Small Listed Companies Group and employee share plans
In all businesses, employees are a key group of stakeholders. Share schemes have long been used to incentivise and reward staff performance and to align their interests with those of the company. As recognition of the need for fairness between investors and other stakeholders increases, and against a backdrop of continuing controversy over some companies’ executive remuneration practices, this event explored the pros and cons, risks and benefits of employee share ownership and how the share schemes landscape may evolve from here.
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. In early 2016 Murray joined Equatex at their London office, and from there it was a short hop over to Computershare in December 2017. Murray joined as Head of ProShare in October 2020.
Murray is a fervent supporter of all varieties of share plans, particularly all-employee plans which he sees as a genuine workplace benefit with the ability to make a real difference to their participants’ lives.
Bernadette Young, Director and Co-founder of Indigo: Independent Governance
Bernadette Young, FCG is director and co-founder of Indigo: Independent Governance, a consultancy she established in 2005 specialising in company secretarial services and corporate governance advice. She is a qualified chartered governance professional and company secretary with 30 years’ experience, including time spent in in-house roles as Deputy Group Secretary of listed insurer, RSA, Company Secretary of Royal London Asset Management and Company Secretary of McColl’s Retail Group. Bernadette has spoken at various events, is a regular contributor to Governance + Compliance magazine and authored ICSA’s Corporate Governance Handbook.
Sarah Anderson, Director of RM2
Sarah is a solicitor who has specialised in employee share plans for more than 20 years, advising a variety of companies, both private and listed, on the best type of share plan to meet their corporate and commercial objectives, and assisting throughout the share plan lifecycle from design through establishment and (in many cases) to exit or liquidity events. As well as working with several of the leading share plans practitioners, Sarah’s experience includes a period with the Office of Tax Simplification when she advised on policy relating to the simplification of tax legislation governing share plans.
The RM2 Partnership Ltd is an independent consultancy specialising in the design, establishment and administration of employee share plans. We have been employee owned since April 2019.
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