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.
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 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.
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.
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 Investor Relations - London Stock Exchange Group
Director, Anna Hartropp Ltd
Anna runs a specialist investor relations search firm using her knowledge and experience of having worked in-house as a permanent IRO and IR consultant, as well as having been an Advisor.
Her work in Investor Relations at small, mid and large cap Companies includes Cookson, M&S, Logica (now CGI) and Laird. As an IR Consultant, Anna provided Interim IR solutions as well as projects to help orientate newly appointed IR professionals. Anna worked latterly as an Advisor at Liberum Capital working with listed Companies as well as helping to bring private companies to the market. She has been an active member of the Investor Relations Society and currently sits on the Membership Committee.
Prior to Investor Relations, Anna worked for a high net worth individual and for several key figures at the Conservative Party, including Lord Saatchi, the Rt Hon David Cameron and the Rt Hon Theresa May MP.
Strategic Corporate Access - Berenberg
Ross joined Berenberg in 2017. He has almost fifteen years of equity markets experience, including three years in the IR team at Hays plc and seven years in the IR Advisory team within Corporate Broking at UBS. Prior to that he spent three years at Thomson Financial, whilst most recently he was part of the Corporate Access team at Jefferies. Ross has a bachelor’s degree in Management from St Andrews University and joined the IR Society Membership committee in 2014.
Principal Consultant, External & Marketing Communications Practice - VMA Group
Head of Investor Relations – Citigate Dewe Rogerson
Sandra has nearly two decades' experience of providing board level communications counsel on IPOs, capital restructurings, de-listings, M&A, shareholder activism, bond offerings, crisis management and ongoing engagement with debt and equity analysts and investors. Her track record spans a wide range of sectors, with particular strengths in telecommunications, financial services, real estate and natural resources. Sandra is skilled in identifying and articulating the value proposition of a business to stakeholders, building internal IR functions ahead of IPO transactions, providing a broad range of strategic and tactical advice to corporates. In addition to being a regular guest speaker at IR conferences and contributor to news articles on issues affecting the IR profession, Sandra regularly hosts training sessions on a wide range of IR-related topics. A European Business School graduate, Sandra speaks Serbian, German, and Hungarian.
Founder and Chief Executive - Edison Investment Research
Fraser founded Edison in 2003. Before that, he ran Newton Investment Management’s UK smaller company fund - a top decile performer. Fraser has broad experience in equity markets working closely with Edison’s operations in Asia-Pacific, Germany as well as the UK. He holds an MBA, and is a member of the CFA.
Director of IR - Cobham
Julian Wais is Director of Investor Relations at Cobham, the FTSE 250 Aerospace and Defence company. He is a qualified chartered accountant and initially worked in public accounting practice in London and Birmingham, followed by financial positions at Bass PLC and Severn Trent Plc – where he was Head of Internal Audit and latterly Head of Investor Relations for four years - before joining Cobham in 2006.
Vice President, Investor Relations - Barclays
Marketing & Membership Executive - IR Society
Rebecca joined the Society in April 2016 as Marketing & Membership Executive. During her first year, she completed her apprenticeship in business. Rebecca is responsible for the day to day running of the membership programme where she works alongside Robert Dann. Prior to IR, Rebecca worked in the retail sector.