The winner of this inaugural award is Janet Cooper. As one of the first female partners in a magic circle law firm in the City, during her 20 years at Linklaters Janet ran the highly successful and top-rated global incentives practice there until her departure in 2011. Since then her newly-founded firm, Tapestry Compliance, has won The Lawyer’s Boutique Law Firm of the Year award and ranks alongside some of the longest-established law firms in the field of incentives in the key legal directories, despite having been up and running for just four years.
Many hundreds of the share plan professionals attending tonight’s awards will have benefitted from the course that Janet spearheaded with the ICSA, the Certificate in Employee Share Plans. Over the years it has helped to share knowledge and best practice and boost the confidence of and expand the networks of those who studied it.
Janet has been on the GEO Board since it was founded in 1999 and has been on the ESOP Centre board for 20 years. ProShare is also fortunate to count Janet as a longstanding member of its own Advisory Panel. Her work on the boards of UN Women, Roehampton University and the RNLI demonstrate her deep commitment to public service.
All those who come into contact with Janet will know that she is approachable, down to earth, innovative in her approach to share plans and an inspiring role model. A most worthy first winner of this prestigious award. Many congratulations, Janet!