Board and committees
Ross is Assistant Director of Investor Relations at FTSE100 aerospace and defence business, Rolls-Royce plc. Originally in equity capital markets banking, Ross has over 18 years in-house corporate experience, both at Man Group plc, the alternative investment manager, where he was involved in a very wide range of capital raisings and corporate transactions, and then at UK-listed Playtech Ltd, NASDAQ-listed Edwards Group, and UK-Listed PageGroup, each time setting up the IR function. He is a graduate of Cambridge University.
Jennifer has been a specialist headhunter in Investor Relations since 2006. Prior to Latchmoor Search, she was formerly part of the Executive Search team of VMA Group. She works across sectors and has managed mandates for FTSE large caps, AIM listed businesses and NYSE alike. VMA had offices across Europe, Asia and Africa, which meant Jennifer was regularly in contact with IROs from financial hubs such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Frankfurt and now Johannesburg. A part-qualified Psychologist, Jennifer has a research MSc that includes analysis of interview techniques and testing. She keenly monitors how the balance of analytical and communicative skills come together in the IR discipline and how talent can be nurtured.
Charlotte Cowley is Director of Investor Relations at Burberry. She joined when Burberry established a dedicated IR team in 2007. Before this, Charlotte was in the City, working in corporate broking at UBS and prior to that, equity research at Credit Suisse. Charlotte started her working life in Esso UK, covering operations as diverse as oil refineries and service stations. Charlotte holds a Masters in Engineering from Cambridge University. As a student, Charlotte learnt to row at Selwyn College and after university, Charlotte continued to row at Thames Rowing Club, racing at an international level. Charlotte now divides her time between Burberry, family and friends, fitting in the odd bit of exercise by cycling to work and running in Richmond Park at the weekend.
Since joining the pharmaceutical company GSK and its heritage companies from academia as a neuropharmacologist 28 years ago, Gary has had the opportunity to work for the Company in the UK and the US in a wide variety of roles. He has held positions in R&D in epilepsy medicines development and commercialisation and in corporate communications where he headed the Corporate Product Communications function for several years. Gary has been a Director in the Investor Relations team at GSK for the last 9 years. He holds an Executive MBA in Pharmaceutical Marketing, and has achieved the Certificate in Investor Relations from the IR Society.
Andrew joined Sky’s IR team in December 2015. Prior to this Andrew trained as a management accountant on Lloyds Banking Group’s finance graduate scheme. He then spent three years in Lloyds’ IR team, where he was promoted to Senior Manager, and then 18 months at TSB, where he helped establish its IR function from IPO. In 2015 Andrew was selected for Deliver, an IR Society programme for senior IROs who aspire to be future business leaders. Andrew is an accredited chartered management accountant (CIMA) and a CFA charter holder.
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.
Sejal Ierland qualified as a Chartered Accountant with BDO Stoy Hayward. She has held a variety of roles within BAE Systems plc. These started within Group Finance where she was part of the consolidation team, followed by a role within Corporate Treasury, where she was responsible for the back office operations, including, accounting, compliance and cash transactions as well as the banking relationships for the Group . For the past eight years, Sejal has been in Investor Relations, covering the usual IR activities, global M&A activities, Corporate Reporting content as well as development of the IR website and app.
Jan joined the IR Society in 2014 and has significantly helped to firmly establish the Society's professional development offering, and in particular, the CIR as the leading IR qualification worldwide. Jan is a credit to the Society Exec team and helps to raise the Society's profile and support those seeking to work in investor relations, both in the UK and overseas.
Katia is currently Relationship Manager for the Depositary Receipt team at Deutsche Bank. She was previously Director of Investor Relations at BHF Kleinwort Benson. Katia has extensive experience working in Investment Markets in various capacities: Corporate Access and Corporate Broking at J.P. Morgan; Portfolio Management at Morgan Stanley, Norges Bank, AXA, SEB and Schroders. She started her career in audit at Coopers & Lybrand where she qualified as Chartered Accountant. She is a CFA Charterholder and speaks French and German fluently.
Helen Parris is Director of Investor Relations responsible for the Group’s communication with the investment community, providing stock market analysts and shareholders with quality information on a timely basis so the Group can be assessed and valued appropriately by the market. Helen has been voted top IR professional in the Institutional Investor and Extel Pan European Awards for the Support and Business Services Sector. She is a trustee of the G4S plc £2.3bn pension fund.
Helen has 27 years of City experience, covering fund management, investor relations (for media, security and oil and gas companies) and stock-broking. Prior to this appointment, Helen was Investor Relations Manager at BG Group, the FTSE 100 oil and gas company. Helen has a BSc in Accounting and Financial Analysis from Warwick University and is a Member of the Society of Investment Analysts.
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.
Nicole graduated from University of Plymouth in 2013, with a 2:1 BA (Hons) Degree in International Business with French. Her previous role was as an Assistant Project Officer at University of Exeter, engaging in a high level of interaction with various work streams and key stakeholders, to promote flexible working practices and ensuring sustainable and efficient use of resources within the university workplace. Nicole joined the Society in 2015 as marketing and professional development executive.
Adam is Director of Investor Relations at Barclays which he joined in 2012. Before moving into IR, Adam built up over 10 years of capital markets advisory experience as a corporate broker at Investec and Merrill Lynch where he started his career. He has extensive experience of advising listed companies on their investor engagement and market communications, as well as equity fund raising and other transactions. Adam holds an MA in French and Latin from Edinburgh University and is a CFA Charterholder.