29 November 2012 newsletter

29 November 2012

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Comment from your chair

Event programme for 2013


2013 dates for the diary

Comment from your chair

Yesterday evening was the last event of the year for the group and one of our annual highlights – the Corporate and Financial Group annual dinner with guest speaker Nick Hewer, Alan Sugar's right-hand man on The Apprentice and Countdown host – do look out for the photographs that will be added to the website soon.

Please do make sure that you continue to enjoy membership of the CIPR Corporate and Financial Group for 2013 – email Sue Owen for details or see below.

Event programme for 2013

Our excellent monthly lunchtime programme is maintaining its usual high standards for 2013, now under the stewardship of our new lunch programme secretary, Katie Hunt. Full details are on our 2013 calendar on our website and booking will soon be live on eventbrite.  As well as our regular lunchtime programme we have a new event for the evening of 23 January - a panel discussion to explore the perceived disconnect between the financial services sector and the real economy in the UK.

“Does the UK economy have the financial services sector it deserves?”

Industry experts will discuss the reputation of the UK financial services sector from the perspective of different stakeholders, and debate whether there is room for improvement, change or celebration in perceptions of the sector amongst those it impacts, directly and indirectly, in the wider economy.

Simon Lewis, CEO of the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME)


  • Angela Knight – CEO of Energy UK (formerly CEO of the British Bankers Association)

  • Baroness Valentine – CEO of London First

  • Ian King – Business Editor of the Times

  • Further panellists tbc


  • 17.45 - registration

  • 18.00 debate

  • Q&A followed by drinks and networking

  • 20.00 – event ends

Meeting reports and best practice guides

The year’s lunchtime meetings reports can be viewed on our website.     And, if you have attended a meeting, do look at the photos


Don’t forget to renew your membership of the Corporate and Financial Group which 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).  From time to time we organise special events like the panel discussion on 23 January 2013.

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.

2013 dates  

Tuesday 8 January, lunchtime                    James Ashton, Head of Business, The London Evening Standard, The Independent, The Independent on Sunday and i.

Wednesday 23 January, evening               Does the UK economy have the financial services sector it deserves? Debate chaired by Simon Lewis with confirmed panel comprising Angela Knight, CEO of Energy UK (formerly CEO of the British Bankers Association), Baroness Valentine CEO of London First, and Ian King, Business Editor of the Times.

Tuesday 12 February, lunchtime       Simon Nixon, European Editor, The Wall Street Journal’s Heard on the Street

Tuesday 12 March, lunchtime           Simon Walker, Director General, Institute of Directors

Tuesday 9 April, lunchtime                Linda Grant, Managing Director of Metro

Tuesday 14 May, lunchtime               Lisa Buckingham, OBE, Editor, Financial Mail

Tuesday 11 June, lunchtime              John Hughman, Editor, Investors Chronicle

Tuesday 25 June, evening              Corporate and Financial Group summer party

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

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

Communication with other members

We now have over 720 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. It’s free to join so please get involved and add to the conversation.

Best wishes

Annette Spencer



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