To achieve the transition to an inclusive, net-zero carbon and climate-resilient economy, both public and private finance is needed.
The Green Finance Institute was established in 2019 as a direct response to a key policy recommendation made by the industry-led Green Finance Taskforce to the UK Government in March 2018.
Sitting at the nexus of the public and private sectors, the Green Finance Institute convenes and leads sectoral coalitions of global experts, that identify and unlock barriers to investment towards impactful, real-economy outcomes, to benefit our environment, society, and business.
We are an independent, commercially focused organisation backed by government and led by bankers. We are fuelled by science and data and propelled by the creativity and ingenuity of the finance sector.
We design, develop and launch portfolios of scalable financial solutions that accelerate sector-specific transitions to a low-carbon future.
A greener future made possible by finance
To accelerate the transition to a clean, resilient and environmentally sustainable economy by channelling capital at pace and scale towards real-economy outcomes that will create jobs and increase prosperity for all.
“The systemic risk posed by the climate crisis to financial services requires decisive action and a rapid pivot towards the opportunities presented by the zero-carbon economy. Box-ticking, sloganeering, greenwashing and relying on the heroic efforts of individuals won’t achieve the scale of the transformation required. Cross-sector collaboration and the focused application of the creativity, innovation and skills of the financial services industry to finance the global transition will.”
Dr Rhian-Mari Thomas OBE, Chief Executive, Green Finance Institute
What we do
Mobilising public and private finance for clean and resilient growth
- Focusing on financing real-economy transitions by sector
- Bringing together and leading coalitions of global experts and practitioners
- Identifying the barriers to investment
- Fostering the development of innovative financial mechanisms
- Incubating new ventures with foundations and other strategic partners worldwide
Supporting the greening of the financial system
- Collaborating with financial regulators, policymakers, trade bodies, think tanks and multilateral organisations
- Raising awareness of the financial sector’s ambitions and achievements in green finance through communications, events and engagement programmes
Building green finance skills and capabilities
- Supporting the UK Government’s diplomatic and trade efforts through education, training and advisory work
- Sharing international learning and best practice
Who we are
We are a purpose-driven team of market practitioners with a wealth of experience from across financial services, policy and academia. Led by bankers, we are an ‘action tank’ with a practical, sector-focused approach to unlocking green investment opportunities.
Emma Howard Boyd
Emma Howard Boyd is the Interim Chair and will help drive the Green Finance Institute’s work ahead of the UNCCC COP26 conference this November in Glasgow and will also be working with the Green Finance Institute Board in conducting an open process to appoint a permanent Chair, with proceedings set to begin in September, and likely to result in an official announcement in early 2022.
Emma has spent over 25 years working in the finance industry and is Chair of the Environment Agency, an Ex officio board member of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), an Advisor to the Board of Trade, and a Global Ambassador for UN’s Race to Zero and Race to Resilience ahead of COP26.
She serves on a number of boards and advisory committees which include The Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment (as co-Chair), the European Climate Foundation, the Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project, and Menhaden PLC.
Emma was the UK Commissioner to the Global Commission on Adaptation from 2018 until January 2021.
Dr. Rhian-Mari Thomas OBE
Dr. Rhian-Mari Thomas was awarded an OBE for services to green banking and was appointed chief executive of the UK Government and City of London Corporation-backed Green Finance Institute in 2019.
Rhian was previously the global head of green banking and the founder and chair of Barclays Green Banking Council, which developed and launched Barclays’ suite of green finance products and services. These include issuance of the first green bond by a UK bank backed solely by UK assets, the first green mortgage by a major UK high street lender and establishing Barclays as the first commercial bank with a full green corporate banking proposition to complement Barclays’ existing green bond origination capabilities.
