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ProShare Conference 2018
  • Welcome
  • Programme
  • Sponsorship Opps
  • Sponsors
  • Speakers
  • Venue
  • Booking and Pricing


Now in its 26th year, our annual conference is one of the largest events of its kind in the UK. It is the perfect opportunity for plan issuer companies, administrators, advisors and providers to meet, network and discuss the trends defining the industry. We are delighted that Barclays Global Stock & Reward Services are our major sponsor.

It’s a time- and cost-efficient way to:

  • share best practice;
  • discuss new developments;
  • enhance technical knowledge; and
  • network with share plan professionals.

Delivered by industry experts through a series of seminars and case studies, the conference schedule also includes panel discussions with regulators and policymakers, a keynote speech from Paul McGee - The SUMO Guy, plus abundant networking opportunities throughout the day and at the post-conference drinks reception also generously sponsored by Barclays Global Stock & Reward Services.

Book your place now

ProShare Conference App

The ProShare App will be live soon and will available for download from the App Store and Google Play

Join the QR Scavenger Hunt played through our App on the day for your chance to be in the prize draw to win a fantastic prize!

Who should attend

Share plans specialists, company secretaries, finance directors, HR directors, lawyers, accountants, advisors, communications experts, academics, consultants and supporters of employee share plans from across the UK, Europe and beyond.

The theme for our conference content this year is 'Ownership Matters'.

The UK's flagship all-employee share schemes, SAYE & SIP, were originally crafted as means of democratising share ownership in the UK. Yet, 38 and 18 years on from their respective inceptions, far more of the UK's listed equity capital is beneficially owned by the rest of the world than by employees or members of the UK general public or organisations representing their interests as current/future pensioners. At a time when capitalism is under fire, how should we channel capital into broader ownership? What do we as an industry need to do to renew, revitalise and remind others of employee share ownership as an inspiring force for good in companies, the economy and society as a whole?

Our aim is to set employee share ownership in a broader context and to enhance delegates’ knowledge of fields with relevance to share plans, with an emphasis on their practical application.  We will be retaining favourites such as plan issuer case studies, technical sessions, and perspectives on global developments.

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View the Conference Schedule 2018

*Information up to date as of 24 September 2018*

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Sponsorship Opportunities - Interested in exhibiting at this year conference?

Speak to Zoe - Head of Membership Services on 07464540177 or email

Why you should become a sponsor:

  • increase awareness of your brand;
  • enhance your organisation’s profile within the industry;
  • showcase your products, services and knowledge to an audience of industry professionals, decision-makers and budget-holders;
  • create new business opportunities; and
  • demonstrate your organisation’s commitment to the industry, thought leadership on key issues, and your support for the aims of employee share ownership, ProShare and our members.

We’d be delighted to welcome you and your firm as sponsors !

Please get in contact if you would like to discuss a bespoke package. Simply call or email Zoe.

Sponsor Opps

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Our sponsors:

Major sponsorBarclays
Digital sponsor - Computershare
Supporting sponsors 
Equiniti | IntertrustSanne | Solium | YBS Share Plans | Zedra
Exhibiting sponsors
Baker McKenzieGlobal Shares | ICSA |  Link Asset Services | Secondsight | ShareGift | Tapestry

Lunch sponsors- Estera
Advertising Sponsors
Equatex | Fidelity 

Major sponsor


Barclays Global Stock and Reward Services

Managing employee share and cash plans in today’s global environment is becoming increasingly complex. Changing rules and regulations make it harder to find the right plans to attract, keep and motivate your staff. Barclays can help.

Simplifying the share plan ecosystem
We make implementing and maintaining share and reward plans easier and more effective for you. At Barclays we can offer you services across the full life-cycle of your plan. So you can reap the rewards of an end-to-end global solution from a single provider.

Powering a fresh approach to share plans
From plan implementation, online access for participants and administrators, to real time trading and executive services - our aim is to make the establishment and administration of stock and reward plans simpler and more effective for you.


Digital sponsor


Computershare is the world's leading provider of specialist equity compensation and employee share plan services.  We have been administering equity plans for more than 35 years, working with over half the FTSE100 and DJStoxx50.

