Trillium bolsters its UK asset management team with key hires to support future global growth

Edinburgh, 06 October 2021 - Trillium Asset Management (‘Trillium’) strengthens its UK asset management team with the appointment of three new team members. The firm welcomes Andrea Zdanaviciute as an Environmental, Social and Governance (‘ESG’) Research Specialist, Melanie Miao as an Investment Analyst and Vickie Little as Office Manager and Investment Assistant. All hires will be based in the recently launched Edinburgh office. 

Backed by Perpetual Limited (‘Perpetual’), one of Australia’s leading financial services groups, these hires provide the opportunity for Trillium to further broaden its product offering and deliver ESG investment and shareholder advocacy to clients globally. In alignment with building out the team and extending capabilities to new markets, a suite of global ESG-focused equities strategies will be launched, backed by a global distribution and a local compliance team based in London and Edinburgh. 

Andrea Zdanaviciute, who joined the team last month, brings over 10 years’ experience of working in private and public sectors, spanning banking, financial stability, research, change management, behavioural insights, and sustainable finance segments. Andrea previously worked in Sustainable Finance for the United Nations. Earlier in her career she was Head of Research and Analytics at fin-tech start-up Liquidatum. Reporting to Jamie Mariani, Portfolio Manager at Trillium, Andrea works collaboratively with theTrillium ESG specialists based in the United States on the implementation of all aspects of the related ESG process.          

Melanie Miao, joins at the end of October from Ruffer LLP where she was a Research Associate in the Global Equities Team. In this role, Melanie conducted detailed bottom-up research, analysis, and evaluation of long-only, concentrated positions. Melanie brings a wealth of experience with working on ESG issues, from active ownership activities, including engagement and voting to in-depth ESG analysis of sectors and companies. Reporting to Ian Warmerdam, Lead Portfolio Manager at Trillium, she will play a significant role evaluating potential investments and shaping global portfolios.

Vickie Little started at Trillium last month as Office Manager and Investment Assistant and reports to Jamie Mariani. She has 10 years of experience in the asset management industry, including roles in UK Wholesale market support roles at Standard Life Investments and Standard Life Aberdeen. 

Jamie Mariani, Portfolio Manager at Trillium comments:
“We are delighted to welcome Andrea, Melanie, and Vickie to join us in our mission of providing investors with access to our world-class ESG investment process. Their industry knowledge offers a diverse range of experience and perspectives which will ultimately benefit our clients’ portfolios. We are pleased Trillium’s strong heritage and robust, proven investment process has garnered the attention of exceptional talent as we strengthen our footprint and further build out our offering.” 

Andrea Zdanaviciute comments: “With its 40-year old heritage, Trillium is a highly regarded ESG focused investment firm, with a robust and proven investment process that has delivered strong returns for clients through investing responsibly and sustainably. With recognition of the opportunities in channelling capital towards a positive future and sustainable economy gaining momentum, I am delighted to be joining Trillium at this exciting time to continue the firm's work towards positive impact and meeting growing investor demand.” 

Melanie Miao said: “I am excited to be joining the Edinburgh team to play a part inTrillium’s growth journey. This team has a wealth of global equity investment experience and a passion for responsible investing. I am therefore honoured to be able to contribute and work alongside a dedicated team that shares my values and goals. I look forward to collaborating closely with the wider Trillium team.” 

Vickie Little added: “I am delighted to be joining Trillium with its dedication to ESG investing and focus on creating a global sustainable economy. I have a passion for doing ‘good’ so I am very excited to be working for a company which promises to provide the best outcome to the client whilst offering a positive example to society. I am really looking forward to working with and learning from my fellow colleagues, and to playing an integral role in shaping this new team.”  

Trillium Asset Management UK Ltd. is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority under FRN515302.

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