IRS hires Evans in bid to forge links and raise profile

The Investor Relations Society has appointed its first head of policy in a bid to raise its profile and forge stronger links with opinion-formers and the media.

IRS director-general Andrew Hawkins this week announced the appointment of Natalie Evans, the former deputy director of the Conservative Party research department, to the role of head of policy.

She takes up the post later this month, with a remit to help the Society play a leading role in influencing UK legislation, in particular the Financial Services Authority's review of the listing rules and regulations covering analyst research.

Evans will also help raise the profile of the body across Europe in relation to major EU directives that are set to form the backbone of a single European capital market.

'The role is critical, as it marks the first time we will have a full-time manager driving the function, rather than relying on enthusiastic voluntary effort,' said Hawkins.

'There is first and foremost a job to be done ensuring that a single European capital market results in the UK's high disclosure standards being implemented across the rest of the EU - as IR comes of age, the Society will be making its voice heard more loudly.'

Evans, who has been with the Conservative research department since 1999, was previously a researcher in the House Of Commons and for the Social Market Foundation.

She said of her priorities: 'It's about getting members' thoughts together on issues we want to push, alongside raising the group's profile.'

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