Aviva appoints Tumelo CEO Georgia Stewart to Independent Governance Committee

Source: Aviva

Aviva has today announced the appointment of Georgia Stewart to its Independent Governance Committee (IGC) as a non-independent member*. Georgia is a co-founder and CEO of Tumelo, a company which inspires and enables pension members to engage with companies they are invested in on issues they care about, such as gender equality, human rights, and climate change. Georgia replaces Robert Talbut who stepped down from Aviva’s IGC at the end of 2021.

With the focus on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues now within the remit of IGCs, Georgia’s appointment will be important to the continued success of the Aviva IGC in meeting the expectations of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and representing the members of Aviva’s large workplace pension portfolio.

Emma Douglas, Director of Workplace Savings & Retirement at Aviva said: “Georgia’s appointment brings a fresh perspective and diversity to the IGC. Her passion for ESG and member engagement will help the IGC monitor Aviva’s ambitious net zero carbon targets, both from a corporate and an investment perspective. I’d like to thank Robert for his outstanding contribution to the IGC over the last 7 years and we wish him all the best in his new activities.”

Colin Richardson, independent Chair of the IGC said: “We are excited to have Georgia join us to add new perspectives on ESG, engagement and communication from her stand-out experience in these areas. I would also like to add my gratitude to Robert for his considerable role in the IGC since 2015.”

Georgia Stewart said: “I am delighted to join Aviva’s Independent Governance Committee. I am passionate about ESG, stewardship and the representation of member voices in these forums. I also believe that the pension industry still has much to learn from the rapid change undertaken across the FinTech sector such as transparency and connectivity initiatives like Open Banking or communication and behavioural science techniques like personalisation and gamification. I hope my background will bring a new facet to this committee as we undertake a holistic value for money assessment on behalf of the members we represent.”

Georgia’s appointment is effective immediately.

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