Francis O'Mahony - Winner
This year’s Employee Share Plans Champion is Francis O’Mahony, Head of Employee Share Plans &
Share Registration at BT Group.
Francis’ commitment, interest and engagement in employee share plans goes way beyond the expectation of his role at BT. He is passionate about his contribution to the industry and is subsequently well-known amongst his contemporaries purely because of the time he has given to sharing his knowledge and his perspective through participating in many varied industry forums and events.
Francis is a highly effective chair of ProShare’s largest focus group for Tax-Advantaged Plans, committed to using his time and influence for the benefit for all. Working closely with HMRC, ProShare and Equiniti, Francis plays a key role in providing feedback to HMRC to encourage them to improve their ERS Online service. He has also personally helped out other companies by, quite openly, sharing experiences and examples of communications and media used for their own share maturities; Royal Mail’s Free share maturity is one high-profile example.
In addition to this external influence, Francis has been central to raising the profile of employee share plans and share ownership within BT. Francis is keen that everyone understands how the employee share plans work and is always willing to speak to employees individually. He frequently takes personal responsibility for resolving individual queries to a satisfactory conclusion.
Francis is an industry-leading professional showing great commitment to his contemporaries and colleagues alike. He is passionate about the big projects but still gives time and effort to the small things that mean a great deal to the individuals with whom he communicates; they are always very appreciative of the lengths that he will go to in dealing with their queries. He is passionate about share plans and is certainly a champion in the eyes of BT.
Francis not only contributes to but is also a key creator of the positive share plans employee engagement for which BT are renowned. With more than 900,000 shareholders and 60% of BT’s employees owning shares in their employer, this is a powerful testament to Francis’ commitment to the share plans industry and to BT.