Gillian Karran-Cumberlege and John Gollifer awarded the 2018 IR Society Fellowship Awards

The Investor Relations Society ('IR Society') has announced at its Annual Conference held on 19 June 2018, that Gillian Karran-Cumberlege and John Gollifer are the recipients of its 2018 IR Society Fellowship Awards.

The IR Society Fellowship Award was launched in 2011 to recognise outstanding individuals who have made a significant contribution to the investor relations industry and the IR Society, either through their own work or by developing others in their organisations and beyond.

Gillian Karran-Cumberlege has exemplified this through her work as a founding partner of Fidelio, the board development and executive search consultancy, and previously as an independent board member of Jaguar Land Rover India, global head of IR for Volkswagen AG, group head of IR at UBS and a board member of the IR Society.

“We are delighted to honour our 2018 Fellow, Gillian Karran-Cumberlege. Gillian has been an exemplary ambassador of investor relations and a true innovator in her field of board evaluation, development and search,” said David Lloyd-Seed, Chair of the IR Society.

“Gillian has made an enormous contribution to the Society over the years, both as a Board member and as a member, including through her continued support of the Society’s Annual Conference programme. She is extremely highly regarded by the wider IR community, in particular for her work in championing board effectiveness through diversity and inclusion. Gillian pioneered ‘A Seat at the Table,’ a unique programme for recognising and developing senior female talent, which has helped boost female representation not only in IR but across all forms of senior roles.”

David continued: “We are delighted to also be able to recognise all the fantastic work John Gollifer has done in leading the Society over the last 6 years, particularly in terms of expanding our footprint both in the UK and internationally. In particular John has made a significant contribution to our professional development offering, making the IR Society’s Certificate in IR the go-to qualification in the UK and beyond. He has been instrumental in the continuing success of the IR Society and the increasing standing it holds in UK corporate life and financial markets.  He has ably led the IR Society forward across its multitude of activities but of particular note during his time with us has been his work in initiating and evolving our DELIVER leadership programme, the launch of the Diploma in IR, and our professional development training overseas.

In Gillian and John we have two extremely worthy Fellows and I would like to thank them both for their continued championing of all things IR."

The IR Society's 32nd Annual Conference, held yesterday, was entitled ‘IR: Future-proofing business.’ With an attendance of over 370 delegates, keynote speakers included Douglas Flint, former group chairman, HSBC, and Sir Michael Rake, Lead Independent Director of Worldpay Inc, as well as other speakers from the investment community. The IR Society was delighted to welcome back Evan Davis, a Fellow of the IR Society, as conference host for the eighth year running.

Throughout the day, the Annual Conference focused on how Investor Relations can help future-proof businesses and considered how best practice IR can influence a company’s strategic thinking. Supported by views from the C-suite, the Boardroom and IROs, as well as the buy- and sell-sides, the conference addressed the important trends in Investor Relations including the growth of ESG and market disruption due to the impact of changes in regulation, market structure and technology.

For further information contact:

The Investor Relations Society

John Gollifer – General Manager                                               020 7379 1763
Laura Hayter – Head of Policy and Communications          020 7379 1763

Notes for editors:

The Investor Relations Society

The Investor Relations Society (IR Society) is a membership organisation that exists to promote best practice investor relations in the UK and beyond. It is run by IR professionals for IR professionals. Established in 1980, the IR Society’s mission is to promote best practice in investor relations; to support the professional development of its members; to represent their views to regulatory bodies, the investment community and government; and to act as a forum for issuers and the investment community.

The Society has over 820 members from the UK, Europe and beyond, including representatives from most of the FTSE 100, a large number of FTSE 250 companies and a growing number of AIM and smaller companies as well as IR advisers and service providers. For more information visit www.irsociety.org.uk or connect with us on Twitter (@IRSocietyUK) or LinkedIn

Published 20 June, 2018

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