Ben Alhassan - Share Plans Manager - Natura & Co
Ben has been working in share plans for 8 years and is currently Share Plans Manager at Natura &Co. Ben joined Natura &Co in 2022 and leads the share plan proposition, developing strategy and ensuring the smooth running of the plan. Prior to Natura &Co, Ben worked at Unilever for 5 years, working across Exec and All-employee share plans globally, in addition to compensation projects such as the Living Wage and targeted incentive scheme design.
Inna Banks - Head of All Employee Share Plans - HSBC
Inna is Head of All Employee Share Plans in HSBC, and has been in this role for three years. Prior to joining HSBC, Inna has over 10 years of experience as a share plans advisor, including working in PwC advising clients on tax and legal aspects of share plans, with a focus on global share plans.
Rasmus Berglund - Partner, Tax and Rewards - Macfarlanes
Ras is a partner in Macfarlanes’ Tax and Reward team where he advises clients on the design, implementation and operation of a wide range of employee share plans and executive remuneration arrangements, including in the context of corporate transactions. His practice covers all aspects of share plan-related matters such as individual and corporate tax and structuring, global regulatory compliance, trust and nominee arrangements, plan administration, employment issues and financial services remuneration regulation.
Amy Brimble - Deloitte
Amy is the Creative Director at Stitch, Deloitte’s employee communications team. With 20 years’ experience in the creative industry she directs the creative vision behind every Stitch campaign. She has a passion for innovation and finger firmly on the pulse with new creative trends.
Graham Bull - Head of Employee Share Plans - Equiniti
Graham Bull is Head of EQ All Employee Share Plans, with responsibility for all aspects of employee share plan services covering over one million participant accounts and £3 billion of assets. With over 30 years in the industry, Graham often attends business and strategy sessions to support organisations achieve their share plan aspirations by providing industry best practice solutions.
Damian Carnell - Founder/Director - Corpgro
CORPGRO is a reward consultancy specialising in executive compensation, share plans and incentives particularly those connected with growth; and ESG. Damian has extensive experience advising leading companies on all aspects of executive compensation and equity plans. He was previously with Willis Towers Watson, Aon, and Ernst and Young.
Damian's extensive experience in executive compensation and equity plans means he is fully familiar with Corporate Governance norms, institutional shareholder views and proxy voting both advisory and binding.
Janet Cooper OBE - Chair of 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 lead the employee incentives team at Linklaters, where she was a partner for over 20 years, and then co-founded specialist law firm, Tapestry, and she left at the end of 2020.
Janet was involved in founding ProShare 40 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 is Acting Chair of RNLI (Lifeboats) until July this year and Vice Chair of Roehampton University, Non-Executive Director of Nurture Landscapes Group, and Chair of two remuneration committees.
Suzannah Crookes - Legal Director - Tapestry Compliance
Suzannah is a Legal Director at Tapestry Compliance, an award-winning UK law firm specialising in global equity incentives. Suzannah has extensive experience advising UK and overseas companies on the introduction and ongoing operation of their share plans and other equity incentive arrangements, both at executive level and for the wider workforce. She supports companies in the design and implementation of plans to meet tax, legal and governance best practice requirements whilst maintaining focus on effective communication and alignment with commercial strategy. She works with companies to ensure compliant operation of plans both in a "business as usual" context as well as through any corporate actions.
Lianne Dance - Group Reward Director - Serco Group plc
Lianne is the Group Reward Director for Serco Group plc where she has accountability for executive compensation, total reward, benefits, share plans and global mobility. She is an experienced global reward leader, with both corporate and consulting experience, having worked across a number of industries and with many different companies. Prior to joining Serco, Lianne worked as a reward and employment tax advisor at Deloitte.
Chrissie Davis - Founder, MD & Fellow Chartered Secretary - Eximia
Chrissie is a Fellow of The Chartered Governance Institute (CGI). She’s worked for large listed organisations, managing UK and global share plans in-house. During that time, she noticed a gap: we struggle to simplify the complex, and communication experts often don’t understand share plans enough to translate them to employees.
