Board and committees
Richard Davies is Founder and Managing Director of Richard Davies Investor Relations Limited (RD:IR), a leading independent global investor relations consultancy, offering a wide range of IR-related analysis, research & advisory services to over 600 UK and international companies. As well as providing IR counsel, Richard has run pioneering research projects across the global financial markets, covering hedge funds, emerging markets, private equity and financial service marketing processes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Formerly a fund manager at Citigroup and Bessemer Trust, Alex has some 20 years of investment industry experience. At Temple Bar Advisory, he built the investor relations practice to include clients from under £100m to over £100bn by market value. He established ACE Consensus in March 2013. Alex holds masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Oxford, where he is a research fellow at the Smith School. He directs the school's Business Fellows programme, which periodically convenes senior business executives in the field of sustainability with members of Oxford's academic community. Alex is also an undergraduate tutor and member of the senior common room at St. Catherine's College, Oxford.
Deborah specialises in financial training for all levels from beginners to advanced. She presents a comprehensive range of courses to a diverse range of corporate clients and financial institutions and specialises in making complex technical subjects comprehensible.
Deborah qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Young and then worked in Corporate Finance gaining wide ranging experience in a variety of corporate and financial institutions. She then worked as a financial consultant to companies assisting them in raising finance and structuring.
Sue Scholes was appointed Chair of the IR Society in June 2014, having previously chaired the Society's Education Committee.
Most recently, Sue spent seven years as Director of Communications for AMEC plc, during a period of significant and successful transformation.
A CIMA-qualified accountant, she first started working in investor relations in the late 1990s, at GKN plc. She was involved in the demerger of its joint venture businesses and the subsequent listing of Brambles Industries plc in London; as well as the later unwinding of this dual-listed company structure.
Sue is a board member at mac, the Midland's most visited arts centre.