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What happened at the ProShare Conference 2017...

On 6 October 2017, ProShare welcomed 350+ share plans professionals and industry experts to etc.venues County Hall, for their annual conference. 

The conference’s theme was ‘The Future of Share Plans’ and almost one hundred speakers and presenters took the audience through a variety of topics including blockchain, Augmented Reality, robotic process automation, financial wellbeing, the gender pay gap, global restructuring, corporate actions, 2017’s AGM season trends, MiFID II, GDPR, MAR, communications, executive pay governance and financial wellbeing.  

Many speakers were drawn from the corporate world, representing organisations such as Aviva, Janus Henderson Investors, WPP, Setl, HSBC, Tullow Oil, Travis Perkins, DS Smith, Royal Dutch Shell, ASDA, Akce Holdings, WS Atkins, Diageo, Rio Tinto, Deutsche Bank, BT Group, Rolls-Royce, Thomas Cook, The Sage Group, Sky, Hays, Vodafone, and Vestd.

City ‘superwoman’ Nicola Horlick, CEO of Money&Co, delivered the morning keynote speech. Our afternoon keynote speaker was the inspirational IT entrepreneur and philanthropist Dame Stephanie Shirley. 

The gender pay gap reporting regulations were the central topic for our afternoon keynote panel discussion, expertly chaired by Janet Cooper OBE of Tapestry Compliance, with panellists Ann Govier, Head of Executive Remuneration & Share Schemes at Marks & Spencer, Helene Reardon-Bond, formerly of the Government’s Equalities Office and now an adviser to businesses, and Dr. Zara Nanu, CEO of tech start-up firm Gapsquare. 

The morning plenary session focussed on the key findings from ProShare’s research report ‘Attitudes to Employee Share Ownership’, sponsored by YBS Share Plans, Secondsight and WEALTH At Work. Employees from eleven FTSE-listed companies participated in a survey and interviews which sought to analyse attitudes to employee share ownership by gender, age demographic, seniority and length of service. 

Gabbi Stopp, Head of Employee Share Ownership at ProShare said:

‘This year’s conference was our biggest and best yet. If employee share ownership is to continue to be a force for good amongst Britain’s domestic and global companies, workforces and communities, then we must continually challenge ourselves as an industry and ensure that we future-proof everything that we do. 

A very big thank you to everyone who sponsored, exhibited, presented and attended our 2017 conference – none of this would be possible without your support. Roll on 2018!’

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