Raghnall Craighead

National Australia Bank

Chair of the Examinations board

Andrew Ninian

Andrew Ninian – Director, Stewardship and Corporate Governance – The Investment Association

Andrew is responsible for representing The Investment Association members interests as institutional investors on corporate governance and engagement matters. He has oversight of The Investment Association's Institutional Voting Information Service (IVIS), corporate governance policy development and company consultations or collective engagement with the companies in which Investment Association members invest. Andrew joined The Investment Association in June 2014, through merger of the Investment Affairs division of the ABI with the IMA. He joined the ABI in 2005 as a Corporate Governance Analyst and was promoted to Head of IVIS in October 2011 and Head of Corporate Governance in January 2012.  Before joining the ABI, Andrew was a Socially Responsible Investment analyst at HSBC, having joined HSBC's graduate scheme in 2001 after reading Economics at the University of Bath.

David Chase Lopes

Managing Director EMEA

David joined Orient Capital in 2010 and was ask to lead the in-house D.F.King team in 2014.  Since 2010, he has overseen and been directly involved in approximately 800 mandates for listed companies including Comcast, Unibail-Rodamco, BG Group, SABMiller, Reckitt Benckiser, Groupe Arnault, CRH, The Walt Disney Company, Safran, Essilor International, Groupe FNAC, Veolia, Orange, Lafarge-Holcim, Ubisoft, Elan Corporation, PepsiCo, Unilever, RTI, Paddy Power Betfair, Nexans, Edenred, Renault and the London Stock Exchange.  Previously David was European Co-Head at Georgeson and an investment banker at Deutsche Bank and Société Générale, with a specialisation in M&A debt financing in the Oil & Gas sector.  David holds a Master’s Degree from Columbia University, completed the foreign degree with honors from l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College.  He is a member of France’s CLIFF, including its Corporate Governance Board, the UK IR Society, Germany’s DIRK and the ICGN.  He speaks regularly on Corporate Governance, Activism and Shareholder Engagement internationally.

James Jarvis

Corporate Governance Analyst - Institute of Directors

James Jarvis is Corporate Governance Analyst at the Institute of Directors. In this role he supports the Head of Corporate Governance on key IoD initiatives and provides day to day strategic advice on corporate governance policy, identifying issues in the media where the IoD may wish to comment. Key aspects to the role include responding to Government and regulatory consultations, drafting policy papers on corporate governance and writing national media pieces.

International roles include being Secretary to the GNDI (Global Network of Directors Institutes) and representing the IoD on the Policy Committee at the European Confederation of Directors’ Association (ecoDa).

Prior to this role he worked as Special Adviser. James is a Politics graduate from Manchester Metropolitan University.

Darika Ahrens

Darika has 14 years' experience working in communications specialising in digital for 12 of those. Prior to MHP, she was a digital consultant and analyst at Forrester where she developed research and wrote best practice guidance for marketers on digital marketing and innovation.
Her research and commentary on digital has been featured in the BBC, New York Times, Economist, Guardian and Independent.

Jonathan Edwards

HSS Hire

Jonathan's bio to follow

Victoria Sant

Victoria started her career as a consultant, providing investment advice to UK pension schemes.  She moved to the Wellcome Trust in 2005 where she managed the endowment’s portfolio of outsourced equity managers, and oversaw the governance aspects of the in-house managed equity portfolio.  She was part of the the Collective Engagement Working Group in 2013, which led to the formation of the Investor Forum, and joined the executive team there as a Senior Adviser in January 2016.  The Investor Forum was set up to facilitate collective engagements with UK companies, and counts amongst its members many of the UK’s largest investment firms. 

Victoria is also a member of the investment committee of the National Trust, and a Non-Executive Director of the Henderson Smaller Companies Investment Trust.

Anita Skipper

Anita Skipper 's governance experience began in 1993 when she was appointed Head of Corporate Governance at Norwich Union Investment Management (now Aviva Investors), soon after the publication of the Cadbury Code and ran the Corporate Governance team until 2012. She continued working with Aviva Investors until June 2018 when she retired after 25 years in governance.

She was a founding member of the Corporate Governance Forum and the Global Institutional Governance Network and was a Governor on the International Corporate Governance Network’s (ICGN) Board.

Anita advised on the development of Aviva Investors’ corporate governance and voting policies, carried out engagement with companies and took responsibility for special projects on developing ESG issues.  She represented Aviva Investors at the Investment Association’s Corporate Governance and Engagement Committee, the QCA’s Corporate Governance Expert Group and was a member of several UK and global governance forums.

In 2011 Ms. Skipper was voted the most influential woman in asset management in Europe by Financial News and in 2017 she was awarded the ICGN’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Anita has a Law degree from Nottingham University.

CEO - IR Society

Gary Davies

CEO - IR Society

Gary has been CEO of the Investor Relations Society since July 2018, leading the executive team at their Coleman Street office. Prior to this he had a 30 year career at GSK, where he held a number of positions in the UK and US in medicines development and commercialisation and in Corporate Communications where he headed the Corporate Product Communications function for several years. Gary was a Director in the Investor Relations team at GSK for over 10 years. He holds an MBA, has achieved the Certificate in Investor Relations from the IR Society and in 2017 became the first graduate of the Society’s new Diploma in Investor Relations. Prior to becoming CEO, Gary was a member of the Society’s Education and Examinations Committees.

Independent

Fay Dodds

Independent

Treasurer of the IR Society
Chair of the Finance Committee

Fay Dodds was former Vice President, Investor Relations at Burberry, having joined the company in September 2007 to establish its first dedicated IR team.  She previously held the position of Director of Investor Relations at Experian and prior to that Director of Investor Relations at GUS plc from 2000, where she led all IR activity surrounding the eventual demerger of the group.  Having graduated with a geography degree from St John’s College, Cambridge, she spent several years in industry before becoming a retail analyst at DKW and then Merrill Lynch.

Financial Controller - IR Society

Alina Ardeleanu

Financial Controller - IR Society

Alina's bio to follow

Partner at Statera Partners LLP

John Dawson

Partner at Statera Partners LLP

John has been a leader in the field of investor relations for nearly 20 years and is a former Chairman of the IR Society.  As an in-house practitioner, John has advised senior management and Boards on numerous complex investor, corporate and communications challenges leveraging his financial expertise and practical experience. John has led Investor Relations, Corporate Communications and Strategic Marketing functions over his career with Cadbury, ICI, Exel, National Grid and, most recently, Rolls-Royce. 

Independent

Deborah Morton-Dare - Module 1

Independent

Deborah specialises in financial training for all levels from beginners to advanced. She presents a comprehensive range of courses to a diverse range of corporate clients and financial institutions and specialises in making complex technical subjects comprehensible. 

Deborah qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Young and then worked in Corporate Finance gaining wide ranging experience in a variety of corporate and financial institutions. She then worked as a financial consultant to companies assisting them in raising finance and structuring.

