Board and committees
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.
Rob joined the IR Society in January 2012 as head of marketing, with responsibility for the society’s marketing and sponsorship programme. In 2014 Rob’s role developed to incorporate all of the society’s membership activities, including member recruitment and retention and the identification of potential new member groups. Prior to moving into IR Rob had previously worked in marketing roles across a number of sectors, most recently as group head online for an international media company.
John brings extensive international IR experience to his role at the Society having previously been Head of Investor Relations at the Singapore Exchange for 11 years. He was heavily involved in establishing the Investor Relations Professionals Association in Singapore in 2006.
John is a banker by training having started his career with Barclays Bank in the City of London before embarking on a number of corporate finance and equity capital markets roles in Asia and Europe with Barclays, ABN Amro Rothschild and BNP Paribas. He has a BA from Loughborough University, an MBA from Henley Business School and he created an IR course that he taught at the Singapore Management University from 2009 to 2012.
Alison is Head of Events at the IR Society. Alison previously worked at Developing Markets Associates (DMA), a globally recognised multi-service development consultancy assisting with their annual events programme. Alison has completed an honours BSc degree in Business and Hospitality Management at Oxford Brookes University, which allowed her to develop knowledge of the business environment especially the hospitality sector whilst gaining a passion for working in the events industry.
Laura is Head of Policy and Communications at the IR Society, and also oversees the Society's Professional Development including the internationally recognised qualification, the Certificate in Investor Relations (CIR). She has 14 years’ experience in Investor Relations and was formerly a Director at the IR consultancy, Taylor Rafferty, providing IR advisory services to blue chip clients, both in London and New York. Laura graduated from the University of Leeds, with an honours degree in German and Management Studies.
Charles King has been Investor Relations Director at Worldpay, a global leader in payments processing technology and solutions for merchant customers, since November 2015. On a typical day, Worldpay processes 31 million mobile, online and in-store transactions, and in 2014 handled around 11.5bn transactions, with a total value of approximately £370bn. Worldpay supports approximately 400,000 merchants in 126 currencies across 146 countries, offering over 300 payment methods. Prior to this role, most recently he led the investor relations teams at SSP Group and Lloyds Banking Group and his previous experience includes investor relations roles at Tate & Lyle, Cadbury and Serco, and corporate broking and investment banking at Hoare Govett, UBS and Lehman Brothers.
Claire leads Rivel Research Group's operation in the UK and Europe. Founded in 1991, Rivel specialises in delivering actionable insight based on in-depth measurements of the investment community. Prior to joining Rivel, Claire was the International Sales Director at IR magazine covering the UK, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Before stepping into the world of investor relations Claire spent almost 10 years in the legal market.
Douglas currently heads up the Investor Relations team at Lloyds Banking Group having been a senior member of the team at Lloyds Bank and subsequently Lloyds Banking Group for the last seven years.
During this time he has been involved in all the normal Investor Relations activities including the development of the investment proposition, briefing of institutional investors and the development and production of corporate results and announcements. In addition he has been integrally involved in all the corporate actions and transactions undertaken by the Group during this period including the acquisition of HBOS, the capital raisings and the various business disposals.
Prior to joining the Investor Relations team Douglas held management positions within Group Strategy, Group Risk and Private Banking having initially joined Lloyds Bank on the graduate development programme.
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 currently heads up the Investor Relations & Corporate Development team, taking responsibility for all aspects of shareholder and other stakeholder communications.