Orchard Street IM appoints head of ESG

Orchard Street Investment Management has appointed Kathryn Barber as head of responsibility and ESG.

Barber will be responsible for social and environmental impact for the firm’s Impact Fund, the Orchard Street Social and Environmental Impact Partnership, and continuing to integrate and manage ESG across the client portfolios. She joins from GPE where she held the position of Sustainability Lead – Portfolio and Social Impact.

Barney Rowe, Partner at Orchard Street and Portfolio Manager for the Impact Fund, said, “Responsible and impactful investing is at the heart of what we do at Orchard Street, whether that’s through decarbonising existing buildings, investing in local communities or thinking about how we design or upgrade amenity-rich buildings to increase wellness and productivity. Kathryn’s entire career has been focused on driving the ESG agenda forward within the UK real estate industry, and her wealth of experience will be important to the growth of our Impact fund and the acceleration of our broader sustainability strategy.”