To bridge that gap, Chrissie founded Eximia in 2012, creating a team with expertise in share plans and reward, as well as skills in copywriting, graphic design, animation, and digital development. They produce campaigns which empower employees to understand and engage with their organisation’s offerings.
Maurice Day - Senior Consultant - Fidelity
Maurice Day is a Senior Consultant in the Global Consulting Practice within Fidelity Workplace Consulting at Fidelity Investments.
Maurice is an employee experience (EX) specialist who for 10 years has helped organizations engage their workforces, grow financial wellness and strengthen culture throughout the employment lifecycle. Maurice’s ambition is to help make work more meaningful, human and fulfilling for people. To do it he takes a UX (user experience)–led approach: putting a deep understanding of employees’ needs and motivations at the heart of communication solutions to influence understanding, attitudes and behavior. He’s done this in the context of employee experience strategy, D&I strategy, culture and values change, financial wellbeing and M&A to name a few.
Before Fidelity, Maurice was consultant in the Communication and Change Management Practice of Willis Towers Watson and an Account Director at an internal communication and culture change agency based in London, UK – Blue Goose.
Jake Dear - Senior Relationship Manager - Link Group
Jake joined Link Group in April 2020 and is responsible for the day-to-day management of a number of Relationship Managers at Link Group, alongside managing a small portfolio of key clients.
Aleda Denner - Business Manager - Investec Share Plan Services
Aleda has been involved in share plans for over 15 years. After working as an FX and precious metal trader for 5 years, she started her share plans career at pwc as an IFRS2 specialist and share plans advisor, and joined Investec Bank 13 years ago to manage their South African share plans business. Aleda currently looks after the global share plans business for Investec based in London.
Zoe Denny-Thomas - Senior Consultant - AON
A senior consultant at Aon, Zoe specialises in helping companies operate and communicate in the most effective way, ensuring employees understand and value their share programs to maximise company investment.
Zoe joined Aon in 2020 from ProShare where she was Head of Membership working closely with valued members for the benefit of the industry. Prior to this Zoe was Senior Operations Manager at Capita, leading share plan operations for many FTSE 100 clients operating various plan types in the UK and globally.
Zoe has 13 years’ experience in employee share plans and remuneration. Zoe is ICSA Cert. ESP qualified and has qualifications in Investor Relations, Reward Management, Internal Communications and is a Chartered Manager through the CMI.
Zoe is a regular attendee and speaker at share plan industry events and is leader of the Nordics Global Equity Organisation Chapter.
Jeremy Edwards - Partner, London Employment & Employee Benefits - Baker McKenzie
Jeremy Edwards is a Partner and Head of the London and European Employee Benefits Group, specializing in all aspects of employee share plans. Jeremy has over 27 years' experience as a share plan lawyer and 2 years' experience as a corporate lawyer. Jeremy advises on all aspects of employee share plans, executive compensation and the taxation of employees.
Jeremy advises clients regularly on all aspects of the launch of their international share plans, including with respect to employer and employee taxation consequences, securities laws and exchange controls and employment law consequences.
Jeremy is a regular speaker at share plan industry conferences and is an active member in leading share plan industry organisations. Jeremy is a member of the ProShare Advisory Council.
Beth Fensome - Senior Assistant Company Secretary - SSP Group plc
Beth was a member of the Company Secretarial team at Drax Group plc. She used the insights she gained as a member of the Workforce Engagement Forum to revitalise the company's Sharesave communications, driving increased employee uptake—particularly among those with historically lower engagement. Beth is currently Senior Assistant Company Secretary at SSP Group plc.
Jack Filer - Partner, Tax and Rewards - Macfarlanes
Jack is part of the Macfarlanes’ Tax and Reward team in which his assists clients with all their employment tax and mobility issues. Jack also has experience advising clients on broader reward matters, including company share plans, carried interest and other executive remuneration arrangements. While his primary focus has been the financial services sector, Jack works with clients across a wide range of industries.