With over 1,000 experts in 20 locations around the world, our expertise spans all types of plan: global and country-specific, discretionary and all-employee. We are trusted partner to 1,500 clients with 4.8m participants in 190 countries.

Our technology, services and people come together to offer an integrated solution for the life of your equity plans. At every step we strip away the complexities that come with the territory – regulation, tax, reporting, allowing you to focus on the bigger picture and us to focus on delivering service excellence to your participants.

Supporting sponsors


Equiniti Boardroom – Powering the UK’s PLCs
Employee Services

There is no doubt that employee and executive share plans have a positive effect on staff engagement.

For nearly 40 years, Equiniti has provided a high quality, technology-driven service to businesses who use equity and wider benefits to recruit, engage and motivate their employees.

We work with a broad range of companies that have employee populations ranging from 30 to 300,000, located in 120 countries. We go beyond simply administering plans to the highest standards, working with clients to ensure their people understand the value of the benefit offered, are able to make informed personal decisions and achieve the highest possible participation rates.

With a core capability to handle scale and complexity, our talented people and integrated platforms deliver innovative market-leading employee equity services.

Our solutions cover four key areas:

Our technology-driven approach, combined with an extensive team of experienced, specialist staff, ensures that we deliver your share plan administration efficiently, reliably, and cost-effectively.

Come and visit our stand to find out more, or contact:

Phil Ainsley, Director, Employee Services

Intertrust's Share Plan team provides trustee and/or administration services across a wide range of share plans including long-term incentive plans, share option plans, deferred bonus share plans, phantom share plans, share warehousing and revenue approved share plans.  We have extensive experience in managing all aspects of plan life cycles and particular expertise in more complex corporate actions affecting our clients.Our team of technical experts are professionally qualified and have a wealth of practical experience. Our clients include FTSE, AIM and internationally listed companies, private companies and private equity backed ventures across a range of industries and global locations. Our market-leading share plan administration and reporting system enables us to provide bespoke solutions for our clients and offers participants and company co-ordinators access and control.



SANNE is a leading global provider of alternative asset and corporate administration services. Established for over 30 years and listed as a FTSE 250 company on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange, SANNE employs more than 1,200 people worldwide and administers structures and funds that have in excess of £200 billion of assets.

Our Executive Incentives business provide specialist trusteeship of employee share trusts and associated plan administration. We work in partnership with global clients to provide standard trust and incentive plan operations. Our independence, experience and governance controls allow us to deliver the highest quality of service excellence.


Solium have been helping companies to simplify the complexities of their share plans since 1999. We achieve this via a combination of leading technology, remarkable service and dedicated relationship management. Through our software, Shareworks™, we provide services for global equity administration, financial reporting, tax mobility and global compliance, bringing all the key elements of share plan administration together in one powerful cloud-based solution. From offices in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain and Australia, our innovative software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology powers share plan administration and equity transactions for more than 3,000 corporate clients with employee participants in more than 100 countries. 

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YBS Share Plans and Investec Bank
work together to provide seamless share plan administration and brokerage services to you and your employees. When you choose us to manage your share plans, you will be working with a team of true experts who have a passion for share plans and an obsession with delivering the highest level of service.   

We’ll work with you to motivate your employees to save and prosper, providing genuine support by putting you and your employees first. As your agile partner with expert knowledge, our aim is to make your life simpler.

Our services:

  • Sharesave (SAYE - UK & Global)
  • Share Incentive Plan (SIP)
  • Executive Share Plans
  • Online Share Dealing and traditional voice brokerage services
  • Financial Education and Wellbeing programs
  • Workplace Instant Access Savings Accounts (deductions direct from salary.
  • Proactive Account Manager who will own and drive the logistics around your plan to support the digital journey
  • Employee Helpline delivered by our share plan specialists to support your employees in making the choices that are right for them

Helping to get the UK saving again is a key goal of ours - it is why we remain committed to the share plan market and the delivery of initiatives around financial education and wellbeing - along with the continual enhancement of the customer journey to provide choice in how you and your employees interact with us.