International Integrated Reporting Council

Andrew Jones

International Integrated Reporting Council

Andrew leads the IIRC’s investor engagement programme which aims to help investors to understand the IIRC’s aims and the benefits of a broader more integrated approach to reporting and to encourage them to support or encourage this in their investee companies.Andrew is on a part-time secondment to the IIRC from KPMG Makinson Cowell.  He has over twenty years of experience with Makinson Cowell (now part of KPMG) and leads Makinson Cowell’s research team which advises stock market listed businesses on how institutional shareholders assess their investments and the performance and valuation measures they use. Andrew has long-standing experience on committees and panels involved in application of accounting standards and corporate reporting including:  the UK’s UITF, the FRC’s narrative reporting panel and tax accounting panel.  He also chairs the ICAEW’s Research Advisory Board.

Asesoria Group

Melissa Kittermaster

Asesoria Group

Melissa is a director at Asesoria Group which provides specialist expertise and consultancy support to organisations to assist them in building a sustainable business and creating long term value through their governance, corporate responsibility and human capital strategies. She is an experienced company director and advisor with a proven track record of advising boards on the areas of corporate social responsibility and human capital management. She specialises in, stakeholder engagement, non-financial reporting and leadership capability.  Melissa has extensive experience of advising companies on their annual and corporate responsibility reporting across a range of sectors.  She has undertaken extensive engagement with investors and other key stakeholders to understand their expectations of corporate governance and company reporting.  She uses this knowledge to take a pragmatic approach to narrative reporting and communicating a company’s material activities in annual reporting

Chadley House Training

Paul Meadows

Chadley House Training

Paul's background of fifteen years hands-on experience (Trader, Research Head & Portfolio Manager) from the Buyside of the markets (both Institutional & High Net Worth Private Client) enables him to bring a practitioner's perspective to help understand this small group of Money Managers which have attracted much comment in the financial press – not all of it well informed. Having undertaken the early due diligence meetings with Hedge Funds from a prospective investor viewpoint in the past, Paul now also has the experience of designing & delivering Training programs for both Hedge Funds & Sovereign Wealth Funds as Clients around the world today. The answer to the question in the title is 'No', but you do need to understand why this is.

Independent

Diane Faulks - Module 2

Independent

Diane is an Investor Relations specialist with over 25 years’ experience gained in a variety of disciplines including corporate in-house, consultancy and banking. During 10 years of in-house roles she was involved in shareholder ID, targeting and the development of a proactive campaign to reshape a large retail (government privatised) shareholder base to an international institutional base particularly within North America. Her consultancy roles encouraged best use of technology to identify, target and communicate with institutional investors. Diane spent over 14 years with Citi Depositary Receipts’ where she advised clients on cross border communication during listing, capital raising and shareholder expansion. She has been a member of the IR Society since 1994, a board director from 2000-2006 and Chairman of the Society from 2003-2005.

BT

Rosie Wilkins

BT

Rosie joined the BT IR team in 2016 having previously worked at Telecity Group plc, where she led the IR programme through two M&A transactions. Prior to that she worked as a buy-side equity analyst for over 5 years in London and Hong Kong. Rosie is a CFA charterholder.

Patrick Yau

Patrick Yau is Head of the Investor Relations function at Entertainment One, a global content production and distribution business. He joined in December 2013, bringing 20 years of sell-side analyst experience to the role. Immediately prior to joining Entertainment One, Patrick was a top-five ranked MidCap UK Media Analyst at Peel Hunt. Prior to that he worked as a Media and TMT analyst for a number of brokers, including Canaccord Adams, Bridgewell and Credit Suisse, where he was a member of the number one ranked TMT research team. Patrick holds an MSc. in Finance from UMIST and a BSc. In Human Sciences from London University.

Managing Director - Lavender Bank Partners

Geoffrey Collyer

Managing Director - Lavender Bank Partners

As a leading leisure sector analyst, Geof has charted, analysed and in some cases helped to reshape several leisure industries, and his extensive experience makes Geof perfectly placed to assess the corporate strategies of the good, the bad and the ugly that make up the constituents of the public and private markets. 

Geof has 38 years combined industry and investment banking experience and has spent the last 30 years in a Top 3 rated sector equity research team, working for Wood McKenzie, NatWest Markets, Banker’s Trust and Deutsche Bank, where he was MD of the Pan European Travel & Leisure Research Team. Having seen a variety of valuation methodologies come and go and come back into fashion again - and some new ones invented - Geof has developed a detailed understanding of how companies and managements should be viewed and rated, and how companies should deal with both the buy- and sell-side communities. 

During his city time, he has acted as corporate research broker to over 20 different Plcs, been involved in over 40 M&A transactions, and directly or indirectly, in over a dozen IPOs. Geof currently runs his own strategic consultancy business, Lavender Bank Partners.

Lorraine Rees - MD, IR-connect

Lorraine’s background in IR, strategy, corporate finance and banking allows her to bring different perspectives, practical guidance and a wide variety of real-life case studies to this course. As a former IR Director, debt was often a key investor issue, requiring the development of active debt IR programmes and best-in-class debt disclosures, whilst working closely with Group Treasury and the rating agencies. As an equity analyst during the banking crisis she closely followed the sub-prime crisis and "toxic" instruments and their impact on the markets as well as engaging more and more frequently with debt investors alongside equity investors. Lorraine established the investor relations consultancy, IR-connect, in 2015, having formerly been IR Director at Standard Life plc, Head of IR at The Phoenix Group, and an equity analyst at Exane BNP Paribas.

Mike Tyrrell - Editor, SRI-CONNECT

Mike has been helping companies communicate with SRI investors for the past 15 years, during which time he has worked on the buy-side, sell-side and most recently for the independent communications platform, SRI-CONNECT. Mike has spent 18 years as an SRI Analyst, initially at Jupiter Asset Management and then at HSBC Global Equities where he established the first SRI research on the ‘sell-side’ and, most recently, at Citi Investment Research. Mike is currently Editor at SRI-CONNECT and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Society’s advanced IR ESG/Sustainability course, introduced in 2016.

Director, Engagement and Insight, Black Sun

Sallie Pilot - Director, Engagement and Insight, Black Sun

Director, Engagement and Insight, Black Sun

Director, Engagement and Insight, Black Sun 2

Since joining Black Sun over 20 years ago, Sallie has been providing strategic corporate communications consultancy for a wide range of UK and international clients. Sallie is an IR Society Board member has been Chair of the IR Society Best Practice Committee since 2014. Sallie is a member of the Financial Reporting Lab steering group, and is a recognised commentator in corporate reporting, responsible for publishing a wide range of industry recognised research reports. Her experience of working with leading organisations on their corporate reporting strategies and her industry leading research tracking trends in reporting of the FTSE100 for the past 12 years give Sallie a unique insight into what good looks like!

