Responsible Investing Team

RLAM’s Responsible Investment Team oversees research into and engagement on environmental, social and corporate governance issues. As well as sharing their expertise across RLAM’s investment teams, they work particularly closely with our Sustainable Funds Team, who manage a diverse range of well-regarded sustainable funds with an enviable track record.


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Niall O’Shea
Head of Responsible Investing
Niall oversees The Co-operative Asset Management’s corporate engagement and research on environmental, social and corporate governance issues. His sector specialist areas include Natural Resources, Utilities and Tobacco.  He led the annual Good Companies Guide ranking of the FTSE350 published annually in The Observer. He sits on the board of the Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change. Niall worked in teaching before joining The Co-operative Financial Services as a Corporate Governance Analyst in 2001 and holds a BA in English and Geography from the University of Cork, Ireland and an M.Phil. in Environment & Development from Cambridge University. 

Ashley Hamilton Claxton, Head of Responsible Investment

Ashley oversees RLAM's corporate governance analysis, company engagement and proxy voting. Before joining, Ashley was a Shareholder Engagement Executive at PIRC where she conducted corporate engagement and ESG analysis for the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF). Prior to that she was a research analyst and corporate engagement consultant for SHARE, a proxy voting and shareholder engagement consultancy based in Vancouver, Canada. She has a Master of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia.

 Carlota Garcia-Manas, Senior Responsible Investment Analyst 

Carlota joined from the Church of England National Investing Bodies, where she spent three years running high profile corporate engagements focused on climate change, international corporate tax, and board diversity. Before joining the Church of England, she was the Director of Products and Services at a tech start-up (Datamaran, formerly eRevalue) where she led the research team to develop software for sustainability benchmarking. Prior to that, she spent 10 years as Head of Research at Moody'swhere she led global ESG research and product development. Carlota has a deep interest in analytics and the integration of externalities (environmental and social) in corporate assessment. She uses techniques learned during her business development and sales role at eRevalue in her company engagements. Carlota is a Civil Engineer with an MSc in Environmental Economics.


Victoria McArdle, Sustainable Investment Analyst

Victoria joined the Sustainable team in 2016 as an analyst covering both financial and ESG. Prior to this she was a client relationship manager at RLAM, responsible for local authority, charity and pension fund clients. She originally joined the company in 2009, having spent three years in the interim at T. Rowe Price in the international fixed income team as an investment liaison, providing support to the portfolio managers. She started her career on a graduate programme at Aviva Investors. Victoria has a BSc in Natural Sciences from the University of Durham.

Sophie Johnson, Senior Corporate Governance Analyst

Sophie joined the RLAM Sustainable Investment team on a 14 month contract in March 2016. After a brief period working for another wealth manager, she returned to RLAM in November 2017. She is responsible for proxy voting, corporate governance analysis and company engagement. Sophie joined from ISS Institutional Shareholder Services where she worked in both the Client Account Management and Custom Research teams. She holds a GDL and LPC from the University of Law Bristol; a LLM in International Corporate and Commercial Law from the University of York and a BA(hons) degree in History and Archaeology. 

Tom Johnson, Responsible Investment Analyst

Tom joined the team as a Responsible Investment Analyst in May 2018, to work on the implementation of RLAM’s responsible investment strategy and to provide support on company screening and corporate governance. Prior to this, Tom spent nearly three years working in Royal London’s group press office, focusing in particular on the asset management business. Tom holds a BA in Politics and Philosophy from Cardiff University.


 Beth Goldsmith, Responsible Investment Analyst

Beth joined the team as a Responsible Investment Analyst in June 2019, to work on the expansion of RLAM’s responsible investment strategy and to provide support on company screening and ESG engagement. Prior to this, Beth spent five years working at KPMG, working with FTSE 250 companies on ESG disclosure and risk management. Beth holds a BA in Environmental Management from the University of Leeds.


Piotr Kwiatkowski, Corporate Governance Analyst

Piotr joined the team as a Corporate Governance Analyst in October 2019, to work on the expansion of RLAM’s proxy voting and governance activities. Piotr has joined from Institutional Shareholder Services, where he worked as a custom research analyst, providing institutional investors with bespoke vote recommendations. Piotr has a Master's degree in Business Law and LL.M. in Corporate and Commercial Law from Maastricht University.


Jeffrey Ndeti, Corporate Governance Analyst

Jeff joined the Responsible Investment team in October 2019 as an analyst working on proxy voting, company engagement and corporate governance analysis. Previously, Jeff spent nearly three years at Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) where he worked as a custom research analyst in providing bespoke proxy voting solutions and corporate governance consultations to several institutional investors. He holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Exeter and a BSc(hons) Economics degree from Swansea University.