People

People

We have a committed team with depth and breadth of knowledge and experience. 

Peter Webster - CEO

Peter Webster has led EIRIS (now after merger part of Vigeo Eiris) since it was founded in 1983. He has focussed on the challenges of providing ESG ratings and research to a wide range of owners and managers, helping investors to make good use of that research and advancing the concept of responsible investment. Peter is a regular speaker on topics ranging from fiduciary duty to individual ESG areas and their global evolution as well as how responsible investment can contribute to a more sustainable and robust financial system. He was treasurer of the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association for 20 years until the end of 2011 and in October 2013 was elected by PRI asset manager and service provider signatories to be a member of the PRI Advisory Council. Peter is now Director of International Affairs at Vigeo Eiris.  

Rachel Withey - Company Secretary

Rachel joined EIRIS in May 2001 and became EIRIS's Assistant Director having previously worked as a Planning and Information Manager for the NSPCC. She now works on special projects for Vigeo Eiris on a part-time basis and is the staff member responsible for the work of the EIRIS Foundation.

David Bent - Trustee

David Bent is passionate about playing his part in a generation that puts the world on a sustainable footing. David has worked at Forum for the Future, an independent non-profit working globally to solve complex sustainability challenges, for the last 13 years, most recently as Director of Sustainable Business. He advised dozens of companies in the UK, USA and India on strategy and innovation so they can be more successful by creating a sustainable future.

His perspective is that we need to shift so our global natural and social systems are coping (rather than overwhelmed, as they are now), and also people have access to what they need to choose their own lives. David supports institutions that are acting as a global ‘innovation function’, whether as an advisor, an executive, or a social entrepreneur. He recently finished advising the Cabinet Office on inclusive economy.  His current priorities include: researching a pro-sustainability industrial strategy as an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge; and, starting a 'Gigatonne Lab' to accelerate a rapid transition to a zero carbon world.

David has a Masters in Physics from Oxford, a Masters in Responsibility and Business Practice from Bath and is a qualified accountant, having spent 4 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). He has been a tutor on the Post-Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Roger Cowe - Trustee

Roger Cowe is a former journalist and consultant specialising in corporate sustainability. He has worked on sustainability communications with major multinationals and organisations including the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Roger has been involved in the development of corporate sustainability since the early 1990s, initially as a business journalist on The Guardian newspaper. After an early career as a management accountant he gained an MBA from Manchester Business School.

Alastair Hanton - Trustee

Alastair Hanton is a former Deputy Managing Director of Girobank and has for a number of years served as a director or adviser to a number of NGOs concerned with development, fair trade and environmental transport including Christian Aid, the Fairtrade Foundation and the Campaign for Better Transport.

Mauricio Lazala Leibovich - Trustee

Mauricio Lazala Leibovich is Deputy Director at the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.  He is an international human rights advocate and lawyer.  Since joining the Resource Centre in 2006 he has coordinated research in areas such as Business, Conflict & Peace and Freedom of Association; and has helped producing briefings on business & human rights in Latin America, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and the Middle East & North Africa.  He has also represented the Resource Centre in numerous events internationally, and has undertaken several research missions.  Mauricio previously worked at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, and at various human rights organisations in Mexico and Israel.  Mauricio has a law degree (honours) from Cambridge University and a BA in Political Science and History from Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  Mauricio has published articles on business & human rights, and is fluent in Spanish, English & Hebrew.

John O'Reilly - Trustee and Chair of the Board

John O’Reilly (Chair of the EIRIS Foundation) formerly worked for BP in areas where human rights were a significant corporate responsibility issue, and since retiring from that role has worked with the Amnesty Business Group in promoting a discussion of the best ways in which businesses can address their human rights responsibilities.

BIll Seddon - Trustee

Bill Seddon is the retired Chief Executive of the Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church and of Epworth Investment Management which follows a similar approach to responsible investment. He was also a member of the Methodist Church Joint Advisory Committee of the Ethics of Investment and responsible for carrying out its recommendations. Bill has also been a committee member of the Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change and of the Ecumenical Committee of Corporate Responsibility (ECCR).

Richard Singleton - Trustee

Richard Singleton is former Director of Corporate Governance for F&C and has been involved since 1985 in fund management and engagement work connected with the Friends Provident Stewardship Committee and retail funds and with the Responsible Engagement Overlay (REO) service. Richard has also worked with the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and other industry and collaborative ventures to improve corporate governance generally.

Frances Way - Trustee

Frances Way is Co-Chief Operating Officer at CDP. She joined CDP in 2007 to manage and expand the supply chain program and now oversees the delivery and strategy of all CDP’s programs. This involves working with both investor and company stakeholders on the issues of climate change, water and deforestation. Previously, Frances spent eight years in the finance sector, primarily in Dresdner Kleinwort’s Global Equities Division where she was responsible for communications between the European research and sales teams. Frances has an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London.