Board and committees
Danielle Poulain was formerly Deputy Head of Corporate Relations at JPMorgan and has been working with corporates and institutions globally for more than thirteen years. She joined Execution (now Espírito Santo Investment Bank) in 2003 to set up the Corporate Access team. She has an MA in Modern Languages (French & Spanish) from Oxford University and is a Board member of the UK Investor Relations Society where she chairs the Events committee.
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.
Richard Davies is Managing Director of Richard Davies Investor Relations Limited (“RD:IR”), the leading UK independent IR consultancy, acting for over 600 UK and international companies and their advisors, offering: share register analysis, IR CRM, targeting, access services, proxy solicitation, investor perception studies and financial market research.
Richard was Chairman of the UK Investor Relations Society from 2009 to 2011 and Deputy Chairman for five years before that. Richard has contributed greatly to the development of the Society’s policy, education, events & networking functions as well as promoting the Society in the City and internationally. Richard sits on the Society’s Policy and Events Committees. A member of the IR Society’s Examination Board, Richard helped set up the Society’s Certificate in Investor Relations.
Richard is also a member of the All Party Parliamentary Corporate Governance Group, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and the International Corporate Governance Network.
Richard sits on the Advisory Board of Governance magazine.
Zafar has been in the Depositary Receipt industry for over fourteen years and is currently responsible for a global team at Deutsche Bank providing value-added services to corporate clients. He also spent four years at SG Warburg (now part of UBS) in London, providing investor relations advisory services to investment banking clients. Education: BA (Hons) Economics & Politics, University of Keele and MPhil Economic Development, University of Glasgow.
Paresh looks after the Investor Relations program for Antofagasta plc, a FTSE 100 Chilean copper mining company. He joined Antofagasta in July 2015 having previously worked in corporate development, finance and investor relations roles in the mining industry. Paresh began his career as an investment banker with BMO Capital Markets advising clients on capital raises and mergers and acquisitions, in Chicago, Toronto and London.
Nick has 20 years’ experience building up and running investor relations and financial information businesses. He founded Proxy Insight with a colleague in 2013 providing comprehensive global proxy voting information to issuers, their advisors and asset owners. Previously Nick ran Capita’s Investor Relations business and before that Corporate Advisory Services (EMEA) for Thomson Reuters after the sale of the Citywatch business by Computershare in 2006.
Vanessa is Head of Macquarie’s Corporate Access Origination Team in Europe. Her role is creating corporate access product for the European equity business across the globe, including non deal roadshows, conferences and client tours. She also is the co-ordinator for Macquarie’s Expert Speaker series, Education Edge.
Formerly in Asian institutional equity sales, Vanessa joined Macquarie in 2003 as part of the ING-Barings Asian business acquisition. She has extensive experience across Asian equity/capital markets covering UK, Scottish and Irish institutional clients. Prior to covering Asian markets, Vanessa specialised US equities, starting her career at Merrill Lynch.
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.
Jane is Corporate Access for the Consumer and Auto sectors at Exane BNP Paribas, having joined the company in 2011 after spending 11 years at Citigroup, working in both Equity Research and Corporate Access. After working as a Research Associate in Citi's top ranked Food Retail team, Jane moved to the New York sales desk to focus on European and Emerging Markets Corporate Access into the US and Canada. She then returned to the UK to join Citi’s London Corporate Access team. Jane has a PhD in Animal Behaviour from Bristol University.
Louise is Investor Relations Executive at RSA Insurance. Louise joined RSA in July 2013, and manages the IR programme; including targeting shareholders, liaising with sell side analysts and managing the Annual Report process. Previously Louise was part of the Sainsburys IR team. Louise has completed a BSc degree in Business and Business Computing at University of Surrey and also completed the Certificate of Investor Relations in February 2013.
Cas has been with Georgeson for over 12 years, bringing with him almost five years’ experience in international investor relations and shareholder identification. At Georgeson, he is responsible for Georgeson’s Northern European Proxy and Corporate Advisory business. Cas has a longstanding knowledge of Global proxy voting mechanics and key governance matters affecting issuers and shareholders globally. Having worked for several activists and against many more he has in-depth experience to support investors or issuers in complex, sensitive activist campaigns. Cas remains an ongoing advisor to the UK Department of Business, Innovations and Skills (Formerly the DTI) as well as the UK Takeover Panel and the London Stock Exchange on various corporate actions, and proxy related matters.
Cas graduated from SUNY Binghamton with a BA in History. He maintains membership in the ICGN and the ECGI, both governance related organisations that set the agenda for the global governance debate between issuers and shareholders. He has participated in various industry organisations including the Shareholder Voting Working Group in the UK and European Industry working committees on Target 2 Securities, Legal Certainty and the Working Group for Market Standards for General Meetings.