Best Practice Committee
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.
Head of Investor Relations and Communications - Taylor Wimpey
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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.
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.
Group Investor Relations Director - Tesco
Chris joined Tesco in 2001 initially working in Distribution, Finance and Investor Relations. He moved to the International Corporate Affairs team in 2007, before being appointed Business Development Director in 2008, leading M&A and strategy projects in Asia and across the Group. Chris re-joined the Investor Relations team in 2011 and took on the lead role in 2012. Prior to Tesco, Chris worked at the BBC and Channel Four Television.
Jennie was formerly Head of Sales, EMEA at Orient Capital where she joined in 2016. Prior to that she was Director, Channel Relations UK and EMEA at Investis, where she advised the Financial PR and IR community across the UK and EMEA on digital best practice and trends, as well as developing new markets for the company. Prior to joining Investis, Jennie worked in Investor Relations in Canada, primarily in the Mining and Oil and Gas industry. She has worked on the communication strategy for several small cap financings and M&A deals. Jennie has a BA in Political Science from Carleton University and a Graduate Certificate in Corporate Communications from Seneca College.
Head of Policy and Communications - IR Society
Laura is Head of Policy and Communications at the IR Society, and also oversees the Society's Professional Development including the internationally recognised qualification, the Certificate in Investor Relations (CIR). She has 14 years’ experience in Investor Relations and was formerly a Director at the IR consultancy, Taylor Rafferty, providing IR advisory services to blue chip clients, both in London and New York. Laura graduated from the University of Leeds, with an honours degree in German and Management Studies.
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 of Investor Relations - Babcock International Group
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Senior Consultant - Addison Group
Rachel Price is a Senior Consultant at Addison Group, a communications consultancy and creative agency.
Prior to joining Addison Group, Rachel worked at Black Sun for eight years. During this time she undertook several roles including Financial Controller, before moving to the Research & Strategy team. During her time in the Research & Strategy team Rachel became the Head of Department, running numerous research projects including the company’s flagship research, ‘The Complete 100’, which analyses corporate reporting trends in the FTSE 100. Using these insights, Rachel provided strategic consultancy advice to companies from the FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and internationally.
Prior to this, Rachel joined PwC’s graduate scheme, where she become a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW).
Director, Head of Reporting Communications - FleishmanHillard Fishburn
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