RSM appoints senior ESG hire in the North West

RSM UK has appointed a prominent sustainability expert in Manchester to further enhance the firm’s growing Environmental Social & Governance (ESG) practice. LR Mark Taylor, Kathy Hobbs, Kevin Duffy and Rich Hall

Kathy Hobbs joins RSM from NorthEdge Capital, a mid-market private equity firm, where she was head of ESG with responsibility for monitoring developing ESG regulation; embedding ESG into the investment process; portfolio data management; and accurately reporting on progress. 

With over 10 years’ accounting experience working in practice at PwC, and various industry financial reporting roles including at Thomas Cook Airlines and The Peel Group, Kathy has specialised in sustainability and brings a wealth of ESG expertise to the team.

In addition, she has recently completed an MBA at Alliance Manchester Business School focusing on sustainability; and is alumni from Cambridge University’s Business and Climate Change Leadership Programme. 

The appointment demonstrates another significant moment for RSM to strengthen and expand its ability to offer market leading ESG advisory to UK middle market businesses following the recent appointment of Karl George as Head of Governance and Rich Hall as Head of Sustainability.

Rich Hall, partner and head of sustainability at RSM, said: ‘The ESG impact that middle market businesses have in their industries and communities is becoming increasing more important. Investing in key talent, like Kathy, is central to our long-term strategy to ensure we are well placed to help clients navigate this business critical issue; and it’s great to welcome Kathy to the ever-expanding team.’