Catherine Howarth has been Chief Executive of ShareAction since 2008. ShareAction is a civil society organisation promoting Responsible Investment, transparency and good governance of institutional investors across Europe. Core to the organisation’s work is giving pension savers a voice in the investment system, and opportunities to influence and monitor how their savings are invested. The organisation undertakes shareholder activism to promote corporate policy change on a range of social and environmental topics, as well as research-led policy engagement with UK and EU policy makers and regulators responsible for capital markets.
Catherine is a board member of the Scott Trust, owner of The Guardian, where she serves on the Investment Committee, and is a board member of Green Alliance, the UK’s leading environmental think-tank. She serves on the Investment Committee of the Trust for London, an endowed philanthropic foundation tackling poverty and inequality in London. Catherine holds a BA in Modern History from Oxford University and an MSc in Industrial Relations from the London School of Economics. Catherine was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014.