The 50 most influential ESG corporate professionals in Australia named

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By FS Sustainability

The 50 most influential environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) professionals working at ASX-listed companies have been named by trade publication FS Sustainability in the 2024 ESG Power50 guide.

Running for the second year, the ESG Power50 comprises individuals that hail from diverse industries, each wielding significant influence in their respective spheres.

This year’s Power50 entrants are addressing ESG challenges that need urgent attention. Climate change mitigation remains paramount, with emphasis on renewable energy adoption and carbon neutrality targets.

Furthermore, governance reforms are crucial, ensuring transparency, accountability and ethical conduct across industry. Accordingly these elements were essential in determining the ESG Power50.

“As we strive for a brighter future, the pivotal role of individuals who live and breathe sustainability as a profession cannot be overstated. Their passion, innovation, and collective action drive transformative change,” said Michelle Baltazar, executive director of media at FS Sustainability.

“We were blown away by the diversity of skills, experiences and backgrounds. The ESG Power50 members are from a variety of positions across ASX-listed companies, from the big end of town to the small caps.”

Of the 50 individuals in the ESG Power50, four were representatives of mega cap organisations, 13 were from large caps, 17 from mid caps, five from small caps and 11 were from micro caps.

The 50 professionals on this list work at a variety of companies from financials and fast-moving consumer goods to mining, with the common good of protecting the long-term performances of their companies across a vast range of material ESG issues.

“One of the prevailing themes this year is how consumers can be educated about ‘greenwashing’. There is a heightened awareness against false claims and we see a strong commitment among our Power50 entries towards improved reporting of their sustainable practices,” Baltazar said.

“While there’s still a lot of work to be done across all of these aspects, the road to success is made easier thanks to their concerted efforts.”

The 2024 ESG Power50 members (listed alphabetically by surname) are:

Name Company Position
Amarjot Bagga Head of environmental and social impact Iress
Amanda Bartley Sustainability and ESG lead Medibank
Tomm Ben-David Head of environmental affairs National Australia Bank
Anna Bennett EGM strategy, sustainability and innovation Elders
Rosemary Bissett Head of ESG risk management National Australia Bank
Steve Black Head of ESG Insignia Financial
Ricky Bridge Group general manager environment, sustainability and reporting Downer Group
Sue Brown Executive group director sustainability Worley
Alicia Burgmann Head of sustainability and ESG WiseTech Global
Michael Chen Executive director, head of ESG Westpac Institutional Bank
Sarah Clarke Group general manager, sustainability Mirvac
Yasmina Elshafei Managing director, global carbon Commonwealth Bank
Lachlan Feggans Senior director ESG and sustainability regeneration Brambles
Steven Ford Head of sustainability and energy GPT
Kathryn Franklin Head of ESG Qantas
Alison George Head of impact and ethics Australian Ethical
Luke Gleeson Chief sustainability officer Bellevue Gold
Will Hart Director, ESG and sustainable investment E&P Financial Group
Amy Hogan Head of ESG and sustainability Transurban
Jack Holden GM sustainability Fonterra
Jo Hynes Manager sustainability Atlas Arteria
Ramana James Head of sustainability Dexus
Siobhan Leach Group chief sustainability officer Ramsay Health Care
Hilary Macdonald General counsel and company secretary Northern Star Resources
Anna Matysek Head of climate change Bluescope
Kirsty McCartney Director, debt products – sustainable finance Westpac Institutional Bank
Lee McDougall Head of group sustainability and climate action IAG
Maria Helena Meinert Sustainability director Cochlear
Karena Milios Head of sustainability Elders
Charlotte O’Meara Senior ESG specialist Challenger
Michael Parks Director of sustainability Treasury Wine Estates
Dean Parsons Sustainability manager CHEP Australia
Tom Penny Head of environment Telstra
Brooke Pettit Head of ESG and sustainability Bendigo and Adelaide Bank
Richard Pittard Head of sustainability Cleanaway Waste Management
Blaise Porter Group director sustainability and corporate responsibility Sims Limited
Kylie Porter Group head, sustainability SunRice
Troy Powell Head of sustainability Orica
Kaitlin Priestley Sustainability manager Pinnacle Investment Management Group
Fiona Reynolds Chair of ESG board Qualitas
Justine Rowe Chief sustainability officer Telstra
Michael Tangonan Legal counsel AMP
Katharine Tapley Head of sustainable finance ANZ
Roslyn Toms Group executive legal and chief risk officer nib Group
Siobhan Toohill Chief sustainability officer Westpac
Mary Ann van Bodegraven Director sustainability Macquarie
James Vesper Group head of sustainability Goodman Group
Ben Walker Head of ESG analytics and advisory ANZ
Heidi Westlake Group manager sustainability strategy Origin Energy
Clair Wilson ESG manager Liontown Resources

About FS Sustainability:

FS Sustainability reports on the most important Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues impacting Australian companies and investors regarding how they manage and disclose their ESG risks and opportunities.

The publication also explores how Australian institutional asset owners, asset managers and financial advisers are using best-practice ESG principles to mitigate risk and provide sources of long-term investment returns.

Content is delivered through news, thought leadership articles and whitepapers.

FS Sustainability is part of ISS STOXX’s Market Intelligence (ISS MI) business unit.

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