We were delighted to sponsor, present and exhibit at ProShare's Annual Conference in London on Wednesday 3 October where we were joined by 10 speakers to lead three breakout sessions.

To find out more about our sessions and download the presentations, simply scroll down the page.

 Three sessions, 10 speakers

RBS’ decade of change: the bailout, the green shoots and the impact on share plan communications
Nine years ago, during the global financial crisis, the UK government completed a £45bn bailout of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). Following that, new management were appointed and the long road to recovery began.

In this session, we discussed how the changing environment at RBS impacted its share plan communications, the wider impact of disruptive technologies on communications over the last decade, and thoughts on the changes to come.
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Time to turnaround: evolving Imperial Brands’ share plans
We all know there are times when continuous improvement gets sidelined in favour of simply getting the job done. But when this approach prevails for the longer term, perhaps due to budgetary or organisational pressures, it only serves to make the inevitable turnaround that much harder.

In this session, we told the turnaround story of Imperial Brand’s equity and executive compensation plans. Three years into a sustained programme of improvement and modernisation, in partnership with Computershare, we showed how clear goals, determination and adaptability are enabling Imperial Brands to drive a sustained programme of change which is delivering many results, including significant time and cost savings, improved compliance and a better participant experience.
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  • Colin Buchanan

    Colin Buchanan is one of our Associate Directors of Client Management. He has worked within the share plans industry for over 17 years. He has vast experience with working with a diverse client portfolio, matching their objectives and requirements to the specific strength of our service capabilities. Colin’s current client base includes the likes of BAE Systems, William Hill, Centrica and Imperial Brands.

  • Trevor Williams

    Trevor Williams FCIS is Deputy Company Secretary of Imperial Brands PLC. He joined Imperial at the time it was demerging from Hanson PLC and, in addition to his company secretarial role, oversaw the introduction of its share plans and their expansion into approximately 50 countries. He is currently overseeing the outsourcing of the administration of Imperial’s share plans to Computershare.

Your all-employee share plan - where could it take you?
Following the acquisition of HPE Software, Micro Focus wanted to deliver an all-employee plan across the newly formed business. The plans included UK and a Global ESPP including a US 423 element, with the plan to launch every six months. The marketing of the plans is key to the success, especially with the use of a microsite which has proved a real hit with employees.

Our presentation focused on the original launch at the forming of the new business and the challenges faced, with aggressive timescales and the results achieved. Then, and arguably more importantly, we detailed the lessons learnt from the subsequent launch six months later, and analysed the results achieved.
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  • Anita Grant

    Anita has been advising remuneration committees and companies on reward strategy for 19 years. Anita works with global companies on the design, implementation and operation of equity plans. She also has extensive experience advising businesses on how to deal with the complexities of international employment taxes and global mobility. Anita led the Deloitte Reward team supporting Micro Focus on the 2017 transaction.

  • Louise Henderson

    Louise qualified as a solicitor in 2008 with the employee incentives team at Norton Rose Fulbright before joining Deloitte in 2015. She has over nine years’ experience advising listed and private companies on all aspects of implementing and operating long-term share incentive and cash bonus plans in the UK and overseas, including the incentives aspects of corporate transactions.

About the ProShare Conference

As one of the largest events in the share plans industry, this year's theme focused on 'Ownership Matters'. The conference is the perfect opportunity for you to network and discuss the latest industry trends through a series of seminars, panel discussions and case studies.
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