A New World Order: The Ascent of IR

The IR Society's 31st annual conference will take place in London on 20 June 2017. This one-day event provides unparalleled opportunities to learn, keep up to date and network with peers.

The IR Society's 31st annual conference will take place in London on 20 June 2017. This one-day event provides unparalleled opportunities to learn, keep up to date and network with peers.

Conference overview

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. Join us for what we expect to be a most compelling conference that positions IR at the forefront of industry, if not a new world order!

Watch the highlights video from the 2016 conference below.

If you have any suggestions for content or topics, or would like to get involved, please contact:

John Gollifer, General Manager, The IR Society john.gollifer@irs.org.uk +44 (0) 20 7379 1763

“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 2016 and 2015 conferences

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

Preview of the opening plenary session

Highlights from the 2015 conference

Programme

The programme for the 2017 conference will be regularly updated as sessions are confirmed. Please note session times and titles below may be subject to change.

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: A new world order: The ascent of IR

Details to follow

  • 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).

  • Lady Barbara Judge, Chairman, Institute of Directors

    Bio and photo to follow

09.30

A post-truth world and the ascent of IR

In this opening plenary session to introduce the theme and set the tone of our annual conference, ‘A new world order: The ascent of IR’, Evan Davis will moderate a discussion on some of the issues around data, the media, politics and a post-truth world. We expect this broad ranging discussion to appeal to our various constituents, including IR practitioners. No function can operate in isolation, particularly when there is possibly so much change afoot.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • Ed Humpherson, Director General, UK Statistics Authority

    Bio and photo to be uploaded.

10.15

Morning break

10.45

Break-out sessions: IR in Practice

Session 1: How IR adds real value

This session will examine where IROs can build their credibility and really make their mark internally and externally. Whether it be in setting up and prepping management for one-on-one meetings, or organising & managing results calls or investment days, or even just the regular day-to-day contact with investors. Our panel of esteemed IROs will share their experience, providing tips and advice on how to become that indispensable IRO.

Session 2: Managing IR in a crisis

In this session, you will learn from senior practitioners what happens in a crisis, what works and what doesn't work when events change beyond your control. Our speakers will share their war stories, discuss tips on how to avoid pot-holes and help you understand the changing world of communications. We probably think we already have plans in place. However, from a broader communications point of view, how can IR help and what are the hallmarks of possible best practice in a crisis? How do you manage critical market events and all the possible stakeholders involved, from your internal audience (management and the Board) to your external stakeholders (buy- and sell-sides), for example? The discussion will consider use of social media, noise, the truth and having more effective plans in place, just in case. A defining moment for all communications is when it starts to go awry and you are needed to respond. Join us as we navigate the dos and don’ts of crisis communications and the role of IR in a crisis. How does IR really add value?

  • Moderator: Suzanna Voyle, Partner, Tulchan

    Suzanna's photo and bio to follow - please check back regularly

  • Andrew Beckett, Managing Director Cyber Security and Investigations, EMEA, Kroll

    Andrew Beckett Andrew Beckett is a Managing Director in Kroll’s Cyber Security and Investigations practice, based in the London office. Throughout a distinguished career that has bridged both government service and private enterprise, Andrew has exceled at developing and implementing cyber and information assurance solutions for the most complex of organizational needs. His strong skills in business management, analytics, knowledge management, and project management complement his technical expertise, ensuring a pragmatic approach to the complex cyber-related challenges that companies now face on a daily basis.

11:35

10 minute movement break

11:45

A New World Order: Regulatory change - everything an IRO needs to know

Details to follow

12:15

A New World Order: All change or just new wine in old bottles?

Details to follow

12.45

Lunch

14.00

An interview with the C-suite

The relationship between an IRO and the company’s CFO/C-suite is a vital one, whether or not this is a direct reporting line. During this informal discussion, experienced CFOs will share their views on what’s changing and the importance of IR. How can a company co-ordinate its efforts more effectively and get the best out of its investor communications to address issues the company and IR face?

  • 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).

