Our Judges

Meet our expert judging panel for the ProShare Awards 2023

All Judges

Kirsty Cooper

Group General Counsel and Company Secretary for Aviva plc

Kirstine joined Aviva in 1991 and is the Group General Counsel and Company Secretary for Aviva plc and heads the Office of the Chair. She was appointed to the Group Executive Committee in July 2012.

Kirstine established the legal and company secretarial function as a global team and is responsible for the provision of legal services to the Group, legal risk management, and compliance with UK listing requirements. She also supports the Chair and the Board in the discharge of their responsibilities.

Kirstine holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Glasgow and is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales, as well as in Scotland. She is also a graduate of the general manager programme at INSEAD.

Kirstine is the Senior Independent Director and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Opera House and the Senior Independent Director and a non-executive Board Member of HM Land Registry. Kirstine also sits on the Executive Committee of the GC100. She served as a member of the Dormant Assets Commission and was appointed by the Government as the Insurance and Pensions Champion for the expanded dormant assets scheme.

Janet Cooper OBE

Chair - ProShare Advisory Panel
NED - Nurture Landscapes Group

Janet has over 30 years’ experience of advising on global executive and employee share plans, with Chambers Legal Directory ranking Janet as the top lawyer in this area. Janet developed and led the employee incentives team at Linklaters, where she was a partner for over 20 years, and then co-founded specialist law firm, Tapestry, which she left at the end of 2020.

Janet was involved in founding ProShare 30 years ago and now Chairs ProShare’s Advisory Panel. Janet also co-founded the Global Equity Organisation in 1999 and was appointed Co-founder and Vice Chair Emeritus this year. Janet was Acting Chair of RNLI (Lifeboats) until July this year, and is currently Vice Chair of Roehampton University, Non-Executive Director of Nurture Landscapes Group, and Chair of two remuneration committees.

Roger Fairhead

Group Reward Director at BAE Systems plc

Roger Fairhead is Group Reward Director at BAE Systems plc.  He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1994, and then specialised in employment and international tax with Ernst & Young, before joining Universal Music Group in 2000.  Since then, Roger has worked in senior reward roles for the BBC, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Prudential, SABMiller/AB-InBev, and Legal & General.

In what remains of his spare time, Roger is a trustee of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and chairs their Remuneration and People Committees.  He is also a volunteer crew member at his local RNLI Station in Calshot (near Southampton).

Uzma Stamp

Group Head of Benefits, Wellbeing, Share Plans & Global Mobility at HSBC

Uzma Stamp looks after Employee Wellbeing, Benefits, Share Plans, Global Mobility and Immigration for the HSBC Group covering 250,000 employees. Uzma also leads on the Groups proposition for the Future of Work, including implementing flexible and hybrid working globally and the strategic changes needed to make our HR products and services fit for the future specifically focusing on sustainability, inclusion, fairness and digitisation.

Previous to HSBC, Uzma held senior HR roles at other companies including Goldman Sachs for 11 years following training as a chartered tax accountant specialising in US, UK and Canadian tax. Uzma is also a NED for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute – one of the largest UK charities - that saves lives at sea supported by 40,000 volunteers and 2,000 staff.