IR Society Virtual Annual Conference on Tuesday 29 September 2020 - Early bird tickets on sale now!

You can now purchase your tickets to the IR Society Virtual Annual Conference - details below

You can now purchase your tickets to the IR Society Virtual Annual Conference - details below

Conference overview

Embracing change: The new age of IR

In the IR Society’s 40th year, and as companies navigate through these incredibly turbulent and uncertain times, we celebrate the pivotal and increasingly strategic role that IR plays within organisations and how it will be influenced by the current crisis. Alongside keynote addresses, our sessions will look at key themes and mega trends, ESG and stewardship and how to shape your IR programme in a post-COVID world.

We’d like to say a big thank you to all our members and sponsors for your ongoing support. As a member-led, not-for-profit organisation your contributions to our events, professional development and membership fees underpin everything we do to promote excellence in IR, including being able to run our flagship Annual Conference. While this year the conference format might be a little different, we look forward to bringing you the same unrivalled content combining live interactive discussions and on demand sessions with our esteemed guest speakers. You will also have the opportunity to network with peers and visit our exhibitors via our virtual platform throughout the event.

The IR Society Virtual Annual Conference will take place on Tuesday 29th September 2020 - book your early bird ticket now!

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

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Videos

Highlights from the 2019 and 2018 conferences plus the Diploma in IR

Highlights from the 2019 conference: IR: Leading Change; Driving Value

Introduction to the Diploma in IR

Highlights from the 2018 conference: IR: Future-proofing Business

Programme

The full agenda for the IR Society Virtual Annual Conference 2020 and details of the on demand content that will be available both before and after the live event

Pre-Event On Demand Content

In the run up to the conference, our conference moderator, Evan Davis, conducted interviews with a number of high-profile individuals to help shape the discussion during the live conference.

Coming soon

Keynote Interview: Sir Donald Brydon

  • Sir Donald Brydon, Chairman, Sage Group

    Sir Donald Brydon Sir Donald is currently Chairman of Sage Group and conducted the widely publicised and highly topical Independent Review into the Quality and Effectiveness of Audit, published in December 2019. Additionally, he has broad experience gained on the boards of listed companies across a range of sectors, as well as significant knowledge of the financial sector, gained from his time as Chairman and Chief Executive of both BZW Investment Management Ltd and AXA Investment Managers SA, and in his role at London Stock Exchange Group.

Coming Soon

Martha Lane Fox

  • Martha Lane Fox

    Martha is a director of Twitter and non-executive director of Chanel, and Queens Commonwealth Trust. Martha co- founded and chairs the karaoke chain LuckyVoice, revolutionising the karaoke industry. She also founded Doteveryone in 2015 after giving the Dimbleby lecture on BBC1. Doteveryone started a responsible tech movement and in 2020 passed its tools and products to Ada and ODI to scale the work. In 1998, Martha co-founded Europe’s largest travel and leisure website, lastminute.com, with Brent Hoberman, which they took public in 2000 and sold in 2005. Martha became a crossbench peer in the UK House of Lords in March 2013, and in 2017 she was appointed a member of the Joint Committee on National Security Strategy. Additionally, in 2014 she was appointed Chancellor of the Open University. Martha is a Patron of AbilityNet, Reprieve, Camfed and Just for Kids Law. From 2009 to 2013 Martha was Digital Champion for the UK and helped to create the Government Digital Service – this team launched gov.uk, transforming government service delivery. In 2013 Martha was awarded a CBE.

Coming soon

Keynote Interview: Sacha Sadan

  • Sacha Sadan, Director of Investment Stewardship, Legal & General Investment Management

    Sacha Sadan Sacha Sadan is Director of Investment Stewardship and on the board at LGIM, one of the world’s largest asset managers. In September 2016 he was recognised in the Financial Times as one of ‘the 30 most influential people in the City of London’, crediting him as one the leading architects of 2012’s “shareholder spring”. At LGIM Sacha has responsibility for investment stewardship, including environmental, social and governance (ESG) areas, collaborating with other investors as well as governments and regulators. He regularly speaks at major global industry events on topics such as diversity, climate change and shareholder rights. Sacha was previously a senior UK equity manager at Gartmore where he co-managed a range of UK equity hedge, retail and institutional funds. Sacha is a founding member and still on the board of the UK Investor Forum.

