COO and Director of Investor Relations, British Land, Chair of the IR Society
Chair of the IR Society
Chair of the Conference Committee
Chair of the Nominations Committee
David Walker qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers within their Banking & Capital Markets division in London. Following this, he spent over seven years in the city at Deutsche Bank where he held a variety of roles within the Corporate Finance division, including Business Development and most recently as a Vice President in the UK Corporate Broking team. Since leaving Deutsche Bank David has worked at Hays PLC, the FTSE250 listed specialist recruitment group, where he headed up the Investor Relations & Corporate Development team, taking responsibility for all aspects of shareholder and other stakeholder communications. In October 2017 he joined British Land as Head of Investor Relations. David is currently Chair of The IR Society.
Head of Marketing & Operations - 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.
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.
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 - Insight & Engagement, Black Sun, IR Society Board Member and Chair of the Best Practice Committee
Chair of the Best Practice Committee
Deputy Chair of the Policy 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.
Group Investor Relations Director - Lloyds Banking Group
Deputy Chair of The IR Society
Interim Treasurer of The IR Society
Douglas heads up the Investor Relations team at Lloyds Banking Group having been a senior member of the team at Lloyds Bank and subsequently Lloyds Banking Group for the last ten years.
During this time he has been involved in all the normal Investor Relations activities including the development of the investment proposition, briefing of institutional investors and the development and production of corporate results and announcements. In addition he has been integrally involved in all the corporate actions and transactions undertaken by the Group during this period including the acquisition of HBOS, the capital raisings and the various business disposals.
Prior to joining the Investor Relations team Douglas held management positions within Group Strategy, Group Risk and Private Banking having initially joined Lloyds Bank on the graduate development programme.
Douglas is also a Board member of the IR Society