Searcys at The Gherkin, London, UK
In 2017, we uncovered a glass ceiling in the IR world: our global IRO survey revealed that while the number of men and women who work in IR is roughly equal, two thirds of heads of IR positions go to men.
Fast forward to summer 2018 and the situation has improved – although only slightly. According to our latest Global Salary & Careers Report (published in IR Magazine, spring 2018): women, who accounted for 33 percent of IR head jobs in 2016, now occupy 35 percent of the leading IR roles.
A look at salary figures shows that both male and female IR heads have the same global median pay range of US$150,000-US$199,999, but that the percentage of women IR bosses earning above this range has decreased from 36 percent to 35 percent year on year, compared with 41 percent of men (down from 47 percent in 2016). More on this can be found here and on our global salary and careers report.
Women in IR: Work in progress
Such stats are depressingly familiar throughout the business world. Within IR, however, the news came as a surprise: IR has always been an industry with many women in senior positions. Despite this, the study conducted showed more needs to be done to improve career opportunities for women in investor relations.
This event is part of our global series of events aimed at putting pressure on the industry to confront these issue and improve the value of women in IR. These events will feature prominent speakers from IR and beyond, as well as panel debates, case studies and discussions to address the issues of gender equality, pay and inclusion.
Registration and breakfast
Welcome to the event
Panel: Breaking the IR glass ceiling
Moderator: Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
Marina Calero, director of IR, McCarthy & Stone
Jennifer Ramsey, head of IR, Rolls-Royce
Anne Sheedy, CFO, Vision Capital
Madeleine Szeluch, head of IR, UK Government
Q&A and discussions
End of event
Director of IR
McCarthy & Stone
Marina heads up the investor relations function at McCarthy & Stone, UK’s leading developer and manager of retirement communities. Marina oversees all communications with the market during the transformation period as part of the new strategy. With nearly 20 years’ experience in investor and media relations both in-house and in advisory to pre-IPO, newly listed and established companies, Marina has extensive capital markets experience advising on over 35 transactions across 10 countries – raising £42bn. Marina also heads up the IR team at Powerscourt, providing range of services from financial calendar to equity story development, expectation management, consensus analytics, coaching and profile raising to a broad range of corporate clients.
Laurie Havelock is a journalist, writer and podcaster who has been working on financial titles for more than 5 years, dabbling with commercial property finance, responsible investment and investor relations as his main areas of focus. Outside of that he also writes about music, with a predilection for independent and emerging artists, has worked on a number of comedy projects, including a podcast he makes with musical comedian Paddy Gervers called Podshambles, and hosts a weekly show on Shoreditch Radio. Laurie has been published in the Independent, the Guardian and Q Magazine.
Head of IR
Recently appointed Head of Investor Relations, Rolls Royce. Previously Senior Fund Manager with nearly twenty years’ experience analysing and directing active equity investments for a broad range of institutional and private clients in both the UK and the US. CFA charterholder (2002), MBA from London Business School (1998) and Chartered Civil Engineer (1996). Currently a trustee of The Cyclopark Trust, Kent
Anne joined Vision Capital in 2017 and is Chief Financial Officer with overall responsibility for financial matters relating to the firm and its investment funds. She joined from EQT where she held the role of General Partner. Prior to that Anne spent 10 years at Terra Firma Capital Partners Ltd where she held several positions including Director of Investor Reporting and Investor Relations Director for Australia and New Zealand. Anne also worked at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and APCI. Anne holds a Joint Honours BA degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Leeds. She is a Chartered Management Accountant.
Head of IR
Madeleine Szeluch is Head of Investor Relations at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in the UK Government. In her role, she focuses on aspects relating to energy security & supply, low carbon investment and funding opportunities, domestic and global stakeholder engagement, corporate finance and subsidy policy mechanisms. As part of her IR remit, she manages global relationships with a range of investors to attract investment into the UK Energy sector.
