24 February 2021 10.15am – 11am + Add to calendar Webinar Webinar

An Introduction to the Stewardship Code

Wednesday 24th February 2021

This webinar, with presenters from the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), is for AREF members who are less familiar with the Code and are deciding whether they would like to become signatories. It will discuss some of the challenges of reporting on real estate. 

The UK Stewardship Code 2020 took effect on 1 January 2020 and sets high expectations of those investing money on behalf of UK savers and pensioners, not just in equities, but in other asset classes, including real estate and infrastructure.

View our UK Stewardship Code page for more information.


  • Moderator: Sarah Woodfield, Policy Specialist at the Investment Association (IA)
  • Speaker: Claudia Chapman, Head of Stewardship at the Financial Reporting Council (FRC)
  • Speaker: Stanley Kwong, ESG Associate Director at Aviva Investors

Claudia Chapman

Head of Stewardship, Financial Reporting Council

Claudia is Head of Stewardship at the Financial Reporting Council. She works with the Corporate Governance and Stewardship team, to lead the revision and implementation of the UK Stewardship Code 2020, and the FRC's work on culture in 2016 - Corporate culture and the role of boards - a report of observations. She joined the FRC in 2015.

Previous to this she worked in various roles at the ACCA. 

Stanley Kwong

Associate Director, ESG Origination and Impact, Real Assets, Aviva Investors

Stanley leads ESG origination and impact investment strategy for Aviva Investor’s Real Assets platform, advising investment teams across infrastructure, private debt, and real estate. He also leads the structuring and execution of best-in class green, sustainable or transition financing impact strategies. Stanley is the ESG representative on Investment Committees and Chairs the ESG Origination Forum.

Stanley previously worked in the UK Government and Parliament as an environment and energy specialist, advising MPs on green financing in major infrastructure projects. He has also supported sustainable development programmes for the UN and Hong Kong Legislative Council.

Stanley holds a BSc from the London School of Economics and is undertaking research at Cambridge University’s Sustainability Leadership Institute.

Sarah Woodfield

Stewardship Manager, The Investment Association

Sarah is responsible for developing the Investment Association’s policy on stewardship, corporate governance and responsible investment matters; working with investment managers, regulators and listed companies to promote the long-term success of investments. The IA is the trade body representing the UK asset management industry whose members manage some £8.5 trillion of assets.  Prior to this Sarah worked at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association and the Charity Finance Group on a range of areas of financial policy. She graduated from the University of Bristol with a BSc in Physics and Philosophy and Masters of Philosophy and also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Economics from Birkbeck, University of London.  Sarah is also a Trustee and Chair of the Resources Committee for the Peel Institute, a charity focused on building a connected community and alleviating poverty in Clerkenwell, London.

Wednesday 24th February 2021

10.15 - 11.00hrs

Call details will be sent to attendees ahead of the call

This webinar is FREE and open to all staff from AREF Fund, Affiliate, Associate and Investor member firms (view our list of members here).