People and Governance

Our team is made up of a broad range of experts.

Dr. Raj Thamotheram, Founder & Co-Chair

RajDr. Raj Thamotheram is a pioneer in responsible investing. He worked for 12 years inside the system in senior management roles at a large pension fund (USS) and a global fund manager (AXA IM), before becoming a freelance consultant in order to start Preventable Surprises. He is a recognised thought leader on how companies and investors can adapt to put people and planet on par with profit and so deliver long-term value and has been nominated twice by Global Proxy Watch as “one of the 10 most influential figures in the corporate governance field”. He is one of the co-founders of the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets and a former trustee of Friends Provident Foundation, where he played a key role in the organisation’s decision to become an “active and engaged investor”.

To contact Raj, please email raj.thamotheram@preventablesurprises.com


Carolyn Hayman OBE, Co-Chair

Screenshot 2015-12-23 09.29.46Through a varied career, Carolyn’s focus has been on innovation and startups. She joined the Cabinet Office Think Tank in her twenties, transitioning to technology investment as Joint MD of the Korda Seed Capital Fund, which after eleven years returned 5.5 times capital to investors. She then joined the Foyer Federation as CEO and expanded its membership from 40 to 130 independent Foyers enabling 10,000 homeless young people each year to rejoin mainstream society. During this time she was a board member of the Commonwealth Development Corporation. In 2004 she co-founded and became CEO of Peace Direct, supporting frontline peacebuilding in conflict areas, from which she retired in 2015. In 2003 she was awarded an OBE for services to young people.

To contact Carolyn, please email carolyn.hayman@preventablesurprises.com

Our Board Members

John D. Rogers is an investment professional and company director with nearly 30 years of experience in global leadership roles. He currently serves on the board of directors of SWM International and OM Asset Management, both listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Rogers is the former president, chief executive officer and a member of the board of governors of CFA Institute, the world’s largest association of investment professionals. Mr. Rogers, a Chartered Financial Analyst, received a B.A. in history from Yale University and an M.A. in East Asian studies from Stanford University. He has appeared on Bloomberg Television, CNBC, National Public Radio, and other media outlets, and has written and spoken widely about corporate government, financial market structure and sustainability, and the future of finance.


Rich Pancost is a US citizen and director of the Bristol-based Cabot Institute, which employs 350 scientists working on different aspects of energy/climate change. His research uses a combination of organic geochemical tools to characterise organic matter in a variety of natural materials. Topics of interest range from the East Asian monsoons to rapid changes in the global carbon cycle.


Raghavan Selvaratnam is the co-founder of Turtle Capital, a firm which is launching a new investment account which shares success with its customers and educational charities. He has experience in asset management, finance and housing. He is a chartered accountant with a first class degree in economics.

 

Our Team of Senior Advisers

bill-sb16sdBill Baue, Senior Adviser
As an internationally recognised expert on sustainability issues, Bill Baue designs systemic transformation at global, company, and community levels. A serial entrepreneur, he’s co-founded a number of companies and initiatives, including the ThriveAbility Foundation, Reporting 3.0, Sustainability Context Group, and Convetit. He has co-authored and co-edited many books and reports, including most recently A Leader’s Guide to ThriveAbility, and Hairshirts, Rattlesnakes, and Shoelaces: Toward a Net Positive Movement. Baue has consulted with companies including Allstate, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, GE, and Merck, among others. And he has worked with organizations across the sustainability ecosystem, including AccountAbility, Audubon, Ceres, Global Compact, UNCTAD, and Worldwatch Institute.


Screenshot 2016-01-07 20.50.18Howard Covington, Senior Adviser
Howard Covington is the chair of the Alan Turing Institute in London, the UK’s national institute for data science. He is also the chair of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences at Cambridge University, the UK’s national research institute for mathematical sciences. He is a fellow of the British Institute of Physics.

Howard graduated from Cambridge University with a double first in natural sciences and a distinction in post graduate mathematics. He had a career in financial services as a director of SG Warburg, European chief executive of US investment bank Wasserstein Perella, and co-founder and chief executive of London-listed New Star Asset Management. He is a trustee of the Science Museum in London and chairman of its Science Advisory Board. He is vice-chair of ClientEarth, Europe’s leading environmental law NGO.


Screenshot 2015-12-23 09.33.14Thomas O. Murtha, Senior Adviser
Thomas (Tom) Murtha is an active practitioner of corporate stewardship and sustainable investment based in New York City. Currently, Tom is a managing director of investment bank Source Capital Group, where he leads renewable energy initiatives. After retiring from the Nature Conservancy (TNC), Tom continues work initiated at TNC on energy, mining, and infrastructure issues related to energy and resource development. Post TNC, Tom advises pensions and endowments on sustainable investing issues related to resource extraction and renewable energy. Earlier in his 30-year career in finance, Tom worked as an analyst and investment banker in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and New York for the investment bank Jardine Fleming. At T. Rowe Price Associates, Tom was a portfolio manager for the International Stock Fund and the Global Technology Fund. Tom is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and earned an MPA degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and, MA and BS degrees, in economics and mathematics, respectively from Ohio University. To contact Tom, please email thomas.murtha@preventablesurprises.com


Margaret HeffernanMargaret Heffernan, Senior Adviser
Margaret Heffernan is an entrepreneur, CEO, writer and keynote speaker. Her most recent book A Bigger Prize was the joint winner of the Transmission Prize. She is a Trustee of the London Library and sits on the Council of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art as well as the boards of several private companies. She first came to our attention when we read Wilful Blindness which connects directly with the Preventable Surprises model, highlighting in particular the importance of “organisational learning disabilities” and “over-dominant leadership.” Her TED talk on respecting the role of whistleblowers is a must-watch.


Roger MartinRoger Martin, Senior Adviser
Professor Roger Martin is a writer, strategy adviser and the former dean and current director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto in Canada. He has published eight books including Fixing the Game, a powerful critique of shareholder value maximisation theory, and Playing to Win, written with A.G. Lafley, which won the award for Best Book of 2012-13 by the Thinkers50. Roger is a trusted strategy adviser to the CEOs of companies worldwide including Procter & Gamble, Lego, IDEO and Verizon.

 

Our Staff

David Murray, CEO

David Murray has a track record of building and delivering campaigns that challenge mainstream thinking to promote a socially just and environmentally sustainable world. Most recently, he served as head of campaigns and communications at Cycling UK. David’s campaigns successes to date include helping the Green Party win its first ever parliamentary seat in the 2010 General Election when he was the party’s CEO; gaining the public’s legal right of access to the entire English and Welsh coast at the Ramblers; achieving a National Park designation for the South Downs with the Campaign for National Parks; and most recently helping to secure sustained government investment in walking and cycling through statutory provisions in the Infrastructure Act, while rebranding and repositioning the UK’s oldest transport organisation, Cycling UK (formerly the Cyclists’ Touring Club).

To contact David, please email david.murray@preventablesurprises.com

2d3cd33Casey Aspin, Communications Director
Casey Aspin worked as a senior writer and editor for 18 years at two U.S. financial companies, most recently at the Vanguard Group, where she worked with senior executives on thought leadership pieces, presentations, podcasts, webcasts, and social media. Ms. Aspin received a B.A. in political science and English from the University of Delaware and an LLM from Queen’s University, Belfast, focused on business and human rights.