I am delighted to let you know that Hannah Needle, a Legal Director at Tapestry and head of our Leeds office, has been appointed as one of the inaugural Fellows of Global Equity (FGE) by the Global Equity Organization (GEO).
This prestigious fellowship was established by GEO, a major organisation in the global incentives industry, to recognise distinguished senior-level members of the global equity and executive remuneration industry. Recipients were chosen for their leadership, integrity, high level of experience, knowledge and ability, and for their positive impact on the global share ownership community. The inaugural class constitutes 22 new Fellows, representing 8 different countries, with Hannah being one of only 3 from the UK. Other leaders in our industry recognised with Fellowship included Carine Schneider, founder of GEO, Adie Leung and Yael Elbaz Roiter.
In announcing the recipients of the Fellowship, the Chair of GEO commented that they represent “some of the foremost leaders in equity and executive compensation across the world. Each recipient is outstanding in their field and a passionate ambassador for share ownership." I think that is an excellent description of Hannah!
The launch of the GEO Fellows was done in time to mark and celebrate the 20th anniversary of founding GEO. More information about becoming a Fellow can be found at www.globalequity.org.
Hannah has been with Tapestry since 2016. Her expertise includes all forms of global executive and employee share plans, covering complex tax and trust issues as well as corporate and governance arrangements impacting share plans. Hannah’s enthusiasm for the work we do means that she takes time out of her busy work and family life to support numerous industry groups at both the global and UK level, sitting on committees to develop best practice and influence the rules, regulations and guidance governing share plans. She regularly speaks at conferences and, crucially, is involved with mentoring a new generation of share plan lawyers. I am delighted she is in our Team at Tapestry!
Hannah's new status has already seen her, along with the other inaugural Fellows, open the Amsterdam Euronext Stock Exchange on the first day of the recent GEO conference. And some of Hannah's eagle-eyed clients will have noticed that her sign-off now includes the letters 'FGE' after her name, as a public recognition of her new fellowship status.
I am sure that all our clients and friends will want to join with us in congratulating Hannah on this fantastic and richly deserved honour. Well done Hannah!
Janet Cooper OBE