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David Phillips Head of Investor Relations, Hays


On Friday 5th November I was part of a panel at COP26 in Glasgow, brought together to discuss the topic of green skills in the future world of work and their role in the journey to Net Zero.

During the event, I spoke about the skills gap and how green skills are needed across the specialisms in which Hays operates. Meanwhile, the increased prevalence of “sustainability” in job titles year on year is an indication of how the Net Zero journey will create roles globally in the years to come.

I was joined on the panel by:

  • Amber Rudd – Former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and FGH Advisor
  • Jonathan Townsend – UK Chief Executive, Prince’s Trust
  • Richard Hamer – Director of Education and Skills, BAE Systems
  • Sue Duke – Vice President, Head of Global Public Policy and Economic Graph, LinkedIn


Hays’ own commitment to reducing our impact on the planet

As a purpose-led business, Hays is keen to lead from the front on climate change. I’m proud to announce that we are a carbon-neutral company for the first time in our history, while our CEO, Alistair Cox, has recently written about the steps we are already taking to ensure we meet our Net Zero target.



David Phillips is the Head of Investor Relations and Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) strategy at Hays. After qualifying as an accountant, he moved into fund management and spent six years as a UK equities investment manager in Scotland. He then spent 11 years in equity research and became a top-ranked analyst, running Citi’s UK Midcap research team and setting up Redburn’s Business Services team, before joining Hays in 2017 as Head of Investor Relations.

He has a deep-rooted passion for ESG issues, and firmly believes that the best companies are those who demonstrate leadership in ESG. He is co-ordinating Hays’ route to Net Zero carbon by the end of 2021.



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