Rhian is an Emeritus Member of the Taskforce on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and currently co-chair of the Informal Working Group for the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD). She is also a member of the UK Government’s Financial Services Trade Advisory Group, Net Zero Technology and Innovation Advisory Group and sits on the Advisory Board of the Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources, University College London as well as the Broadway Initiative Advisory Board. Rhian was also a commissioner on the Zero Carbon Commission and previously sat on the UK Government Green Finance Taskforce, the Banking Environment Initiative’s Fintech Taskforce and the steering group for the United Nations Environment Programme Principles for Responsible Banking.
Rhian began her banking career at Barclays Investment Bank in 2000, spending 10 years in leveraged finance and financial sponsors coverage before holding a succession of leadership roles across Barclays Corporate Bank and Barclaycard.
She is a passionate advocate of diversity and fairness and was awarded the Barclays Woman of the Year award 2014/15 in recognition of her efforts to support the inclusion agenda both within the bank and the broader community. In both 2016 and 2017, Rhian was ranked in the Financial Times Outstanding Top 30 Global Executive LGBT Allies list.
A fluent Welsh speaker, Rhian holds a PhD in Physics from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Prior to joining the Green Finance Institute in 2020, Dan Godsall had a 27-year career spanning retail banking and commercial insurance.
He spent 16 years at Barclays, where he held three managing director positions, responsible for several regions of the retail banking network in the UK, and as national head of Barclays Premier Banking. Dan also spent three years at First Title Insurance plc, where he was a member of the executive committee.
Over the past five years, Dan established and ran several successful leadership development businesses, focussed on responsible leadership and diversity and inclusion.
Ingrid Holmes is the Executive Director of the Green Finance Institute. Ingrid was previously a Director and Head of Policy and Advocacy at Federated Hermes International. She was also the firm’s climate change coordinator. She has over 15 years of experience working on environmental policy and sustainable finance issues. Prior to joining Hermes Ingrid was a Director at climate change think tank E3G, leading a range of global initiatives on sustainable and inclusive finance. She has also held positions at the low carbon asset manager Climate Change Capital; been an energy and environment adviser in the UK Parliament; and adviser at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Prior to that she had a career in science publishing and journalism.
Ingrid has held a number of UK and EU advisory roles including Member of the UK Green Finance Initiative (2016/2018), Member of the European Commission’s High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (2017/2018) and ran the Secretariat for the Green Finance Taskforce (2017/2018). During the period 2019/2021 she was Vice Chair of the Disclosures Working Group within the UK Prudential Regulation Authority/Financial Conduct Authority Climate Financial Risk Forum and Co-Chair of the Investment Association’s Climate Change Working Group. She is currently a Member of the Lloyd’s ESG Advisory Group, acting as an independent expert on climate change.
Ingrid has a BSc in Biological Sciences (Hons Zoology) from the University of Edinburgh and an MSc/DIC in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London. Her BSc thesis was published in Genetical Research (Cambs) and she was awarded the Kathleen Lacy Prize for ranking first in her MSc specialism (Pollution Management).
An experienced and passionate green finance specialist, Emma Harvey joined the Green Finance Institute in 2019 and leads a portfolio of coalitions and projects including the Coalition for the Energy Efficiency of Buildings, an industry-led collaboration with more than 130 members, focused on developing new financial products and solutions to help accelerate the decarbonisation of buildings.
Emma previously worked across several areas within Barclays Bank including product development, portfolio management and corporate debt structuring. Throughout this period she championed the green finance agenda, supporting the bank’s first green bond issuance and pioneering the Barclays green home mortgage.
Emma holds an MPhys in Physics from Warwick University and received the Styles Prize for graduating top of her year.
Lauren Pamma joined the Green Finance Institute in December 2020 as programme director, leading the Coalition for the Decarbonisation of Transport, which focuses on developing new financial products and solutions to help accelerate the decarbonisation of transport.
Her career at Lloyds Banking Group spanned 16 years and saw her hold a number of finance, strategy and commercial roles, primarily within the asset finance division. Most recently she led the electrification agenda for Lex Autolease, identifying ways to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles.