Ann Wright

Ann has a wide variety of commercial experience in both newspapers and at the BBC, and now runs a PR consultancy and training company. As a result she is able to provide a comprehensive introduction to the world of PR covering both routine day-to-day operations as well as more challenging scenarios like handling bad news and crisis communications, using real-life examples. Working with Lorraine, an experienced IR Director and former equity analyst, they are able to combine this into a practical IR course providing IROs with the knowledge and tools to work effectively with their communications colleagues and PR advisors.

Lorraine Rees

Lorraine established IR-connect as a new investor relations consultancy in 2015. Prior to that she had been IR Director at Standard Life plc, Head of IR at The Phoenix Group, and an equity analyst at Exane BNP Paribas. She originally trained as a chartered accountant, and has also worked in strategy, corporate finance and banking.

Mike Tyrrell

Mike has been an SRI Analyst for the past 18 years, initially at Jupiter Asset Management and then at HSBC Global Equities where he established the first SRI research on the ‘sell-side’ and, most recently, at Citi Investment Research. Mike is currently Editor at SRI-CONNECT and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Society’s advanced IR ESG/Sustainability course, introduced in 2016.

Jon Harris

Jon’s unique background means that he is ideally suited to helping professionals develop their writing skills. Jon is a Cambridge English graduate, a qualified teacher of adults and an Associate Tutor at Goldsmiths University, where he teaches management at BA and MA level, giving him a deep understanding of the challenges and requirements for effective business writing. He has been commissioned by several IR teams to assist in writing critical communications at times of significant change and has lots of experience helping businesses frame and couch language for both internal and external communications. He has delivered writing skills training for the IR Society for several years and has also trained special-interest professional groups in writing skills, including banks, regulators and government departments. Jon is also a qualified business psychologist and a chartered management accountant. 

Rolls-Royce

Richard Foster

Rolls-Royce

Richard joined Rolls-Royce within the Investor Relations team in August 2017. Prior to that, Richard was an Investor Relations Manager at National Grid Plc for just over two years. Richard joined National Grid in September 2010 from Leeds University Business School, and had various commercial and finance roles across the business including group finance & planning, where he qualified as a Chartered Management accountant (CIMA). Prior to National Grid, Richard spent a year out of university working in consulting within Ernst & Young's UK Advisory practice.

Richard Foster

Investor Relations Manager - National Grid

Richard's bio and photo to follow - please check back regularly

Independent

David Shriver

Independent

Chair of the Corporate Affairs Committee

David Shriver is a former Managing Partner of Tulchan Group.  He joined Tulchan in September 2009, having spent over five years at Carrefour as Director of Group Financial Communications and Strategic Advisor to the Chief Executive. Prior to joining Carrefour David spent 15 years covering the food retail sector as a top rated analyst for Credit Suisse First Boston and NatWest Securities. David has served as an International Advisory Board member of the Global IR Leadership Network.

Partner – Head of IR & Governance – Maitland/AMO

Emma Burdett

Partner – Head of IR & Governance – Maitland/AMO

Chair of the Policy Committee

Emma is head of the IR and governance practice at Maitland/AMO, the financial and corporate communications consultancy. She joined Maitland in 2004 after 14 years as an equity investment analyst in the City specialising in the retail sector, latterly at ABN Amro where she was a director of equity research. She has developed the IR advisory practice at Maitland so that it is now an integral part of Maitland's product offering across the full client base from unlisted to FTSE 100 companies. Emma studied at Bath University, where she obtained a BSc. She is currently a Board director and chair of the Policy Committee of the Investor Relations Society.

Assistant Director of Investor Relations, Rolls-Royce

Ross Hawley

Assistant Director of Investor Relations, Rolls-Royce

Chair of the Education Committee
Deputy Chair of the Policy Committee

Ross is Assistant Director of Investor Relations at FTSE100 aerospace and defence business, Rolls-Royce plc. Originally in equity capital markets banking, Ross has over 18 years in-house corporate experience, both at Man Group plc, the alternative investment manager, where he was involved in a very wide range of capital raisings and corporate transactions, and then at UK-listed Playtech Ltd, NASDAQ-listed Edwards Group, and UK-Listed PageGroup, each time setting up the IR function. He is a graduate of Cambridge University.

CEO - Orient Capital

Alison Owers

CEO - Orient Capital

Chair of the Membership Committee

Alison joined Orient Capital in June 2010 bringing a wealth of investor relations and analytical experience. Since she joined she has been instrumental in building the brand of Orient Capital initially in the UK, from forging partnerships with numerous brokers and advisers, to latterly developing the Orient Capital and D.F. King brands across EMEA.  As part of ASX listed, the Link Group, she has P&L responsibility for the Corporate Markets business.  Alison joined Orient Capital from Capita where for 7 years she was Head of IR Services, than latterly Managing Director of their IR Services business.  Previously Alison managed the UK Client reporting team at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, specialising in shareholder analytics for UK large/mid cap companies. Alison has a French and German Languages degree from Kingston University and started her career as a translator before working in investor relations for a mining company in Canada.  She was appointed to the IR Society Board in 2014 and is responsible for chairing the Membership Committee.

Managing Partner - Oskar Yasar Partners

Oskar Yasar

Managing Partner - Oskar Yasar Partners

Deputy Chair of the Membership Committee

Oskar established The Partnership after nine years at VMA Group where, as a Board Director and Managing Director of VMA International, he helped to transform the organisation into a global, market-leading executive recruitment company within investor relations, operating out of seven offices. His efforts in helping to grow the Executive Search, Investor Relations and the Marketing Communications Practice areas resulted in helping to place more than 300 senior communicators within a diverse range of sectors and specialisms. Before moving into executive recruitment, Oskar was a Senior Consultant at Citigate Dewe Rogerson, one of the world’s leading financial communications consultancies, where he advised on a significant number of transactions and IPOs including the £9bn pan-European IPO of Orange and E.ON’s acquisition of Powergen. Oskar is passionate about Investor Relations and its future.

Director - Latchmoor Search

Jennifer Bargrove

Director - Latchmoor Search

Jennifer has been a specialist headhunter in Investor Relations since 2006. Prior to Latchmoor Search, she was formerly part of the Executive Search team of VMA Group. She works across sectors and has managed mandates for FTSE large caps, AIM listed businesses and NYSE alike. VMA had offices across Europe, Asia and Africa, which meant Jennifer was regularly in contact with IROs from financial hubs such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Frankfurt and now Johannesburg. A part-qualified Psychologist, Jennifer has a research MSc that includes analysis of interview techniques and testing. She keenly monitors how the balance of analytical and communicative skills come together in the IR discipline and how talent can be nurtured.

