The judging panel for the Corporate & Financial Awards comprised of leading industry experts who are based in-house. The agency spot is filled by the winner of the top accolades, the 'Annual report of the year', 'In-house team of the year' and 'Agency or consultancy of the year'.
Below you'll find our 2023 panel. If you would like to be considered as a judge for our 2023 awards programme, please send a short bio for consideration to email@example.com
Head of communications
Nucleus Financial Platforms
Kristina has over 20 years corporate communications experience in a wide range of industries. She has held roles in-house and agency for both private and public sector organisations.
She is currently at Nucleus, one of the UK’s leading independent adviser platform groups, where she leads the transformation and organisational change communications for the recently announced acquisition of Curtis Banks.
Prior to that Kristina spent nearly 10 years at FTSE 250 Coats Group plc where she led the Group Communications team.
Investor relations director
Bio to follow
Tom Coombes is the founder and CEO of Cognito. Tom’s experience is drawn from more than two decades advising financial institutions and related businesses on improving their marketing, communications and brand strategies to make a direct impact on sales and profitability.
Tom’s client experience comes from working with leading financial sector brands around the globe, including the London Stock Exchange, J.P. Morgan and ABN AMRO as well as numerous technology companies and consultancies that sell to the financial services market.
Corporate reporting and IFRS technical controller
Howden Joinery Group
Simon leads the interpretation and implementation of new IFRSs across the group and makes sure that the Group stays ahead of new developments in corporate and ESG reporting.
He has a specialism in ESG reporting, strategy, business model and culture reporting. He leads the process and development of the Howden Joinery Group Annual Report & Accounts and the Group’s Sustainability Report, which have won several awards in recent years. He was a member of the Advisory Group for the UK Financial Reporting Council’s recent project on The Future of Corporate Reporting and is a current member of the FRC Advisory Panel.
He is also a member of the Investor Relations Society and holds their Certificate in Investor Relations.
Head of ESG
Matt Gower is Head of ESG at Royal Mail, where he is responsible for overseeing its strategy to advance its ESG efforts across the UK business, including its ambition to achieve net zero emissions by 2040. Prior to joining Royal Mail in early 2022, Matt was Head of Sustainability Communications & Reporting at LeasePlan N.V. in Amsterdam, the world’s largest Car-as-a-Service company with 1.9 million vehicles under management in 32 countries.
Head of external communications
London Stock Exchange Group
Lucie has worked for London Stock Exchange Group for the past 10 years. She is currently director of communications, providing the full spectrum of communications activity for the FTSE 100 company and leading on corporate issues such as financial calendar reporting and M&A. With almost 20 years of in-house and agency PR experience, she was previously a director at the international PR agency, Citigate Dewe Rogerson, providing strategic PR advice and consultancy to firms around the world
Head of investor relations
Charles is Head of Investor Relations at Halma plc, a global group of life-saving technology companies, focused on growing a safer, cleaner, healthier future for everyone, every day, and a FTSE 100 constituent. In his role at Halma he is accountable for all aspects of investor relations and is also responsible for the Group’s sustainability function which reports to him. He joined Halma in September 2018, having previously led investor relations teams at Tate & Lyle, Serco, Lloyds Banking Group, SSP Group and Worldpay.
Design Bridge and Partners
Janice is a leading advocate for corporate reporting that communicates as well as complies with relevant regulations, in an effective and accessible way. She works with companies to develop and present often complex information, to a predominantly investor audience, within Annual Reports and supplemental reports. Prior to joining Design Bridge over 15 years ago, Janice worked with PwC for over 25 years. She has worked as a consultant to standard setters and regulators and continues to serve as an independent panel member on various bodies in relation to narrative and non-financial reporting.
Head of investor relations and communications
Savannah Energy plc
Bio to follow.
Director of international and investor relations
System Capital Management
Jock has extensive experience of developing communications strategies and implementing public affairs programmes for leading global corporations to develop governmental, institutional and investor relations. He joined the leading Ukrainian holding company, System Capital Management, as Director of Corporate Communications in 2005. Since then he has been involved in developing and implementing the company’s communications, government relations and investor relations strategies. Prior to SCM he was Regional Director for eastern European public affairs and communications consultancy, MMD. Previously, he was Regional Director of Weber Shandwick PR based in Dubai covering the Middle East and North Africa where he worked across the region on a number of government related projects, including public diplomacy for the US State Department. Jock has an honours degree in economics and is a member of the Advisory Board of the EU - Ukraine Business Council, Deputy Chair of the British Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and serves on the President’s Advisory Council of the US Ukraine Business Council. He also served as a member of the UN-led Humanitarian Country Team in Ukraine from 2014 to 2020 which coordinated the response to the humanitarian crisis resulting from the Russian war on Ukraine he is a participant in peace-building dialogues aimed at finding a solution to ending the conflict. He is also an Honorary Professor in International Relations at the University of Mariupol. He is regular conference speaker and TV analyst on business and economic issues
Annual report project manager
Bio to follow
Director of investor relations and corporate communications
Since 2018, Gulshen has been the Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications at Senior plc - an international manufacturing Group with 26 operations in 12 countries. Prior to her role at Senior, she was at Babcock International Group plc. She has over 12 years of experience as an IR professional, with a strong background in financial analysis, communication and stakeholder management. She believes the key to the role is having integrity and credibility. Gulshen holds a MSc in Public Services Policy & Management from Kings College London and a BEc in Economics from the Australian National University.
VP corporate reporting and ESG disclosure
Alice joined BP in 2018 to lead its corporate reporting team, ensuring BP responds transparently to reporting requirements and best practice developments. She has over 12 years’ experience in responsible business, reporting and ESG and sustainability issues in FTSE 100 companies, having worked at Lloyds Banking Group prior to her current role.
Director of investment stewardship research
Lindsey is the Director of Investment Stewardship Research at Morningstar. He has over 20 years' experience consulting and advising listed companies and other organisations on investor and stakeholder engagement at Makinson Cowell, KPMG and the Financial Reporting Council. Lindsey now works in a global team at Morningstar conducting research into asset managers’ sustainable investing policies and practices, and publishing thought leadership and ratings that asset owners and investment beneficiaries can use in their investment allocation decisions. Lindsey is a Chartered Management Accountant and CFA Charterholder, and won a Senior Leader Finalist prize at the 2021 Black British Business Awards.
Director of investor relations
Lloyds Banking Group
Nora is Director of Investor Relations at Lloyds Banking Group. She joined Lloyds’ IR team in 2017 and is currently responsible for investor engagement on ESG matters. Nora has extensive experience in the financial services industry and worked over 12 years in international investment banking at JPMorgan earlier in her career. Prior to joining Lloyds, Nora was an entrepreneur developing a women’s health start-up company with two partners. Nora holds a doctorate in business from University of St.
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