Prior to joining Government in 2015, she was part of the senior management team at GLG, the largest knowledge-sharing research firm where she helped multinational institutional investors with their primary research and due diligence into the global energy industry. Madeleine was instrumental in growing the company’s Emerging Market division, focusing on Central & Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa and played a key role in helping investors make the necessary contacts, locate suitable project financing opportunities and understand key risks and obstacles.
From 2009 to 2012, Madeleine worked at Thomson Reuters’ London office. She was responsible for analysing key market trends across the energy industry, stakeholder relationships, corporate governance, market intelligence and monitoring of shareholder activism for corporates in the Nordics and Scandinavia. Madeleine has over 13 years of experience with the global energy markets, supply dynamics, fundraising and stakeholder engagement. Madeleine started her early career in Investor Relations in Canada and Bermuda, working for American hedge funds.
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For more information, visit www.edelman.co.uk/smithfield
Association of Bulgarian Investor Relations Directors /ABIRD/
For 12 years now the Association of Bulgarian Investor Relations Directors /ABIRD/ has been actively working to unite the interests and improve the qualification of local Investor Relations Directors – members of the organization, to improve the investment climate in Bulgaria and introduce high standards for presentation of the Bulgarian public companies to investors in the country and abroad.
We unite more than 110 Investor Relations Directors of public companies and other issuers of securities, and in 2016 we opened the doors of ABIRD for all colleagues who disclose information in accordance with the Bulgarian and European legislation, and communicate with institutions such as the Financial Supervision Commission, BSE – Sofia and the Central Depository.
ABIRD is an active participant in the Bulgarian capital market, a basic corrective in terms of amendments to the regulation and implementation of the European legislation. Our activities are focused on enhancing the professional qualification of Investor Relations Directors and all of the other officials engaged with investor communication and communication with the institutions on the capital market with the purpose to improve the best disclosure and transparency practices in the activities of public companies and other issuers of securities. We actively cooperate with all institutions and participants in the Bulgarian capital market.
The Association of Bulgarian Investor Relations Directors is a collective member the National Corporate Governance Commission, the Capital Market Development Council in Bulgaria, the Corporate Social Responsibility Council to the Minister of Labor and Social Policy, the Bulgarian Industrial Capital Association. Together with our national partners we strive to make Bulgaria a more attractive place for investments.
Contacts: +359 2 9882413 and [email protected]
The Danish Investor Relations Society (DIRF) was established by investor relations officers, financial and communications executives in a few Danish companies in 1988. The objective was and still is to promote communication between listed companies and their investors thereby increasing investor interest in Danish shares and company bonds.
DIRF represents some 270 members from approximately 100 companies. Members are primarily listed companies, and the member base represents about 95 per cent of the Danish market cap. However, also not-listed companies, organisations, service providers and consultants working with financial communications are represented, cf. DIRF members list.
The DIRF network seeks to meet its objectives by arranging members’ meetings and conferences dealing with current IR-topics, sessions with academics researching in IR-related areas, trends and new ways of performing the IR-profession, new media developments, new evaluation methods, and once a year the Copenhagen Stock Exchange hosts a network meeting etc. Members’ meetings normally take place 5-6 times a year.
For more information, please visit www.dirf.dk.
IR Club is a well-established investor relations community that allows IR professionals to network with peers from all over the world.
IR Club was formed in 2011, to address the need for an online investor relations community. Since then, IR Club has become an overwhelming success and has more than 1,200 members!
The main objectives of IR Club include the promotion of networking, communication, exchange and transfer of knowledge among investor relations professionals – we are particularly interested in the use of social media in investor relations.
IR Club is open to anyone interested in investor relations such as scientists, students and those wishing to make a career change. For the opportunity to mingle with practising IROs at all levels, as well consultants and service providers. Colleagues from the areas of private equity, open-end and closed-end funds, unlisted companies and of course all those who deal with the communication with lenders (creditor relations / fixed income) are welcome, too – we are all one ecosystem.
It takes no time to register as a member and it’s free of charge!
For all inquiries
+44 20 8004 6214