Annual dinner 28 November - guest speaker Margaret Hodge.12 November, lunchtime, James Quinn

31 October 2013

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2013 dates for the diary

Comment from your Chairman

We are delighted to confirm that Margaret Hodge will be our guest speaker at our annual dinner on Thursday 28 November at the Great Connaught Rooms, Holborn.  Margaret Hodge MBE MP is well known for her high profile role as Chair of the Public Accounts Committee. No doubt she will have plenty to say about the current state of financial services and how it communicates.

We welcome individuals (as well as groups of friends and colleagues) to all our events, but in particular individuals are very welcome at the Annual Dinner, where the format of the evening lends itself to meeting your peers in the industry. For many years I used to miss the benefits of the Annual Dinner because I didn’t think I could attend alone. It was a happy revelation when I plucked up courage
to book a ticket – and discovered how many other members do the same. It makes for lively conversation and new connections! Of course, groups of friends and colleagues are very welcome, too! Bookings are progressing well so do book soon to ensure you get your place for the dinner on 28 November.

We are grateful to Precise for sponsoring the annual dinner again this year.

Last week the CIPR Corporate and Financial Group Committee held our annual ‘strategy’ meeting,
looking at the work of the Group and the input from members about what you want from your membership.  This year our discussion was greatly helped by the results of the online survey we ran during the summer, so my thanks to all of you who participated in that. We welcome your feedback on the Group’s activities – good or bad – at any time, so feel free to get in touch.

Our core programme offers 10 lunchtime speaker meetings, an annual dinner and an annual summer party, and occasional visits.  We have also added to the programme an annual social media breakfast and a winter debate on topical issues.  We are now considering how we can also provide more events for those members based outside of London.

We have one more lunchtime speaker meeting this year, on Tuesday 12 November with James Quinn, Financial Editor of the Telegraph Media Group (Daily and Sunday Telegraph). Work on our 2014 lunchtime programme is progressing and we expect to have details on our website soon.  The 2014 summer party is already confirmed for Tuesday 24 June 2014, so you can put that date straight into your new 2014 diaries.

I would also like to remind you that you can earn CPD points by attending our events. If you still need to gather a few more points for 2013, both the November lunchtime meeting and the Annual Dinner provide CPD points.


Lunchtime meeting with James Quinn, Financial Editor of Telegraph Media Group [covering the Daily and Sunday Telegraph and]

Date: Tuesday 12 November, lunchtime

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

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

Event: James Quinn, Financial Editor of Telegraph Media Group [covering the Daily and Sunday Telegraph and]

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

James joined Telegraph Media Group in 2006, where he was Questor Editor and Private Equity Correspondent of The Daily Telegraph before moving to New York to take a ring-side seat for the global financial crisis as US Business Editor in September 2007.

He returned to London in September 2010 to take up the role of Deputy Business Editor of The Sunday Telegraph, including writing his regular and thought-provoking Rainmaker column.  In 2013 he was appointed Financial Editor of Telegraph Media Group (covering the Daily and Sunday Telegraph and to joining Telegraph Media Group, James worked at the Daily Mail, as a City Reporter, and at Shares magazine, as Small Companies Editor.

In 2012, he was shortlisted in the Business and Finance Journalist of the Year category at the British Press Awards, and was named Corporate Governance Journalist of the Year in PIRC's Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment Journalism Awards.


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 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 for details.

You can find out more details of all our events on our website 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 almost 900 members) and follow us on Twitter: @CIPR_CFG.

Becoming a member of the group is the most cost effective way to attend events – for information about membership options (or to check whether you are currently a member) please contact Sue Owen.  Priority is often given to members for special events.

2013 dates are on our calendar

Tuesday 12 November, lunchtime      James Quinn, Deputy Business Editor, The Sunday Telegraph

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.

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.

Annette Spencer

Chairman – CIPR Corporate and Financial Group

MA, MBA, MCIPR (Accredited Practitioner)


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