Avison Young recruits Thomson as new ESG director

Avison Young has announced that Wesley Thomson has joined the firm as director of ESG for the UK & Europe, to lead ESG strategy in the region and provide strategic advice to real estate investors, lenders and occupiers.

Thomson is an internationally accredited sustainability and technology expert with more than 16 years’ experience in the sector. He joins from JLL, where he was senior director within the energy & sustainability solutions team, with responsibility for the EMEA region.

Thomson’s role at Avison Young will be to increase cross-border synergies and drive growth worldwide as the company aims to provide best-in-class ESG-related services to support clients in realising their goals for a more resilient, productive and equitable built environment.

“It’s an exciting time to transform the way the industry does business, to help clients achieve their goals and futureproof their business strategies, mitigate risk and realise the benefits of a transition to a zero-carbon future,” said Thomson.

Thomson’s appointment shows Avison Young’s commitment to delivering a “competitive offer for clients in this crucially important area”, said Steve Cresswell, European finance and operations director. “He will direct our engagement and provide effective stewardship to grow our distinctive leadership position in the ESG space.”