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BEN PITT, Head of Investor Relations, Asaleo Care Limited

With an IR career spanning 10 years, across three Australian companies, Telstra, Alumina and Asaleo Ben is a worthy recipient. Ben is always willing to get involved assisting people and adding to the cumulative knowledge base within the industry. His dedication to improving IR practices was highlighted when Alumina was short-listed as a finalist for “Best Investor Relations by an Asia Pacific Company in the US Market”. He is an active participant on the AIRA Events Committee and has been involved since its inception.

MARK LEY, Head of Investor Relations, Suncorp Limited

A trusted advisor to the Suncorp Board, CEO, CFO and senior leadership team, Mark plays a critical role in the organisation's finance community. He is well regarded by equity investors and sell-side analysts alike for his detailed knowledge of a complex group. Under Mark's leadership, Suncorp has been nominated for several AIRA awards over the past three years. Mark has mentored many investor relations professionals both at Suncorp and across the industry and is continually focused on encouraging IR professionals to adopt or set best practice standards.