Lauren holds a BSc in Zoology from Liverpool University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.
DIRECTOR, NATURE PROGRAMMES & GFI HIVE
Helen Avery is director, nature programmes and GFI Hive at the Green Finance Institute overseeing the Institute’s work on mobilising private capital into nature-based solutions and restoration. She also manages and co-hosts the Institute’s Green is the New Finance podcast series with Ryan Jude as well as the nature-focused podcast Financing Nature.
Prior to joining the Green Finance Institute, Helen was the sustainable finance editor at Euromoney, heading up global coverage of social and environmental finance, impact investing, conservation finance, inclusive finance, diversity and inclusion and corporate responsibility – areas she has covered since 2011. She also ran the publication’s coverage of global wealth management, philanthropy and asset management which she had overseen since joining Euromoney in 2003.
DIRECTOR, CORPORATE AFFAIRS
Emma Cusworth joined the Green Finance Institute in January 2021 as director of corporate affairs. Emma has 20 years’ international experience in strategic communications, content and integrated marketing for financial services firms. Prior to joining the Institute she spent 10 years specialising in sustainable investment and has an in-depth knowledge of ESG, impact and ethical investing across strategic and corporate communications, journalism, stewardship and advocacy as well as related disclosure and reporting frameworks. At the Green Finance Institute, she drives the organisation’s strategic brand, communications and advocacy activity.
Emma joined the Green Finance Institute from Lombard Odier Investment Managers (LOIM), where she was head of strategic communications, driving the development and implementation of a purpose-driven corporate narrative, culture and brand aligned with the strategic objectives of the firm. She spent three years at LOIM, which included a one-year secondment to its dedicated sustainable investment team focusing on communications and stewardship and collaborative engagements.
Emma was previously a freelance financial journalist specialising in global institutional investment issues. She regularly contributed news and feature articles to leading publications including the Financial Times, IPE, Financial News, Portfolio Institutional and Professional Pensions and developed her own sustainability-related blog, The Responsible Capitalist. Emma started her career in corporate communications and investor relations within a number of leading consultancy firms.
Emma has lived and worked in the UK, Germany, Switzerland and East Africa, and read Management Sciences at U.M.I.S.T., University of Manchester.
PROGRAMME DIRECTOR, CEEB EUROPE
James Hooton joined the Institute in May 2021 as programme director, leading the expansion of the CEEB into Europe.
James was previously the Finance and Operations Director for a Charity operating across the South West of England. The Charity runs Local Authority contracts tackling adult and young people substance misuse as well as homelessness. James spent the last 3 years transforming the organisation’s technological infrastructure, preparing the business for regulatory change and stabilising the balance sheet.
Prior to his Charity role, he spent 16 years at Goldman Sachs in London and Singapore managing a number of middle and back-office teams across a range of financial products from commodities, equity derivatives to vanilla cash equity. In his 9 years in Singapore, James advocated for and created teams, and their supporting technological processes, to improve oversight and reporting of operational risk as well as teams specifically assigned to clients and their trading risk. James sat on the operations steering committee of pan-Asia projects such as the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect as well as global projects such as the Margining of Non-Cleared Derivatives.
Part of James’s remit in Asia was acting as the Operations Client Relationship Manager for large Hedge Fund clients operating out of Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore. In this role it was his responsibility to manage different external stakeholder relationships across various financial jurisdictions, cultures and languages.
James holds an MSc in Physics from Nottingham University.
HR DIRECTOR AND COMPANY SECRETARY
Andy Jackson joined the Institute as HR Director and Company Secretary in June 2021. Andy has a wealth of experience as both a HR and Operations Director, with significant experience in scaling start-ups and working with organisations that span the public and private sector.