Lee Hamano-Crossingham - Asset Management Director - Infracapital
Lee Hamano-Crossingham joined Infracapital in 2021 and is currently dedicated to the BCTN, MCS and Fibrus investments.
Lee has over 12 years of infrastructure investment and advisory experience, with a focus on the telecoms, energy and renewable energy sectors. Prior to joining Infracapital, Lee worked for APG Asset Management based in Amsterdam, where he was responsible for the origination, execution, and asset management of direct infrastructure investments across Europe. He also previously worked for Macquarie’s infrastructure investment banking business (Macquarie Capital) based in London and Melbourne.
Lee holds an MBA from the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School and a B.Commerce (First Class Honours) from the University of Melbourne.
Guy Holden - Group Share Plan & Reward Manager - Spectris plc
Guy is an accomplished share plan expert with 20 years’ experience managing global employee share plans both day to day and through multiple corporate transactions. Guy is currently leading a small, dedicated Group Reward team at Spectris plc and is responsible for design, communication, and effective employee engagement with the Group’s incentive plans in over 20 countries.
Lucy Hovland - Director, Global Equity & Incentives - Deloitte
Lucy has over 21 years' experience working with clients to help them design, implement and operate their incentive arrangements effectively, partnering with the business to align incentive design to business strategy, optimise participant experience and to support the company’s tax and legal compliance.
Anna Jex - Head of Share Plans - RELX
Anna Jex is Head of Share Plans at RELX, a FTSE 30 global information-based analytics company. Before joining RELX in 2020, Anna spent over 20 years at Deloitte as an advisor to global companies offering share plans. Anna is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor.
Beata Kubala-Todd - VP, Share Plans and Deferred Compensation - Barclays
Beata joined Barclays’ share plans team almost 10 year ago, her experience covers discretionary share plans and more recently all employee plans – UK Sharesave, UK Sharepurchase and Global Sharepurchase. Beata is involved in overseeing the operational side of the plans, including promotion and employee communications, grant and maturity, regular share purchases, financial reporting and employee queries. Beata regularly works with internal and external parties such as administrators, legal and tax advisors and finance teams in relation to the share plans.
Sarah Long - Head of New Business - WEALTH at Work
Sarah joined WEALTH at work in 2021 and heads up the new business team. Sarah has extensive experience in both broad based and executive compensation plans on an international level and has over 20 years’ experience in the equity plans/employee benefits market. She is passionate about all aspects of wellbeing in the workplace and in particular financial wellbeing to help improve people’s lives. A keen runner having participated in many marathons and is proud to have raised over £28,000 for breast cancer charities. In her spare time Sarah is also a Rugbytots coach.
Ben McCarthy - Associate - Linklaters
Ben is an associate in Linklaters’ employment and incentives team and specialises in employee equity incentives and executive remuneration. Ben works with both listed and private companies on all aspects of employee equity incentives, including the design, implementation, operation and tax implications of employee and executive incentive plans. He regularly advises on corporate transactions including share plan issues arising from public listings and takeovers, and private mergers and acquisitions. Ben also has experience advising listed companies on corporate governance and reporting requirements, market abuse, and executive recruitment and departures.
Marcus McEvoy - EMEA Director of Business Development - Computershare
Marcus is Computershare’s Regional Director Business Development for EMEA.
Marcus joined Computershare in 2013 from Morgan Stanley as Head of Client Management and subsequently held the role of EMEA Director of Client Management and Business Development from 2016-2020.
He has worked in the Share Plans industry since 2005, holding a number of management and leadership roles in both Citi and Morgan Stanley.
Prior to share plans, he worked in various financial services sectors including Treasury and Structured Products at Citi, Portfolio Management for Santander (previously Abbey National) and in corporate banking with Lloyds in the UK.
A regular speaker in industry conferences and events, Marcus is from Ireland and has lived in Spain for over 20 years.
