UK Individual Shareholders Society





ShareSoc is managed by a board of directors who are mainly non-executive, and who are elected or appointed in the same way as any other company directors (ShareSoc is a company limited by guarantee). Below are some photographs and brief biographical details of the current board.

Deputy Chairman: Roger Lawson, M.B.A., M.B.C.S., C.I.T.P. had a career mainly as a director of IT companies. Since retiring at the age of 50 he has invested widely in the stock market and has also done some “business angel” investments in early stage companies. He was a board member of a mutual association with a particular interest in marketing and PR for some years and has also been involved with several shareholder action groups. He has written many articles on stock market investment, and led representations on the Companies Act, electronic communication and share “dematerialisation”.

Stan Grierson, M.A. has been a stock market investor for many years. He started his career as an officer in the Royal Air Force before spending time with a major IT company, mainly in marketing. Later, he formed his own successful company as a catering wholesaler. He has been working to help private shareholders in various positions for some years and as a member of Euroshareholders, which supports investors in twentyeight other European nations, with particular regard to the EU.

David Stredder. David started as a sports journalist in his early working life but he decided to concentrate on his growing property management business from the age of 29. That business grew to be one of the largest in South London and was sold to an industry consolidator in the late nineties. Since then he has concentrated on his listed and unlisted investments and is an active small cap investor. David was a founder and eventual chairman of the London Business Club and networking continues to play an important role with the regular monthly investor dinners and company presentations that he arranges in South East London. 

Mark Bentley, M.A. Mark has been a full-time stock market investor since 2004, having pursued investment as a rewarding hobby for 20 years previously. Most of Mark’s career was spent in the I.T. industry beginning with Logica in 1980, where he worked on the Giotto Halley’s Comet intercept mission for the European Space Agency amongst other projects. In 1987 Mark started his own IT services business, Anvil Technology Ltd, which he ran successfully for 14 years. He is an active investor, attending many company meetings each year and publishes his findings on a number of investment orientated web sites.

Chairman: Mark Northway, BA, MBA, IMC.  Mark is an experienced practitioner in financial markets with wide ranging managerial and governance experience across credit, fixed income, equity and treasury markets, and associated cash and derivative instruments. His experience spans multiple disciplines including marketing, trading, investment and the management of complex financial and regulatory risk within a variety of vehicles and legal structures.

Mark Lauber, CFA. Mark has a background in finance, having worked for major banks internationally with a focus on investment products. In 2008 he founded Irongate Capital Ltd., an independent consulting and investment vehicle, to develop interests in corporate finance and private equity investment. One of his current projects is the orderly realisation of assets for a private equity and commercial property firm so as to preserve and maximise shareholder value. While maintaining holdings in larger FTSE companies, he is also a keen investor in special situations (usually looking for fixed income characteristics), VCTs, and smaller listed and unlisted UK companies.

Mike Dennis is a chartered engineer by profession who worked firstly for Shell and then later for BOC, the industrial gas business. In the latter part of his time there he moved into sales, marketing and business development and ultimately spent several years as a board director for BOC’s UK businesses. Since 2012 Mike has been running his own consultancy business and spending time developing his own investment portfolio. Mike is also a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) ambassador and spends time encouraging students to take in interest in STEM related careers.

Cliff Weight has been a stock market investor since 1984. He now focuses on smaller growth companies. He is a non-executive director of MM&K Limited, the leading independent remuneration consultant, and has 30 years’ experience as a remuneration consultant advising many FTSE 350, Small Cap and AIM companies. He is a member of the QCA Corporate Governance Expert Group, the Editorial Board of Executive Compensation Briefing and the Advisory Board of the High Pay Centre. He is the author of the Directors’ Remuneration Handbook.

Chris Spencer-Phillips has considerable experience of recruiting at Board Level, specialises in Non-Exec Director projects and is a qualified personal profile and psychometric analyst. Chris has a background in advertising (Young & Rubicam, US) and the graphics industry (Letraset) as well as starting two publishing companies (Doverlodge and Datateam). He is a keen golfer (Rye & St Enodoc), a former racehorse breeder (champion sprinter in Ireland) and was a Council Member of the Racehorse Owners Assoc for 16 years.