2014 events for your diary

27 February 2014

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Comment from your Chairman

Events for 2014


2014 dates for the diary 

Comment from your Chairman

We’ve had a busy February with the lunchtime talk from Siobhan Kennedy of Channel 4 News, providing particular insight on how to approach TV business news effectively. Then the CIPR Corporate and Financial Group was pleased to support a practitioner roundtable discussion on the use – or not - of social media for crisis communications in the B2B environment. You will be able to see some of the highlights of this on the website of Communicate magazine in due course.

In other news, our visit programme is developing well for 2014.  We held a successful visit to Sky News in early February despite the floods and tube strike in London.   The entire visit group were able to attend one of two editorial meetings during the morning; Dafydd Rees, Head of Sky’s Business Unit, also gave a very useful insight to the group over refreshments after the tour.  I know that many of you were disappointed not to have been quick enough off the mark to get a place this time, and we are pleased to say Sky News will be offering two additional dates this year for those of you still on the waiting list.  If you would like to be added to the list for these visits please email sueowen@corporate-financial.com

The CIPR Corporate and Financial Group is stretching its wings beyond the M25, too - details will shortly be announced of  a visit to Salford and MediaCity – make sure you are a member of the Corporate and Financial Group as members receive preference on these visits.  We would also like your views on whether a visit to the European Commission in Brussels would be of interest. We are considering whether such a visit would have sufficient support to be viable, so do let us know if this would be of interest to you.

 Looking ahead to the summer, our AGM will be held prior to our summer party on 10 June. The AGM is held at 5.45pm at the offices of Olswang in High Holborn, and all members of the CIPR Corporate and Financial Group are welcome to attend. Afterwards we move straight into the Summer Party – an annual highlight of the Group’s calendar.

Finally, I hope I may see some of you at the Maggie Nally lecture at the Houses of Parliament this evening, an event which is organised by the CIPR International Group. The Maggie Nally Memorial Lecture has become an important fixture on the annual communications calendar, attracting leading personalities from the in-house and agency world. This year Rob Flaherty, Senior Partner, CEO and President of Ketchum, has agreed to give the keynote address, "The End of Illusion".

Events for 2014

Full details of our monthly lunchtime programme are on the 2014 calendar on our website  and bookings are live - just click on the event on our calendar and you will be directed there.

Lunchtime meeting – 11 March 2014

Date: Tuesday 11 March 2014, lunchtime

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

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

Event: Tim Jotischky, Head of Business, Telegraph Media Group

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

Tim Jotischky is Telegraph Media Group's Head of Business with responsibility for the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph print sections and online business coverage. He took up the post in January 2013, having joined TMG in 2008 as deputy editor of The Sunday Telegraph.


Prior to that, Tim spent 17 years at Associated Newspapers in a number of senior executive positions, including editor of The Scottish Daily Mail and editor of Metro; at the Daily Mail, where he began in 1991 as a news reporter, he was executive news editor, foreign editor and head of sport. Tim's first job in journalism was at The Eastern Daily Press after he had graduated from Oxford University and then taken a newspaper journalism diploma at City University's Graduate Centre for Journalism.


Twilight debate - “Peer to peer – disruptive and here” – 1 April 2014 

As peer to peer lending takes an increasingly important role within the financial ecosystem, we bring together a panel of financial experts and pioneers in the sector to explore the potential benefits offered by peer to peer lending platforms. We will also discuss the impact these disruptive platforms may have on City institutions and banks - traditionally the primary route to funding for businesses seeking capital to fund growth – and on how we communicate on their behalf.

Date: Tuesday 1st April 2014  

Time: 6.00 - 8.30pm

Venue: Instinctif Partners - 65 Gresham Street, EC2V 7QN

Event: “Peer to peer – disruptive and here” – panel debate

Cost: £25 for Corporate and Financial Group members; £35 for non-members  

To book click here 

Panel participants

  • Anthony Hilton - Senior columnist and commentator at The Evening Standard  
  • Tim Linacre – formerly CEO of Panmure Gordon
  • Matt Taylor – Managing Partner, Rockpool Investments
  • Other panel members tbc


5.45 – Registration

6.00 – Panel discussion, followed by Q&A

7.30 – Drinks and networking

8.30 – Event concludes 



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, 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 sueowen@corporate-financial.com for details.

You can find out more details of all our events on our website www.corporate-financial.com 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 close to 1,000 members) and follow us on Twitter: @CIPR_CFG.

2014 dates  are on our calendar 


Tuesday 11 March 2014, lunchtime                          Tim Jotischky, Head of Business, Telegraph Media Group



WEDNESDAY 9 April 2014, lunchtime                       Russ Mould, Editor and Investment Research Director, Shares Magazine

Tuesday 13 May 2014, lunchtime                              Oliver Ralph, Deputy Editor, Lex


Tuesday 10 June 2014, lunchtime                              Ian King,


Tuesday 10 June 2014, evening                                  Corporate and Financial Group summer party

                                                                                Please note change of date


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.

Annette Spencer

Chairman – CIPR Corporate and Financial Group

MA, MBA, MCIPR (Accredited Practitioner) 


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