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Simon Baker retires from Jupiter after 12 years

Simon Baker has retired from Jupiter after 12 years at the Group and in particular as a fund manager and part-time consultant in socially responsible investment capabilities.

Following Baker’s retirement and after witnessing growth within the SRI team, certain additions are also being made.

As of August 1 2006, Chris Watt, who works on Jupiter’s UK equity desk, will extend his responsibilities to include SRI. He will work alongside Charlie Thomas, manager of both the Jupiter Ecology Fund and the Jupiter Green Investment Trust and, Peter Hulse, manager of the Jupiter Environmental Income Fund.

Jupiter has also appointed Jenny Strattan and Laia Izquierdo as research analysts. Strattam will focus on SRI research, analysing the environmental and social performance of companies. Izquierdo will focus on implementing Jupiter’s corporate governance voting and engagement policy.

Baker will now be stepping back completely from fund management in order to focus on running his foods business, Tideford Organic Foods.

Head of SRI Emma Howard Boyd says: “Simon has made a great contribution to Jupiter’s green team and in helping us build the department ahead of his retirement over the past three years. We wish him well as he spends more time at Tideford.

‘With increased sales of our green unit trusts and growing interest in green funds, I am delighted to be adding new resource to the SRI team, enabling us to develop in what is already a significant growth area. Against a backdrop of global water shortages, changing weather patterns and the prospect of further oil price rises, demand for green investment should continue to show strong growth.”

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