As part of the role, Forry will embed a responsible investing framework and processes across Investec’s private market credit strategies.
Forry joined Investec in 2017 as head of UK equity products, leading cross-sector ESG research on UK- listed companies.
She is also a member of Investec’s sustainable business forum, which aims to support clients in the transition to a net zero economy.
Callum Bell, director and head of direct lending at IAIM, said: “Alicia’s expertise will be invaluable to our team – helping us to embed ESG considerations into every stage of our investment process.
“At a time when the sustainability credentials of a business are increasingly under scrutiny, we believe that top ESG performers have an increased edge in delivering long-term value creation for shareholders.”
Forry added: “Our research recently found that seven in ten mid-market firms in the UK are currently planning, implementing, or have already implemented an ESG strategy – with the majority believing it makes their business more attractive to potential acquirers and investors.
“I look forward to working with corporates committed to developing their ESG credentials and unlocking the various layers of unrealised value they can provide investors.”