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.
Managing Director - Beacon IR
Prior to establishing Beacon IR Limited, a specialist investor relations consultancy business, Derek held senior positions on both the buy and sell-side of the investment industry. He has also gained significant corporate experience as a director of investor relations for three prominent UK technology companies listed in the FTSE 250 and FTSE 100.
Formerly an equity analyst covering the global technology sector, Derek has particular expertise in the software sector, where he has been involved with a number of high-profile initial public offerings and M&A transactions during his career.
He was educated at University College London, and Cambridge University.
Head of Investor Relations and Communications - Taylor Wimpey
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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.
Head of Investor Relations GSK Consumer Healthcare - GlaxoSmithKline
Sonya recently joined GSK to take on the role as Head of Investor Relations for the Consumer Healthcare business which will be separated from GSK and separately listed in the coming years. Prior to this Sonya ran her own IR advisory company Clear Giraffe IR for just under 3 years working with several large and mid cap listed companies after leading IR for Heineken. During her Heineken tenure she was externally recognised for improving the external perception of the company.
Sonya also worked in investment banking for over ten years predominantly as a sell side analyst but also as an equity specialist sales focused on the consumer sector, and at banks including Barclays, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. She is also a fully qualified Chartered Accountant with ICAS, having qualified with KPMG.
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.
CEO - IR Society
Laura is CEO at the IR Society. Formerly Head of Policy and Communications, Laura has been with the Society for more than nine years. Laura has over 18 years’ experience in the Investor Relations industry. She joined The IR Society in 2011, and among other roles, was formerly a director at the IR consultancy, Taylor Rafferty, providing IR advisory services to blue chip clients, both in London and New York. She graduated from the University of Leeds, with an honours degree in German and management studies.
Claire Lavery, Executive Director, Europe & Asia - Rivel Research Group
Claire leads Rivel's business in the UK, Europe and Asia, responsible for growth and profitability in these regions. Being Rivel’s first recruit outside the US, Claire extended Rivel’s reputation across the Atlantic establishing our position as the leading ‘global’ provider of perception research. With her experienced team, she continues to increase our loyal client base across two continents. She is a consultant on client projects, providing in depth strategic analysis and presents insights and recommendations to senior management teams and Boards of Directors. Her experience spans a cross section of companies of varying market caps, industries and geographies. She is also a regular guest speaker at investor relations events across Europe, sharing insights on buy-side expectations and IR best practices.
Prior to joining Rivel, she was the International Sales Director at a leading investor relations publication, but before stepping into the world of investor relations, Claire spent 10 years in the legal market working closely with world-leading global law firms and the general counsel of the FTSE 100.
Claire sits on the Society’s Best Practice Committee and Conference Committee.
Head of Policy & Communications - IR Society
Kate joined the IR Society in November 2019 as head of policy and communications. Kate is a chartered accountant and has broad experience across equity capital markets, having previously led investor relations for Segro, a FTSE real estate investment trust, and worked as a sell- side equity research analyst covering the retail sector. Kate’s ACA qualification was gained with the insurance and investment management team at PwC after graduating from university with an MSc in finance.
Director of Investor Relations - Babcock International Group
Simon joined Babcock International PLC, an aerospace and defence company, as Director of Investor Relations in the summer of 2018. He was previously Head of Investor Relations at Johnson Matthey Plc, a chemicals company, and helped reset their equity story in 2017. Before that, Simon worked at Vodafone for a number of years including roles in business intelligence. commercial finance and four years in their investor relations team. He is a Chartered Accountant and started his career with KPMG.
Communications Consultant - Listening Strategies
Nick has partnered with leading global institutions for over 15 years creating corporate narratives, building brand reputations and delivering integrated corporate and sustainability communications to engage diverse stakeholder groups. He has worked at leading communications agencies supporting UK and internationally listed organisations to deliver regulatory and best practice reporting, while promoting the need for enhanced sustainability disclosures and frameworks. He is passionate about sustainability and supports businesses on their ambitions to embed ESG and climate change challenges into their strategic narrative and employee engagement. He is a member of Chapter Zero and the Institute of Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability (ICRS).
The following is a snapshot of businesses that Nick has partnered with across corporate and brand communication projects and campaigns: Astra Zeneca, Barclays, Centrica, CYBG, Hargreaves Lansdown, Intertek, Mazars, MicroFocus, Perform, Pets at Home, Qatar National Bank, Rio Tinto and Standard Chartered Bank.