Esop Sofa: Hot Topics In Employee Share Ownership – Newspad Review VIII

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Background: In our first Esop Sofa webinar of the year, the Esop Centre’s panel of employee share scheme experts will look back over the employee share ownership hot topics of 2023 and their pick of articles featured in “It’s Our Business”, newspad of the Esop Centre. Chairing the panel, Darren Smith of Global Shares, will be asking for their predictions for the year ahead, too.


Rebecca Perry advises on global compliance in relation to companies’ executive and employee share plans, including advising on global due diligence and securities filings, share plan design and drafting plan documents.

Jonathan Sturman is responsible for the Kier Group’s share schemes, focusing on providing both all-employee and discretionary schemes that are attractive and engaging to the wide range of employees at the company.

Charles Goodway is a reward professional in the financial services industry, and currently leads on deferred and executive compensation at Standard Chartered.


Share plans sector stalwart Darren Smith joined the Global Shares team in July 2021. Darren worked with YBS Share Plans for more than 20 years as share plans consultant, client relationship manager and most recently as national sales manager, until it announced that it was pulling out of share scheme administration. Darren is a well-known and regular industry host, speaking on topics including share plans and financial wellbeing, bringing fun and an engaging style to events.

Tuesday, 16 January 2024

11:00 - 11:45 GMT


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  • Rebecca Perry
    Rebecca Perry
    Managing Associate
    Tapestry Compliance
  • Jonathan Sturman, Kier Group
    Jonathan Sturman
    Executive Remuneration and Share Plans Manager
    Kier Group
  • Charles Goodway, Standard Chartered
    Charles Goodway
    Head, Deferred and Executive Compensation Performance, Reward and Benefits
    Standard Chartered Bank
  • Darren Smith Global Shares
    Darren Smith
    Vice President, Head of UK and Ireland Sales
    Global Shares, a J.P. Morgan Company

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