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Head of Investor Relations - Diploma

Holly Gillis

Head of Investor Relations - Diploma

Chair of the Education Committee

Holly is Head of IR at Diploma plc. Prior to that she was a Senior Director at leading financial and corporate communications consultancy, Citigate Dewe Rogerson (CDR). Before joining CDR in 2021, Holly gained over 15 years of experience in in-house finance, corporate communications and investor relations roles in the high-profile UK public transport sector. In her most recent role – Head of IR at The Go-Ahead Group plc – Holly was a member of the leadership team and was a trusted advisor to the Board and Executive Management.

Having held an in-house Head of IR role throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Holly is experienced in crisis management and stakeholder engagement. She is skilled in simplifying complex concepts into digestible messaging with consideration for multiple audiences.  

An active member of the Investor Relations Society, Holly is co-chair of the Education Committee, having previously been a member of the Society’s Best Practice Committee. She completed the IR Society’s prestigious DELIVER programme in early 2021.

Holly is an ACCA qualified accountant and has a BSc in Psychology. 

Investor Relations - Harbour Energy

Kate Patrick

Investor Relations - Harbour Energy

Kate Patrick has over twenty years’ experience working in investor relations both in house and advisory. She began her inhouse career with FSTE 250 Inchcape plc, before moving to FTSE100 Compass Group and was more recently Head of IR at a small cap non standard finance company. She has held roles across size and sector and is currently Investor Relations Lead at FTSE 250 Harbour Energy plc. Her roles have involved advising on M&A communications, debt IR, crisis communications and activist management. Kate graduated from University College London with a First Class degree in Hispanic Literature, was one of the first cohort to sit the Investor Relations Society’s Certificate in IR and more recently completed the Investor Relation’s Diploma in IR.   

Head of Investor Relations - Harbour Energy

Elizabeth Brooks

Head of Investor Relations - Harbour Energy

Elizabeth is an experienced IR practitioner with strong sell-side and buy-side relationship and deep knowledge of the energy sector and capital markets. Her experience includes corporate and asset M&A, equity and debt issuance, financial restructuring, integration and managing a broad-range of stakeholder relationships.  She is currently Head of Investor Relations at Harbour Energy, a FTSE250 global oil and gas company, which she joined in 2021. Prior to that, Elizabeth was Head of Investor and External Relations at Premier Oil where she worked on several M&A transactions (both at the corporate and asset level) and debt restructurings.  She has also gained experienced working with activist debt and equity holders.  She was voted top IR professional in the Institutional Investors’ All-Europe Awards for the small/mid-cap oil and gas sector in 2019 and 2021. Also in 2019, she was shortlisted for Best IRO in the IR Society’s Best Practice Awards.  Prior to joining Premier, Elizabeth worked in risk consultancy and insurance.  Elizabeth is a graduate of Cambridge University where she studied Economics.

UK Investor Relations at Goodbody

Madeleine Bruce (maternity leave)

UK Investor Relations at Goodbody

Madeleine has 12 years’ experience working in Investor Relations in both in-house and advisory roles.  Her IR career began at Cookson Group plc, a FTSE 50 engineering conglomerate, in 2010, and managed the investor relations process through a demerger transaction which saw the company re-listed as two separate FTSE 50 companies in 2012; Alent plc ad Vesuvius plc. She remained as IR Manager of Vesuvius until 2014 when she made the jump to the advisory side, and was Head of Investor Relations at Numis Securities until 2019, advising corporate clients on their investor relations programmes and activity and supporting a wide range of IPOs and corporate transactions. Madeleine is now responsible for IR for UK corporates at Goodbody, Ireland's longest established stockbroking firm. Madeleine holds a BSc in International Business from Loughborough University. 

VP Director Investor Relations - Experian

Evelyne Bull

VP Director Investor Relations - Experian

Evelyne is an experienced investor relations professional with 11 years’ experience working in IR at FTSE100 companies. She is VP Director Investor Relations at Experian plc, where in addition to working across all aspects of IR, she’s lead a transformation of Experian’s ESG communication. Prior to that she spent 7 years in the BT IR team, which was voted No.1 in England in Extel for four years running. She began her career working in a number of finance roles across BT. Evelyne read Human Sciences at the University of Oxford, is a member of CIMA, and holds a Certificate in Investor Relations.

Senior Reporting Consultant - Emperor

Rachel Crossley

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.

Professional Development Coordinator - IR Society

Matthew David

Professional Development Coordinator - IR Society

Matt joined the IR Society in March 2022, and has most recently spent five years as a Senior Education Coordinator at the British Safety Council. Prior to that he performed a number of administrative roles including at the All England Tennis club in Wimbledon. Matt has a masters degree in Ancient History from Kings College, London and in his spare time enjoys fencing. 

Senior Manager at GB Group

Richard Foster

Senior Manager at GB Group

Richard is an experienced investor relations & finance professional. He is currently senior manager at GB Group (“GBG”), a global specialist in digital identity, listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM market (AIM: GBG) where he leads the Investor Relations activities. Prior to joining GBG, Richard worked in investor relations with Aggreko, until recently a FTSE250 listed global leader in temporary power and temperature control, leading capital markets engagement to set out a Net Zero strategy, before working on the $3bn public to private sale of Aggreko to a private equity consortium during 2021. A chartered management accountant by training, Richard built his corporate experience prior to joining Aggreko in finance, strategy and investor relations roles across two FTSE 100 listed companies; the utility business, National Grid plc and aerospace and defence business, Rolls-Royce plc. At both companies, he gained exposure to a wide variety of capital markets work including corporate transactions. Richard is a graduate of the University of Leeds Business School.

Senior Associate, Investor Relations, NextEnergy Capital

Peter Hamid

Senior Associate, Investor Relations, NextEnergy Capital

Peter is Senior Associate, Investor Relations at NextEnergy Capital where he joined in January 2021. Prior to that he was a Senior Consultant at Maitland/AMO in the Capital Markets and Investor Relations team, where he worked with a wide range of clients advising and supporting their equity and debt investor relation functions.

Peter is a qualified financial advisor and holds the below professional qualifications including Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments in Private Client Investment Advice Management, CISI Derivatives and the CFA UK Investment Management Certificate. Peter also holds the IRS certificate for investor relations and is currently a CFA level II candidate.

Prior to Maitland/AMO Peter spent six years as a senior analyst at Barclays. Before Peter’s time at Barclays he gained a distinction in his Postgraduate degree in Financial Economics along with a 2:1 Undergraduate degree in Economics, both from the University of Leicester.

Head of Investor Relations - Redde Northgate

Ross Hawley

Head of Investor Relations - Redde Northgate

Deputy Chair of the IR Society

Ross is an experienced IRO with both an in-house and advisory background. Originally in equity capital markets banking, Ross has over 20 years of in-house corporate experience, including FTSE100 businesses such as Rolls-Royce, where he was Assistant Director of IR; and Man Group plc, the alternative investment manager, where he was involved in a very wide range of capital raisings and corporate transactions for over a decade.  Ross has also set up and led the IR function for a number of smaller companies, and recently was Sustainability Manager for Virgin Atlantic before heading the IR activities at FTSE250 Redde Northgate. He is a graduate of Cambridge University.

CEO, IR Society

Laura Hayter

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 ten years. Laura has over 19 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.

Professional Development Executive - The IR Society

Tara Mitchell

Professional Development Executive - The IR Society

Tara joined the IR Society in September 2018 as Professional Development Executive. Tara was previously at Old Mutual Group working as an Investor Relations Co-ordinator in their IR team.  Prior to this Tara lived and worked in Sydney, Australia.  Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family.

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