Embracing Change: The New Age of IR

Live Event: Tuesday 29 September 2020

08:30

Registration, Networking and Exhibition

The conference virtual event environment will open from 8:30am to provide delegates with the opportuity to network with peers and visit the exhibition stands before the live conference begins at 12:30pm.

12:30

CEO’s opening remarks

The IR Society’s CEO welcomes delegates and raises the curtain on this year’s virtual conference.

  • Laura Hayter, CEO, IR Society

    Laura Hayter Laura is CEO at the IR Society. Formerly Head of Policy and Communications, Laura has been with the Society for more than eight years. Laura has over 17 years’ experience in the Investor Relations industry. She joined The IR Society in 2011, and among other roles, was formerly a director at the IR consultancy, Taylor Rafferty, providing IR advisory services to blue chip clients, both in London and New York. She graduated from the University of Leeds, with an honours degree in German and management studies.

12:35

Introducing your host - Evan Davis, Journalist and Broadcaster

Meet your conference host - an experienced communicator who has acted as moderator for the IR Society on several occasions.

  • 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).

12:45

Session 1: Key themes and mega trends (45 mins)

A ‘big picture’ discussion of the current crisis and how this is shaping macro-economic, governance and technology mega trends that are likely to have a major influence on financial markets and issuers in the years ahead.

  • 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).

  • Andrew Griffith MP

    Andrew's bio to follow

  • Chris Faint, Head of Division, Bank of England

    Chris Faint Chris has responsibility for developing and implementing the Bank's strategic approach to climate change. He has been particularly focused on the PRA’s supervisory approach to addressing the financial risks arising from climate change and the development of the Bank's climate stress test. Beyond climate, Chris has responsibility for the authorisation, supervision and analysis of foreign firms operating in the UK. Prior to working at the Bank, Chris held roles at HM Treasury and Ernst and Young, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

  • Yael Selfin, Chief Economist, KPMG

    Bio and photo to follow

1:30

Comfort & Exhibition Break (10 mins)

An opportunity for delegates to connect with each other, visit the exhibition hall or take a quick break

1:40

Session 2: How to shape your IR programme in a post-COVID world (45 mins)

This session will look at the best practice in investor relations that is emerging from the crisis and discuss the practicalities of a longer-term shift towards virtual engagement with investors and other stakeholders, alongside the trends in technology for IR that have been accelerated by recent events.

  • 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).

  • Ben Grindley, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley

    Bio and photo to follow

  • Edward Thacker, Head of Investor Relations, Land Securities

    Edward Thacker Edward joined Land Securities in 2007 as Head of Investor Relations. Before joining Land Securities, Edward worked for The Boots Company for 14 years in a variety of roles. He joined The Boots Company in 1993 as an economist and helped to develop rental forecasting models for Boots Properties PLC. Edward joined the finance department in 2000 as an analyst in the Investor Relations department. In 2002 he moved to the Group Finance department and managed the performance reporting team responsible for the analysis and reporting of the trading performance of the company. In 2006 Edward re-joined the Investor Relations team to work on the merger of Alliance UniChem with The Boots Company to form Alliance Boots plc.

  • Ellie Tinto, Head of Corporate Access EMEA, BlackRock

    Bio and photo to follow

  • Louise Turner-Smith, Director of IR, William Hill

    Bio and photo to follow

2:25

Networking and Exhibition Break (30 mins)

The main mid-way networking and exhibition break of the live conference.

2:55

Session 3: The changing shape of capital markets (45 mins)

This session will consider active versus passive investment, the greater influence of hedge funds and the potential for an acceleration in shareholder activism and M&A activity in the wake of the crisis. It addresses the importance of understanding the needs of your existing and potential shareholders and developing a board-level action plan to deal with major events.

  • 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).

  • Simon Brazier, Co-Head of Quality, Investec Asset Management

    Simon Brazier Simon is Co-Head of Quality at Investec Asset Management. He is a portfolio manager with a focus on UK equities, the strategy leader for UK Alpha and is responsible for the co-management of the Quality capability. Simon is based in the firm’s London office. Prior to joining the firm, Simon worked for Threadneedle where he was Head of UK Equities and responsible for the portfolio management of the Threadneedle UK Fund. He has been managing funds for over 14 years having started his career with Schroders in 1998. Simon graduated from Durham University and the University of Aix-Marseille with a BA Honours degree in Economics with French. Simon holds the Institute of Investment Management and Research (IIMR) certificate.