  • Ian McHoul, Chief Financial Officer, Amec Foster Wheeler

    Ian McHoul Ian qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in 1984. His early career was spent in the brewing industry. Between 1985 and 1995 he held various positions with the Foster’s Brewing Group, including General Manager, Strategy. He was Finance & Strategy Director of the Inntrepreneur Pub Company Limited from 1995 to 1998 and then served at Scottish & Newcastle plc from 1998 to 2008, first as Finance Director of Scottish Courage and later as Group Finance Director of Scottish & Newcastle plc. Ian holds a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Bristol. Ian was appointed Chief Financial Officer on 8 September 2008. Ian has been a non-executive director of Britvic plc since March 2014 and was a non-executive director of Premier Foods plc from July 2004 to April 2013.

  • Richard Snow, Chief Financial Officer, Ladbrokes

    Richard's photo and bio to follow - please check back regularly

  • Gerbrand Nijman, Chief Financial Officer, Global Telecom Holding

    Gerbrand Nijman Gerbrand has a long standing career in Finance and in Investor Relations and is a Chartered Accountant. He started here in London at Touche Ross back in 1988 and has worked in various financial management roles in Unilever until 1996 when he was appointed CFO of the VERDER Group (a family owned, international B2B company). Two years later he started at KPN International as senior business controller, soon promoted to be CFO of KPN-I. At KPN he also has been CFO of the Wholesale Business, till he was promoted to Head of IR in November 2001. Thereafter he joined Celtel to prepare this mobile operator in Sub-Sahara Africa for a listing in London and Johannesburg. In 2005 he joined ING as specialist equity sales in WE and EM telecoms. In March 2007 he started at AEGON (Life Insurance) as Head of IR and he joined in 2011 the international mobile operator VimpelCom. Mid 2015 Gerbrand was appointed as CFO of Global Telecom Holding, with operations in Pakistan, Algeria and Bangladesh and almost 100 million mobile customers.

14.45

Break-out sessions: IR in Practice

Session 3: Challenging renumeration - the battle to align performance and pay

While the media suggests total pay for the FTSE 100 Chief Executives has quadrupled over the past 18 years, repeated efforts by shareholders to control spiralling remuneration awards appear to have failed. The changing political climate and proposed UK corporate governance reforms cannot be ignored as shareholders continue to question excessive remuneration. With increased pressure on UK boards to provide greater transparency and align corporate pay, how can companies act in the best interests of all stakeholders? This session will consider how companies are responding to government proposals around the corporate pay structure and what shareholders are looking for to achieve long-term value creation.

  • Moderator: Emma Burdett, Partner, Head of IR & Governance, Maitland

    Moderator: Emma Burdett Emma is head of the IR practice at Maitland, the financial and corporate communications consultancy. She joined Maitland in 2004 after 14 years as an equity investment analyst in the City specialising in the retail sector, latterly at ABN Amro where she was a director of equity research. She has developed the IR advisory practice at Maitland so that it is now an integral part of Maitland's product offering across the full client base from unlisted to FTSE 100 companies. Emma studied at Bath University, where she obtained a BSc. She is currently a Board director and chair of the Policy Committee of the Investor Relations Society.

  • Andrew Ninian, Director, Corporate Governance and Engagement, The Investment Association

    Bio and photo to be uploaded.

Session 4: The imperative of responsible investing

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues – ranging from climate change to diversity and board effectiveness – have real and quantifiable financial impact – immediately and for the long-term. This requires both investors and companies to take a broader long-term view, acknowledging the full spectrum of risks and opportunities facing them, in order to allocate capital in a manner that is aligned with the interests of their stakeholders. Companies that fail to respond to these issues and communicate their exposures and performance will increasingly be punished by investors while those that develop effective practices and communications can attract engaged, supportive, long-term investors. As the stakes rise, investor relations teams are taking control of and actively managing a process that was traditionally seen as the preserve of CSR or Sustainability managers. This session will outline the direction of Sustainable and Responsible Investing and describe how companies can adapt to and report on their response to rapidly-changing environmental and social agenda. Speakers will deliver both a strategic overview of the development and also practical insights on how best IROs can respond to increasing investor interest in this area.

