Events Committee

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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.

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. ‎

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.

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.

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.

Head of Investor Analytics - Equiniti

Rob Hemming

Head of Investor Analytics - Equiniti

Rob has 20 years’ experience of working in the city of London, where he has gained a wealth of share register analysis and investor relations experience.  Rob joined Equiniti in 2011 from JP Morgan Cazenove, where he spent 13 years providing share register analysis and IR services to the FTSE 350 clients of the firm. Previously Rob served 16 years year’s in the Royal Navy, traveling the world serving his country and living his Top Gun dream. Rob has been a member of the IR Society for 6 years and is a very keen triathlete.

Corporate Access - Exane BNP Paribas

Jane Henderson

Corporate Access - Exane BNP Paribas

Jane is Corporate Access for the Consumer and Auto sectors at Exane BNP Paribas, having joined the company in 2011 after spending 11 years at Citigroup, working in both Equity Research and Corporate Access. After working as a Research Associate in Citi's top ranked Food Retail team, Jane moved to the New York sales desk to focus on European and Emerging Markets Corporate Access into the US and Canada.  She then returned to the UK to join Citi’s London Corporate Access team. Jane has a PhD in Animal Behaviour from Bristol University.

Programme Development and Corporate Access Manager - RBS

Sarah Bellamy

Programme Development and Corporate Access Manager - RBS

Sarah Bellamy has been in the IR profession for over 13 years, 9 of which have been with RBS.  Before moving to this in-house role, Sarah gained her experience on the service side of IR.  In her first role she gained extensive knowledge of the City and roadshow coordination working with clients on their private client broker access.  During this time Sarah gained the Certificate of IR qualification.  She then spent time in corporate finance working in JPMorgan Cazenove’s IR team and project management at IR consultancy Imagination Investor Communications.  Sarah has a degree in Engineering from Durham University and a Certificate of Higher Education in Astronomy from University College London.

Vice President, Strategic Corporate Access - Jefferies International

Cynthia Meiring

Vice President, Strategic Corporate Access - Jefferies International

Cynthia has been working with issuer and buy-side communities for over ten years and is currently part of the Strategic Corporate Access team at Jefferies. She is responsible for driving and managing corporate access initiatives for European companies marketing in the UK, Europe and North America. Before joining the firm in 2013, she worked in the Events & Roadshow Marketing department at Barclays and prior that, in the Corporate Broking – Investor Relations team at JP Morgan Cazenove, providing advisory services and investor relations support to a broad range of companies across a number of sectors. Cynthia begun her career in the financial services industry as a sales assistant and roadshow coordinator after moving to London from Riga, Latvia.

Events Manager - IR Society

Nicolle Oliver

Events Manager - IR Society

Nicolle joined the IR Society in July 2018 as Events Manager. Nicolle was previously at Campden Wealth operating as an events executive running peer-to-peer conferences for the Ultra High Net Worth community both in single and multi-family offices in London, Switzerland and Hong Kong. Her events experience also includes in agency, venue side and production, in the fashion brands, jewellery and insurance & pensions sectors. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family and friends as well keeping fit.

Director, EMEA - D.F. King

Aemilia Varfis

Director, EMEA - D.F. King

Aemilia is part of the initial team that pioneered shareholder response advisory services in Europe and has over 18 years’ industry experience. Her experience in the European market place spans across M&A and transactional services, AGMs/EGMs, shareholder activism defence and corporate governance advisory.  Before joining the team at D.F. King in 2015, Aemilia held positions at ISS Corporate Solutions, Morrow-Sodali and Georgeson (UK & France). In all of these roles she was instrumental in introducing cross border shareholder response and corporate advisory and investor engagement services in France, Germany, Spain, Greece, Russia, Cyprus and Turkey. Aemilia is a member of the UK Investor Relations Society and holds a Masters Degree in Management & Marketing and a BA Honours Degree in International Business Administration.

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