UK – Steve Waygood, director for investor responsibility at Insight Investment, has been appointed chairman of the UK Social Investment Forum, which promotes SRI among UK investors.

Waygood has been joint-vice chairperson at UKSIF with Morley Fund Management SRI director Clare Brook for roughly two years.

He takes over from Jupiter Asset Management’s Emma Howard Boyd, who has retired as chair and board member after eight years’ service.

Boyd, who is director of Jupiter Asset Management’s SRI and governance team, will remain an active member of UKSIF, said a spokesperson for the socially responsible investment association.

Boyd originally joined the board in 1998. She became vice chairperson in 2001 and chairperson in 2003.

The UKSIF spokesperson told IPE that Waygood’s former vice chairperson position has not been filled yet. However, the board will be meeting soon to discuss a successor.

Waygood, who has worked in the SRI field for almost ten years, has in the past also worked at WWF-UK in the finance and investment area. He also covered SRI when he worked as fund manager at Friends, Ivory & Sime (now F&C).

"Going forward, I see a number of key challenges, including the impact of the changing nature of pension provision, the disparate quality of investment advice on SRI and the need to demonstrate the important social contribution of SRI to an increasingly financially literate civil society," said Waygood.

Boyd added: “Having worked closely with Steve over the last 18 months and witnessed his enthusiasm for all aspects of SRI first hand, I am confident that the skills he will bring as chair will continue to benefit UKSIF."