Church of England’s Ethical Advisory Group Finds a Secretary

Anna McDonald comes from a sustainable investment background at Barclays.

The new secretary to the Church of England’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG) is Anna McDonald.

The group is a consultancy that helps steer some of the investment decisions for the Church Commissioners, Pension Board, and church funds managed by CCLA Investment Management, which the Church of England calls its National Investing Bodies. Its purpose is to make sure the prospective allocations are ethically in-line with the church’s expectations.

She will start in mid-September, succeeding Stephen Barrie, who was hired in January as deputy director of ethics and engagement to the church’s pensions board. He has also been serving as interim secretary.

McDonald was previously Barclays’ head of corporate banking in the eastern region, where she focused on sustainable investing and green banking. She also worked at BNB Paribas.

“The EIAG is the authoritative voice for distinctly Anglican ethical investment policy advice,” said John Ball, the Church of England Pensions Board’s chief executive. “Its work program covers a huge variety of ethical investment issues, from traditional subjects such as alcohol and corporate tax, to the ethics of different asset classes or sectors, through to cutting edge technologies.”

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