UKSIF – Legal Board Member

Neera Shah
Neera Shah5th April 2023

ROLE DESCRIPTION – UKSIF Board member – Legal specialist


UKSIF exists to bring together the UK’s sustainable finance and investment community and support our growing membership to expand, enhance and promote this key sector. Our work drives growth and new opportunities for our members as global leaders in the sustainable finance industry.

UKSIF represents a diverse range of financial services firms committed to advancing progress in sustainable finance. Our 300+ members, collectively managing over £19trn, include investment managers, pension funds, banks, financial advisers, research providers, NGOs, among others.

UKSIF and our members are hugely active in efforts to promote the sustainable finance agenda and work closely with policymakers and others to find new ways to overcome the barriers to the growth of sustainability and deliver progress towards decarbonisation of the economy.

With UKSIF’s Chief Executive and new Chair, the Board has an ambitious strategy to grow the organisation’s visibility, impact and influence in order to progress UKSIF’s mission to drive a rapid transition to a sustainable finance system, achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement and SDGs, and advance leadership on sustainable finance.

With UKSIF’s track record of success, strong staff team, stable financial position and engaged membership, the stage is set for success during this time of rapid advancement in the sustainable finance agenda.

UKSIF Board Legal specialist

UKSIF’s Board has assessed its competencies and believes that its strategy, operations and current governance structure would all benefit from UK legal and regulatory expertise. The Board is therefore seeking to co-opt a lawyer to support the Chief Executive and Board and ensure that the organisation’s strategic goals and growth plans are achieved.

The UKSIF Board seeks a legal specialist with the passion, commitment and drive to advance UKSIF’s ambitious mission and strategy. We are looking for an individual with the capacity to support the Board, Chief Executive and staff team in both the work of the organisation and the ongoing development of UKSIF as a thought leader in sustainable finance.

Key duties include:

  • Work as a full member of the Board to advance UKSIF’s mission and ensure the ongoing development and implementation of UKSIF’s strategic plan
  • Advise the Board and the CEO on legal matters, including major contracts and documents to ensure the organisation is protected
  • Provide strategic perspective and advice on the UK’s regulatory environment for ESG/sustainable finance
  • Minimise legal risks and provide support to address legal issues as they arise
  • Ensure UKSIF is setup for growth and to influence positively the development of the sustainable finance agenda in the UK

We seek candidates with the following profile and skills:

  • A substantial background as a senior lawyer, ideally in an ESG, financial services or not-for-profit context
  • A thorough understanding of UK legal frameworks and contract law/ESG regulations
  • Experience in finding solutions to legal issues as they arise
  • A strong belief in delivering UKSIF’s mission and changing the UK finance system for the better
  • A commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • A commitment to confidentiality and impartiality, integrity and professionalism

Appointment Information

  • Elected By: UKSIF Board
  • Length of Term: Three years (maximum two consecutive terms)
  • Time Commitment: Average of 1 day per month (approx.) – mostly flexibly
  • Accountable to: UKSIF membership/Board
  • Compensation: Voluntary appointment


Please send a cover letter and CV/biographical details to We will start to consider candidates from 17 April 2023.

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