Louise Drake


ZEDRA is an independent, global specialist in Trust, Corporate, Employer Solution and Fund Services who are based in key jurisdictions across Europe, Asia and Oceania.The ZEDRA Employer Solutions team, established over 20 years ago, provides specialist trustee and administration services to a wide variety of employee share ownership plans. Our clients include FTSE 100, 250 and internationally listed companies as well as private companies and private equity-backed companies.
Our dedicated team is recognised and valued by our clients and their advisors for their extensive legal and tax compliance expertise as well as their ability to handle transactional company life cycle events. ZEDRA Employer Solutions prides itself on providing the highest quality of service and developing trusted relationships with their clients.

Exhibiting sponsors


Baker & Mckenzie

Baker & McKenzie LLP, a leading global law firm, advises on all aspects of the implementation and operation of UK and international employee share plans. From bespoke executive arrangements to broad-based employee plans, drafting plan rules and employee communications, liaising or negotiating with tax authorities we deliver a tailored approach to the effective design and successful implementation of your incentive plan to ensure that it meets your needs. The London practice is part of a leading network of international share plan lawyers; each of our 77 offices in 47 countries has experienced experts in international share plans.  

Global Shares

Global Shares is a leading global provider of equity compensation management software solutions. We are equal parts a fin-tech company, a financial services company and a service provider. We develop share plan and securities trading software and offer expert support services and integrated financial reporting tools to corporate clients and their employees in over 100 countries worldwide. 


ICSA: The Governance Institute is the professional body for governance. With over 125 years' experience, we work with regulators and policy makers to support our mission: to champion good governance and develop the value, skills and effectiveness of company secretaries and governance professionals in all sectors. We provide qualifications, training and guidance to support our members in organisations of all sizes across all sectors of the economy, including large corporates, SMEs, the public sector and charities. We are the only organisation to confer chartered secretary status on those who are suitably qualified and experienced.

Link Asset Services

Link Asset Services, part of Link Group, is one of Europe’s leading asset servicing platforms and administers and safeguards £600bn of assets across 10 highly regulated markets. 

We offer industry-leading shareholder services to a wide range of corporates, issuers and business managers. We are the largest UK share registrar, providing services to more than 1,300 companies; we administer share plans for over 200 clients and have worked on more than 50% of UK IPOs since 2005. Our unique place in the market and partnership approach enables us to play a vital role in connecting issuers with 5 million shareholders globally.
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Secondsight is a multi-award winning employee benefits, wellness and financial education specialist.  We advise major UK employers and global brands, across different industry sectors.

Our passion is to create financial certainty for our clients’ employees through the delivery of an outstanding employee benefits experience, resulting in improved employee engagement and enhanced employer return on investment.

We can help with the design and delivery of your employee workplace savings schemes.  Keeping it simple, we use proven communication and education methods, and our Sharesave portal.   

Secondsight is the dedicated employee benefits division of national firm of financial advisers, Foster Denovo Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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ShareGift is a charity, launched in 1996, which provides a solution to the problems associated with small shareholdings and related small cash entitlements.

It offers an invaluable resource to companies, their advisers and shareholders, and generates a multi-million pound funding stream for charities in the UK and Ireland. ShareGift is now routinely included in a variety of shareholder communications and corporate actions, with over £30 million donated so far to more than 2,500 charities, large and small.


Tapestry is a multi-award-winning specialist law firm with the largest incentives team of any UK law firm.
Founded by Janet Cooper OBE (who established and led Linklaters’ global incentives team for 20 years) and Bob Grayson (former in-house counsel at Shell, managing global compliance for 100,000+ employees). Tapestry Compliance advises on all aspects of global HR compliance, with a focus on legal and tax due diligence for international incentive plans. The firm understands the need for a sensible, cost-effective approach towards compliance and the need to make local regulations work in the framework of a global remuneration policy.


Lunch Sponsors 


Estera is a world-leading provider of fiduciary and administration services. Established for over 25 years, we provide corporate, trust, fund and accounting services to clients across the globe and have more than 500 highly qualified professionals across 11 global jurisdictions.

