The RBC ESG Exchange - a series of discussions bringing together thought leaders and industry experts, passionate about Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) related topics, to share their views and opinions.

ESG Exchange VI: Who’s responsible for irresponsible business?

Date: Tuesday 19th November 2019

For our latest iteration of the ESG Exchange, RBC Global Asset Management is delighted to confirm Colin Mayer as the keynote speaker. Colin is Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School and is an expert on all aspects of corporate finance, governance and taxation, the regulation of financial institutions and the role of the corporation in contemporary society.

Following this Claire Spedding, National Grid ESO, will be in conversation with Ben Yeoh, Senior Portfolio Manager, RBC Global Equity Team and ESG Specialist. They will be discussing the topic of decarbonisation and the National Grid’s success in this area as well as the challenges it faces.

Results of our most recent Responsible Investing Survey, carried out in conjunction with Pensions & Investments, will be made available.


Colin Mayer
Professor, Saïd Business School
Colin Mayer is the Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. He is a Professorial Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford and an Honorary Fellow of Oriel College and St Anne's College, Oxford. He is a member of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal, the UK Government Natural Capital Committee and the International Advisory Board of the Securities and Exchange Board of India. Colin Mayer was the first professor at the Saïd Business School in 1994 and the Peter Moores Dean of the Business School between 2006 and 2011. He was a Harkness Fellow at Harvard University, a Houblon-Norman Fellow at the Bank of England and the first Leo Goldschmidt Visiting Professor of Corporate Governance at the Solvay Business School, ULB. Colin Mayer researches in the fields of corporate finance, governance, regulation, taxation and the role of the corporation in contemporary society. He works on the nature of the corporation, the regulation of financial markets and institutions, and their effects on the financing and control of corporations. The common theme of his research is the international comparative nature of corporate finance and corporate governance and the relation of these to financial markets.



Claire Spedding
Director, National Grid
Claire is passionate about facilitating the transition to a decarbonised, decentralised energy system through embracing innovative and disruptive technologies; and promoting the growth of diversity and inclusion in the energy sector.
She is currently Director of National Grid Smart, National Grid’s smart metering business, and has had a long and varied career since joining the National Grid Group in 2002. Career highlights include representing National Grid in the London 2012 Olympics control room, leading a high-performing deal team to agree critical national contracts and outperforming financial targets to optimise the c.£1bn cost of operating the GB electricity system.
Claire is named on the @rise_utils list of the top 25 UK influencers in the energy industry, in the top 1000 @SustMeme global influencers on Climate & Energy and she also sits on the Advisory Board for the Oxford University-run UK Centre for Research on Energy Demand.

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