Former Abrdn climate boss Cairns joins Widows

Eva Cairns

Eva Cairns has joined Scottish Widows as Head of Responsible Investments and Stewardship.

Cairns joins Scottish Widows after 13 years with Abrdn, where most recently she was head of sustainability insights and climate strategy.

Cairns said: “I’ve been impressed by the leading stance Scottish Widows has taken on responsible investing and I am really looking forward to working with all the fantastic people I’ve met so far.

“After 14 years on the asset management side, I understand the challenges and opportunities of the sector and am excited about the new challenge to evolve, strengthen and implement responsible investing as an asset owner, for the benefit of our customers.”

Scottish Widows chief investment officer Kevin Doran said: “We’re aiming to halve the carbon intensity of all our investments by 2030 on our path to net zero by 2050 or sooner and we’ve already beaten our 2025 target – investing over £1.3bn in climate solution.