Vice President - Rivel Research Group

Claire Lavery

Vice President - Rivel Research Group

Claire leads Rivel Research Group's operation in the UK, Europe & Asia. As well as developing Rivel’s business in these regions, Claire is a consultant on client projects where she is responsible for project development, strategic analysis and presenting to senior management teams & Board of Directors. She is also a regular speaker at investor relations events across Europe sharing insights on IR best practice. Prior to joining Rivel, Claire was the International Sales Director at IR magazine and before stepping into the world of investor relations Claire spent 10 years in the legal market working with world’s leading law firms and in-house general counsel.

Director - Insight & Engagement, Black Sun

Sallie Pilot

Director - Insight & Engagement, Black Sun

Chair of the Best Practice Committee

With over 20 years experience in corporate communications, Sallie is responsible for setting the strategic integrity of Black Sun’s Insights and external engagement. Active in industry dialogue, regularly engaging with government, regulators and professional bodies to drive the debate in better communications and corporate reporting, she is member of the Financial Reporting Council's Financial Reporting Lab Steering Committee, a board member of the Investor Relations Society as well as the Chair of the Best Practice Committee, and a member of the Communications Group at Accounting for Sustainability. 

Sallie is committed to ongoing research on enhanced disclosure and transparency and engagement with wider stakeholders and monitors the FTSE 100 and other global comparators in the pursuit of best practice communications. Sallie has also provided strategic corporate communications consultancy for a range of UK and international clients such as: Coca-Cola Hellenic, DBS, HSBC, Kingfisher, Rio Tinto, Tullow Oil and United Overseas Bank. 

SVP, Strategic Corporate Access - Jefferies International

Danielle Poulain

SVP, Strategic Corporate Access - Jefferies International

Co-Chair of the Events Committee

Danielle Poulain was formerly Deputy Head of Corporate Relations at JPMorgan and has been working with corporates and institutions globally for more than thirteen years. She joined Execution (now Espírito Santo Investment Bank) in 2003 to set up the Corporate Access team. She has an MA in Modern Languages (French & Spanish) from Oxford University and is a Board member of the UK Investor Relations Society where she chairs the Events committee.

Head of Investor Relations - British Land plc

David Walker

Head of Investor Relations - British Land plc

Chair of the Corporate Affairs Committee
Deputy Chair of the IR Society

David Walker qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers within their Banking & Capital Markets division in London. Following this, he spent over seven years in the city at Deutsche Bank where he held a variety of roles within the Corporate Finance division, including Business Development and most recently as a Vice President in the UK Corporate Broking team.  Since leaving Deutsche Bank David has worked at Hays PLC, the FTSE250 listed specialist recruitment group, where he headed up the Investor Relations & Corporate Development team, taking responsibility for all aspects of shareholder and other stakeholder communications. In October 2017 he joined British Land as Head of Investor Relations. 

CEO - Georgeson Inc.

Cas Sydorowitz

CEO - Georgeson Inc.

Chair of the Events Committee

Cas has been with Georgeson for over 12 years, bringing with him almost five years’ experience in international investor relations and shareholder identification. At Georgeson, he is responsible for Georgeson’s Northern European Proxy and Corporate Advisory business. Cas has a longstanding knowledge of Global proxy voting mechanics and key governance matters affecting issuers and shareholders globally. Having worked for several activists and against many more he has in-depth experience to support investors or issuers in complex, sensitive activist campaigns. Cas remains an ongoing advisor to the UK Department of Business, Innovations and Skills (Formerly the DTI) as well as the UK Takeover Panel and the London Stock Exchange on various corporate actions, and proxy related matters. 

Cas graduated from SUNY Binghamton with a BA in History. He maintains membership in the ICGN and the ECGI, both governance related organisations that set the agenda for the global governance debate between issuers and shareholders. He has participated in various industry organisations including the Shareholder Voting Working Group in the UK and European Industry working committees on Target 2 Securities, Legal Certainty and the Working Group for Market Standards for General Meetings.

Director of IR - National Grid

John Dawson

Director of IR - National Grid

Chair of the Examinations Board

John joined National Grid in March 2011. Previously John was Director of IR at Cadbury plc from 2008 to 2010 and Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications for ICI from 2004 to 2008.

John graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1989 with an honours degree in Manufacturing Engineering and completed a Masters in Manufacturing Engineering and Management in 1990. Sponsored by TI Group through university, John joined its John Crane division in 1990 and qualified as a Management Accountant in 1992. Over the next eight years John worked overseas in Malta and Italy as well as in the UK for several of TI Group’s divisions, before settling at the group centre, getting his first experience of IR. In 2000 John joined Exel plc as their Director of Investor Relations and subsequently as Director of Corporate Affairs until 2004. At Exel he was responsible for the development of Exel's corporate reputation, including investor relations, media relations and marketing, as well as internal communications.

Managing Director - RD:IR

Richard Davies

Managing Director - RD:IR

Deputy Chair of the Events committee

Richard Davies is Managing Director of Richard Davies Investor Relations Limited (“RD:IR”), the leading UK independent IR consultancy, acting for over 600 UK and international companies and their advisors, offering: share register analysis, IR CRM, targeting, access services, proxy solicitation, investor perception studies and financial market research.

Richard was Chairman of the UK Investor Relations Society from 2009 to 2011 and Deputy Chairman for five years before that. Richard has contributed greatly to the development of the Society’s policy, education, events & networking functions as well as promoting the Society in the City and internationally. Richard sits on the Society’s Policy and Events Committees. A member of the IR Society’s Examination Board, Richard helped set up the Society’s Certificate in Investor Relations.

Richard is also a member of the All Party Parliamentary Corporate Governance Group, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and the International Corporate Governance Network.

Richard sits on the Advisory Board of Governance magazine. ‎

Managing Director - MHP

Reg Hoare

Managing Director - MHP

Chair of the Corporate Affairs Committee

Reg is a Managing Director of MHP, a leading Financial PR and IR consultancy. Reg joined Hogarth in 2010 (Hogarth becoming part of MHP), having previously worked for Smithfield and Weber Shandwick and its predecessor business Ludgate Communications. Between 1983 and 1995 Reg was a stockbroker with W Greenwell, SG Warburg Securities and Nomura International. He has been a member of the Investor Relations Society for many years, sitting on both its membership and events committees and is currently Chairman of the new Corporate Affairs Committee. Reg has an honours degree in Politics from the University of Bristol.

Founder - Fidelio Partners

Gillian Karran-Cumberlege

Founder - Fidelio Partners

Chair of the Membership Committee

Gillian Karran-Cumberlege, Managing Partner, Fidelio Partners, is a leading international practitioner in investor relations and corporate affairs. Fidelio advises Boards facing competition for capital and is recognized as an important financial communications think tank. Previously Gillian coordinated Brunswick's global IR Practice.

2000 – 2007 Gillian was Group Head of Investor Relations for Volkswagen AG, managing all aspects of capital market communications and advising the Board on valuation and reputational issues. She was Group Head of IR for UBS AG (1998–2000) and established IR at Dresdner Bank (1991–1998).

