Aviva Investors unveils new real assets ESG head

Aviva Investors, the global asset management business of Aviva, has appointed Ed Dixon in the newly created role of head of environmental, social and governance (ESG), real assets.

Based in London, Dixon joined Aviva Investors on September 16 and reports to Melanie Collett, head of asset management, real estate. He will be responsible for the ESG programme for Aviva Investors' £45 bn real assets platform, encompassing real estate, infrastructure and private debt.

'I'm delighted we have been able to attract someone with Ed's track record and expertise to the team,' Collett said. 'He brings a wealth of ESG experience from development, consulting and contracting companies throughout the real estate sector, and will further enhance our capabilities in an area that is of growing importance to our investors and occupiers.'

Dixon, who has over 17 years’ industry experience, joins from Landsec, where as sustainability insights director he was responsible for the company's approach to sustainable design, climate risk and supply chain transparency. His career also includes roles at Mace, Marks and Spencer's and Simons Group.

Dixon is a graduate of the sustainability leadership programme at Harvard and holds an executive MBA from Cass Business School.

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