Board and committees
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.
Helen lives and breathes digital communications. She has spent most of her professional career working within the digital sector dealing with PR, social media and corporate and IR websites. As part of Design Portfolio’s team, Helen provides senior strategic advice to companies looking to embrace digital as part of their investor relations and corporate communications strategy. She is well versed in the latest rules and regulations and helps educate companies on how digital can be used to complement traditional communications strategies. Helen graduated University of Wales Swansea with an honours degree in English Language and Linguistics and holds the IR Society’s Certificate in Investor Relations.
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.
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.
Luke is a Research Associate at Fidelio Partners. Formerly a freelance researcher for think-tanks and publications including the School of Life, Luke brings expertise in diversity, having specialised in race and gender at university as well as co-ordinating Fidelio's acclaimed "A Seat at the Table" Programme for senior female executives and Directors at Leeds Castle. Luke holds a BA in History from the University of Cambridge and recently attained the Certificate in Investor Relations (CIR).
Nigel Pears is a Director of Makinson Cowell, the independent capital markets advisory firm, now part of KPMG, where he advises a range of clients across the FTSE 100 and 250. Prior to joining Makinson Cowell at the end of 2005, Nigel spent over twenty years at UBS and various predecessor firms, where he worked in Insurance Sector Investment Research, UK Equity Sales and Corporate Finance. Nigel holds an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and is also an MBA.
Lyndsay Wright is Director of Investor Relations at William Hill PLC, one of the world’s leading betting and gaming companies. She joined the Group in November 2008 to establish the investor relations function and now covers aspects of financial PR and corporate responsibility as well.
She switched to the leisure sector in 2008 after eight years in the biotech sector with Acambis PLC from 2001 until it was acquired by its corporate partner, Sanofi Pasteur. An English graduate by background, she started her communications career in 1995 with Associated British Ports Holdings PLC. Her recent corporate experiences include a number of international acquisitions, supported by a rights issue in 2013, and the challenges posed by the politically charged issue of responsible gambling.