IR Society Board Member

As you will know, the IR Society’s mission is to promote best practice in investor relations; to support the professional development of its members; to represent their views to regulatory bodies, the investment community and government; and to act as a forum for issuers and the investment community. The Society, now in its 42nd year, has over 850 members from the UK, Europe and beyond, including representatives from the vast majority of the FTSE 100, a large number of FTSE 250 companies and a number of AIM and smaller companies as well as IR advisers and service providers.

The IR Society is run by our Executive team, led by CEO Laura Hayter, and they are responsible for the day-to-day running of the Society, as well as for setting the Society’s strategic direction. The Executive team is supported by a non-executive board of directors, who provide oversight, support and advice to Laura and the team. They also act as essential advocates for the Society and it’s work.

I passionately believe that the Board is diverse and representative of our profession and the broader membership as a whole. It should incorporate people with a range of backgrounds to ensure we benefit from the appropriate expertise and skills to help the Society thrive into the future. Some of our long-standing board members are standing down this year, having reached the end of their tenure, and we will therefore be inviting applications for new board members. In order to apply you must be a Full member of the IR Society and you must be able to contribute in a meaningful manner to the development of the Society.

Responsibilities of a Board director would typically include:

  • Provide advice and direction to the Executive team in the development and evaluation of the strategy; monitor the implementation of the strategy and performance
  • Attend all board and committee meetings and functions, such as special events including the Annual Conference, Best Practice Awards and AGM
  • Serve on committees or task forces and offer to take on special assignments
  • Inform others about the IR Society and advocate for the organisation
  • Pro-actively share network of contacts and contribute expertise and time
  • Assist the board in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities, such as reviewing the organisation’s financial statements

We would also expect all Board members to:

  • Be informed about the IR Society’s mission, services, policies, and programmes
  • Support the Investor Relations Society through individual membership subscription
  • Inform others about the IR Society and advocate for the organization
  • Keep up-to-date on developments and best practice in Investor Relations

More information about the role of the Board directors can be found here, and if you would like further information please don't hesitate to contact Laura Hayter (

We welcome applications from any experienced IR professional, however some expertise within the areas of digital and ESG would be desirable.

Please send a cover letter explaining why you’d like to join the board and what skills and experience you will be able to bring to the Society to Laura Hayter at the address below or via email to

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2022, after which the nominations committee will convene to review applications and meet with shortlisted applicants.

Successful applicants will be notified in due course with their appointment to the Board becoming official at the IR Society’s AGM in June 2022.

Kind regards

David Walker

The Investor Relations Society
5th Floor, 30 Coleman Street, London EC2R 5AL

Date posted: 10 January, 2022

Further information

Please send a cover letter to Laura Hayter at the IR Society or via email to

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