BBC visit 5 December 2017 lunchtime meetings

09 November 2016

8 November was our last lunchtime meeting for 2016 with guest speaker Louisa Bojesen, Anchor, CNBC – Louisa gave the group some useful information and there were some interesting discussions - as you can imagine, some were centred around the US election.

Our last event of the year is our visit to the BBC on Monday 5 December – a special opportunity to tour New Broadcasting House and hopefully chat to journalists over wine and nibbles. Email if you would like to receive more information – places are subsidised by the group and cost £70 – members will have priority.

Now is the time to put the 2017 meeting dates in your diary – they are the second Tuesday of every month, apart from August and December, and are held at AXA, Broad Street EC2N 1AD at 12.30 for 1.00pm start.  Dates are below – you can also see who has spoken to the Corporate and Financial Group in the past – we are keen to hear your views on who you would like to see as we confirm our 2017 programme – please send any ideas to

2017 meeting dates

Tuesday 10 January               

Tuesday 14 February              

Tuesday 14 March                      

Tuesday 11 April                                                                                             

Tuesday 9 May                                                                                                              

Tuesday 13 June                     

Tuesday 11 July          

Tuesday 12 September                                    

Tuesday 10 October                                                                

Tuesday 14 November              

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Beth Saint

Chair – CIPR Corporate and Financial Group


Previous speakers

Programme of events for 2016


Tuesday 12 January, lunchtime            David Smith - Economics Editor - The Sunday Times                                                  

Tuesday 9 February, lunchtime            James Ball, formerly of The Guardian and WikiLeaks, and now Special Correspondent at BuzzFeed.   


Tuesday 8 March, lunchtime                Christian May,CityAM editor       


Tuesday 12 April, lunchtime                 Kirsty Good, Sky News Business Editor                                                                                               

Tuesday 10 May, evening                     Panel on EU                             


Tuesday 14 June, lunchtime                Joel Hills, ITV News     


Tuesday 14 June, evening                   Corporate and Financial Group summer party


Tuesday 12 July, lunchtime                  Gren Manuel, Editor, Financial News


Tuesday 13 September, lunchtime      Simon Watkins, Editor of the Financial Mail on Sunday                          

Friday 23 September, breakfast                       Social Media Breakfast Digital Corporate communications


Tuesday 11 October, lunchtime            James Quinn, Group Bus Editor of Telegraph Media Gp 


Wednesday 12 October, 6pm              Protecting reputation – the legal issues and remedies


Tuesday 8 November, lunchtime         Louisa Bojesen, Anchor, CNBC

Programme of events for 2015


Tuesday 13 January                George Parker, Political Editor, FT



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



Tuesday 10 March                    Jonathan Guthrie & Alison Smith, Lombard columnists, FT



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



Tuesday 19 May                       Panel debate: Post-election, is the UK an attractive place to do business? 

Lunchtime                               Our panellists include Vidya Ram, BusinessLine’s Europe Correspondent; Ji Tao, Editor of China Daily Europe and Marcus Theurer, UK & Ireland Business Correspondent at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. 


Tuesday 9 June                        Kamal Ahmed, Business Editor, BBC News



Tuesday 23 June                      Corporate and Financial Group summer party



Tuesday 14 July                       Naomi Kerbel, Head of Newsgathering EMEA, Bloomberg TVand Dafydd Rees, Executive Producer, Bloomberg Television EMEA  


Tuesday 8 September             John Foley, Reuters Breakingviews’ EMEA Editor 



Friday 25 September               Social Media Breakfast

Breakfast                                  “You are the media: the new core skills for corporate communications”


8 October                                 40th Anniversary at the House of Lords



Tuesday 13 October                 Joel Hills, ITV News



Tuesday 13 October                 Capsule wardrobe event

Evening                                                “Scaling the ladder” What message does your Image say about you?


Tuesday 10 November                         David Wighton, City Editor, Wall Street Journal Europe 



Programme of events for 2014


Tuesday 14 January            Alex Brummer, City Editor, Daily Mail          



Thursday 6 February           Visit to Sky News



Tuesday 11 February           Siobhan Kennedy, Business Correspondent, Channel 4



Tuesday 11 March               Tim Jotischky, Telegraph



Tuesday 1 April                  Panel debate “Peer to peer – disruptive and here”   confirmed panellists

Evening                            Anthony Hilton, Tim Linacre, Matt Taylor,Graham Wellesley


Wednesday 9 April              Russ Mould, Editor, Shares magazine



Tuesday 13 May                 Oliver Ralph, Deputy Editor, Lex 



Tuesday 10 June                    Richard Fletcher, Business Editor, The Times       



Tuesday10 June                 Corporate and Financial Group summer party



Tuesday 8 July                        Lawrence Gosling, Group Editorial Director, Incisive         Media



Tuesday 9 September         Joanne Hart, Midas column, Mail on Sunday 



Friday 26 September                      Social Media Breakfast



Tuesday 14 October               Patrick Jenkins, Financial Editor, Financial Times 



Tuesday 11 November           Ian King, Sky News 



Thursday 20 November         Annual Dinner 

Evening                            Nils Blythe              


Monday 1 December           Visit to BBC



Programme of events for 2013


Tuesday 8 January                         James Ashton, Head of Business - postponed

Lunchtime                         The London Evening Standard, The Independent, The Independent on Sunday and i.