  • Moderator: Mike Tyrrell, Editor, SRI-CONNECT

    Moderator: Mike Tyrrell I have been a sustainable investment analyst for the past 18 years initially at Jupiter Asset Management and then at HSBC Global Equities where I established the first SRI research capacity on the ‘sell-side’ and, most recently, at Citi Investment Research. I am a firm believer that rigorous investment analysis of environmental, social, economic and financial themes conducted by intelligent individuals and informed by active and constructive dialogue with companies and independent experts can and does lead to better investment outcomes and a more sustainable society. I launched www.sri-connect.com in 2011 to facilitate the flow of information, analysis and ideas between companies, research providers and investors. The site is an online global marketplace for SRI & corporate governance research and a meeting point for companies, investors and their respective advisors. It provides practical research resources and communications channels to accelerate the inclusion of sustainability and corporate governance factors in 'mainstream' analysis & investment. I get excited by challenging people with ‘crunchy’ ideas. I love the way that social media technology empowers individuals, enables direct communication, debunks received ‘wisdom’ and cuts though inefficient process. I hate anything or anyone that makes life more complicated or expensive than it already is.

  • Christine Chow, Associate Director, Hermes Investment Management

    Christine's photo and bio to follow - please check back regularly

  • Joanna Gluzman-Laukkanen, Director of Analyst Relations & SRI engagement, BT Group

    Joanna Gluzman-Laukkanen Bio to be uploaded.

15.45

Afternoon break

16.15

All Change! The impact on the buy-side and what this means for IR

Details to follow

  • 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).

  • Daniel Godfrey, Co-Founder, The People’s Trust

    Daniel Godfrey Daniel Godfrey has spent over thirty years working in investment management as a communications professional and CEO. Most recently he led the Investment Association, the trade body for the UK’s £6 trillion asset management industry. He’s currently an NED of The Investor Forum, a community interest company he founded to promote long-termism among asset managers, asset owners and companies, Digital Moneybox, a new fintech app that enables people to round-up their digital spare change into an ISA and Big Issue Invest Fund Management, the social impact investment arm of the Big Issue. He is also a Co-Founder of The People’s Trust, a new long-term mutual investment company, which is has crowdsourced its start-up costs, securing over 2,000 Founders in four weeks.

  • Andy Griffiths, Executive Director, Investor Forum

    Photo and bio to be uploaded.

  • Mark Wharrier, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, Blackrock

    Mark Wharrier Mark Wharrier, Managing Director and portfolio manager, is a member of BlackRock's UK Equity team in the Fundamental Equity division of BlackRock's Active Equity Group and is responsible for the UK equity income funds. Mark joined BlackRock in September 2013 from NewSmith Asset Management, where he was a portfolio manager managing UK equity pension funds. His career began in 1994 when he joined Mercury Asset Management, which subsequently became MLIM. At MLIM, he focused on managing portfolios for UK Specialist equity institutional clients. Mark earned a BA (Hons) in Economics, History and Management from the University of Durham in 1994.

  • Faris Rahman, Senior Research Analysts, Fidelity Investments

    Bio and photo to be uploaded.

17:00

An exclusive interview with Anne Richards

  • 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).

  • Anne Richards, Chief Executive, M&G Investments

    Anne Richards Anne was appointed Chief Executive of M&G Investments and executive director of Prudential plc in June 2016. Prior to this, Anne was Global Chief Investment Officer and Head of the EMEA region for Aberdeen Asset Management, a U.K. FTSE 100 listed company. Before joining Aberdeen in 2003 Anne was joint Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Edinburgh Fund Managers, a boutique investment company also listed on the UK stock exchange. Her investment career as a fund manager and analyst has spanned 24 years and included time with Mercury Asset Management, later MLIM, J P Morgan Investment Management and Alliance Capital. Before moving into investment management, Anne spent six years working as an engineer, including a spell as a research scientist at CERN. Anne has a degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh and an MBA from INSEAD. Anne is also on the Board of Leaders of 2020 Women on Boards, a US organisation which aims to increase the proportion of women on corporate boards. From 2012 until February 2016, Anne was a non-executive director of Esure Group plc.

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

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