Education Committee

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Independent

Ross Hawley

Independent

Sustainability Manager, Virgin Atlantic
Chair of the Education Committee

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 aerospace and defence business Rolls-Royce as Assistant Director of IR; and At 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 smaller companies including UK-listed Playtech Ltd, NASDAQ-listed Edwards Group, and UK-listed PageGroup.  Having joined Virgin Atlantic in 2019 to manage their investor relations programme, he is currently focused on delivering their sustainability programme and net zero commitments. Ross is a graduate of Cambridge University.

Head of Investor Relations - Premier Oil

Elizabeth Brooks

Head of Investor Relations - Premier Oil

Deputy Chair of the Education Committee

Elizabeth is currently Head of Investor Relations at Premier Oil, a London listed exploration and production company, which she joined in 2011. While at Premier, Elizabeth has 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.  In 2019, she was voted top IR professional in the Institutional Investors’ All-Europe Awards for the small-cap oil and gas sector and 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.

Director - Equitory

Geoff Callow

Director - Equitory

Deputy Chair of the Education Committee

Geoff is a Director of Equitory, an Investor Relations consultancy dedicated to supporting small and mid-cap listed companies. Prior to this he spent over 13 years in IR, working for Salamander Energy from 2007 through 2014 and then at Ophir Energy from 2014 to 2020. In that time he has worked on several M&A transactions and both debt and equity fundraisings. Prior to moving into IR Geoff spent 7 years working in Financial PR covering a range of different sectors including technology, online gaming and property. Geoff is an Alumni of the Deliver programme and has obtained the Diploma IR.

Professional Development Executive - IR Society

Kim Anderson

Professional Development Executive - IR Society

Kim looks after our courses programme. Before joining the IR Society in 2020, Kim worked at Countryside Properties plc as EA to the Group CEO and as PA to the Group’s IR Director.  Outside of work, Kim enjoys cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

Head of Investor Relations - Vivo Energy

Giles Blackham

Head of Investor Relations - Vivo Energy

Giles has over 13 years of experience in the capital markets, initially in investment banking and latterly in investor relations. He is currently Head of Investor Relations of Vivo Energy plc, a FTSE 250 pan-African fuel retailer and distributor, which he joined in 2018 following its IPO on both the London Stock Exchange and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Prior to this, Giles spent seven years at Acacia Mining plc, in a range of roles, latterly as Head of Investor Relations and Communications where he was responsible for all investor relations activities, external and internal communications and corporate development activities. In both 2017 & 2018 Giles was ranked in Institutional Investors’ Small-Cap All-Europe Executive Team for Metals and Mining. Giles has been a member of the IR Society since 2012 and has completed the DELIVER programme for senior IROs.

Maddy Cox-Smith

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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.

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.

Investor Relations Manager - Aggreko

Richard Foster

Investor Relations Manager - Aggreko

Richard is currently Investor Relations Manager for Aggreko plc, a FTSE 250 listed global supplier of temporary power generation equipment and of temperature control equipment. 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.

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 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.

Relationship Manager - Deutsche Bank Depositary Receipts

Katia Levy-Thevenon

Relationship Manager - Deutsche Bank Depositary Receipts

Katia is currently Relationship Manager for the Depositary Receipt team at Deutsche Bank. She was previously Director of Investor Relations at BHF Kleinwort Benson. Katia has extensive experience working in Investment Markets in various capacities: Corporate Access and Corporate Broking at J.P. Morgan; Portfolio Management at Morgan Stanley, Norges Bank, AXA, SEB and Schroders. She started her career in audit at Coopers & Lybrand where she qualified as Chartered Accountant. She is a CFA Charterholder and speaks French and German fluently. 

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.

Director of Investor Relations - G4S

Helen Parris

Director of Investor Relations - G4S

Helen Parris is Director of Investor Relations responsible for the Group’s communication with the investment community, providing stock market analysts and shareholders with quality information on a timely basis so the Group can be assessed and valued appropriately by the market. Helen has been voted top IR professional in the Institutional Investor and Extel Pan European Awards for the Support and Business Services Sector. She is a trustee of the G4S plc £2.3bn pension fund.

Helen has 30 years of City experience, covering fund management, investor relations (for media, security and oil and gas companies) and stock-broking. Prior to this appointment, Helen was Investor Relations Manager at BG Group, the FTSE 100 oil and gas company. Helen has a BSc in Accounting and Financial Analysis from Warwick University and is a Member of the Society of Investment Analysts.

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