CFG December newsletter Have a wonderful xmas and join us at one of our events in 2015-and gain CPD points

19 December 2014

In this newsletter

Comment from your Chairman


2015 dates for the diary

Comment from your Chairman

With Christmas fast approaching, it’s time to look back on what a great year 2014 has been but more importantly to look forward to 2015 when we celebrate the 40th birthday of the Corporate and Financial Group.

It’s going to be a great year, kicking off with George Parker, Political Editor at the FT, on 13 January 2015.  Don’t forget that all our events attract CPD points – the deadline for completing your CPD record is 28 February 2015.

One of the highlights of 2014 for me was judging the London South round of Debating Matters. I was inspired by the quality of those who participated. One of my new year’s resolutions is to do more to encourage young people to think about public relations as a career. I would love to hear your ideas as to what I could be doing.

Thanks to everybody who has supported the Group this year. On behalf of all the committee, can I wish you a very happy Christmas and a successful and prosperous new year.

Simon Thompson

Chairman – CIPR Corporate and Financial Group

Lunchtime meeting 2015

George Parker, Political Editor, FT

Date: Tuesday 13 January 2015, lunchtime

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

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.

George Parker was appointed political editor for the Financial Times in September 2007 and has covered the financial crisis and the political drama leading up to the formation of the coalition government.

George’s career as a political journalist stretches back to 1990 when he became the Western Morning News political editor, covering the downfall of Margaret Thatcher. He joined the FT as a political correspondent in 1995.

He is a regular broadcaster on television and radio, and is a guest presenter of Radio 4’s Week in Westminster and What the Papers Say

George was the FT’s bureau chief in Brussels from 2002-7 and he remains a close follower of European politics. He was the FT’s UK news editor from 1999-2002.

For full details and to book click here

2015 DATES

Tuesday 13 January 2015, lunchtime: George Parker, Political Editor, FT

Tuesday 10 February 2015, lunchtime: Chris Blackhurst, City Editor, Evening Standard & Independent

Tuesday 10 March 2015, lunchtime: Jonathan Guthrie & Alison Smith, Lombard Columnists, FT

Tuesday 14 April 2015, lunchtime: Ashley Armstrong, M&A Correspondent, The Telegraph

Lunchtime meetings £15 for members; guests £25.  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 for some events.

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.


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.

Come and join us at an event in 2015 - the year of the Corporate and Financial Group's 40th Anniversary 

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 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 over 1,000 members) and follow us on Twitter: @CIPR_CFG.


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