Permira’s ESG Group is led by Adinah Shackleton, Permira’s Head of ESG. Adinah joined the firm in 2015 from a specialist ESG and sustainability consultancy. Since October 2019, Adinah's role is covered by Aga Siemiginowska, until Adinah's return from maternity leave in mid-2020. Aga has a similar background to Adinah, with 12 years' experience in ESG and sustainability consulting. The ESG Group sets the direction and strategy for ESG in the firm, reporting to the ExCo on a regular basis. It includes members of the investment team, Portfolio Group, Investor Relations team and risk management team. Christopher Crozier and Ignacio Faus, the firm’s Chief Risk Officer and Chief Operating Officer, respectively, are members of the ESG Group, and also sit on the boards of the General Partner/manager, thereby bringing specific risk and ESG expertise to the governance bodies for the Permira private equity funds. Developments from the ESG Group are also discussed with the PDM leadership team. In August 2019, Ivan Santamarina joined Permira as a dedicated ESG intern for a six-month placement. During this time, Ivan joined the ESG Group and provided support on cyber and other ESG initiatives.
Permira investment professionals play a fundamental role in ESG implementation. Depending on the nature of the investment, external consultants may also be employed to assist in due diligence or post-investment to support further engagement on ESG risks and opportunities. Permira investment professionals continue to engage with portfolio company management teams post-investment and through the investment period to understand how ESG risks are being managed and ESG opportunities are realised.