IR: Future-proofing business - Save the Date!

The IR Society's 2018 annual conference, IR: Future-proofing business, will take place in London on Tuesday 19 June 2018. This one-day event provides unparalleled opportunities to learn, keep up to date and network with peers so save the date now!

The IR Society's 2018 annual conference, IR: Future-proofing business, will take place in London on Tuesday 19 June 2018. This one-day event provides unparalleled opportunities to learn, keep up to date and network with peers so save the date now!

Conference overview

IR: Future-proofing business

Our 2018 conference theme builds on strategic IR and the importance of driving long-term business thinking. Let’s think of the long-term rather than be caught up with the noise of the short-term, particularly any external factors that are out of our hands. How can best practice IR influence a company’s thinking, culture, values and behaviour by effectively bringing the outside view in?

2017 Conference - A New World Order: The Ascent of IR
Given the seismic changes going on in the geopolitical, economic, regulatory and capital markets landscapes, now is the time for Investor Relations to standout and take a leading role in corporates. We face a discernible change in the mood of politics, in our business environment and in changing regulations with their impact on market structure. We also face more technological change and of course, the advent of a post-Brexit world. David Lloyd-Seed, our Chair, once spoke of IR having evolved from a cottage industry into the higher profile profession it is today and we wish to explore a new world, perhaps a brave new world, in which the art and science of IR shine in the face of enormous challenges in investor communications.

This background set the scene for the 2017 IR Society Annual Conference. The day saw almost 400 IR professionals gather to meet with peers, compare notes and hear from some wonderful speakers and panellists. Check back regularly for videos, session write ups and other content from the day.

Click here to view the photos from the conference - the password is IRConf2017

“Overall a great day with good topics and speakers. The venue works well and the organisation was excellent!”

2016 Conference Delegate
Venue: Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG

Travelling to Kings Place by public transport is quick and easy; it is within walking distance of Euston, King’s Cross and St Pancras International stations. The nearest car park is NCP London St Pancras on Pancras Road, open 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Videos

See the highlights from the 2017 and 2016 conferences

Highlights from the 2017 conference

Introduction to the Diploma in IR, launched at the 2017 annual conference

Highlights from the 2016 conference: Access, Board, Careers: An ABC of IR

Programme

Please check back regularly for updates

08.00

Registration

08.30

Chair’s opening remarks

  • David Lloyd-Seed, Chair, The IR Society

    David Lloyd-Seed David Lloyd-Seed is an experienced Investor Relations and capital markets practitioner. He is currently Director of Investor Relations at Telefonica UK (O2). Prior to that David was IR and Corporate Affairs Director at Dixons Retail for almost 10 years which included the merger with Carphone Warehouse. Most recently he was Interim Head of IR at Severn Trent and a partner at Tulchan Communications, a strategic communications adviser. Prior to joining Dixons Retail in 2005, David worked as a corporate broker for 18 years latterly as a Director with Citi. During his time in corporate broking he advised a number of companies on IR, market related activities, fund raisings, mergers and IPOs across a number of sectors.

09.00

Keynote address

09.30

Plenary Session

10.15

Morning break

10:45

Break-out sessions

Session 1

Session 2

11:35

Movement break

11:45

Plenary session

12:45

Lunch

14:00

Plenary Session

14:55

Break-out sessions

Session 3

Session 4

15.45

Afternoon break

16.15

Plenary Session

Details to follow

17:00

Closing address / interview

  • Moderator: Evan Davis

    Moderator: Evan Davis Evan Davis is a presenter of the BBC2 current affairs programme Newsnight, a role he began in September 2014. From April 2008 up to then he was a presenter of the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 . He is also well-known as the presenter of The Bottom Line, a weekly business discussion programme on Radio 4. Prior to the Today programme he was the Economics Editor of the BBC, the most senior economics reporter in the corporation. He was promoted to that role after working as an economics correspondent for the BBC and as economics editor of the Newsnight programme on BBC2 in the 1990s. Before joining the BBC in 1993, he was an economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, and at the London Business School. He has written numerous papers, articles and newspaper and magazine columns as well as the book, Public Spending, (published by Penguin in 1998). He is also a co-author of the Penguin Dictionary of Economics and the New Penguin Dictionary of Business. He studied at St John’s College Oxford (1981 to 1984) and at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1986 to 1988).

17:30

Closing remarks from Evan Davis

  • Evan Davis, journalist and broadcaster

    Evan Davis Evan Davis is a presenter of the BBC2 current affairs programme Newsnight, a role he began in September 2014. From April 2008 up to then he was a presenter of the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 . He is also well-known as the presenter of The Bottom Line, a weekly business discussion programme on Radio 4. Prior to the Today programme he was the Economics Editor of the BBC, the most senior economics reporter in the corporation. He was promoted to that role after working as an economics correspondent for the BBC and as economics editor of the Newsnight programme on BBC2 in the 1990s. Before joining the BBC in 1993, he was an economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, and at the London Business School. He has written numerous papers, articles and newspaper and magazine columns as well as the book, Public Spending, (published by Penguin in 1998). He is also a co-author of the Penguin Dictionary of Economics and the New Penguin Dictionary of Business. He studied at St John’s College Oxford (1981 to 1984) and at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1986 to 1988).

17.35

Evening reception

The IR Society and our conference sponsors invite you to join us for refreshments and an opportunity to meet fellow delegates at our post-conference reception.

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