Global Shares warmly welcomes three seasoned industry professionals – Richard Johnson, Sarah Fearnley & Alex Lancaster – to our new Leeds team, based at our soon-to-open Leeds city centre office.
They will work in project management and client relationship management roles.
This announcement follows two recent senior appointments to Global Shares in Leeds, with Claire Hartley appointed as our new Head of Execution & Regulatory Services, and Darren Smith joining as our Business Development Director UK.
Richard Johnson joins Global Shares as a Project Manager, bringing 20+ years’ experience in the share plans and financial services industry in various strategic and project-focused roles. He was Head of Implementation at Computershare during a significant growth phase in the business and then went on to become Head of Integration for the acquisition of HBOS EES from Lloyds Banking Group, and of Morgan Stanley’s European share plans business. During this time, he worked closely with many of the world’s largest companies to help them transition to the Computershare platform.
Prior to joining Global Shares he worked in the UK mortgage sector, firstly with Computershare and then as an independent consultant, focusing on business strategy and innovation.
Sarah Fearnley joins Global Shares as a Client Relationship Manager, having previously spent nine years working at YBS Share Plans, where she worked as a Client Relationship Manager looking after clients with large Sharesave, SIP and Discretionary Share Plans. During her time at YBS, she also held the role of Partnerships Manager and Service Delivery Manager, and she led the Share Incentive Plan team.
Prior to that, she spent two years working with Computershare as a QA Analyst.
Sarah brings extensive knowledge of the UK share plans market to Global Shares, as well as a passion for customer experience, and a track record of working with clients on award-winning communication plans.
Alex Lancaster joins us as a Client Relationship Manager, bringing 13 years of financial services experience from YBS Share Plans. Whilst at YBS he spent seven years working as a Client Relationship Manager, supporting companies to implement, promote and manage their all-employee and executive share plans. In his earlies days at YBS he worked as a Service Delivery Centre Resource Analyst, responsible for 120 staff in 3 different call centres across the UK, ensuring service level standards were met and maintained.
Alex brings his wide-ranging knowledge and expertise of the UK market to his new role at Global Shares, along with valuable experience in delivering creative communication strategies to improve employee engagement and understanding.