Gillian has an MA in History, Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and attended the Harvard General Management Programme.

Keith Russell

Deputy Chair of the Education committee

Keith Russell has more than ten years’ experience as head of investor relations at multinational corporations with his most recent role being at Travelport. For seven years prior to this he led IR for Stora Enso, the Nordic-Based forest products group, where he was recognised in the 2009 Thomson Extel Survey as the number 3 ranked IRO in Europe. Prior to joining Kvaerner ASA, the Anglo-Norwegian industrial group in 1997, Keith spent seventeen years as a corporate finance specialist in major investment banks in London and New York. Keith is a British national but lived in Canada and the US until 1982 when he moved to the UK. He has a Bachelors degree from Harvard College and has studied at London Business School.

Director of Investor Relations, Telefónica UK (O2)

David Lloyd-Seed

Director of Investor Relations, Telefónica UK (O2)

Chair of the IR Society
Chair of the Nominations Committee

David Lloyd-Seed is an experienced Investor Relations and capital markets practitioner.  He is currently Director of Investor Relations at Telefonica UK (O2). Prior to that David was IR and Corporate Affairs Director at Dixons Retail for almost 10 years which included the merger with Carphone Warehouse.  Most recently he was Interim Head of IR at Severn Trent and a partner at Tulchan Communications, a strategic communications adviser.  Prior to joining Dixons Retail in 2005, David worked as a corporate broker for 18 years latterly as a Director with Citi. During his time in corporate broking he advised a number of companies on IR, market related activities, fund raisings, mergers and IPOs across a number of sectors.

Head of Investor Relations  - British Land plc

David Walker

Head of Investor Relations - British Land plc

Deputy Chair of the IR Society
Co-Chair of the Events Committee

David Walker qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers within their Banking & Capital Markets division in London. Following this, he spent over seven years in the city at Deutsche Bank where he held a variety of roles within the Corporate Finance division, including Business Development and most recently as a Vice President in the UK Corporate Broking team.  Since leaving Deutsche Bank David has worked at Hays PLC, the FTSE250 listed specialist recruitment group, where he headed up the Investor Relations & Corporate Development team, taking responsibility for all aspects of shareholder and other stakeholder communications. In October 2017 he joined British Land as Head of Investor Relations. 

Independent

Al Loehnis

Independent

Deputy Chair of the Nominations committee

Al Loehnis was a founding director of Investis, Europe's leading specialist in providing web-based investor relations and corporate communications services.

Prior to this, Al worked as an analyst in the City, most recently at Credit Suisse First Boston, where he was a Vice-President in Equity Research.

Rosie Acfield

Radley Yeldar

Damaris Albarran

Client Executive - BNY Mellon

Independent

Cynthia Alers

Independent

Cynthia Alers has worked in a wide range of investor relations roles on both the corporate and advisory sides. She started her career in corporate finance with Citibank and undertook strategic analysis projects for Cambridge University (Judge Institute of Management Studies), Saga Group and Lloyds of London. She was head of Investor Relations Advisory Services and Corporate Access with JPMorgan Cazenove and Head of Investor Relations for the FTSE100 technology company, Sage Group, CSR plc and led the IPO of Acision, a Logica divestiture. She also was a non-executive director on the Port of Dover, working on a 30-year capital investment programme and headed the audit committee. Her experience includes IPOs, dual listings, cross-border M&A and corporate restructuring/repositioning.

Founder - Collegium Consulting Ltd

Ian Arnold

Founder - Collegium Consulting Ltd

Ian retired from the Board of The Investor Relations Society in 2015, having joined the Board in 2005; he was Treasurer from 2007 to 2015.

Currently he is: Deputy Chairman/CFO of Gardner Watts Ltd, a start-up research and development company in low-carbon renewable energy; Management committee member of Low Carbon Chilterns Co-operative Ltd, set up to help the local Chiltern community save energy and generate its own clean power; Honorary Treasurer and Council Member of The Shellfish Association of Great Britain, a trade association to promote the sustainable development of shellfish in the UK; Honorary Treasurer to the UK Associates of the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, an educational charity; Member nominated trustee director of the Howden Joinery Group Pension Scheme.

He was educated at Merchant Taylors School and Exeter University; and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in London in 1980. He is a freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of The Fishmongers’ Company, one of the Great Twelve Livery Companies in the City of London.

Director - Deutsche Bank Depositary Receipts

Zafar Aziz

Director - Deutsche Bank Depositary Receipts

Zafar has been in the Depositary Receipt industry for over fourteen years and is currently responsible for a global team at Deutsche Bank providing value-added services to corporate clients.  He also spent four years at SG Warburg (now part of UBS) in London, providing investor relations advisory services to investment banking clients.  Education: BA (Hons) Economics & Politics, University of Keele and MPhil Economic Development, University of Glasgow.

Emily Baker

Senior Researcher - Fidelio Partners

Emily's bio and photo to follow

Gina Bell

Senior Account Executive - MHP

Corporate Affairs Manager - Xstrata

Pam Bell

Corporate Affairs Manager - Xstrata

Pam Bell has been a corporate affairs manager at Xstrata since 2007 and is responsible for its corporate reporting, both online and in print.  Pam has over fifteen years working in corporate communications and the extractive sector, having previously worked for Anglo American plc and Minorco.

Leila Benton-Jones

Leila (Reuter) Benton-Jones has over 10 years in investor relations.  For the last 7 years she has led the investor relations practice at Executive Search firm Taylor Bennett covering senior appointments in Investor Relations.

Leila joined Taylor Bennett from the investor relations team at RBS.  Prior to that she worked in Financial PR agency Weber Shandwick Worldwide where she focused on investor relations and shareholder communications as well as financial PR for UK and International clients. 

Leila graduated from Manchester University with a first class degree in European Studies and speaks four languages fluently.  Before settling in London, Leila worked for Societe Generale in Paris in the international marketing department and in Hong Kong as an executive search consultant.

Paresh Bhanderi

Investor Relations Manager - Antofagasta plc

Paresh looks after the Investor Relations program for Antofagasta plc, a FTSE 100 Chilean copper mining company. He joined Antofagasta in July 2015 having previously worked in corporate development, finance and investor relations roles in the mining industry. Paresh began his career as an investment banker with BMO Capital Markets advising clients on capital raises and mergers and acquisitions, in Chicago, Toronto and London.

Annie Bissett

Client Services Director - MerchantCantos

Director of External Communications - Old Mutual Group

Patrick Bowes

Director of External Communications - Old Mutual Group

Patrick joined Old Mutual in May 2009 as Head of Investor Relations and then in 2010 became Director of External Communications. He is responsible for managing the overall relationships with the international media, sell side analysts and buy side investors in the UK and South Africa, as well as Europe and North America. Prior to Old Mutual, Patrick had an extensive career in the City with experience at Credit Suisse , JP Morgan and Merrill Lynch. He is also a qualified chartered accountant.

