27 March 2014 newsletter

27 March 2014

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Comment from your Chairman

Events for 2014


2014 dates for the diary

Comment from your Chairman

Our lunchtime meeting on 11 March with Tim Jotischky was a sell-out, with some fascinating insights into the Telegraph’s digital strategy, its impact on their business news coverage and how this is changing the way they work as an editorial team. On a more practical note, it also suggests you’re wise to book early for a lunchtime speaker you don’t want to miss!

In April, we have two events coming up – our annual panel debate on the evening of Tuesday 1 April (next week) on the subject “Peer to peer – disruptive and here”, exploring how peer to peer lending and other innovative funding models are changing the business landscape. On Wednesday 9 April – please note it’s a Wednesday this month – Russ Mould, editor of Shares magazine, will be our lunchtime speaker. Details and booking for both events are on our website.

 Now spring has apparently officially arrived (despite the layer of ice on my car this morning!) it’s not too early to remind you that our AGM will be held prior to our summer party on Tuesday 10 June. The AGM is held at 5.45pm at the offices of Olswang in High Holborn, and all members of the CIPR Corporate and Financial Group are welcome to attend. Afterwards we move straight into the Summer Party at 6.30pm – an annual highlight of the Group’s calendar.

Finally, I’d like to encourage as many of you as possible to let us have your views on the governance changes which have been proposed by the CIPR. We are a member organisation; improving and streamlining our governance mechanisms should help us respond more effectively to the changes affecting our profession, and ensure we are properly representative of you, the members. That starts with getting your views on the proposed changes set out here on the CIPR’s website. The changes will be voted on at the CIPR’s AGM on 12 June in Manchester, so get your opinions in before then.

Events for 2014

Full details of our monthly lunchtime programme are on the 2014 calendar on our website  and bookings are live - just click on the event on our calendar and you will be directed there.

Twilight panel debate - "Peer to peer - disruptive and here" - 1 April 2014        

As peer to peer lending takes an increasingly important role within the financial ecosystem, including being featured in the Chancellor’s recent Budget, we bring together a panel of financial experts and pioneers in the sector to explore the potential benefits offered by peer to peer lending platforms. We will also discuss the impact these and other disruptive funding platforms may have on City institutions and banks - traditionally the primary route to funding for businesses seeking capital to fund growth - and on how we communicate on their behalf.

Date: Tuesday 1st April 2014  

Time: 6.00 - 8.30pm

Venue: Instinctif Partners - 65 Gresham Street, EC2V 7QN

Event: “Peer to peer – disruptive and here” – panel debate

Cost: £25 for Corporate and Financial Group members; £35 for non-members

To book click here

Panel participants

  • Anthony Hilton - Senior columnist and commentator at The Evening Standard
  • Tim Linacre – formerly CEO of Panmure Gordon
  • Matt Taylor – Managing Partner, Rockpool Investments – P2P investment network
  • Graham Wellesley – CEO, Chairman & Founder of Wellesley & Co. – P2P lending platform 

5.45 – Registration

6.00 – Panel discussion, followed by Q&A

7.30 – Drinks and networking

8.30 – Event concludes

Lunchtime meeting – WEDNESDAY 9 April 2014

Date: WEDNESDAY 9 April 2014, lunchtime

Time: 12.30pm for 1 o'clock (sandwich lunch will be served)

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

Event: Russ Mould, Editor and Investment Research Director, Shares Magazine

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.

For full details and to book click here

Russ Mould, Editor of Shares Magazine

Shares Magazine is an influential financial title with wide circulation amongst both retail and professional investors. Shares focuses on identifying strong investment opportunities and runs regular special features looking at specific market sectors or investment trends (eg. the Top Ten dividend growth stocks), whilst its CEO / FD profile slot, The Griller, showcases companies with a strong investment case and growth prospects.

Russ Mould is Editor and Investment Research Director of Shares, bringing to the role some 22 years' capital markets experience both as a fund manager and an award winning equity analyst covering the technology sector. He joined Shares in November 2005 as technology correspondent and was appointed Editor in July 2008.

Russ will outline in greater detail the news agenda of Shares and the requirements of its readers in both the professional and retail investor communities. He will also give more colour on Shares’ online presence via a range of websites, and the role it is playing in educating the next generation of investors. Russ will also share with us his views on current market sentiment, the IPO pipeline for 2014, and prospects for the remainder of the year and beyond.


We welcome new members so please let others in the PR world know about the CIPR Corporate and Financial Group (contact Sue Owen for details).  We continue to offer free attendance at meetings to members who are between jobs.

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, the Guardian, the BBC and Sky News, 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 sueowen@corporate-financial.com for details.

You can find out more details of all our events on our website www.corporate-financial.com together with pictures from our past events. It is worth checking regularly as we often have new events confirmed, and these can become full very quickly.

You can also join our LinkedIn group (which currently has close to 1,000 members) and follow us on Twitter: @CIPR_CFG.

2014 dates

Tuesday 1 April 2014, twilight                               “Peer to peer – disruptive and here”

WEDNESDAY 9 April 2014, lunchtime                       Russ Mould, Editor, Shares Magazine

Tuesday 13 May 2014, lunchtime                           Oliver Ralph, Deputy Editor, Lex, Financial Times

Tuesday 10 June 2014, lunchtime                          Richard Fletcher, Business Editor, The Times

                                                                         Note that the lunchtime meeting with Ian King is postponed

Tuesday 10 June 2014, evening                            Corporate and Financial Group summer party

Tuesday 9 September 2014, lunchtime                   Joanne Hart, Midas column, Mail on Sunday

Tuesday 14 October, lunchtime                              Patrick Jenkins, Financial Editor, Financial Times

Lunchtime meetings £15 for members; guests £20 for the first occasion and £25 for subsequent meetings.  Booking forms can be found on our website.

Early bookings are advised as there are occasions when the events are fully booked. 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.

Annette Spencer

Chairman – CIPR Corporate and Financial Group

MA, MBA, MCIPR (Accredited Practitioner) 


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