In the news: Rev. Andrew Harper joins Epworth Investment Management as Head of Ethics

Andrew joins in the newly created role and will be responsible for all matters related to the ethical thought leadership and ethical performance at Epworth.

Epworth Investment Management (Epworth), the UK investment manager dedicated to serving the needs of charities, is pleased to announce that Rev. Andrew Harper has today joined as Head of Ethics. Andrew will be responsible for all matters related to the ethical thought leadership and ethical performance of Epworth and the Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church.

From Texas, and ordained in the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Andrew was previously Director of Global & Learning Innovation at Cliff College, a graduate and postgraduate evangelical learning community that forms part of the Methodist Church. As part of his overseas experience managing aid programmes, he has witnessed first-hand the social devastation of modern slavery practised in some tea plantations, an issue Epworth has sought to address through engagement with major UK food manufacturers. Andrew holds postgraduate qualifications in theology from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas and will shortly complete his Doctor of Ministry with Wesley University in Nigeria.

Christian ethics have been at the centre of Epworth’s investment strategy since its inception, and our consistent application of robust environmental, social, and governance standards has been key to the development of the business. In creating this role, Epworth will be even better positioned to champion the ethical requirements of our clients, while ensuring we remain good stewards of our investors’ money through our Christian ethical investment process. Moreover, this outward-facing role will provide further capability to support our external engagement with churches, charities, and wider ethical networks.

David Palmer, Chief Executive, commented:

“We’re delighted to be welcoming Andrew to Epworth and the Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church. His deep understanding of the theology of investment and practical experience in the field will be invaluable assets to our team and will support the evolution of our ethical understanding, standards and engagement”.

Rev. Andrew Harper, Head of Ethics commented:

“Epworth is an ethical investor with an exceptional reputation within faith communities, the charity sector and the wider investment community. The organisation’s outsized influence on its holdings and corporate conduct is a testament to the quality of their people and the work they do. I am delighted to be joining the team and building on this excellent foundation.”