Our Employee Share Plans team has extensive experience in the establishment and administration of a wide variety of incentive arrangements, each aligned to the individual needs of our clients, which range from FTSE 100, 250, 350 and AIM-listed companies, multinational corporations and leading financial institutions to smaller, often private equity-backed, private companies.

Advertising Sponsors


Equatex is a proven leader in delivering global compensation plan management solutions. Our trusted experts are passionate and committed to making our clients’ compensation plans successful by providing the most innovative end-to-end platform, global insight and pioneering solutions in the industry.

By using world-class cloud technology, our products and services are tailored to our clients’ compensation goals and the plan participants’ needs.

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Why choose Fidelity to manage your global plans?

  • Product and service excellence leading to Group Five’s #1 client loyalty rating.*
  • Global servicing for participants in 150+ countries, materials in 10+ languages, phone support in 8 languages, translation services in 200+ languages, plus multicurrency and global tax management capabilities.
  • Flexible recordkeeping solutions including multicurrency cash and UK-listed plans.

To learn more, visit

*According to full administration plan sponsors surveyed in the 2012-2018 Group Five Stock Plan Administration Benchmark Studies. Group Five LLC is a business-to-business research and consulting firm in San Anselmo, CA. Group Five LLC and Fidelity are unaffiliated.FOR PLAN SPONSOR USE ONLY.

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Keynote Speakers

Morning Keynote Speaker - TBA


Afternoon Keynote Speaker - Paul McGee - The SUMO Guy

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Paul McGee is one of the UK’s leading speakers on the subject of change, workplace relationships and motivation. His provocatively titled book SUMO (Shut Up, Move On) became an instant best seller and his book on Self Confidence reached number one in the WHSmith’s business book chart and remained there for a further 24 weeks. Paul has appeared on BBC Breakfast television and is a regular contributor on BBC Radio.
Building on his background in psychology, Paul’s aim is to deliver a practical, relevant message that can make an immediate impact on people’s professional and personal lives. His approach is considered both inspirational and humorous as he seeks to deliver a memorable experience that equips people with insights and ideas to increase their personal effectiveness and impact. He’s spoken for over 1,000 organisations in 41 countries to date, from Todmorden to Tehran and from Bradford to Brisbane, Paul’s messages have resonated with a global audience.
He has had the privilege of working with one of the world’s top management gurus the late Dr Stephen Covey, and his work has been endorsed by the Elite Performance Director of the British Olympic Association Sir Clive Woodward and the broadcaster Chris Evans, who described Paul’s books as “a gift to the world.” His clients include prominent blue chip organisations, public sector bodies and a leading Premiership football club.


etc.venues 155 Bishopsgate in Liverpool Street will host our 2018 Conference.

The venue is easily accessible and is located next to Liverpool Street Station.

Please visit etc Venues website for full directions

155 Bishopsgate
Liverpool St

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Book your place now

Delegate pricing for plan issuer companies

ProShare members                   £19+vat
Non members                            £29+vat
ICSA students & members        £25+vat


Attention non-members:

  • If you enjoy the conference and take up annual membership within a month of attending conference, we’ll refund your conference delegate fees.
  • If you join us within a fortnight of attending the conference, we’ll refund your conference delegate fees AND give you a discount on your first year’s membership too.

    Please get in contact with or on 0207 612 7081 for further details. View further details on the benefits of membership

Delegate pricing for advisors/providers

Gold provider/advisor member £199+vat per delegate
Standard provider/advisor member £249+vat per delegate
Non-member provider/advisor £579+vat per delegate

Don’t forget that if you’ve taken up any of our sponsorship packages you will benefit from a number of FREE delegate passes (these are inclusive of staff manning your stand and/or speaking in break out sessions).

Major sponsor Eight free delegate passes
Supporting sponsors Six free delegate passes
Exhibiting sponsors Four free delegate passes

Those who have booked online before 5pm on the 31 July 2018 will be entered into our prize draw to win £250 Mr & Mrs Smith vouchers. *Conditions apply.

*The draw will take place at the end of the conference and the winner must be present at the time of the draw to receive the voucher. To be in with a chance of winning delegates must ensure that any event attendance invoices are paid prior to the event.

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