Board and committees
Ian retired from the Board of The Investor Relations Society in 2015, having joined the Board in 2005; he was Treasurer from 2007 to 2015.
Currently he is: Deputy Chairman/CFO of Gardner Watts Ltd, a start-up research and development company in low-carbon renewable energy; Management committee member of Low Carbon Chilterns Co-operative Ltd, set up to help the local Chiltern community save energy and generate its own clean power; Honorary Treasurer and Council Member of The Shellfish Association of Great Britain, a trade association to promote the sustainable development of shellfish in the UK; Honorary Treasurer to the UK Associates of the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, an educational charity; Member nominated trustee director of the Howden Joinery Group Pension Scheme.
He was educated at Merchant Taylors School and Exeter University; and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in London in 1980. He is a freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of The Fishmongers’ Company, one of the Great Twelve Livery Companies in the City of London.
Fay Dodds was former Vice President, Investor Relations at Burberry, having joined the company in September 2007 to establish its first dedicated IR team. She previously held the position of Director of Investor Relations at Experian and prior to that Director of Investor Relations at GUS plc from 2000, where she led all IR activity surrounding the eventual demerger of the group. Having graduated with a geography degree from St John’s College, Cambridge, she spent several years in industry before becoming a retail analyst at DKW and then 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.
Bethany has been Director of Investor Relations at N Brown Group plc since February 2015, having joined to establish its first IR function. Bethany previously worked as a sell-side analyst covering general retail companies, most recently at Berenberg, and before this at Investec. Prior to this, she worked for capital markets advisory firm Makinson Cowell. She is a CFA charterholder.
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.
Vincenzo is an ICAEW Chartered Accountant currently working as Investor Relations Executive at Hays Plc, the FTSE250 listed specialist recruitment group. Having joined Hays in 2011, he has held a number of roles within its finance division, most recently working as Group Internal Auditor, providing advisory and assurance to the Hays Plc Audit Committee on risk management and internal control environments. Prior to Hays, he had a spell with the NHS, where he worked on recruitment programmes including overseas campaigns, with a stint in Bangalore and Kochi, India.
Andrew runs the Antofagasta’s office in London, which is focused on corporate governance, investor relations and business development. Andrew joined Antofagasta in April 2013 having previously been the Finance Director for some 10 years of AIM listed European Nickel plc and then of Sirius Minerals plc. Andrew started his career with Anglo American in South Africa and later worked in a variety of business development and corporate finance roles in South Africa, the United Kingdom, Chile and Australia.
Michael qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1974 and worked in the retail and transport sectors. After various line positions in finance he moved into investor relations in 1986. From 1998 until 2004 he was Director of Corporate Communications with FirstGroup plc, before working on the renewal of the Group’s railway franchises. Michael joined the Board of The Investor Relations Society in early 2005 and he was the Society's General Manager from January 2007 until his retirement in December 2012.
Philippe is a senior IR consultant at RD:IR, an independent global Investor Relations firm offering a wide range of IR-related analysis, research and advisory services to over 630 UK and international public companies. He is responsible for Investor Targeting and Perception Surveys, advising clients across the entire market capitalisation spectrum and within many different sectors. He also contributes to expanding RD:IR’s services offering overseas, particularly in France. Prior to joining RD:IR in February 2013, Philippe was a Pan-European sell-side analyst, based in London. He holds a BA in Economics and Business Administration from Paris-Dauphine University and a Master’s in Finance from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP Europe).