London-based firm Helm Godfrey has hired sustainable investment specialist John Ditchfield as it plans to expand its ethical offering for clients.
Ditchfield (pictured) will head up Helm Godfrey’s responsible investment and wealth management arm. The firm currently has around £45 million of assets under advice in ethical or sustainable mandates.
Before his latest move Ditchfield was a partner at Castlefield, one of the largest specialist ethical advice businesses in the UK. He is also co-chairman of the UK's Ethical Investment Association and sits on the admissions panel for the Social Stock Exchange, a public exchange dedicated to listing businesses with defined social and environmental objectives.
Helm Godfrey chief executive Graham Cross said the appointment was ‘a broader reflection of client demand’ for ethical and sustainable propositions.
‘At Helm Godfrey we want to be constantly improving our proposition for our advisers and with the current appetite for responsible investing we see this as an important market. Advisers and their clients want thorough information on ethical and sustainable funds and as such it is our duty to ensure we can deliver comprehensive research and support to help them with their financial planning,’ he said.
Ditchfield added: ‘From baby boomers to millennials the interest in, and demand for, responsible investment is escalating fast. The market for responsible investment products and funds has expanded to accommodate the wide range of personal values that each individual investor will bring to the table.
‘I will be working hard to combine my insights on responsible investment with the established expertise at Helm Godfrey. It’s an exciting combination and we believe we can develop a financial advisory offer at the forefront of the sustainable investment field.’