IR Magazine


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Instinctif Partners offices, London, UK

About the event

IR Magazine’s Women in IR campaign has sparked a lively debate around the globe about how women can achieve gender equality and pay parity in the IR profession.

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.

Women in IR: Research report

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:

  • What their role was before IR
  • What additional responsibilities they have in their job
  • What their primary focus is for job satisfaction.

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.

Agenda and timings

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  • 08:15 AM
    Registration and breakfast

  • 09:00 AM
    Welcome to the event

  • 09:15 AM
    Panel discussion: Bridging the gap in pay and skillset to ease gender disparity in IR

    • How does an IRO’s past role impact his/her current pay and career advancement? Are women without a capital markets or corporate finance background at an irreparable disadvantage, or are there other ways they can bridge the perceived skills gap?
    • What additional IR responsibilities determine an IRO’s pay and career experience? Is international experience a factor? What is missing from your skillset?
    • Are you more likely to get senior jobs or higher compensation by staying with the same company or moving frequently? If the latter, how frequently should you move?
    • Research suggests that where you derive your job satisfaction from determines your salary expectations. How should you view job satisfaction as an IRO in order to progress?
    • What is your strategy? How do you build long-term relationships with the C-suite and investors? When your company is struggling, how do you pitch professional development and diversity?
    • Should balancing work and family even be part of our discussion? Would it be, if this was a ‘men in IR’ networking event?
    • Building an advocacy network: How to include female and male allies and what does that entail?
    • Practical do’s and don’ts: negotiating equal or better pay, being heard, handling interruptions, saying the right things in investor meetings, networking

    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

  • 10:00 AM
    Q&A and discussions

    Kirsty Collins, IR professional

  • 10:45 AM
    End of event

Panel of speakers

Past event attendees say

"Good panel discussion with an excellent host, which is often important to ensure a good, flowing, discussion. "

Orient Capital

"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. "

IR professional

"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."

Aviva Investors

"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!"

Kambi Group

"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"

adidas Group

"One of the more glamorous IR Awards! a great opportunity to Network - thank you IR Magazine"


Who attended

Here is a small sample of the people joined the Women in IR Europe forums in the past:

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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


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This year’s forum was hosted by Instinctif Partners:

Instinctif Partners
65 Gresham Street


Smart Works

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

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