Rob Lake

Rob Lake

Independent Responsible Investment Advisor and Coach


Responsible investment Client

Chief Investment Officer

“In our senior executive team’s review of our overall ESG strategy, Rob Lake assisted us as a much appreciated facilitator, advisor and socratic interlocutor. Starting from first principles, and following a discussion with the Board of Directors, our work led to a reformulation of our Investment Belief on ESG and provided key input in the development of a new overall ESG strategy. Rob’s insight about the key issues, on the global landscape of investor’s ESG strategies and his understanding of the relationship between ESG and investment strategy in general were of great value.”

Responsible Investment Client

Chief Investment Officer

“Rob’s advice to our senior investment team was extremely valuable in helping us determine what ‘ESG’ is and is not for the Trust, and in relating it to our investment objectives. His input enabled us to translate our high-level policy commitment into practical guidance for our relationships with our investment managers.”

Responsible Investment Client

Head of Responsible Investment

“Rob conducted a review of our responsible investment programme and governance by interviewing around 20 people across the whole organisation, including the Chief Executives of our Asset Management business and the Group as a whole. His advice was extremely valuable. It helped us to link RI more strongly to our strategic objectives for the company as a whole, aligning our RI governance with the new objectives, and embedding RI more firmly throughout our operations.”

Coaching Client

Internal Auditor, Asset Management

“I have been having coaching sessions with Rob in the past seven months; and have noticed positive changes in my vision of the career progression, goals-setting and overall development; not only as a professional but as a human being. Our coaching sessions included exercises like visualisation, photo-cards and dialogues. After each session I left with a positive outlook and a lot of ideas in my mind; as well as set of goals to achieve for the following session. Moreover, our sessions have boosted me with energy, creativity and optimism.”

Coaching Client

Consultant Relation, Asset Management

“At the start of this programme I was hoping to focus on developing my understanding and awareness of the softer factors that are present in life – rather than focusing on technical aspects that can often appear to be the reason for misunderstanding. During the 6 sessions Rob and I explored a wide range of case studies – all of which were real to me and involved us using a wide range of techniques. It was always an open discussion with Rob focusing on asking questions and getting me to think about solutions and draw conclusions. A thoroughly valuable number of sessions. Thank you!”

Work Experience


Rob Lake Advisers Ltd.

(May 2013 - Present)

Since going freelance in May 2013, Rob has worked with pension funds, insurance companies and asset managers all over the world on responsible investment strategy and implementation. He has advised clients in Australia, Canada, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, the UK and the US. He has also worked for the OECD (on the application of the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises to investors) and the UN Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System).

Director of Responsible Investment

United Nations (Supported Principles for Responsible Investment)

(April 2011 - May 2013)

Responsibility for development of RI tools and training materials across multiple asset classes; collaborative engagement programmes; strategic research initiatives; and an academic research network. Regular intensive liaison with PRI signatories worldwide at CIO/CEO levels – both asset owners and investment managers. Led a team of 15 people.

Head of Sustainability and Governance

APG Asset Management

(February 2007 - April 2011)

Establishment and implementation of RI for the largest pension fund in Europe. Led a team of eight people, working across offices in Amsterdam, Hong Kong and New York. Identification of key environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues across all asset classes and work with portfolio managers to integrate these into investment processes. Intensive engagement with investee companies at board and senior executive level to encourage improvement in corporate governance and sustainability practice. Issues covered included climate change, water, biodiversity, forests, human rights, child labour, labour standards, bribery and corruption, and business ethics.

  • Networking with leading public pension funds and sovereign wealth funds worldwide
  • Regular interaction at pension fund board, CEO and CIO levels

Head of Socially Responsible Investment Strategy

Henderson Global Investors

(December 2000 - January 2007)

  • Research and engagement on ESG issues for socially responsible investment and mainstream funds
  • Led incorporation of ESG factors into mainstream investment processes


Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development Project

(May 2000 - November 2000)

Research and stakeholder engagement for a mining industry project on sustainability

Policy Director

Traidcraft Exchange

(February 1998 - April 2000)

Policy analysis and advocacy on links between international business and the developing world.

Various Roles

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

(January 1990 - January 1998)

Policy analysis and advocacy with government and international institutions on sustainability issues. This covered UK, EU and global policy on a range of issues (e.g. EU agricultural and regional development policy, UK international development policy, UN Convention on Biological Diversity, World Bank).

Education & Qualifications

Academy of Executive Coaching

Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching

(2016 - 2016)

London Business School

Essentials of Leadership

(2010 - 2010)

Management Centre Europe

Introduction to Management

(2008 - 2008)

University of Bradford

MA in Interpreting and Translating

(1981 - 1982)

University of Cambridge

BA in Modern and Medieval Languages

(1977 - 1981)

Responsible investment Client

Chief Investment Officer

About Rob Lake

Rob works in the interconnected areas of sustainability, investment, and people. He helps institutional investors to align their strategy with the challenges of sustainability and long-term investment. In 30 years of work in organisations he has become increasingly focused on the importance of 'human factors' - values, motivations, self-beliefs and interpersonal skills. He therefore also works as an executive coach, to enable people to achieve their full potential. Rob previously worked for Henderson Global Investors, APG (Netherlands) and UN PRI, and since 2013 has acted as consultant to investors worldwide.


Responsible Investment/ESG

Skills & Expertise

ESG Strategy & Thought Leadership
Leadership Coaching
Responsible Investment Purpose Value
Sustainability & Values-based Leadership
Values. Organisations and Investment

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