Governance News from Manifest - ISSN 1745 - 1132

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Investor Relations Society


Purpose: The Investor Relations Society (IRS) aims to promote excellence in investor relations through:

  • Carrying out research, publishing information and providing education and training;
  • Increasing awareness of investor relations techniques and best practice;
  • Providing a forum for members to exchange views and share knowledge and experiences;
  • Representing the views of the members to regulatory bodies, the investment community and government; and
    Supporting high professional and ethical standards in the practice of investor relations.

Membership: IRS has over 600 members drawn from listed companies and consultancies, including around 80% of the FTSE 100, and a growing number of smaller companies. It also has members from across Europe, Asia and America.


Founded: 1980


Based:  Bedford House, 3 Bedford Street, London


Structure: The IRS is run by a board of non-executive directors, each responsible for an aspect of the Society's activities.


Chairman:  Peregrine Riviere - Group director of corporate affairs at Carphone Warehouse

Deputy chairman: Richard Davies - managing director of Richard Davies Investor Relations

General Manager: Michael Mitchell


Other Contacts: Rachael Shaw, head of events and professional development; Kelly Creely, conference & commercial Executive; Tony Workman, membership & sponsorship manager


Activities: The IRS holds regular courses and seminars to assist with professional development. It also holds an annual conference and best practice awards. It has also developed the foundation qualification for IR professionals, the Certificate in IR.



Investor Relations Society

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Canadian Investor Relations Institute
International Investor Relations Federation
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