19 July 2012 newsletter

19 July 2012

In this newsletter

Events – including 11 September event – Anthony Hilton, Business Columnist at the Evening Standard and The Independent

2012 dates for the diary

I’d like to begin with a brief introduction.  I am Annette Spencer, the new Chairman of the CIPR Corporate and Financial Group (and Global Head of Media Relations for the law firm Salans). I’m looking forward to meeting more of our members and seeing you at our various events over the coming months.  Do get in touch if you have any suggestions or feedback about the Group – I’d love to hear from you.

The pictures of the very jolly Summer Party are now up on the website. We had an excellent turnout again this year and it was a super evening. Click here to see for yourself.

Please note that we have had to change the date of our annual dinner due to some  diary changes for our guest of honour Nick Hewer, former public relations speaker turned television personality (The Apprentice / Countdown and more recently The Farm Fixer and The Town that Never Retired). The annual dinner will now be on Wednesday 28 November, and we are already taking bookings.


Our next lunchtime meeting is on Tuesday 11 September when Anthony Hilton, Business Columnist at the Evening Standard and The Independent, is the speaker. Book here.

Anthony Hilton is one of the UK’s most distinguished business and financial commentators, broadcasters and authors.  He has received numerous industry awards during his career for business journalism including the highly prestigious Wincott Award and the World Economic Forum’s Decade of Excellence Award.

Anthony joined Fleet Street in 1968 as a trainee journalist on The Guardian.  Subsequent postings included the New York correspondent for the Sunday Times and then City Editor at The Times. He joined the Evening Standard in 1984 where he has remained in senior positions ever since.  At the Standard he has been City Editor twice (1984-1989, 1996-2002) and Managing Editor (1989-1996).  Amongst his many other journalist commitments, he is a columnist with PR Week.

He has written two acclaimed books:  “How to communicate financial information to employees” and “City within a state”.  His appearances on TV and radio include a regular role on Channel 4’s The Business Programme and as an expert panellist on The Stocks and Shares Show.  He is also a frequent after dinner and conference speaker on financial and media matters.

Outside his commentator interests, he has been a trustee for the Daily Mail Pension Fund, is a visiting professor at the London Metropolitan Business School and is a non-executive on the Advisory Board of the Foundation Management Consultancy.

Tomorrow’s Talent

The CIPR Corporate and Financial Group hosted its second ‘Tomorrow’s Talent’ event on Tuesday 10 July 2012 and we were very pleased to have the following Corporate and Financial Group committee and advisory board members available to impart their knowledge of the industry. Corporate and Financial Group committee- Caroline Cecil, Director, Caroline Cecil Associates;  Kay Larsen, Senior Executive, College Hill; Joanne Shears, Director, Abchurch Communications. Corporate and Financial Group Advisory board: Tony Halmos, Director of public relations, City of London; Claire Jenkins, Group director corporate affairs, Rexam plc; Stewart Prosser, Director, Prosser Associates Ltd.  We are very lucky to have our advisory board – you can see the distinguished list on the advisory board section of our website.

Social media

Our social media event "Social media in the corporate and financial arena – with case studies"  will take place on Friday 21 September from 8am-10am at TLT's offices at 20 Gresham Street.

Social media networks and new mobile technologies like applications are potentially powerful PR, marketing and research tools and their uses and abuses have been much discussed. But how suited are these tools to the corporate and financial world? In this panel debate the CIPR Corporate and Financial Group will explore best practice tips for using social media and new mobile technologies. In a departure from more conventional social media seminars, the speakers will use case studies from the corporate and financial sectors to illustrate what really works in this field.

Key topics will be directly relevant to the proposed audience of corporate and financial communicators:

  • The experience - what has worked and what hasn't?
  • The safeguards - social media policies - who has them, what should they cover?
  • The business case - what are we missing based on the best practice experience of other companies?
  • Measuring success - how can PRs show beneficial outcomes to convince senior execs?

The Corporate and Financial Group Chairman, Annette Spencer (Salans) will chair the session and to talk through their experiences and share practical examples, we have four speakers:

  • Drew Benvie - As UK Group MD of Hotwire PR, 33 Digital and Skywrite, Drew is one of the UK's most respected authorities on digital and is operating at the cutting edge of social media practice advising businesses such as FT.com.
  • Nick Masters - Head of online at PwC Nick will share his experiences of helping PwC embrace the opportunities presented by social networking and mobile technologies. PwC's app is listed as one of the UK’s top business apps in the 2012 Sunday Times 500 Top Apps list.
  • TBC from Standard Chartered
  • Graham Shaw - An independently recognised expert in employment law, Graham will share best (and worst!) practice case studies and discuss measures to help prevent social media activity damaging corporate reputation.

Each speaker will give a brief presentation (5 mins) about use of social media followed by a moderated panel discussion and audience questions. We expect timings to be:

8.00-8.30 Arrival and networking breakfast (bacon rolls, croissants, fruit, tea and coffee)

8.30-9.30 Presentations and panel discussion

9.30-10.00 Conclusions and further networking

Places can be reserved here - £20 for members and £25 for non members.

Other events

The Marcomms group have a seminar on Online PR and the Law on 26th September 2012 – please book direct with them if you are interested in attending.

Communication with other members

We try to support members seeking help from the industry and the CIPR Corporate and Financial Group on LinkedIn is becoming a good conduit.  We currently have 580 members of the LinkedIn group and this is growing.

2012 calendar

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

Friday 21 September 2012, breakfast                      Social Media event

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

Wednesday 28 November 2012 (please note the change of date)evening             Annual dinner with guest speaker Nick Hewer, a former public relations consultant turned television personality (The Apprentice/Countdown)

Lunchtime meetings £15 for members; guests £20 for the first occasion and £25 for subsequent meetings.  Early bookings are advised as there are occasions when the events are fully booked.

Priority booking for members

Priority booking is given to members at certain events. To avoid disappointment, I encourage you to join the group either through the CIPR or directly – please contact sueowen@corporate-financial.com for details.

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.

Members between jobs  

Members between jobs can attend meetings free of charge – it is a great way of networking and keeping in touch and members have found jobs though the group network.

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 sueowen@corporate-financial.com. Cost £15, with discounts for larger quantities.

Best wishes

Annette Spencer




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