunities and advocate for change.

In 2016, Amanda was a finalist of Lawyers Weekly’s 30 under 30 in the Dispute Resolution category. She also received an Australian Young Lawyer of the Year Award in 2013. She brings to Australian Ethical a wealth of experience as an animal advocate, as former Chair of the NSW Young Lawyers Animal Law Committee and as a senior lawyer at the Animal Law Institute.

Ms Dimity Macdonald, head of Communications (appointed 2 February)

With more than 25 years’ experience in financial services, Dimity was appointed Head of Communications in February after a year contracting in the role. Most recently Dimity spent four years at Qantas Super as Head of Member Experience for the $7 billion fund, previously holding senior marketing and communication roles at J.P. Morgan and AXA.

These senior female appointments come on the back of Australian Ethical’s attainment of 50% gender representation on the Australian Ethical Investment Board and the naming of one of its Board members, Mara Bun, as the first female president of the Australian Conservation Foundation.

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