13 December 2012 Newsletter

13 December 2012

In this newsletter

Comment from your Chairman

Event programme for 2013


2013 dates for the diary

Comment from your Chairman

In December we take a break from our programme of events and we can reflect on yet another very successful programme for 2012.  Photos and reports of the lunchtime meetings can be found here (including the report on the 13 November meeting with Jackie Brock-Doyle, LOCOG by Alexandra Lewis) and the photos from the annual dinner can be seen here

We have the same quality of events lined up for 2013 thanks to Shona Prendergast, Katie Hunt and Kay Larsen and look forward to seeing you all at some of these events.  January starts with a bang and we have 2 events –8 January  POSTPONED our first lunchtime meeting of the year on Tuesday 8 January with James Ashton, Head of Business, The London Evening Standard, The Independent, The Independent on Sunday and i, followed on the evening of Wednesday 23 January by “Does the UK economy have the financial services sector it deserves?”- a panel discussion chaired by Simon Lewis with panellists Angela Knight, Baroness Valentine, Ian King – further panellists to be confirmed.

We will also be adding events during the year as they are confirmed so look out for them. Please remember to renew your membership and 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.

I have now been chairman of the Corporate and Financial Group for 6 months and as we take a well-earned break this seems an appropriate time to thank all the committee and associate volunteers for their hard work and good humour in working to achieve such a high standard of events – they are all volunteers and fit this around their day jobs. In particular, on behalf of all our members I would like to thank our Deputy Chairman – Caroline Cecil, Treasurer – Simon Thompson and Administrator – Sue Owen. Without this trio the Corporate and Financial Group would surely lose its way. If any of you would like to offer your services as an associate volunteer please contact me .

Event programme for 2013

Full details of monthly lunchtime programme are on the 2013 calendar on our website and bookings are live (click on the event on our calendar and you will be directed there).  Please look at the details of the next 2 events below and if you know someone who might be interested in them send details to them or let Sue Owen know.

Lunchtime meeting

Date: Tuesday 8 January 2013
Time: 12.30pm for 1 o'clock (sandwich lunch will be served)
VenueAXA - 5 Old Broad Street, London EC2N1AD

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.

Contact: sueowen@corporate-financial.com 01483 771932

Event details


James Ashton, Head f Business, The London Evening Standard, The Independent, The Independent on Sunday and i.

We are delighted to welcome James Ashton as our speaker for our first lunchtime meeting of 2013. James was appointed Head of Business coverage for The London Evening Standard, The Independent, The Independent on Sunday and i in 2012. He was previously Business Editor for The Evening Standard, and prior to that has held a number of senior roles at The Sunday Times, City Editor (July), Daily Mail, The Scotsman, Reuters and the Telegraph.

Panel Discussion to explore the perceived disconnect between the financial services sector and the real economy in the UK.

Date: Wednesday 23 January 2013

Time: 5.45pm registration for 6pm start

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

Cost: £25 for members, £35 for guests (includes wine and canapés)

To book: Click here  

“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

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.

Other Events

As well as the Corporate and Financial Group’s New Year programme of events, we thought members might be interested in an event on Wednesday 16 January being run by our friends at the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales).

With a wave of new regulations, reputational damage through LIBOR and public concern around City pay, the role of corporate and public affairs professionals in the City has never been more important in ensuring informed, transparent and rigorous policy making.

But with reforms around greater transparency in the work of these professionals, and changes in parliamentary processes, how will the role of those in City corporate and public affairs change? Will they need to adapt, and if so how?

In January 2013 ICAEW, City of London Corporation and Public Affairs News will respond to those challenges by launching City influence: The big questions, a series of events to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the City.

Whether you work in-house, for an agency, campaign group, or are just interested in the debate, please join us for discussion, networking and drinks on issues that are central to the City’s reputation and influence in the UK and across the world.

2013 programme

Ethical City lobbying: What does it mean?

Wednesday 16 January 2013, 18:30, Chartered Accountants Hall (Moorgate)

With reforms to promote transparent and ethical lobbying on the horizon, how should corporate and public affairs professionals working in the City combine these new standards, rebuild the reputation of the City and maintain its role as a global financial centre?


Francis Ingham (CEO, PRCA)

Iain Anderson (Director and Chief Corporate Counsel, Cicero Consulting)

Harry McAdoo, chair (Director of Communications, ICAEW)

To register your interest for the event please email events@icaew.com

Corporate and Financial Group 2013 dates are on our calendar:

POSTPONED 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, CEO of the Association of Financial Markets in Europe, 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

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.

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 730 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.

Finally, my very best wishes for the festive season and we look forward to seeing you at our events in the New Year.

Annette Spencer



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