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David Lloyd-Seed appointed new Investor Relations Society chair

London, 3 June 2016

David Lloyd-Seed appointed new Investor Relations Society chair

The Investor Relations Society (‘IR Society’ or ‘the Society’) is pleased to announce the appointment of David Lloyd-Seed as its new non-executive chair, with effect from 1 July 2016.

David is a Partner at Tulchan, a leading financial and strategic communications advisory firm. Most recently he was Head of IR at Severn Trent, prior to which he spent 10 years as IR and Corporate Affairs Director at Dixons Retail.

David Lloyd-Seed commented: “Investor relations is about an open dialogue with one of a company’s most important stakeholders – its owners.  IR professionals need to keep up to date on the changing dynamics of regulation, capital market trends, best practice and use of technology in their communications.  With demands on IROs increasing, the IR Society plays an important role in helping its members keep abreast of all these trends and more.  I want the Society to continue to lead the way in championing excellence in IR in the UK and beyond, and importantly remain widely respected as the voice of the profession.”

David paid tribute to outgoing chair, Sue Scholes, by saying: “I would like to thank Sue for her significant contribution in the last two years. Through her hard work and commitment to the IR Society, she has helped to further professionalise and raise the profile of the Society. I am delighted that she will remain actively involved in the board and the Society as we work to develop the Diploma in IR.”

Outgoing Chair, Sue Scholes commented, “It has been a pleasure to work with the IR Society and I believe the profession is now coming of age. Over the last few years we have seen the growing profile and importance of IR, and boards are now recognising IR as a function which can create significant value when done well. Our new, senior-level qualification is due to be piloted later this year and can only enhance our profession further.”

David Walker, Head of Investor Relations and Corporate Development at Hays plc, succeeds David Lloyd-Seed as Deputy Chair of the IR Society.

For further information contact:

The Investor Relations Society
David Lloyd-Seed – Chair-Elect   020 7353 4200
John Gollifer – General Manager   020 7379 1763

Notes for editors:

David Lloyd-Seed
David Lloyd-Seed is a Partner at Tulchan, a leading financial and strategic communications advisory firm. He was formerly Head of IR at Severn Trent prior to which he spent 10 years as IR and Corporate Affairs Director at Dixons Retail. Before 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.

David Walker
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.

The Investor Relations Society
The Investor Relations Society (IR Society) is a membership organisation that exists to promote best practice investor relations in the UK and beyond. It is run by IR professionals for IR professionals. Established in 1980, the IR Society’s mission is to promote best practice in investor relations; to support the professional development of its members; to represent their views to regulatory bodies, the investment community and government; and to act as a forum for issuers and the investment community.

The Society has over 750 members from the UK, Europe and beyond, including representatives from most of the FTSE 100, a large number of FTSE 250 companies and a number of AIM and smaller companies as well as IR advisers and service providers. For more information visit www.irs.org.uk or connect with us on Twitter (@IRSocietyUK) or LinkedIn

Published: 1 June, 2016