Mike Bowman

Sales Manager - WorkCast

Partner – Head of IR & Governance – Maitland/AMO

Emma Burdett

Partner – Head of IR & Governance – Maitland/AMO

Chair of the Policy Committee

Emma is head of the IR and governance practice at Maitland/AMO, the financial and corporate communications consultancy. She joined Maitland in 2004 after 14 years as an equity investment analyst in the City specialising in the retail sector, latterly at ABN Amro where she was a director of equity research. She has developed the IR advisory practice at Maitland so that it is now an integral part of Maitland's product offering across the full client base from unlisted to FTSE 100 companies. Emma studied at Bath University, where she obtained a BSc. She is currently a Board director and chair of the Policy Committee of the Investor Relations Society.

Manager, Investor Relations - BP

Gerry Bye

Manager, Investor Relations - BP

Gerry joined BP in 1989 when she worked in BP Treasury moving to Investor Relations  in 1992  and so she has more than 20 years’  experience within IR.

Carole Cable

Partner - Brunswick Group

Emily Carey

BP plc

Senior Client Manager, Digital - Design Portfolio

Helen Carpanini

Senior Client Manager, Digital - Design Portfolio

Helen lives and breathes digital communications. She has spent most of her professional career working within the digital sector dealing with PR, social media and corporate and IR websites. As part of Design Portfolio’s team, Helen provides senior strategic advice to companies looking to embrace digital as part of their investor relations and corporate communications strategy. She is well versed in the latest rules and regulations and helps educate companies on how digital can be used to complement traditional communications strategies. Helen graduated University of Wales Swansea with an honours degree in English Language and Linguistics and holds the IR Society’s Certificate in Investor Relations.

Managing Partner - MerchantCantos

Richard Carpenter

Managing Partner - MerchantCantos

Richard Carpenter is Managing Partner of corporate reporting consultants, MerchantCantos.

Before joining MerchantCantos, Richard was a board director and head of reporting at Radley Yeldar for three years. Prior to that he ran his own investor communications and reporting consultancy for six years.

He has also been a financial journalist including stints on the Mail on Sunday and as editor of Investor Relations magazine. He is author to several publications including the London Stock Exchange's Practical Guide to Investor Relations. He sat on the ICSA working group on electronic communications prior to the publication of its 2007 report.

He is currently a board director and member of the Policy Committee of the UK Investor Relations Society.

Director - Tamarind Communications

Rosie Catherwood

Director - Tamarind Communications

Rosie is the founder and CEO of Tamarind Communications, specialists in creating effective online video content for investor and business audiences.  Clients include FTSE 100, 250 and private companies. From 2001 –2009 Rosie was a Director of Cantos Communications where she advised a large range of clients on video online and specialised in communications for M&A and special situations.

Prior to Cantos, Rosie was a Group Director of Citigate Dewe Rogerson for 11 years and the founder and Managing Director of CDR India. For five years she was based in Mumbai and advised the government on privatisations and Indian companies on their financial communications strategies and international investor and media relations programmes. She also advised non Indian companies on their communications within India.  Prior to that she ran a graphic design business, flirted with advertising and was a researcher and producer for BBC Radio 4 Documentaries and Features. Rosie has an MA in geography from St Hugh’s College, Oxford.

Head of IR - Severn Trent Plc

Ruban Chandran

Head of IR - Severn Trent Plc

Ruban was appointed Head of Investor Relations at Severn Trent plc, the FTSE 100 water and waste water utility, on 1st March 2016. Prior to this he spent 11 years at BP plc where he held a variety of finance roles, including investor relations, at both their head office and in BP’s regional operations. Prior to joining BP in 2005, he spent two years at Gallaher Group plc and seven years at KPMG in Birmingham where he trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Ruban has a wealth of experience in finance and communications across large and complex organisations, both in the UK, the US, Russia and Europe.

Director - Deutsche Bank

Daniel Clark

Director - Deutsche Bank

Daniel is currently responsible for developing Deutsche Bank’s ADR business in Western Europe. He has 11 years of equity markets and investor relations experience. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank he was a Director at RBS Hoare Govett and ABN AMRO Rothschild, where he advised clients on a range of equity and equity linked transactions. He holds a Masters in Securities and Banking from ICMA / Henley Business School and a BSc in Business Management from King's College London.

Simon Cope

KPMG / 100 Group

Head of Investor Relations - GasLog Ltd

Phil Corbett

Head of Investor Relations - GasLog Ltd

Phil Corbett has been Head of Investor Relations at GasLog Ltd. and GasLog Partners since January 2018 and was a top ranked IR professional in the Institutional Investor All-Europe Executive Team (Oil & Gas Exploration and Production) survey in 2015, 2017 and 2018. Prior to that he was Head of Investor Relations at Genel Energy following a career as a sell-side European E&P analyst at Deutsche Bank and RBS (formerly ABN AMRO) in teams that were regularly top ranked by Institutional Investor and Excel. He also had sell-side roles at Oriel and Numis after starting his career at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. He has a PhD in Statistics from the University of Warwick and a BSc. 1st Class in Mathematics from the University of Cardiff.

Charlotte Coulson

Senior Account Executive - MHP

Director of IR - Burberry Group

Charlotte Cowley

Director of IR - Burberry Group

Charlotte Cowley is Director of Investor Relations at Burberry.  She joined when Burberry established a dedicated IR team in 2007. Before this, Charlotte was in the City, working in corporate broking at UBS and prior to that, equity research at Credit Suisse. Charlotte started her working life in Esso UK, covering operations as diverse as oil refineries and service stations. Charlotte holds a Masters in Engineering from Cambridge University. As a student, Charlotte learnt to row at Selwyn College and after university, Charlotte continued to row at Thames Rowing Club, racing at an international level. Charlotte now divides her time between Burberry, family and friends, fitting in the odd bit of exercise by cycling to work and running in Richmond Park at the weekend.

CEO - IR Society

Gary Davies

CEO - IR Society

Gary has been CEO of the Investor Relations Society since July 2018, leading the executive team at their Coleman Street office. Prior to this he had a 30 year career at GSK, where he held a number of positions in the UK and US in medicines development and commercialisation and in Corporate Communications where he headed the Corporate Product Communications function for several years. Gary was a Director in the Investor Relations team at GSK for over 10 years. He holds an MBA, has achieved the Certificate in Investor Relations from the IR Society and in 2017 became the first graduate of the Society’s new Diploma in Investor Relations. Prior to becoming CEO, Gary was a member of the Society’s Education and Examinations Committees.

