IR: Leading change; driving value

The IR Society's 2019 annual conference, IR: Leading change; driving value, will take place in London on Tuesday 18 June 2019. This one-day event will provide unparalleled opportunities to learn, keep up to date and network with peers.

The IR Society's 2019 annual conference, IR: Leading change; driving value, will take place in London on Tuesday 18 June 2019. This one-day event will provide unparalleled opportunities to learn, keep up to date and network with peers.

Conference overview

The IR Society’s 2019 Annual Conference is entitled ‘IR: Leading change; driving value’.

After a year of considerable political, market and regulatory change, the Annual Conference will explore ways in which IR can adapt and overcome these challenges to fully exploit the value of the public markets and help lead our companies to win the competition for capital. The IR Society is delighted to welcome back Evan Davis, a Fellow of the IR Society, as conference host again in 2019.

Planning for 2019 is well under way and we’ll be announcing speaker updates very soon, so please check back regularly.

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

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 2018 conference: IR: Future-proofing Business

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

Highlights from the 2017 conference

Programme

The programme below will be updated as sessions are finalised so please check back regularly

08.00

Registration

08.30

CEO’s opening remarks

A senior industry figure will open this year's conference with their view of the markets and economic environment, as well as what companies and IR should be thinking about in 2019 and beyond.

  • Gary Davies, CEO, The Investor Relations Society

    Gary has been CEO of the Investor Relations Society since July 2018, leading the executive team at their Coleman Street office. Prior to this he had a 30 year career at GSK, where he held a number of positions in the UK and US in medicines development and commercialisation and in Corporate Communications where he headed the Corporate Product Communications function for several years. Gary was a Director in the Investor Relations team at GSK for over 10 years. He holds an MBA, has achieved the Certificate in Investor Relations from the IR Society and in 2017 became the first graduate of the Society’s new Diploma in Investor Relations. Prior to becoming CEO, Gary was a member of the Society’s Education and Examinations Committees.

09.00

Keynote 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).

09.30

Plenary Session: Life after MiFID II

Building on the conference theme, 'IR: leading change; driving value,' a panel of buy-side participants will discuss how they are adapting to the changes in a post MiFID II environment.

10.15

Morning break

10:45

Plenary Session: Responding to change

Following on from the earlier buy-side panel discussion, senior-level participants will discuss how companies are responding to the changing market environment.

  • 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).

11:35

Movement break

11:45

Break-out sessions

Session 1: Responding to the changing sell-side market dynamics

This practical session will look at changes in the sell-side in light of regulatory changes.

Session 2: How to get the best shareholder register

A very practical session looking at the changing shape of the institutional investor and targeting techniques.

12:45

Lunch

14:00

Afternoon keynote address

  • 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).

14:45

Movement Break

14:55

Break-out sessions

Session 3: IR at the top table

As the role of IR expands across a wider range of stakeholders, this session will consider the relationship between IR and the board.

Session 4: Taking control of your IR story

Practical tips and techniques to help IROs with best practice communications and innovative ways to bring the company story to life, outside of the regular IR calendar and activities.

15.45

Afternoon break

16.15

Plenary session: Driving value through ESG

A panel discussion around ESG and sustainability, and how companies are navigating the changing landscape and integrating ESG communications into IR best practices.

  • 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).

17:00

Closing keynote address

  • 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).

17:35

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).

17.40

Evening reception

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

17:30

IR Society Diploma in IR presentation

Presentation of certificates to successful Diploma graduates

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