Membership Committee

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CEO - Orient Capital

Alison Owers

CEO - Orient Capital

Chair of the Membership Committee

Alison joined Orient Capital in June 2010 bringing a wealth of investor relations and analytical experience. Since she joined she has been instrumental in building the brand of Orient Capital initially in the UK, from forging partnerships with numerous brokers and advisers, to latterly developing the Orient Capital and D.F. King brands across EMEA.  As part of ASX listed, the Link Group, she has P&L responsibility for the Corporate Markets business.  Alison joined Orient Capital from Capita where for 7 years she was Head of IR Services, than latterly Managing Director of their IR Services business.  Previously Alison managed the UK Client reporting team at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, specialising in shareholder analytics for UK large/mid cap companies. Alison has a French and German Languages degree from Kingston University and started her career as a translator before working in investor relations for a mining company in Canada.  She was appointed to the IR Society Board in 2014 and is responsible for chairing the Membership Committee.

Partnership Director - Investis Digital

Jess Blair

Partnership Director - Investis Digital

Jess joined Investis Digital as the Partnerships Director in March 2019. Investis Digital is a global digital communications firm with a heritage in investor relations. Jess is responsible for growing relationships with industry bodies and partner firms and works closely with financial PR firms and their clients. As well as advising listed companies on their digital requirements, much of her work is around helping clients with their obligations as they look to IPO. Jess has a Politics degree from the University of Edinburgh and previously worked at Amazon for 4 years.

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.

Partner - Fidelio Partners

Mark Cumberlege

Partner - Fidelio Partners

Prior to Fidelio, Mark spent five years in senior management roles within Executive Search working with clients across multiple sectors and geographies. As a management consultant from 1995 to 2005 Mark focused on delivering growth and performance management solutions initially with Bridgewater, a Bain spin-off, and latterly focussing on operational strategy and change management. Mark’s clients were primarily multinational organisations.

Mark also has managing director experience of companies in the consulting, media and manufacturing sectors and has led start-ups, turnarounds, acquisitions and disposals. The common theme of Mark’s professional career is a passionate interest in how individuals shape high performing businesses.  Mark completed his studies in agriculture and has maintained an ongoing interest in agribusiness.

Jenni Fulton

Managing Director - Emperor

Bio to follow

Head of Marketing & Operations - IR Society

Robert Dann

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.

Director, Anna Hartropp Ltd

Anna Hartropp

Director, Anna Hartropp Ltd

Anna runs a specialist investor relations search firm using her knowledge and experience of having worked in-house as a permanent IRO and IR consultant, as well as having been an Advisor.

Her work in Investor Relations at small, mid and large cap Companies includes Cookson, M&S, Logica (now CGI) and Laird. As an IR Consultant, Anna provided Interim IR solutions as well as projects to help orientate newly appointed IR professionals. Anna worked latterly as an Advisor at Liberum Capital working with listed Companies as well as helping to bring private companies to the market. She has been an active member of the Investor Relations Society and currently sits on the Membership Committee.

Prior to Investor Relations, Anna worked for a high net worth individual and for several key figures at the Conservative Party, including Lord Saatchi, the Rt Hon David Cameron and the Rt Hon Theresa May MP. 

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.

Head of Investor Relations – Citigate Dewe Rogerson

Sandra Novakov

Head of Investor Relations – Citigate Dewe Rogerson

Sandra has nearly two decades' experience of providing board level communications counsel on IPOs, capital restructurings, de-listings, M&A, shareholder activism, bond offerings, crisis management and ongoing engagement with debt and equity analysts and investors. Her track record spans a wide range of sectors, with particular strengths in telecommunications, financial services, real estate and natural resources. Sandra is skilled in identifying and articulating the value proposition of a business to stakeholders, building internal IR functions ahead of IPO transactions, providing a broad range of strategic and tactical advice to corporates. In addition to being a regular guest speaker at IR conferences and contributor to news articles on issues affecting the IR profession, Sandra regularly hosts training sessions on a wide range of IR-related topics. A European Business School graduate, Sandra speaks Serbian, German, and Hungarian.

Founder and Chief Executive - Edison Investment Research

Fraser Thorne

Founder and Chief Executive - Edison Investment Research

Fraser founded Edison in 2003. Before that, he ran Newton Investment Management’s UK smaller company fund - a top decile performer. Fraser has broad experience in equity markets working closely with Edison’s operations in Asia-Pacific, Germany as well as the UK. He holds an MBA, and is a member of the CFA.

Membership & Marketing Executive - IR Society

Rebecca White

Membership & Marketing Executive - IR Society

Rebecca joined the Society in April 2016 as Marketing & Membership Executive. During her first year, she completed her apprenticeship in business. Rebecca is responsible for the day to day running of the membership programme where she works alongside Robert Dann. Prior to IR, Rebecca worked in the retail sector.

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