Andy’s most recent roles include interim Operations Director of the Impact Investing Institute, where he was instrumental in its establishment. From 2014 – 2018 Andy was Global HR Director and General Manager of the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), also known as the Nudge Unit. At BIT he was a member of the management board where he led the set up and transition from Government to the private sector and expansion into the USA, Australia and Singapore.
In 2007 he worked for David Sainsbury to set up and establish the Institute for Government as Director of Operations. He has also held several roles as a civil servant – most notably working on the Government’s commercial portfolio programme and social exclusion policy. Andy has a degree in Music, a post-graduate Diploma in Management and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
Ryan is the Programme Director for Green Taxonomy work at the Green Finance Institute, with a focus on advising the UK Government on implementing a UK Taxonomy – a common framework setting the bar for investments that can be defined as environmentally sustainable – through the Green Technical Advisory Group (GTAG). Ryan also works with the Institute’s sector-focused coalitions and initiatives, bringing together key stakeholders across the public and private sectors, academia and civil society in order to unlock barriers to the deployment of capital to deliver tangible economic outcomes. Ryan previously led the Institute’s Zero Carbon Heating Taskforce, as part of the Coalition for the Energy Efficiency of Buildings (CEEB), and is currently leading the Local Climate Bond (LCB) Campaign.
Ryan co-hosts the Institute’s Green is the New Finance podcast series, showcasing leading thinking on how to mobilise capital towards a greener, more inclusive and climate resilient global economy.
Before joining the Institute, Ryan worked in investment banking at Cantor Fitzgerald and Jefferies, specialising in power, energy and infrastructure, with a particular focus on renewable energy transactions. He has experience providing financial and strategic advice to leading clients on high-profile, global transactions, in both mergers and acquisitions and project finance.
Kishan-Kieran Patel joined the Green Finance Institute as an Associate in November 2020. He is working across its sector-focused coalitions and initiatives, bringing together key stakeholders across the public and private sectors, academia and civil society in order to unlock barriers to the deployment of capital to deliver tangible economic outcomes.
Prior to joining the Institute, Kishan spent 4 years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, specialising as an Associate in Leveraged and Structured Finance credit. He has experience in corporate and financial institution analysis, working across a diverse range of teams including German corporates, Emerging Markets and Non-Bank Financial Institutions.
Kishan holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Economics from the University of Warwick. He recently completed the CFA UK Level 4 Certificate in ESG Investing.
SENIOR STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Charlotte joined the Institute in July 2021 and supports across the range of strategic communications activities.
Prior to joining GFI, Charlotte worked at Portland Communications creating and leading communication and engagement strategies for corporate and non-profit clients globally. She has extensive experience advising high-profile corporates, governments and NGOs, with a focus on ESG, sustainability and purpose-led communications.
Prior to Portland, Charlotte worked with Ecobank to strengthen their CSR work. This included the launch of the Ecobank Foundation during the 2016 Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to End AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria in Montréal, Canada.
Charlotte has a First-Class BA in International Relations with French from Loughborough University.
Jonathan Heybrock joined the Green Finance Institute in April 2020 and works across its portfolio of coalitions and projects as well as supporting the Institute’s operations, marketing, research, events and communications functions.
He has experience in financial research across different asset classes, financial products and sectors, having interned at Allianz Global Investors, Peel Hunt and Standard Life Aberdeen. He is passionate about the areas of ESG and sustainable and responsible finance.
Jonathan holds an MA in philosophy, politics and economics from Leiden University and a BSc (Hons) in politics and economics from the University of Bath.
Daisy Bidault joined the Green Finance Institute in June 2020 and works across its portfolio of coalitions and projects as well as supporting the Institute’s operations, marketing, research, events and communications functions.
Daisy recently completed a six-month internship at the UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) in Geneva where she supported the Europe, LatAm and MENA regional coordinators on their sustainable finance initiatives.
She holds a BA (Hons) in Chinese Studies and Spanish from the University of Durham and spent a year in Beijing at Peking University. Daisy is also a bilingual French speaker.