  • Harlan Zimmerman, Senior Partner, Cevian Capital

    Harlan Zimmerman Harlan Zimmerman is a Senior Partner of Cevian Capital, with responsibilities across investment, engagement and business matters of the firm. He has lived in London since 1992 and has worked with Cevian since 2003. Cevian is Europe’s largest constructive activist manager, and one of the largest in the world, with c. $14 billion dedicated to long-term investing in listed European companies. Cevian is long-only and has an average holding period of 5+ years. In many cases it plays the role of “anchor investor,” and team members frequently join company boards. Mr. Zimmerman is a graduate of the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned an MBA in Finance from Wharton and an MA in International Relations. Previously he earned a BA (International Relations/Russian) from the University of California, Davis.

3:40

Comfort & Exhibition Break (10 mins)

Another opportunity for delegates to connect with each other, visit the exhibition hall or take a quick break.

3:50

Session 4: ESG and stewardship as we emerge from the crisis (45 mins)

This panel will discuss the growing importance of ESG and stewardship amid the changing regulatory landscape, and how this has been influenced by COVID-19 What does this mean for companies going forward and what will responsible corporations look like in the future?

  • 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).

  • Julie Hudson, Head of ESG Equity Research, UBS

    Julie's bio to follow

  • Joanna Kennedy, Director of Investor Relations, Coca Cola

    Photo and bio to follow

  • Rupert Krefting, Head of Corporate Finance and Stewardship, M&G

    Rupert Krefting Rupert Krefting joined M&G in 2016 as Head of Corporate Finance and Stewardship. M&G manages £350bn with c. £60bn in equities – half is in UK and half is Global. Rupert qualified as a chartered accountant then worked in investment banking for more than two decades. Most recently, he was at Numis for 8 years. At M&G, Rupert chairs M&G’s Responsible Investment Advisory Committee which pulls together all M&G’s responsible investment initiatives internally and externally and sits on the following external committees: Investment Association’s Stewardship Committee, European Fund and Asset management Association Stewardship and ESG committee, Institutional Investors for Global Climate change (IIGCC), UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF), Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA), International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), All Party Parliamentary Corporate Governance Group

  • Neil Stewart, Director of Corporate Outreach, SASB

    Neil Stewart Neil Stewart joined SASB in 2020 as its New York-based Director of Corporate Outreach, bringing more than 25 years of experience in and around investor relations and corporate governance. Previously he was with Citigroup as VP IR Advisory on the ADR team, helping non-US issuers develop IR and ESG strategies. Formerly Editor-in-Chief of IR Magazine and then Editorial & Research Director of both IR Magazine and Corporate Secretary magazine, Neil is well known for having led a global lineup of conferences and awards events. He is a board member of NIRI NY, the New York chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute, and has lived and worked in Montreal, London and New York.

4:35

Comfort & Exhibition Break (10 mins)

A last opportunity during the live event for delegates to connect with each other, visit the exhibition hall or take a quick break - but remember, you can visit the exhibitors' booths for 30 days after the live event!

4:45

Session 5: In conversation with Evan Davis and David Walker, Chair of the IR Society (30 mins)

Our moderator will close the formal proceedings in conversation with David Walker to discuss the main themes of the day and the IR Society’s position. An opportunity for informal Q&A from attendees.

  • David Walker, Head of Investor Relations, British Land & Chair of the IR Society

    David Walker David Walker qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers within their Banking & Capital Markets division in London. Following this, he spent over seven years in the city at Deutsche Bank where he held a variety of roles within the Corporate Finance division, including Business Development and most recently as a Vice President in the UK Corporate Broking team. Since leaving Deutsche Bank David has worked at Hays PLC, the FTSE250 listed specialist recruitment group, where he headed up the Investor Relations & Corporate Development team, taking responsibility for all aspects of shareholder and other stakeholder communications. In October 2017 he joined British Land as Head of Investor Relations.

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