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John Dawson and Janet Dignan awarded IR Society Fellowships

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London, 22 June 2016

John Dawson and Janet Dignan awarded IR Society Fellowships

Yesterday at its annual conference, the Investor Relations Society ('IR Society' or 'the Society') announced the recipients of its 2016 Fellowship awards: John Dawson, Director of Investor Relations at Rolls-Royce Plc; and Janet Dignan, Founder of IR Magazine.

The IR Society Fellowship Programme was launched in 2011 to recognise outstanding IR professionals who have made a significant contribution to the industry, either through their own work or by developing others in their organisations and beyond.

“The IR Society is delighted to honour our 2016 Fellows, John Dawson and Janet Dignan. Both have made a significant contribution to the advancement of the investor relations profession," said Sue Scholes, outgoing Chair of the IR Society.

“John continues to be an active champion of IR. He has made an enormous contribution to the Society in general and its professional development programme in particular." Sue continued: "Janet has made a life-time contribution to the development of the investor relations profession, starting with the pioneering launch of IR Magazine in the 1980s. We owe a debt of gratitude to each of them."

John Dawson Award Janet Dignan Award

The IR Society's 30th annual conference, held yesterday, was entitled Access, Board, Careers: An ABC of IR. With an attendance of over 360 delegates, keynote speakers included Professor John Kay and Sebastian James, Group CEO, Dixons Carphone, as well as other speakers from the investment community. Throughout the day, IROs shared their views on activism, careers, consensus, governance, roadshows, and technology among other topics. The IR Society was also delighted to welcome back economist and broadcaster, Evan Davis, as conference moderator for the sixth year running.

For further information contact:

The Investor Relations Society
John Gollifer – General Manager    020 7379 1763
Laura Hayter – Head of Policy and Communications 020 7379 1763

Notes for editors:

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 or connect with us on Twitter (@IRSocietyUK) or LinkedIn

Published: 22 June, 2016