RPMI Railpen announces new Head of Sustainable Ownership

RPMI Railpen (Railpen) announces the appointment of Leo George as the new Head of Sustainable Ownership. Leo replaces Deborah Gilshan who leaves at the end of March. Leo will be responsible for integrating sustainable ownership considerations across the £25 billion pension scheme’s public and private market investments.

Leo has been with Railpen for over eight years during which time he has had responsibility for asset allocation of the Scheme’s pooled funds, thematic investment research and setting the investment strategy for the Scheme’s 100 plus different sections. Leo has over fifteen years’ experience in financial services and prior to joining Railpen provided investment advice to institutional pension funds.

Leo will be recruiting a senior governance professional to work alongside Jamie Rosser, Investment Analyst, in the Sustainable Ownership team.

Ciarán Barr, Investment Director, said: “We are very pleased that we have someone of Leo’s considerable experience to run our Sustainable Ownership team. I look forward to working with Leo as we continue to place Sustainable Ownership considerations at the heart of our investment decision making.”

Leo George added: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to continue Railpen’s work in this area. Sustainable Ownership remains an integral part of Railpen’s investment approach to achieve the Trustee’s mission to pay pensions securely, affordably and sustainably.”

RPMI Railpen announces new Head of Sustainable Ownershi


RPMI Railpen strengthens property team

RPMI Railpen (Railpen) announces the appointment of Matthew Howard to a new role as Head of Property Asset Management. Matthew will be responsible for the execution of the asset management strategy, and delivering asset enhancement initiatives within the property portfolio.

Matthew will report to Head of Property, Anna Rule, who joined at the start of the year. His appointment continues the £25 billion pension scheme’s expansion of its internal asset management capabilities.

Previously Head of Asset Management at Market Tech Holdings and Head of Retail Asset Management at CBRE Capital Advisors, Matthew has 20 years’ industry experience in the UK market with a particularly strong track record in the retail sector. At Market Tech Holdings he led a team responsible for the strategic asset management of the real estate portfolio consisting of retail, leisure, office and residential assets in Camden with an approximate value of £1bn.

This is a new role which will strengthen Railpen’s in-house investment capabilities so that it can continue to achieve its mission to pay members’ pensions securely, affordably and sustainably.

Commenting on the appointment Anna Rule, Head of Property, said:

“I am delighted that Matthew is joining RPMI Railpen. His knowledge, expertise and hands-on experience fit perfectly with our desire to deliver long-term sustainable returns for the benefit of our members.”

Matthew Howard added:

“It’s a really exciting time to be joining RPMI Railpen’s growing in-house property investment team. I look forward to playing my part in delivering the returns that our members need through proactive property asset management.”

RPMI Railpen strengthens property team