Wednesday 23 January        Debate

Evening                            Does the UK economy have the financial services it deserves?”


Tuesday 29 January            Lucas Van Praag

Lunchtime                         LvP & Associates


Tuesday 12 February           Simon Nixon

Lunchtime                         European Editor, The Wall Street Journal’s Heard on the Street


Tuesday 5 March                The M Factor – Launch of Tom Maddock’s new book



Tuesday 12 March               Simon Walker          

Lunchtime                         Director General, Institute of Directors


Tuesday 9 April                       Linda Grant

Lunchtime                               Managing Director of Metro     


Tuesday 14 May                 Simon Watkins

Lunchtime                              Acting Editor, Financial Mail on Sunday 


Tuesday 11 June                    John Hughman                

Lunchtime                         Editor, Investors Chronicle


Tuesday 25 June                Corporate and Financial Group summer party



Tuesday 9 July                   Martin Waller

Lunchtime                         Tempus Editor, The Times 


Tuesday 10 September        David Hellier

Lunchtime                         Deputy Editor, City AM (Venue at MHP Communications, Portland Street) 


Friday 20 September          “Social Media as Market Maker: does it improve corporate communications or confuse the markets?”

Monday 7 October              Gren Manuel,

Lunchtime                                           Executive Editor, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Wall Street Journal Europe


Tuesday 12 November        James Quinn

Lunchtime                         Deputy Business Editor, The Sunday Telegraph


Thursday 28 November       Annual dinner speaker - Margaret Hodge MBE MP

Evening                            Chair of the Public Accounts Committee



Programme of events for 2012


Tuesday 10 January            Philip Coggan                              

Lunchtime                         Capital Markets Editor/Buttonwood columnist, The Economist


Tuesday 14 February          Paul Murphy

Lunchtime                         Editor, FT Alphaville, Financial Times         


Tuesday 13 March               Ben Wright 

Lunchtime                         Editor, Financial News


Monday 19 March               Visit to the BBC – including the newsroom and production gallery


Tuesday 17 April                     Olympic forum: how financial and professional firms can benefit from

Lunchtime                               an Olympic association. Panel:Fiona Wilkinson, Visa;Thomas Coops, Deloitte; Adrian Moorhouse, Olympian, and writer and broadcaster, Mihir Bose.          


Tuesday 8 May                  Dr Heather McGregor (Taylor Bennett)

Lunchtime                              /Mrs Moneypenny (Financial Times)       


Tuesday 12 June                    Laura Kuenssberg,             

Lunchtime                         Business Editor, ITV News   


Tuesday 26 June                Summer Party 6.30pm

Evening                            Olswang Roof Terrace


Monday 9 July                   Adrian Bailey, MP

Lunchtime                         Chairman of the Select Committee on Business, Innovation and Skills 


Friday 7 September            Visit to Sky News


Tuesday 11 September        Anthony Hilton

Lunchtime                               Financial Editor, Evening Standard


Friday 21 September          Social Media Event 



Monday 8 October             Clare Harbord 

Lunchtime                               Corporate Affairs Director, BAA


Tuesday 13 November        Jackie Brock-Doyle, Director of Communications & Public Affairs for the

Lunchtime                               London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games & Paralympic Games


Wednesday 28 November       Annual dinner with guest speaker Nick Hewer, former public relations

Evening                                    speaker turned television personality (The Apprentice/Countdown)



Programme of events for 2011


Tuesday 11 January            Dominic O’Connell  

Lunch-time meetings           Sunday Times


Tuesday 15 February          Chris Blackhurst

Lunch-time meetings           Evening Standard     


Tuesday 8 March                Andrew Gowers    

Lunch-time meetings           BP’s Head of Media Relations 2009/2010


Friday 1 April                         The Telegraph visit

Visit                                 Attend morning conference


Tuesday 12 April                     Hugo Dixon

Lunch-time meetings           Breaking Views


Wednesday 4 May              Tour of the Olympic Media Centre and park



Tuesday 10 May                 Tracy Corrigan

                                      WSJ Europe


Tuesday 14 June                    Andrew Oxlade

Lunch-time meetings           This is Money


Wednesday 15 June            Summer Party 6.30pm

                                      Olswang Roof Terrace


Tuesday 12 July                 Richard Fletcher

Lunch-time meetings           Daily Telegraph


Tuesday 13 September        Mark Gilbert

Lunch-time meetings           Bloomberg News


Monday 19 September        Tomorrow’s Talent


Tuesday 11 October            John Authers

Lunch-time meetings           Head of Lex, Financial Times


Thursday 3 November          Peter Barron, Director of External Relations for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Google.

Annual Dinner                                                


Tuesday 8 November          Dafydd Rees

Lunch-time meetings           Sky News


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