Cathy Merry - Partner - CMS
Cathy is a Partner in the CMS Employee Incentives team with over 15 years’ experience advising on the structuring, implementation and operation all forms of share plans and bespoke equity and cash incentive arrangements. Cathy’s clients range from large quoted companies to small unquoted companies and start-ups. She has a wealth of experience advising companies wishing to extend their employee share incentive arrangements across multiple jurisdictions and advises on all aspects of employee incentives in the context of corporate transactions and corporate governance best practice. Cathy also advises companies and corporate trustees on a wide range of issues relating to the operation of employee benefit trusts.
Miguel Navarro Fron - Total Reward and Executive Compensation Manager - Telefonica
Miguel is a Total Reward and Executive Compensation Manager at Telefonica, with over 10 years of experience gained within fast-paced multinational environment in the high-tech sector. Expert in designing total reward programs and policies that speak directly to supporting business strategy, that effectively communicates values, generates culture, and drives short and long-term company performance.
Hannah Needle - Legal Director & Board of Directors - Tapestry Compliance
Hannah is a Legal Director and on the Board of Directors at Tapestry Compliance, an award-winning UK law firm specialising in global equity incentives. She advises on the implementation and operation of all forms of global executive and employee equity and incentive plans, including the design and establishment of new plans, global compliance, managing grants and maturities under existing plans and on technical tax and legal matters. Hannah has significant experience with tax-qualified and non-tax-qualified arrangements and the use of employee trusts. She also advises on the impact of corporate transactions that may affect a company's global incentive arrangements.
Ceri Newby - Head of Shares - Diageo
Ceri Newby is Head of Shares at Diageo, the FTSE 30 global premium drinks company. Prior to joining Diageo, Ceri worked at EY and Deloitte advising a range of companies on global share plans. Ceri also worked in Global Share Plans at Skyscanner.
Kevin O'Hare - Manager, Share Plans & Deferred Compensation - Shell
Kevin O’Hare is a senior share plans professional having trained at PwC & EY and worked at HSBC before joining Shell in 2019. Kevin is responsible for the design and delivery of the Shell Plc’s global share plans and deferred compensation across 70 countries. Kevin has a strong track record of improving employee engagement and increasing employee participation in global share plans.
Martha Parkhurst - Strategic Communications Lead - Eximia
Martha is an award-winning content and communications expert, having worked in various industries including insurance, education, and the railways. She bridges the gap between the organisation and its audience, making sure they have access to the right information, at the right time, in the right format, delivered in a way that is accessible and engaging.
Martha is now Eximia’s Strategic Communications Lead. She devises communications campaigns for clients, and works with the wider Eximia team to create narratives and resources that align an organisation’s share plans with their purpose and value, creating a cohesive whole that employees find compelling.
Gemma Paull - All Employee Share Plans Manager - Equiniti
Gemma has 20 years’ employee share plan experience. She is a relationship manager for a number of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 clients, looking after their all-employee share plans. This includes both UK and International Sharesave and SIP plans. Gemma has been involved in implementing new digitisation initiatives to improve employee experience and engagement. Her pragmatic and down to earth approach has helped with preparation for the re-introduction of SAYE bonus rates for both UK and International plans launching on (and after!) 18 August 2023.
Liz Pierson - Partner - Deloitte
Liz is a partner in our Global Employer Services practice and leads Deloitte’s incentives and reward legal team. She is a solicitor with 20 years experience advising on all aspects of incentives and reward.
Liz advises on the full breadth of services relating to share plans, including the design of new plans, implementing plans and their day to day operation. She has substantial experience advising on the impact of corporate transactions on share plans. Liz has deep technical knowledge on the legal and tax aspects of incentives.
Liz’s clients include major listed companies and financial services clients. She works closely with heads of reward, heads of tax, company secretaries and share plan teams as well as remuneration committee members.
Jennifer Rudman - Industry Director, Employee Share Plans - Equiniti
Jennifer has worked at EQ for 35 years, over 25 years specialising in employee share plans, with responsibility for enhancing employee share plan services. She is a member of a number of employee plans working groups, liaising with HMRC and industry bodies and co-chairs ProShare’s Tax Advantaged Share Plans Focus Group. Jennifer worked with ProShare’s working group, providing feedback to HMRC for their SAYE bonus mechanism review.
