FOR PEOPLE AND PLANET
FaithInvest has a small core team of staff supported by consultants and advisors around the world. The team brings together people with significant experience in engaging faith groups, alongside those with extensive backgrounds in socially responsible investing, asset management and shareholder advocacy.
Founding President &
Interim Chief Executive
Martin Palmer was the Secretary General of the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) until June 2019. ARC was founded with HRH Prince Philip in 1995 to help faiths develop environmental and conservation projects based on their own beliefs and practices. Although ARC closed in 2019, having achieved its major goals, its legacy includes FaithInvest and WWF's International Beliefs and Values Programme. Martin is an international specialist on all major faiths and religious traditions and cultures. He is the author and editor of more than 20 books on religious and environmental topics. He has translated many ancient Chinese texts, is a regular contributor to the BBC, and is a lay preacher in the Church of England. He has been working with the faiths on their investment programmes since 2001.
Catherine Arnold is a theologian, scholar of Islam, former diplomat and currently Master of St Edmund's College, Cambridge, UK. She joined the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 2006 and was posted to Oman, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan, including three years as the UK's Ambassador to Mongolia. She was then appointed Head of the FCO's Illegal Wildlife Trade Unit, delivering the high profile 2018 Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference. In 2019, she led the Cabinet Office's successful campaign to secure the UK as host for COP26. She is the first woman to hold the post of Master of St Edmund's College.
Head of Events & Partnerships
Pippa Arnold (no relation to Catherine!) has been organising international, multi-faith, environmental events and building relationships with a wide range of partners for more than a decade. She worked for the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC), organising events in partnership with the UN, Norwegian Government and Buckingham Palace, among others, and in locations ranging from Ise, Japan, to Nairobi, Kenya. She is a Trustee of the UK-based charity Faith in Water, has a degree in Geography from Sussex University, UK., and combines huge efficiency with an ability to remain calm and cheerful under pressure.
Mark Campanale is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Carbon Tracker Initiative, an independent financial think tank carrying out in-depth analysis on the impact of energy transition on capital markets. He has been a leading figure in ethical investments for over 30 years, co-founding some of the first reponsible investment funds at Jupiter Asset Management, NPI, AMP Capital and Henderson Global Investor. He is a founding director of the UK Sustainable and Responsible Investment Forum and has served on numerous international bodies, from UNEP's Financial Sector Initiative to the steering group of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development's working group on finance.
Faith Plans Programme Manager
Catherine Devitt has worked in environmental policy and advocacy for over ten years. She came to the FaithPlans programme from her role as policy coordinator with Ireland's national climate coalition, Stop Climate Chaos. Catherine also worked as environmental justice officer with the Irish Jesuits and EcoJesuit. She lectured in University College Dublin on environmental issues and has published in leading international journals on topics related to environmental risk, climate change, biodiversity, and interreligious dialogue and sustainability. Catherine has sabbatical experience in ecology and spirituality, and her academic background is in the social sciences, and in environmental policy.
Director of Strategy and Investment Research
Mike Even is an investment professional with more than 35 years' industry experience. He was the Chairman of Man Numeric Investors in Boston, US, and a member of the Man Group Executive Committee. He worked for Citigroup for nine years, building a global asset management organisation. After Citi merged with Travelers, he became global CIO of the Private Bank and then global CIO for, and co-head of, Citigroup Asset Management, overseeing investment teams running more than $500B in client assets. In 2002, Mike's work with Citi Private Bank's European clients brought him into contact with ARC and ignited his interest in faith-based investing, leading to a decade and a half of collaboration. He serves on the investment committees of the Massachusetts Pension Reserves Management Board and the Trustees of the Reservation.
Director of Investment Solutions
Nana Francois is a financial services, investments and strategy expert with more than 15 years of experience in the UK and South Africa. Her background includes public and private company valuation in asset management, hedge fund and management consultant roles, presenting investment opportunities to fund managers and other decision makers, and implementing investment decisions. Before joining FaithInvest, she was Head of Strategy and Business Performance for Barclays Africa Group/Absa in Johannesburg, South Africa, and a rated equity research analyst with JP Morgan in London, UK. She supports Africa Works, a church-based enterprise in South Africa, is an Executive Director for the Women's DNA Fund and is a Tustee of the Finance Innovation Lab.
