IR Society Award Winners & Investment Company Award Winners 2014

The RD:IR team would like to congratulate all of our talented clients below who won awards this week at the IR Society Best Practice Awards 2014 and the Investment Company Awards 2014.


IR Society Best Practice Awards 2014

Best annual report

FTSE 250

Cairn Energy


Best digital reporting

FTSE 100



Best use of digital communications

FTSE 100



Investment Company Awards 2014


Pacific Assets Trust


Best of Specialist

The Biotech Growth Trust


Emerging Markets

BlackRock Frontiers Investment Trust



Henderson European Focus Trust


Overseas Income

Highly Commended: Schroder Oriental Income Fund

Winner: JPMorgan Global Emerging Markets Income Trust


Overseas Smaller Companies

Highly commended: F&C Global Smaller Companies

Winner: Baillie Gifford Shin Nippon



Winner: Standard Life Investments Property Income Trust


Single Country

Winner: The Baillie Gifford Japan Trust


UK Growth

Highly commended: JPMorgan Mid Cap Investment Trust

Winner: Schroder UK Mid Cap Fund


UK Income

Highly commended: Perpetual Income and Growth Investment Trust


Best New Issue Joint winners:

JPMorgan Global Convertibles Income Fund


Most Consistent

Henderson EuroTrust


Best Shareholder

Baillie Gifford & Co


Global Group of the Year

Highly commended: J.P.Morgan

Winner: Aberdeen Asset Management


The branding identity of leading global IR consultancy, Richard Davies Investor Relations (RD:IR), today receives an update with a modern graphical edge and its proprietary web-based investor relations platform, IR InTouch, launches three new exciting features.

RD:IR also refreshes its Advisory Board with the arrival of two new board members, business heavyweights Peter Montagnon and Dr Lance Moir, and the elevation to Advisory Board Chairman of senior IR figure, Michael Mitchell,  who takes over from Raghnall Craighead, now retired.



The investor relations environment is changing rapidly and RD:IR is adapting and refreshing its business in order to help clients navigate the evolving landscape. With the help of design agencies, Studio Hansa and Red Tank, RD:IR has revitalised its corporate logo and IR InTouch platform logo, created unified, bold mathematical symbol-based iconography for its business documentation and online presence. RD:IR has also renamed and redefined its business activities into three core areas: INFORM, CONSULT and ACT, reflecting the company’s greater emphasis on higher value services.

“Our new brand identity speaks to our goals of transparency, insight and effective communication”, commented Managing Director, Richard Davies.



IR InTouch logo web

RD:IR’s proprietary web-based Investor Relations platform, IR InTouch, launches today with a new contemporary design, in line with the company’s new brand identify. The platform will feature three new functions designed to provide clients with greater insight to better manage their IR strategies. These include:

  • Governance & Responsible Investment Briefing Notes for corporate governance roadshows.
  • The ability to analyse roadshow meeting success in terms of roadshow provider
  • IR Advisor, an interactive forum, where IR teams can share tips on the practicalities of roadshows, including the hottest tips for cafes, bars, restaurants and hotels near investor offices.



RD:IR is delighted to announce that Michael Mitchell, formerly General Manager of the UK Investor Relations Society, is taking over from Raghnall Craighead as Chairman of the RD:IR Advisory Board.

Michael qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1974 and joined the Burton Group in 1982 as Internal Audit Manager, moving into divisional financial management in 1984. In 1986 he set up a new Investor Relations Department and worked as Investor Relations Manager until 1990. In 1990 he became Director of Investor Relations at Signet Group before moving to FirstGroup plc as Director of Corporate Communications in 1998, where he worked on the renewal of the Groups railway franchises. Michael joined the Board of The Investor Relations Society in early 2005 and held the position of General Manager from January 2007 until his retirement in December 2012.

Two senior capital market practitioners also now join RD:IR’s Advisory Board:

Peter Montagnon is Associate Director of the Institute of Business Ethics, a member of the Corporate Governance Advisory Board of Norges Bank Investment Management and member of the board of the Hawkamah Institute, Dubai. He previously held senior positions at the Financial Reporting Council, the Association of British Insurers and, as a journalist, at the Financial Times. He is a past chair of the ICGN, a past member of the European Corporate Governance Forum, and currently also serves on the Council of the Royal Institute of International Affairs.

Dr Lance Moir has over thirty years’ senior business experience. He has been CFO of WIN plc and of First Choice Holidays plc and was Director of Corporate Finance at Bass plc and Head of Corporate Finance and Strategy at Storehouse plc. He is currently Chair of the Audit Committee of Henderson Global Trust plc, Chairman of Thompson Dunn Ltd and a non-executive director of Bath & West Enterprises and of ADAD. He is also a visiting Professor at Cranfield School of Management. He has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and is a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Richard Davies, Managing Director of RD:IR commented, “I am thrilled to have such expertise in our ranks. Having Peter and Lance on board, alongside existing Board member, Siobhan Turner and new Chairman, Mike Mitchell,  gives RD:IR even greater authority in the IR and governance arenas and we will benefit hugely from their strategic insights, built up over many years, operating in business at the highest level”

RD:IR Supports Movember 2014


Never one to pass up the opportunity to have a bit of fun in the name of charity, this month, the RD:IR team have taken on Movember; the charity which aims to change the face of men’s health.

What began as an attempt to improve and even save the lives of men affected by prostate and then testicular cancer and now over a decade since its creation, the movement has turned its attention to men’s mental health issues.

Specifically, the campaign aims to address the stigma which has attached itself to men’s mental health. Even with the high rates of men affected by the physical illnesses, Mind CEO, Paul Farmer, highlighted the fact that suicide is the biggest killer for men under the age of 35, proving the importance that this third strand of the Movember campaign can have in the lives of the UK’s male population. On top of this, it was recorded that 6,045 people in the UK committed suicide in 2011, with over 75% of that number being male. If the stigma surrounding mental issues, particularly for men, can be broken down and those suffering can be encouraged to talk about their problems, this figure is sure to fall.

The charity has raised a mighty £346 million since 2003 and 2014 – with the help of RD:IR’s Mo Bros, Gawthaman Gobinath and Thomas O’Grady – looks set to be a great year for raising money in aid of Men’s health.


 GT 18_11 web           Tom 18_11 web

The guys are going strong in their Mo growing efforts and seem to have already formed an attachment to their ‘taches. Who knows, we could have a couple of Mo Bros year round!

With over 40,000 men being diagnosed with prostate cancer each year in the UK, 1 in 8 men having been diagnosed with a common mental disorder at a time and cases of testicular cancer having more than doubled in the UK since the 1970s, the importance of the issues addressed by the Movember campaign cannot be understated.

RD:IR’s distinguished gentlemen have raised £212 for the cause. To donate, click here.

Written by Hayley McCrystal