Through IFM’s unique ownership model, I got the sense that the business truly cared about working people and was not a group of individuals simply looking out for themselves. I saw IFM as a place where I could build a career that I’d be proud of.
David joined IFM in 2015, with the sense that it was different to other Global Investment Managers.
David began at IFM as an Operations Analyst, focusing on investment operations for the Listed Equities team.
In his second year, he was promoted to Assistant Manager of Operations, taking a managerial role within the team.
A lateral move into GRG in 2017 saw David take on an Investor Relations Analyst role, supporting IFM’s relationship management and business development efforts, before he was recognised with a promotion, becoming an Investor Relations Associate and then an Investor Relations Senior Associate.
In his current role, David is a Relationship Manager, bringing together advice and recommendations from teams all across IFM into a single and consistent view for a number of IFM’s largest clients.
A secondment to the New York Investor Relations Team in 2019 enabled David to solidify relationships with key stakeholders. Says David, “I had exposure to senior leaders and experience in dealing with the team there, which has given me a unique insight into opportunities and challenges for our clients globally.”
Addressing climate change is one of these opportunities, “It’s a serious issue and something I am keenly interested in”. In October 2021, IFM set a 2030 interim emissions reduction target for its infrastructure asset class, as part of the firm's commitment to target net zero by 2050. “IFM’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions is a really positive step towards a better future,” said David.
David’s initial impression of IFM as a business with a noble purpose still stands today. “IFM genuinely wants to create a better retirement for working people everywhere.”