Director of Movement Building
Lorna Gold has over two decades' experience of engaging faiths on environmental, climate and economic justice. She worked at a senior level in Trocaire, the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland. She is a leading voice on faith-consistent investing within the Catholic Church and supported the Irish Bishops' Conference to divest from fossil fuels in 2018. She is Acting Chair of the Board of Directors of the Glboal Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM), a member of the Vatican's Covid Commission Economics Taskforce. She lectures part-time in climate justice and social policy at Maynooth University, Ireland. Her publications include New Financial Horizons – The Emergence of an Economy of Communion (NCP, 2011) and Climate Generation – Awakening our Children's Future (NCP, 2018).
Mathew Jensen has two decades of engaging institutional investors and consultants worldwide. His expertise includes business creation and expansion, product development and management, and consulting across global institutional markets. His background includes Chief Operating Officer for Liberty Cove Investors, Boston, US; Director of Research and Development for Fidelity Management and Research Company, Boston, US; and Investment Director for Wellington Management, Boston, US, and London, UK. He is based in the US, where he is Director of Faith Bridge Consulting, and supports our Membership Team on member engagement.
Director of Movement Building
Lorna Gold has over two decades' experience of engaging faiths on environmental, climate and economic justice. She worked at a senior level in Trocaire, the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland. She is a leading voice on faith-consistent investing within the Catholic Church and supported the Irish Bishops' Conference to divest from fossil fuels in 2018. She is Acting Chair of the Board of Directors of the Laudato Si' Movement (formerly the Global Catholic Climate Movement) and a member of the Vatican's Covid Commission Economics Taskforce. She lectures part-time in climate justice and social policy at Maynooth University, Ireland. Her publications include New Financial Horizons – The Emergence of an Economy of Communion (NCP, 2011) and Climate Generation – Awakening our Children's Future (NCP, 2018).
Mathew Jensen has two decades of engaging institutional investors and consultants worldwide. His expertise includes multi-asset global investing, product development and management, and consulting across global institutional markets. His background includes Chief Operating Officer for Liberty Cove Investors, Boston, US; Director of Research and Development for Fidelity Management and Research Company, Boston, US; and Investment Director for Wellington Management, Boston, US, and London, UK. Mathew holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Enterprise Risk Management Certified Professional (ERMCP) certifications, a Master in Business Administration from Cornell University and Queen's University Canada, and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Northeastern University. He is based in the US, in the Greater Boston area.
Faith Plans Programme Officer
Matilda Palmer (no relation to Martin!) graduated from the University of Nottingham, UK, in 2019 with a First Class degree in Physical Geography and followed it in 2020 with a First Class Distinction MSc in Environmental Leadership and Management in 2020, where she focused on ecological conservation. Her research project explored the environmental beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviours of Christians, and she worked closely with the Christian charity Tearfund throughout the process. She says: 'When I am not at work, you can most likely find me out in nature or with my head in a good book.'
Strategic Marketing and Communications
Steven Owen is a financial product marketing and distribution professional with more than 25 years' experience. With strategic communications, writing and editing skills, he has led the development, implementation, and measurement of successful marketing programmes for a range of investment products and financial services at several asset management firms including Liberty Cove Investors, Janus Henderson, Wellington Management, and Putnam Investments. Steven received a Master in Business Administration degree from Boston University. He currently lives in the Bay Area of San Francisco, California.
Michael Shackleton is Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Osaka Gakuin University in Japan, and has a special interest in religion and the environment. He was involved in the work of the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) from its earliest days. He acts as FaithInvest's advisor, providing key liaison and support on Asian faith groups.
Head of Communications
Susie Weldon was an award-winning journalist for two decades, working in the UK and Hong Kong, before moving into international development where she specialised in communications and project development. She has 12 years' experience of working with faith groups on environmental issues. She headed the Faith in Food programme for the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) and is a co-founder of the UK charity Faith in Water, which works with faith communities on water, sanitation and hygiene, and girls' education. She is co-author of Faith in Food: Changing the world one meal at a time.