Natalia Sablewska - Head of Total Reward - Klarna
Natalia leads the Total Reward function at Klarna. Before joining Klarna, she worked at EY, Novartis and Amazon. Natalia has over 15 years experience in broad total reward, and her interest lies in creating reward programs that engage employees and deliver value for businesses. She is very passionate about coaching and lifelong learning.
Rupert Smith - Head of Executive Compensation and Shares Plans, UK&I - Royal Sun & Alliance
Rupert is responsible for RSA’s executive compensation proposition, the Remuneration Committee agenda and discretionary and all-employee share plans across the UK, Ireland and Europe.
Previously a consultant for Aon, he joined RSA in 2019 as a UK-headquartered global FTSE 100 business. In July 2021 Intact Financial Corporation, listed in Toronto, acquired RSA at which point all existing share plans matured before relaunch in late 2021.
Philip Swinburn - Tax and Rewards - Macfarlanes
Phil works in the Macfarlanes’ Tax and Reward team and advises businesses and individuals on a range of employment and personal tax matters. Phil has extensive experience in assisting with tax audits and negotiations with HMRC, structuring business’ remuneration and termination arrangements, employment tax and pension policy reviews, the drafting and review of employment contracts, and advising individuals about the tax implications of working across jurisdictions.
Murray Tompsett - Head of ProShare
Murray began working with employee share plans back at the start of 2005, as part of the Executive Share Plan team at Capita (now Link). Over the next 7 years he worked in a variety of operational roles before taking up his first front-of-house position as a Client Relationship Manager.
Daniele Vitale - Head of Proxy Solicitiation - Georgeson
Daniele joined Georgeson in 2010 and specialises in corporate governance, executive remuneration and ESG analysis. Daniele has more than twenty years of experience advising institutional investors and corporations on corporate governance, executive remuneration, ESG and proxy voting issues. At Georgeson he leads the 13-member European ESG and governance advisory team as well as editing numerous publications, including Georgeson’s annual European AGM Season Review.
Previously he worked as Senior Researcher at PIRC Ltd, a London-based proxy advisory firm, and at Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Deminor in Brussels. Daniele is Italian and is fluent in English, Italian, French, German and Spanish.
Geri Wall - Total Rewards Manager - The Coca-Cola Company
Geri is a seasoned Share Plan Professional of 20 years, now working in the Global Reward Team at the Coca-Cola Company. She is experienced in the design, implementation management and delivery of change across a wide range of employee share plans. Most recently, Geri has led the design of the new Coca-Cola Global ESPP, including a comprehensive communication plan to foster employee education and engagement. Outside work, Geri enjoys sport, festivals, and crosswords.
Bill Warner - Deputy Company Secretary - SThree plc
Bill Warner joined SThree in 2021. He is responsible for the Company Secretarial function at SThree, including oversight of share plans. Prior to joining SThree, Bill has held a number of senior company secretarial roles in listed companies, including Deputy Company Secretary of SABMiller plc and Cobham plc.
Nigel Youds - Deputy Company Secretary - Drax Group
Nigel is Deputy Company Secretary at Drax Group plc, a FTSE-250 renewable energy company, where he’s been since 2018. He’s responsible for Drax’s discretionary and all-employee share plans, including Sharesave. Nigel has over 20 years’ experience of working in share plans, and recently successfully managed Drax’s largest ever Sharesave maturity with an accompanying financial education programme.
Cathy Wears - Of Council - CMS
Cathy is an Of Counsel in the CMS Employee Incentives team with over 15 years’ experience advising clients on their share plans. Cathy assists a full range of clients from start-ups to large listed multinational companies, advising on the design and implementation of a diverse range of share plans including tax and compliance advice. She regularly hosts workshops on share options for start-up companies and founders and has presented at Global Equity Organisation events and the UK’s Share Plan Lawyers Group.