Best practice in IR

This discussion-based, half-day course explores ‘best practice IR’ and identifies the tools and techniques available to IROs to help them achieve this. It will help you to understand the practical aspects of running a good IR programme.

Who should attend?

  • New IRO's 
  • Those who have attended the Introduction to IR and Financial Markets course
  • IR professionals who are looking to improve effectiveness of current IR activity

What will I gain?

  • An invaluable overview of shareholder targeting, investor days and site visits
  • A clear understanding of effective communication and disclosure obligations
  • Advice on managing relationships with shareholders, brokers and analysts
  • Hints and tips for planning roadshows, webcasts and the annual report

"Enjoyed the session. Discussion-based format is very useful and speakers were very knowledgeable and happy to answer questions. Good IR background and viewpoint from practitioners."

"Great set of speakers, covering a variety of aspects of IR."

"Very Interesting talks by well prepared expert speakers."

Course tutor: Lorraine Rees

Lorraine established IR-connect as a new investor relations consultancy in 2015. Prior to that she had been IR Director at Standard Life plc, Head of IR at The Phoenix Group, and an equity analyst at Exane BNP Paribas. She originally trained as a chartered accountant, and has also worked in strategy, corporate finance and banking.

Guest speaker: 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.

Guest speaker: Simon Bielecki

Simon is currently working as an Investor Relations contractor, mostly recent for N Brown, a leading UK digital retailer, and Compass Group, the world’s largest food services business.  Previously he was Head of Investor Relations at SIG plc, a pan-European supplier of specialist building products and a member of the FTSE 250. Before SIG, Simon was Head of IR and Corporate Communications at Promethean World, having joined in order to float the business on the main market of the LSE.   Other roles have included Head of IR at United Utilities, a FTSE 100 business, which was Simon’s first investor relations position and VP of IR & Communications at Renovo, a small UK biotech company.


Simon has a Masters’ degree in Economics from Manchester University and MBA from Manchester Business School.


  • The Role of the Investor Relations Practitioner
  • Engaging with Shareholders
  • Practical Tools and techniques
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Course level

Core courses


Central London

CPD points


Course dates

10 October 2019
9.30am to 1.00pm

  • IR Society members (£339 + VAT)
  • IR Society Premium members (course allowance included in membership package)
  • Non-members (£469 + VAT)
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