Standard Life Investments

Our team

As one of the largest institutional investors in the UK, it’s only fitting we should have dedicated governance and stewardship teams to focus on developing and implementing a professional approach to the field.

In fact, our teams have been around for a considerable time. Our governance and stewardship team was set up in 1992, and we’re seen as one of the leading UK institutions in this area.

A reputation that opens doors

Our financial strength and professional reputation encourage companies’ management to consider our views, and take them into account where possible.

Our governance and stewardship team works closely with the companies we invest in, promoting compliance with UK and international codes of corporate governance. Companies are also required to demonstrate that they manage their social and environmental impacts effectively. By holding frequent one-to-one meetings with directors of companies and company secretaries, we’re able to raise any concerns with them directly. We also publicise our concerns where appropriate – you’ll find examples of this in the Letters, Statements & Articles section.

Governance and Stewardship

Euan Stirling

Euan Stirling

Head of Stewardship and ESG Investment

A chartered accountant, Euan’s career began at Ernst & Young in 1986 and he subsequently held a variety of accounting roles spanning Private Practice, Industry and Local Government. Before joining us, he was a UK fund manager at Schroder Investment Management where he managed several institutional pension funds and charity portfolios. Euan moved into his role as of Head of Stewardship and ESG Investment in 2016 following a fifteen year career with us during which he was a fund manager and investment analyst in the UK Equity Team. Euan’s role brings together the Governance & Stewardship and Responsible Investment teams with a reporting line to the Chief Investment Officer.

Mike Everett

Mike Everett

Director de Gobernanza y administración

Antes de entrar en el equipo de Gobernanza y administración, en octubre de 2012, Mike era Jefe de Riesgo y cumplimiento en Standard Life Investments. Cuenta con 29 años de experiencia en servicios financieros, 15 de los cuales en el ámbito del riesgo y cumplimiento. Anteriormente, ocupó cargos relacionados con la gestión de fondos minoristas. Mike tiene un máster en administración de empresas de la Universidad de Edimburgo y es miembro del Instituto Colegiado de Valores e Inversión (CISI, por sus siglas en inglés).

Alison Kennedy

Alison Kennedy

Directora de Gobernanza y administración

Alison es licenciada en Dirección de empresas por la Universidad de Edimburgo y diplomada en Banca por el Instituto de Banqueros de Escocia. Antes de unirse a nuestro equipo, era analista de renta variable del Reino Unido y gestora de fondos en Provident Mutual, Scottish Widows Investment Partnership y Abbey National Asset Managers.

Deborah Gilshan

Deborah Gilshan

Governance & Stewardship Director

Deborah joined the ESG Investment team in May 2017. Prior to this, she was Head of Sustainable Ownership at RPMI Railpen (the pension fund for the UK railway industry) where she led their work on active ownership and sustainable investment strategies, having joined as a governance specialist in November 2007. She started her governance career at the UK’s Co-operative Insurance Society in December 2000. Deborah is a member of the 30% Club’s Steering Committee and co-chairs the UK institutional investor group. She is a Fellow of ICSA: The Governance Institute, an IMC member of CFA UK and serves on the FRC’s Stakeholder Advisory Panel and ICGN’s Business Ethics Committee. In October 2011, Deborah founded The 100% Club, a network for professional women.

Nick Duncan

Nick Duncan

Governance & Stewardship Manager

Nick holds an MA (Hons) in Accountancy & Finance from Heriot-Watt University and an MSc in Investment Analysis from Stirling University. Nick is a CFA charterholder with over 15 years experience in the fund management industry, previously running both Japanese and global portfolios. He has held fund management positions with Scottish Widows Investment Partnership, Abbey National Asset Managers, Aberdeen Asset Managers and Murray Johnstone.

Joanna McNeill

Joanna McNeill

Governance & Stewardship Manager

Joanna has over 10 years' experience in the asset management industry. Prior to joining us, she specialised in corporate governance analysis, engagement, research and voting at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership. Joanna is an associate member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) and an IMC member of CFA UK.

Douglas Wilson

Douglas Wilson

Director de Gobernanza y administración

Douglas es miembro del Instituto de Valores y también cuenta con una amplia experiencia en registro de valores, acuerdos y fiscalidad y contabilidad de fondos, que adquirió durante su etapa en Hill Samuel Asset Management.

Nicola Robertson

Nicola Robertson

Governance & Stewardship Process & Controls Manager

Nicola holds an honors degree in Quality Management and Business Studies from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Nicola's role is to manage and continuously improve the Governance & Stewardship team's processes in order to support the team in providing value to our clients through our Governance and Stewardship activities.

Claire Leighton

Claire Leighton

Governance & Stewardship On Desk Support

Claire joins the Governance and Stewardship team from Standard Life Investments’ Operations department, having worked in Service Delivery. She has over 10 years’ experience in financial services, with previous roles in client reporting and retail banking. Claire holds a BA (Hons) from Edinburgh Napier University.