Sarah Barker is a Special Counsel at MinterEllison. She has two decades' experience as a corporate lawyer, and is regarded as one of the world's foremost experts on investment governance issues relating to climate change, ESG (environmental, social, governance), and the SDG's (UN Sustainable Development Goals).
Sarah's leadership in climate risk adaptation and resilience is internationally recognised, and has been called upon by institutions from the Bank of England to the OECD, European Union and United Nations PRI. She sits on the Technical Working Group of the London-based Climate Disclosure Standards Board, teaches as part of the Australian and international faculty of Cambridge University's Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and is an academic visitor at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University. She has recently been appointed by Standards Australia as the Australian representative on the international Expert Committee of ISO14097, the International Standards Organisation's draft Standard for Investment, Financing and Climate Change. She has specific sectoral expertise in emergency management, banking and financial services, infrastructure, property development and real estate.
Sarah brings an overtly practical, governance-focused perspective to her advice from her own experience as a director and advisory board member. She is currently a non-executive director of one of Australia's largest superannuation funds, the $26-billion Emergency Services & State Super, and the Responsible Investment Association Australasia. She has been actively involved as an examiner, lecturer and course materials author for the Australian Institute of Company Directors for more than a decade.
Sarah was the instructing solicitor on the Centre for Policy Development's brief to Mr Noel Hutley SC in October 2016 that is widely cited as the authoritative exposition on directors' duties with regard to climate change risk in Australia (including by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority).