Instinctif Partners offices, London, UK
Our research showed that while the IR profession has a 50/50 gender split, 67 percent of senior positions are held by men and just 33 percent by women.
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. This event was part of our global initiative of events, articles and research reports aimed at throwing diversity within the IR profession into the spotlight.
Based on responses from more than 900 IR professionals, our 2019 research report on Women in IR follows on from the findings in the IR Magazine Global IR Salary & Careers Report 2018. The report examines the pay and career experiences of women working in investor relations according to three factors:
It then compares these with those of their male counterparts to see where gender differences lie.
The report goes beyond the headline figures to identify when and where men and women are treated differently – and, indeed, equally – in their pay and career experiences. It shows that, while there is little overt or deliberate sexism in IR, a number of circumstantial factors have led to the overall gender disparity we currently see. Find out more about the report.
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Registration and breakfast
Welcome to the event
Panel discussion: Bridging the gap in pay and skillset to ease gender disparity in IR
Melanie Toyne Sewell, managing partner, Instinctif Partners
Jenny Matthews, head of IR, Barratt Developments
Tina Kladnik, head of IR, ADLER Real Estate
Laurie Havelock, editor, IR Magazine
Q&A and discussions
Kirsty Collins, IR professional
End of event
Action Potential Advisory
Advising on tailored, integrated and effective market communications and stakeholder engagement on ESG. Works with IR, management and boards of FTSE100 and global multi-nationals on navigating the evolving global investor landscape and the potential opportunities for issuers.
Travels around the stakeholder table bring nuance and insight to perspective including 10 years in IR and Corporate Affairs at GSK, a stint on the buy-side with Aviva Investors, leading operations for fast-growing start-up EvaluatePharma and recently not-for-profit World Benchmarking Alliance on investor and issuer engagement in developing benchmarks of corporate performance and contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Head of IR
ADLER Real Estate
Tina Kladnik joined ADLER Real Estate as the Head of IR in December 2018. Before ADLER, Tina worked for almost 5 years in real estate equity research at Berenberg and Investec Bank. Before that, she worked in product control looking after structured credit investments at BlueCrest and Lloyds Banking Group. Tina started her professional career at Mazars, in assurance services. She holds a B.A. in Business and Economics from The University of Maribor (Slovenia), a M.A. in Finance and Investment from the Nottingham University Business School (UK) and an ACA Qualification from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
Head of IR
Currently Head of Investor Relations at Barratt Development Plc, Jenny has extensive capital markets and investor relations expertise in the FMCG, retail, financial and property sectors. Jenny is formerly a sell side analyst for Credit Suisse. She also formerly held investor relation roles at Foxtons, Man Group, Graff Diamonds and Clipper Windpower. She gained early career experience in KPMG as a Chartered Accountant and has a LLB in Law.
Melanie Toyne Sewell
Melanie leads on financial communications within Instinctif Partners’ healthcare and life sciences team. She has over 20 years of experience advising life sciences companies on financial communications. Prior to joining Instinctif Partners, she built and established the life sciences practice at the Hogarth Partnership. She was a partner in the Financial Dynamics (now FTI) Life Sciences team and a Director at Merlin Financial PR. She has extensive experience of capital market transactions and corporate issues. Before entering business communications, she was at Price Waterhouse where she qualified as a chartered accountant. She has a BA in Biochemistry from Oxford University.
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.
"Good panel discussion with an excellent host, which is often important to ensure a good, flowing, discussion. "
"It is always helpful to hear about other people's experiences and the advice that they can pass on. It was a good discussion and a lot of topics covered. "
"This event provided a good opportunity to network whilst celebrating IR teams across Europe that are striving to deliver a professional service."
"A very slick, enjoyable, five star event with excellent networking opportunities."
"The event was well organized and ticked all boxed. Nice company, good dinner, excellent MC and to-the-point awards ceremony"
"Great event to meet other IR professionals and suppliers. Well organised and superb catering. The MC, Miles Jupp, was outstanding!"
"Really enjoyable evening, well arranged with plenty of information available ahead of the event, the awards ceremony went on for the right length of time and the food was wonderful"
"The evening was pure elegance and class. It was a wonderful opportunity to reconnect and meet new people in the investor relations community. The atmosphere was warm, welcoming and fun! Kudos IR Magazine for organising such an impactful event. We will surely be a sponsor again next year"
"Nice atmosphere and great place to network and meet other IR people"
"One of the more glamorous IR Awards! a great opportunity to Network - thank you IR Magazine"
Here is a small sample of the people joined the Women in IR Europe forums in the past:
|Job title||Company||Job title||Company|
|Account director||Edelman||Head of investor relations||UK Government|
|Account manager||Headland Consultancy||Head of IR services||RD:IR|
|Associate||Scott Harris||Head of London corporate/expert access||Exane BNP Paribas|
|Associate director||Lansons||Investor relations director||Kennedy Wilson Europe|
|CEO UK & Ireland and vice chairman Europe||Edelman||Investor relations manager||British Land|
|CEO, EMEA||Orient Capital||Investor relations manager||Close Brothers|
|CFO||Vision Capital||Investor relations manager||Foresight|
|Client advisory, depositary receipts||J.P Morgan||Investor relations manager||HSBC|
|Deputy head of Corporate Access||Kepler Cheuvreux||Investor relations manager||Intercontinental Hotels|
|Director||Brunswick||Investor relations manager||Virgin Money|
|Director||DF King||Investor relations manager||Whitbread|
|Director||Fairvue Partners||Investor relations manager & head of strategic reporting||Equitory|
|Director||FTI Consulting||Managing director||EQS|
|Director||Taylor Bennett||Managing partner||Broome Yasar|
|Director – IR & communications||Carter Murray||Marketing director||Design Portfolio|
|Director of corporate broking||Goodbody||Partner||Bendon Lee|
|Director of investor relations||McCarthy & Stone||Partner||Instinctif|
|Director of investor relations||Santander||Senior account executive||BioScience Communications|
|ED corporate access||Goldman Sachs||Senior account manager||Black Sun|
|ELITE connect associate||ELITE Connect||Senior analyst, global responsible investment||Aviva|
|Founder||Action Potential Advisory & Consulting||Senior coordinator – corporate access||Norges Bank Investment Management|
|Global retail, luxury consumer specialist sales||Liberum Capital||Senior financial analyst||KAZ Minerals|
|Head of corporate digital||Emperor||Senior IR manager||Hikma Pharmaceuticals|
|Head of investor relations||Castleton Commodities International||Team leader – corporate IR account management||IPREO|
|Head of investor relations||Fresnillo||Vice president||BNY Mellon|
|Head of investor relations||RDI REIT||VP, investor relations||Wolters Kluwer|
|Head of investor relations||Rolls-Royce||VP, IR and corp comm||Nordic Nanovector|
In association with
Instinctif Partners is a leading international business communications consultancy with expertise across diverse practice areas: capital markets, corporate, public policy, content & creative and insight & research.
It is a specialist in reputation and influence, with experience across numerous sectors. It works with clients across multiple and complex audiences combining deep insights, expert storytelling and creative delivery to change behaviours, emotions and perceptions.
Instinctif Partners currently employs over 300 people in 12 offices across Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Leading the global search for talent in Investor Relations
Broome Yasar Partnership is regarded as the global leader in investor relations executive recruitment and is responsible for helping to place more than 350 senior IR and corporate affairs mandates across the world, from London to NY, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.
We are a trusted partner to organisations looking to hire the most coveted industry leaders and have successfully appointed investor relations executives into some of the world’s leading organisations. We build long-term relationships with investor relations specialists seeking unrivalled, objective career counsel and ultimately their next role. We believe this to be unique in the executive recruitment arena.
Broome Yasar are the authors of the ground-breaking report, From Investor Relations to Business Leader – the Pathway to CEO, which showcases a number of former IROs who have successfully transitioned into business leadership positions. Our consultants have all come from senior positions in Investor Relations before moving into IR executive recruitment 15 years ago. We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of the transition of today’s powerful IRO. www.broomeyasar.com
The IR club Schweiz was founded 1992 to promote the interests of the IR profession among Switzerland’s publicly-quoted companies. It is an interactive forum for the exchange of ideas, the discussion of current IR issues and the development of practical solutions.
For more information, please visit www.irclub.ch/
For this event we supported Smart Works, a registered UK charity. Smart Works provides high quality interview clothes and interview training to unemployed women in need. They harness the power of clothes and confidence to allow a woman to be her best at a crucial moment in her life, giving her the confidence, the self-belief and the practical tools required to succeed at interview and transform her life.
We asked attendees of this event to bring along an unwanted business outfit, which was new or nearly new and in good condition. We are delighted to announce that we collected 33 items of clothing to donate to Smart Works, including:
• 13 pairs of shoes
• 4 smart tops
• 4 business dresses
• 3 shirts
• 3 handbags
• 2 blazers
• 2 skirts
• 2 pairs of trousers
Thank you to all of our attendees who made a donation. For further information about the charity’s work please visit smartworks.org.uk.