Gravis hires investment director for net-zero strategy from Mirova

David Barley will focus on natural capital investment and private markets

Property and infrastructure investment advisory firm Gravis Capital Management has appointed David Barley as investment director focusing on the firm’s private markets net-zero strategies.

Barley (pictured) was most recently director for the Sustainable Ocean Fund at Mirova UK and prior to that senior adviser to the Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit’s work on energy, water and food economics.

Commenting on his appointment, Barley said: “I’m excited to be joining Gravis, which has an enviable track record in launching impactful new investment strategies. There’s a great team already in place and I’m pleased to join at a time when my experience in private growth and natural capital investment will be additional.”

Phil Kent, director at Gravis, added: “We are delighted that David has chosen to join the Gravis team. He has a strong sustainability track record which will only boost the existing team’s expertise which has been growing to support private markets activity.

“The team David joins works across lower mid-market energy transition, transport, circular economy, sustainable food production and sequestration with a focus on European greenfield infrastructure opportunities.”

Barley’s appointment closely follows that of Ed Simpson, who was recently appointed as head of energy and infrastructure to oversee all direct infrastructure and renewables investment activity.