Janet Dignan – Head of Research & Founder
Janet Dignan is a graduate of Otago University in New Zealand, where she read philosophy.
From 1979 to1982 she was head of information at Linklaters, with responsibility for internal and external information resources for its offices in London, Hong Kong, New York, Paris and Brussels.
From 1982 to 1990 Janet was with the Economist Group in London in a range of roles, initially as managing editor of Economist directories, then as commissioning editor of special financial reports. In 1995 she launched and edited City Changes, a newsletter about London’s Big Bang; and in 1997 she launched IR Magazine, which she continued to edit for more than 20 years.
In 1993 Janet and Ian Richman founded Cross Border Publishing (now IR Media Group), to continue publishing IR Magazine and to launch other publications, events, websites and other digital properties. She now heads up the research division of IR Media Group.
Laurie Havelock – reporter and research editor
Laurie has been a reporter at IR Magazine since July 2013, joining the publication after a year-long stint at Bridging & Commercial, a specialist mortgage trade title.
He graduated from Cardiff University in 2012, where he read English literature and took an active part in the student radio station and newspaper. Since then, he has worked on a freelance basis for a number of music and sports titles, including the Independent, Anchorfan and the Miniature Music Press.
Kathleen Hennessy – managing editor
Kathleen Hennessy has been a journalist for the past 23 years. During that time she has commissioned, written and edited for the Financial Times, Sunday Times, Independent on Sunday, Observer, MoneyUnlimited.com (a Guardian website), FTYourMoney.com and a host of personal finance, consumer rights and property magazines.
She is a former deputy editor of Moneywise, the UK’s biggest-selling personal finance magazine, where she worked for seven years, and former editor of consumer finance magazine Save Money! She has also been a regular guest on BBC Radio 4’s You & Yours and Channel 5’s Serious Money.
Kathleen has been at IR Media Group for 10 years, originally as chief copy editor and more recently as managing editor, working across the company’s range of publications and online output.
Tim Human – editor
Tim has been editor of IR Magazine, the global publication for investor relations professionals, since January 2013. Prior to becoming editor, he held various roles at IR Magazine including web editor and international correspondent.
Tim joined the publication in 2007 after graduating from York University, where he studied English and related literature. He has also written for Corporate Secretary, IR Magazine's sister publication, and CorpComms, the UK-based magazine for corporate communications professionals.
Garnet Roach – reporter
Garnet Roach joined IR Magazine in October 2012, working on both the editorial and research sides of the publication. Prior to entering the world of investor relations, her freelance career covered a broad range of subjects, from technology to politics and consumer finance, and even involved a stint as a reporter and editor in Sana’a, Yemen.
Since graduating from City University in London in 2003, where she studied journalism, Roach has worked as a freelance reporter at titles including GlobalPost.com, PC Advisor and The Big Issue.
Neil Stewart – editorial & research director
Neil is an editor and conference leader for IR Magazine and Corporate Secretary. Working with the magazines’ editors and research experts, he guides the development of print and online content for both magazines. He is involved in the investor surveys behind the IR Magazine Awards worldwide as well as practice surveys of IR and governance professionals. Neil first joined IR Magazine in 1996 and helped found Corporate Secretary in 2002. He has moderated more than 50 IR Magazine think tanks and conferences in North America, Europe and Asia in addition to speaking at dozens of third-party events. Originally from Montreal, Neil has appeared on CNBC Europe, CNBC Asia, CNBC Australia, Canada’s BNN, TheStreet.com TV and Bloomberg Television.