March 2012 newsletter

29 March 2012

In March Corporate and Financial Group members toured the BBC’s Television Centre at White City – a report and photos of the visitwill shortly be posted on our website.  Several members also accepted the Institute of Directors’ invitation to hear Bell Pottinger Group Chairman Kevin Murray in conversation with Simon Walker, IoD Director General. And Ben Wright, Editor of Financial News, spoke at our lunchtime meeting.

Coming up we have the summer partyto be held on Tuesday 26 June.  Tickets are £25 for members and £35 for non-members.  Our annual dinner will be held on the 15 November with Nick Hewer, a former public relations consultant turned television personality(The Apprentice/Countdown). 

The next lunchtime meeting is our Olympic forum (Tuesday 17 April): how financial and professional firms can benefit from associating with the Olympics.  The Panel comprises Fiona Wilkinson, Visa; Thomas Coops, Deloitte; Adrian Moorhouse, Olympian, and writer and broadcaster, Mihir Bose.  See details of all these events below.

On Wednesday 18 April Broadgate Mainland will host an evening in memory of a former chairman of the group: the inaugural ‘Neil Mainland Go-Karting Cup’charity event at the Tower Bridge Team Support indoor karting centre.  Please do support the evening by making a contribution – guests are welcome to attend.

Meeting reports and best practice guides

If you are unable to attend the Corporate and Financial Group events, you can read the reports posted on our website after the meetings. The report of the February meeting with Paul Murphy, editor of FT Alphaville, written by Julia Riviere, is now up on the site. And, if you have attended a meeting, do look at the photos. Also a new financial PR guide has been added to the best practice guides on the site.

Forthcoming events

Tuesday 17 April 2012 lunchtime, Olympic Forum with panel comprising Fiona Wilkinson, Visa; Thomas Coops, Deloitte; Adrian Moorhouse, Olympian, and writer and broadcaster, Mihir Bose.

Time, 12.30 for 1pm, ends at 2pm

Venue: AXA - 5 Old Broad Street London EC2N 1AD

Cost: £15 for Corporate and Financial Group members; £20 for non-members on the first occasion and £25 for subsequent meetings.  Early booking is advised.

Contact: 01483 771932

In advance of the London Games, our panel will discuss how financial and professional firms can benefit from associating with the Olympics. The panel will comprise:

Fiona Wilkinson, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Visa Europe. Visa has been an Olympic sponsor since 1986 and also sponsors the Fifa World Cup.

Thomas Coops, communications partner at Deloitte, Official Professional Services Provider to the London 2012 Games.

Adrian Moorhouse, managing director of Lane4, and an Olympic Gold Medallist.

Journalist Mihir Bose who has covered eight Olympics. His new book, The Spirit of the Game, looks at how sport has become a tool of business and government.

Book and pay online here

Summer party: Tuesday 26 June

Book your place for the summer party on Tuesday 26 June (sponsored by Precise) on Olswang’s roof terrace. We hope to have a sell out turnout again this year. Members are welcome at the AGM at 5.45pm before the party – please email sueowen@corporate-financial.comif you wish to attend the AGM. 


If you would like to sign up as a member of the group please contact Sue Owen  The Corporate and Financial Group exists to provide you with:

  • access - to leaders in business, the media, and the City, at our events
  • networking - amongst our peer group and other senior practitioners
  • guidance on best practice - particularly on matters which directly support the credibility and effectiveness of our profession in delivering value to senior decision makers in business and corporate life
  • representation - on regulatory issues or other matters affecting our collective licence to operate, acting as an authoritative voice for our profession.

Our events include our regular lunchtime meetings (usually the second Tuesday of the month), our annual summer party and annual dinner, visits to places like 10 Downing Street and the Guardian, best practice seminars, and events for those new to the industry (Tomorrow’s Talent).

Membership details can be found here. You can join the group either through the CIPR or directly – please contact for details.


Dates for the diary

Tuesday 17 April 2012, lunchtime              Olympic forum: how financial and professional firms can benefit from associating with the          Olympics. Panel comprising Fiona Wilkinson, Visa; Thomas Coops, Deloitte; Adrian Moorhouse, Olympian, and writer and broadcaster, Mihir Bose.

Tuesday 8 May 2012, lunchtime                 Dr Heather McGregor (Taylor Bennett) /Mrs Moneypenny (Financial Times)

Tuesday 12 June 2012, lunchtime              Laura Kuenssberg, Business Editor, ITV News

Tuesday 26 June, evening                            Summer Party 6.30pm, Olswang Roof Terrace

Monday 9 July 2012, lunchtime                  Adrian Bailey, MP, Chairman of the Select Committee on Business, Innovation and Skills

Tuesday 11 September 2012, lunchtime                Anthony Hilton, Financial Editor, Evening Standard

Monday 8 October 2012, lunchtime         Clare Harbord, Corporate Affairs Director, BAA

Tuesday 13 November 2012, lunchtime Jackie Brock-Doyle, Director of Communications & Public Affairs for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games & Paralympic Games

Thursday 15 November, evening              annual dinner with guest speaker Nick Hewer

Lunchtime speaker meetings are £15 for members; and £20 for guests on the first occasion and £25 for subsequent meetings.  We are grateful to AXA for hosting the 2012 speaker programme.

As we expect that some events will be fully booked please book early to avoid disappointment. Members have priority.

Money saving and CPD 

You can buy a book of vouchers for the speaker lunches and make a 10 per cent saving. You are entitled to 5 CPD points for attending the meetings too.

Through the Thicket – a guide to financial PR

If you wish to buy copies of the third edition of Through the Thicket, the Group’s guide to financial PR (a summary of the rules and regulations for those doing PR for listed companies), please email  Cost £15 with discounts for larger quantities.

Communication with other members

We now have over 500 members of the Corporate and Financial Group LinkedIn group and this is growing. People are using it for discussions and to flag up events and jobs.

Best wishes

Caroline Cecil



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