Our Management Team

Our success would not be possible without the guidance and leadership of some of the sharpest minds and experienced compensation professionals.

Meet our management team of equity experts.


    Tim joined Global Shares in 2009 and was appointed CEO of Global Shares in 2012. Profit conscious and highly numerate, he has successfully developed businesses through organic growth and acquisition, and has a reputation as a strategic and innovative thinker. Tim’s directorships include Irish Atlantic Salt Ltd and Houstoun Capital Partners Ltd. Tim is also a board member of the American Coalition of Stock Plan Administrators (ACSPA). The other board members of ACSPA include senior representatives from Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, Solium and Accurate Equity. Tim helped set up Bespoke Distribution Aviation Ltd, a successful and profitable Irish air cargo company. Prior to joining Global Shares, Tim worked primarily in the service sector and has twenty years’ experience at a senior management level. Tim was the CEO of Business Direct Group Plc. a listed company and Chairman of Special Mail Services Plc. which was awarded the Fast Track 100 status for one of the fastest growing private companies in the UK. Tim graduated from University of Manchester (UK) with a BA in Economics and Statistics. He trained at BDO, London and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.


    John joined Global Shares as Managing Director in January 2015 at an exciting and progressive time in the Company. He will lead the new Business Development Team responsible for advancing international business in Europe and in all regions outside of North America. John is based in our new Global Shares offices in St. Pauls in London which is in close proximity to the London Stock Exchange. Having spent over 15 years in the equity compensation industry John has held a number of Senior Client Management and Business Development positions working with many of the largest companies in the world. Before joining Global Shares, John worked for Computershare and was responsible for their Executive Investment Services business and also new business development for companies conducting IPOs.  Prior to this, John was Head of Client Management for Morgan Stanley’s International Stock Plans business.


    Mark is Client Solutions Director at Global Shares and is responsible for ensuring that the business logic behind our equity plans is effectively incorporated into Global Shares’ innovative IT products. Mark is also involved in business development for Global Shares; designing, implementing and planning solutions for new and existing clients as well as inputting into the marketing of those solutions. Mark holds a full Certified Equity Professional (CEP) qualification which focuses on the core disciplines of equity compensation: Accounting, Equity Plan Design, Analysis and Administration, Corporate and Securities Law and Taxation. Graduating from University College Cork, Mark has an honours master’s degree in Business Economics, an undergraduate honours degree in Economics and French and attended Clongowes Wood College secondary school. Prior to his existing role, Mark managed a team of share plan analysts with Global Shares who were responsible for the implementation and on-going administration of clients’ equity plans.


    Richard is a highly experienced General Counsel, with expertise in regulation, corporate and commercial law. He has been recognised by Legal 500 as one of Ireland’s leading in-house lawyers. Prior to Global Shares, Richard was the Head of Legal for a national regulator. Previous roles include senior lawyer with one of Ireland’s Top 5 law firms and in-house Legal Advisor for one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. Richard is a regular lecturer for the Law Society of Ireland and holds postgraduate qualifications in European Law and White-Collar and Corporate Crime as well as a Masters in Regulatory Law.


    Mike joined Global Shares in June 2016 as the Head of Business Development, EMEA. Prior to this position Mike served as Director EMEA, Sales at Solium Capital UK Ltd, where he advised companies on implementation and ongoing management of employee share plans, as well as providing guidance in
    compensation strategy and best practice. Mike’s depth of experience will play a key role in accelerating Global Shares’ business development for the EMEA region. With over 25 years of experience in the implementation, management and administration of equity compensation plans to the role, Mike will be based in the London office and will Head Business Development for the EMEA region.


    Lee joined Global Shares in January 2016 as Head of Client Management, EMEA. Prior to his position with Global Shares, Lee spent 9 years with Xerox acting as a Client Relationship Manager, dealing with Share Plans and Flexible Benefits. As well as this, Lee also worked with Computershare Investor Services as a Senior Relationship Manager for over 5 years. Lee brings with him many years of professional experience and a distinguished reputation in the client management field. His view as a Client Manager is to essentially partner with a client, becoming their voice within Global Shares. Lee is based in our London office.


    James joined Global Shares in 2010 as a Senior Software Developer. Currently as Chief Architect he manages the software development teams and leads the design and implementation of all Global Shares’ enterprise applications. Prior to joining Global Shares, James lectured part-time in Cork Institute of Technology for a number of years and more recently has focused on the design and implementation of software using high-level object-oriented programming languages such as C# and Java. James worked as a Development Engineer with Documatics Limited developing market-leading document management software on the .Net framework. Graduating with an Honors Bachelor’s Degree in Software Development from Cork Institute of Technology in 2005, James has since been involved in a number of research projects in University College Cork and has authored a number of internationally published papers. In his spare time James enjoys playing football, travelling and has a keen interest in the latest technology and gadgets.


    Noreen started working for Global Shares in June 2007 as a Share Plan Analyst and since then has progressed to European Share Plan Director. Noreen’s team of Share Plan Analysts support a very wide and varied selection of European Share Plan and Fund Management clients. Noreen has also attained the full CEP qualification from the Certified Equity Professional Institute in the University of Santa Clara. Before joining Global Shares, Noreen worked within senior management for the Tourism and Hospitality Industry, with specific achievements in Hotel Business Management, Operations, Organisation and Event Management.  During this time she operated at the highest levels for some of the most well known Irish hotels bringing her enthusiasm and dynamism to each establishment. In her spare time, Noreen enjoys walking, going to the gym, travelling and spending time with family and friends.


    Mary is Head of Financial Reporting and has been with Global Shares since its inception. Initially involved in developing company and operational policies and building analyst teams to support the implementation and ongoing administration of equity compensation plans, as Head of Operations Mary managed the operations teams for several years. She now has responsibility for producing system generated equity compensation financial reporting requirements under both US GAAP and International Financial Accounting Standards.


    Miriam, a qualified Certified Public Accountant, is the financial accountant for Global Shares based at the company’s Headquarters. Miriam graduated with honours from Cork Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Business Studies, specialising in accounting, in 2005. After finishing college, she worked in a hotel management company, where she was Accounts and Administration supervisor.


    Aisling qualified with a degree in International Marketing & Languages and spent 8 years working in the UK & number of Europe markets where she gained extensive experience in international business development. Prior to joining Global Shares she was Pan European Business Manager at the Irish airline Aer Lingus, with responsibility for sales, account management, promotions, communication & niche markets. Aisling is a strategic, results-focused, multi-lingual marketing professional who joined Global Shares in 2014 at an exciting time in the company’s expansion. She is responsible for lead generation, SEO & web development, corporate branding, communication, promotions, publicity & PR.

Global Shares’ Mission Statement


“Global Shares is committed to providing world-class independent global employee share plan administration and consulting services to companies around the globe.

By leveraging our team of industry experts that focus on excellence, relationship and efficiencies, and through the use of our innovative  technical products, we provide services and solutions known for high quality, flexibility and reliability.

 Whether you are considering a relationship with Global Shares as a customer, a partner or a team member, we invite you to get to know us – watch our videos, read our blog and follow our social media sites.” 

– Tim Houstoun, CEO

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