Senior Reporting Consultant - Emperor

Rachel Crossley

Senior Reporting Consultant - Emperor

Rachel has almost 20 years of experience working as a consultant in investor relations and communications. Rachel joined Emperor, a brand, digital and corporate communications agency as Senior Reporting Consultant in March 2016, to provide advice to Emperor's clients on reporting and communicating with their stakeholders drawing on best practice, industry trends and specific corporate objectives. Prior to this, Rachel spent 10 years at Aura Financial, where her focus was on investor relations, regulatory change affecting UK listed companies and non-financial reporting practice. Rachel has an MBA from the Open University and updated the Certificate in Investor Relations and associated examination questions for the IR Society from 2005-2007.

Partner - Fidelio Partners

Mark Cumberlege

Partner - Fidelio Partners

Prior to Fidelio, Mark spent five years in senior management roles within Executive Search working with clients across multiple sectors and geographies. As a management consultant from 1995 to 2005 Mark focused on delivering growth and performance management solutions initially with Bridgewater, a Bain spin-off, and latterly focussing on operational strategy and change management. Mark’s clients were primarily multinational organisations.

Mark also has managing director experience of companies in the consulting, media and manufacturing sectors and has led start-ups, turnarounds, acquisitions and disposals. The common theme of Mark’s professional career is a passionate interest in how individuals shape high performing businesses.  Mark completed his studies in agriculture and has maintained an ongoing interest in agribusiness.

Head of Membership & Marketing - IR Society

Robert Dann

Head of Membership & Marketing - IR Society

Rob joined the IR Society in January 2012 as head of marketing, with responsibility for the society’s marketing and sponsorship programme. In 2014 Rob’s role developed to incorporate all of the society’s membership activities, including member recruitment and retention and the identification of potential new member groups. Prior to moving into IR Rob had previously worked in marketing roles across a number of sectors, most recently as group head online for an international media company.

Investor Relations - Sky plc

Andrew Gillian

Investor Relations - Sky plc

Andrew joined Sky’s IR team in December 2015. Prior to this Andrew trained as a management accountant on Lloyds Banking Group’s finance graduate scheme. He then spent three years in Lloyds’ IR team, where he was promoted to Senior Manager, and then 18 months at TSB, where he helped establish its IR function from IPO.  In 2015 Andrew was selected for Deliver, an IR Society programme for senior IROs who aspire to be future business leaders. Andrew is an accredited chartered management accountant (CIMA) and a CFA charter holder.

Director, Head of Global Investor Engagement, PwC

Hilary Eastman

Director, Head of Global Investor Engagement, PwC

Hilary has responsibility for managing the firm’s relationships with the investment community in the UK and globally. In her role, Hilary works with investors and analysts to get their views on a variety of corporate reporting and governance matters to help companies improve their reporting to the capital markets. She also seeks their views on matters that affect the accounting profession.

In addition, Hilary oversees the Corporate Reporting Users’ Forum (CRUF) network around the world, facilitating dialogue between the investment community and standard setters and regulators on a range of corporate reporting topics.

Director of Investor Relations, Telefónica UK (O2)

David Lloyd-Seed

Director of Investor Relations, Telefónica UK (O2)

Chair of the IR Society
Chair of the Nominations Committee

David Lloyd-Seed is an experienced Investor Relations and capital markets practitioner.  He is currently Director of Investor Relations at Telefonica UK (O2). Prior to that David was IR and Corporate Affairs Director at Dixons Retail for almost 10 years which included the merger with Carphone Warehouse.  Most recently he was Interim Head of IR at Severn Trent and a partner at Tulchan Communications, a strategic communications adviser.  Prior to joining Dixons Retail in 2005, David worked as a corporate broker for 18 years latterly as a Director with Citi. During his time in corporate broking he advised a number of companies on IR, market related activities, fund raisings, mergers and IPOs across a number of sectors.

Sue Scholes

Chair of Conference and Examinations committees

Sue Scholes was appointed Chair of the IR Society in June 2014, having previously chaired the Society's Education Committee.

Most recently, Sue spent seven years as Director of Communications for AMEC plc, during a period of significant and successful transformation.

A CIMA-qualified accountant, she first started working in investor relations in the late 1990s, at GKN plc. She was involved in the demerger of its joint venture businesses and the subsequent listing of Brambles Industries plc in London; as well as the later unwinding of this dual-listed company structure.

Sue is a board member at mac, the Midland's most visited arts centre.

Managing Director - RD:IR

Richard Davies

Managing Director - RD:IR

Deputy Chair of the Events Committee

Richard Davies is Founder and Managing Director of Richard Davies Investor Relations Limited (RD:IR), a leading independent global investor relations consultancy, offering a wide range of IR-related analysis, research & advisory services to over 600 UK and international companies. As well as providing IR counsel, Richard has run pioneering research projects across the global financial markets, covering hedge funds, emerging markets, private equity and financial service marketing processes.

Director of IR - National Grid

John Dawson

Director of IR - National Grid

John joined National Grid in March 2011. Previously John was Director of IR at Cadbury plc from 2008 to 2010 and Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications for ICI from 2004 to 2008.

John graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1989 with an honours degree in Manufacturing Engineering and completed a Masters in Manufacturing Engineering and Management in 1990. Sponsored by TI Group through university, John joined its John Crane division in 1990 and qualified as a Management Accountant in 1992. Over the next eight years John worked overseas in Malta and Italy as well as in the UK for several of TI Group’s divisions, before settling at the group centre, getting his first experience of IR. In 2000 John joined Exel plc as their Director of Investor Relations and subsequently as Director of Corporate Affairs until 2004. At Exel he was responsible for the development of Exel's corporate reputation, including investor relations, media relations and marketing, as well as internal communications.

Managing Director - Proxy Insight

Nick Dawson

Managing Director - Proxy Insight

Nick has 20 years’ experience building up and running investor relations and financial information businesses.  He founded Proxy Insight with a colleague in 2013 providing comprehensive global proxy voting information to issuers, their advisors and asset owners. Previously Nick ran Capita’s Investor Relations business and before that Corporate Advisory Services (EMEA) for Thomson Reuters after the sale of the Citywatch business by Computershare in 2006.

Independent

Fay Dodds

Independent

Treasurer of the IR Society
Chair of the Finance Committee

Fay Dodds was former Vice President, Investor Relations at Burberry, having joined the company in September 2007 to establish its first dedicated IR team.  She previously held the position of Director of Investor Relations at Experian and prior to that Director of Investor Relations at GUS plc from 2000, where she led all IR activity surrounding the eventual demerger of the group.  Having graduated with a geography degree from St John’s College, Cambridge, she spent several years in industry before becoming a retail analyst at DKW and then Merrill Lynch.

Head of IR - InterContinental Hotels Group

Catherine Dolton

Head of IR - InterContinental Hotels Group

Catherine Dolton is Head of Investor Relations at InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) PLC. She is responsible for all activities and communications with investors and sellside analysts on a global basis, including preparation and publication of quarterly earnings releases, educational seminars, investor roadshows and conferences. Prior to working in Investor Relations, Catherine led IHG's global hotel audit and Europe Middle East and Africa corporate audit teams. Catherine has a degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young.

