Our external advisory committee

Ben Yeoh (Chairman)

Ben is a senior portfolio manager of Global Equities at Royal Bank of Canada. He is in charge of the integrated ESG and RI process for the Global Equities team.

Ben previously worked at First State Investments where he was also responsible for the RI process for the Global Equities fund and prior to that on the sell-side. He has a Starmine award for best Healthcare stock picker and an Extel Thomson award for best integrated SRI research.

Ben studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University achieving the top first in his year, before gaining a scholarship to study at Harvard University. He has written award-winning plays and is currently Chairman of a small theatre charity.

Nicola Parker

Nicola Parker is a Charity Investment Advisor focussing on clients with an interest in Socially Responsible Investment.  This involves both helping charities to monitor the performance of their fund managers on an ongoing basis and assisting with periodic strategy and manager reviews and changes.  

Prior to her current role Nicola co-founded WHEB Asset Management in 2009 and until she left for maternity leave in 2011 ran the IM WHEB Sustainability fund, which was up over 20% and outperforming its composite benchmark.  Before founding WHEB Asset Management Nicola was a Director at UBS managing money for Cambridge Colleges and other charities as part of the UBS Charity Team.  Nicola is passionate about getting investors to think longer term and to invest in sectors that support their values.  She has written for charity publications such as Third Sector around topics such as investing in sustainable water resources and climate change solutions.  Nicola has a Combined Honours in Social Sciences from Durham University and a Masters from SOAS, University of London.  She is a CFA Charterholder.

Alex Edmans

Alex Edmans is Professor of Finance at London Business School and Academic Director of the Centre for Corporate Governance. Alex graduated from Oxford University and then worked for Morgan Stanley in investment banking (London) and fixed income sales and trading (New York).  After a PhD in Finance from MIT Sloan as a Fulbright Scholar, he joined Wharton, where he won 14 teaching awards in six years and was granted tenure. Alex moved to LBS in 2013 and won the Best Teacher awards for both the MBA and Masters in Financial Analysis programmes and the Excellence in Teaching award for best professor across all programmes.

Alex’s research has been covered by the Wall Street Journal Financial Times, New York Times, The Economist, The Times and he has been interviewed by Bloomberg, BBC, CNBC, CNN, ESPN, Fox, ITV, NPR, Reuters, Sky News, and Sky Sports. Alex has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos, testified in the UK Parliament, presented to the World Bank Board of Directors as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series, and given the TED talk ;What to Trust in a Post-Truth World and the TEDx talk The Social Responsibility of Business. Alex also serves Mercers’ School Memorial Professor of Business at Gresham College, giving free lectures to the public. His 2019/20 lecture series is on Business Skills for the 21st Century and his 2018/19 series was on How Business Can Better Serve Society. His book, Grow the Pie: How Great Companies Deliver Both Purpose and Profit, will be published in early 2020.

Tonia Lovell

Tonia engages in a portfolio of activities after leaving Unilever in mid 2018 having joined the Group in 1997. During this time she had a number of legal roles and experiences in Unilever including Group Secretary from 2010 - 2018 (giving corporate legal and regulatory compliance support to the Boards of Unilever N.V. and Unilever PLC),  General Counsel Corporate Governance from 2015 - 2018 (focusing on competition and privacy law compliance, litigation and employment law), Group Chief Legal Officer from 2010 -2013 (giving legal support to the Unilever Leadership Executive), General Counsel UK and Ireland  from 2003-2010 (including being part of Unilever's UK/Ireland management leadership team from 2007-2010). 

Before joining Unilever Tonia worked at the City law firm Linklaters for six years.

Tonia has an MA in law from Cambridge University and was admitted as a solicitor and a member of the Law Society in November 1993.