Jonathan Drake

Taylor Wimpey PLC

Vice President, Issuer Manager - Deutsche Bank Depositary Receipts

James Eves

Vice President, Issuer Manager - Deutsche Bank Depositary Receipts

Company Secretary of the IR Society

James has over 15 years’ experience in financial services; prior to joining Deutsche Bank's Depositary Receipts business in 2015 he managed a portfolio of major British and Irish issuer clients for BNY Mellon’s Depositary Receipts business for 4 years.  Prior to that he spent 11 years at Computershare, working in partnership with several major British ordinary share registry clients. James has a degree in Business Studies with Combined Sciences and is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.  James was appointed Company Secretary of the IR Society in 2014.

Head of Standards and Financial Market Integrity for EMEA - CFA Institute

Claire Fargeot

Head of Standards and Financial Market Integrity for EMEA - CFA Institute

Claire Fargeot is Head of Standards and Financial Market Integrity for EMEA at the CFA Institute, a global, not-for-profit organization comprising the world’s largest association of investment professionals. Prior to this she ran the investor relations practice at Buchanan Communications, one of the leading financial communications advisers in the United Kingdom. Before joining Buchanan, she was responsible for setting up and running the investor relations advisory department of Finsbury, a financial, regulatory, and political communications agency. Ms. Fargeot previously set up and ran the strategic communications management business in Europe for PricewaterhouseCoopers, overseeing global shareholder value projects, and was a top–rated analyst at HSBC Investment Bank.

Independent

Diane Faulks

Independent

 Diane is an Investor Relations specialist with over 25 years’ experience gained in a variety of disciplines including corporate in-house, consultancy and banking. Regulation has been a foundation of all these roles working alongside lawyers, brokers and financial advisors. Over her 10 years of in-house roles she was involved in IPO/secondary offerings, M&A and US listings. During 14 years with Citi Depositary Receipts’ Diane advised clients on cross border communication during listing, capital raising and shareholder expansion. She has been a member of the IR Society since 1994, a board director from 2000-2006 and Chairman of the Society from 2003-2005.

Head of Investor Relations - ASOS

Greg Feehely

Head of Investor Relations - ASOS

Greg spent 18 years as a sell side equity analyst beginning his career at Kleinwort Benson Securities in 1993, before moving to Old Mutual Securities (1999) and latterly Altium Securities (2003) where he headed up the research department as well as having responsibility for Consumer and E-Commerce Research. He was appointed to the newly created role of Head of Investor Relations at ASOS Plc in March 2012. Winner of the Investor Relations Society Best Newcomer to IR Award, November 2012.

Daniel Fish

Account Manager, Investor Relations Service - Financial Times

Kenny Flaherty

Kenny Flaherty has over 15 years' experience as an equity portfolio manager and analyst. Previous roles have included Director of Equities at M&G Investment Management, and co-manager of Deutsche Asset Management's pan-European equity hedge fund. He was also a Partner in a successful independent hedge fund business that grew AUM to a peak of $1bn. In recent years Kenny has levered his experience and knowledge to act as an independent board level advisor to large and mid-cap corporates. Kenny holds an M.A. in Financial Economics and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He is now a private investor in global publicly traded opportunities, and an active investor in early stage private companies.

Senior Consultant - Addison Group

Rebecca Ford

Senior Consultant - Addison Group

With a strong background in the corporate arena with Cable & Wireless, Jefferson Smurfit Group and Centrica, Rebecca specialises in digital corporate communications particularly online investor relations and reporting. Before specialising in digital communications in 2002, Rebecca’s work included managing marketing, PR, and reputation and investor communications. She has a First Class degree from King’s College London and post-graduate qualifications in communications, advertising, marketing and PR. 

Rebecca was a Board member of The Investor Relations Society from 2004 - 2013.

Head of IR - Serco

Stuart Ford

Head of IR - Serco

Deputy treasurer of the IR Society

Stuart joined Serco Group plc in 2011 as Head of Investor Relations. Stuart is responsible for Serco's relationship with institutional investors and City research analysts. This includes reporting the Group’s overall performance, together with announcements of other significant commercial and strategic developments. Stuart also manages the investor targeting and corporate access programmes, as well having responsibilities for other corporate communication and publication areas. In his time with Serco, Stuart has been heavily involved in some very significant corporate developments including: several high profile investigations into contract operations as well as into the Group’s overall corporate structure, processes and procedures; changes in Serco’s senior management team and board; an extensive strategy review, which also encompassed a wide-ranging contract and balance sheet review; equity raising through an initial share placing and a subsequent rights issue, together with a comprehensive debt refinancing exercise; the Group’s numerous acquisition and disposal programmes; and the many changes in customer and competitor behaviour, government policy and commercial landscape for an internationally diverse provider of public service outsourcing.  

Stuart was previously Investor Relations Director for Home Retail Group plc, with 10 years IR experience at former FTSE 30 conglomerate GUS plc, the previous parent company of Burberry, Home Retail and Experian.  Stuart worked on the Burberry IPO in 2002 and its subsequent demerger from GUS in 2005, and as Head of Corporate Development for GUS oversaw the process of the final demerger of GUS in 2006 into two separately listed FTSE 100 companies.  Stuart is a Chartered Accountant, qualifying during his time with the business consulting division of Arthur Andersen.  Stuart was an Andersen Scholar, working for the firm prior to and during his Business Management degree from King’s College London.

Executive Chairman, The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S)

Jessica Fries

Executive Chairman, The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S)

Jessica sits on the board of the Natural Capital Coalition and was also responsible for establishing and running the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC).

Previously, Jessica has held a number of roles at PwC, most recently leading global activities around integrated reporting. She has worked with a wide range of companies, governments, investors and not-for-profit organisations to help them integrate sustainability into core business processes and activities.

Paul Froud

Head of Investor Relations - London Stock Exchange Group

Anna Gavrilova

Independent

Anna's bio and photo will follow shortly - please check back regularly

Global Transaction Banking - Deutsche Bank

Anahita Gharabaghi

Global Transaction Banking - Deutsche Bank

Anahita joined Deutsche Bank in 2008 and is currently in the Institutional Cash & Securities Services Coverage group focused on UK and Swiss asset managers.  Prior to this role, she was a relationship manager in the Global Equity Services group in London supporting UK, Nordic and Swiss clients. Previous to that role, she was in Corporate Finance focused on M&A and capital raising in the healthcare sector in New York and London. Prior to her MBA, she held finance and strategic positions at Intel Corporation in the Mobile Platforms Group and Fab Operations in California and Ireland respectively. Anahita received her MBA from Cornell University and her undergraduate degree from University of Southern California.

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