28 June 2012 newsletter

28 June 2012

In this newsletter

Annual report

Events – including July event - Adrian Bailey, BIS select committee

Communication with other members

2012 dates for the diary

Annual report - membership doubles over five years

At the AGM on Tuesday, our outgoing chairman Caroline Cecil reported that the Group’s membership had continued to increase again over the last year and had doubled over the last five years. Today it is over the 600 mark. She said: "The Group’s activities help to attract many new members to the CIPR and also help the Institute to retain existing members. Contact with their Sector Group is often members’ main interaction with their industry body.

“I am delighted to announce that, at the AGM, Annette Spencer was elected as the new chairman of the Group.” You can see the full AGM report here.


The 2012 annual summer party took place on Tuesday. It was a sell-out with an excellent cross section of the industry present and we have had lots of positive feedback.

In June we also had an excellent talk by Laura Kuenssberg, ITV’s Business Editor.  The report and photos are on our website click here [embed http://www.corporate-financial.com/events/speaker.aspx]. Members say that the Corporate and Financial group lunchtime meetings provide a great chance to chat to the speaker before or after the talk and to ask questions, and the calibre of the debate is excellent. These meetings attract CPD points.

Our next lunchtime meeting is on Monday (please note the change of day) 9 July 2012 when Adrian Bailey, MP and Chairman of the Select Committee on Business, Innovation and Skills, is the speaker. Book here.

A parliamentary private secretary to several Ministers during the Labour years (John Hutton, Hilary Armstrong, Adam Ingram and Bob Ainsworth), Adrian Bailey became chairman of the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee in 2010 after serving on the committee for three years. Adrian Bailey takes an active interest in Parliamentary issues ranging from the Co-operative movement to animal welfare, from manufacturing to the education of our children.

His proudest achievements in Parliament have been successfully lobbying the British and US governments for derogation from tariffs on local steel exports; getting an emergency housing transfer for a woman threatened by a violent ex-husband; incorporation of a recommendation into the Children's Act, and his election as chairman of the BIS Select Committee.

Prior to going into politics, Adrian’s first job post university was as a librarian with Cheshire County Council, and he was described by the Birmingham Post as “a walking encyclopaedia of lower level football after a lifetime supporting Cheltenham Town”.

Tomorrow’s Talent

The CIPR Corporate and Financial Group will be hosting its second ‘Tomorrow’s Talent’ event on Tuesday 10 July 2012.

This will be an informal opportunity for junior PR professionals to discuss topics such as changes in the industry, career progression, agency vs. in-house roles, career pitfalls and much more, over drinks with a select group of industry experts who have been there and done it! We are delighted to have members of the CIPR Corporate and Financial Group's Advisory Board, who hold high profile roles in the industry, attending this event to offer guidance to junior PRs.

5.45 – 6.00: Registration and drinks   
6.00 – 6.15: Introduction and explanation of the event     
6.15 – 7.30: Informal discussions with industry experts (15 mins on each table)
7.30: Depart

There are limited places for the event (£5 a ticket) so if you wish to attend please register immediately:

The event will be held at: Rocket,
6 Adams Court, Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1DX


We are delighted that the group continues to grow and that our events have proved to be so popular.  As ever, we are grateful to our sponsors and supporters – Precise, for their continued support, AXA for the lunchtime venue, Olswang for the venue for the summer party, Newscast for providing us with photographic evidence of the events, InvestorCom for website support, and FTI Consulting and TLT LLP for their help in producing the new membership leaflet. 

Communication with other members

We try to support members seeking help from the industry and the CIPR Corporate and Financial Group on LinkedIn is becoming a good conduit.  We currently have 570 members of the LinkedIn group and this is growing.

2012 calendar

Monday 9 July 2012, lunchtime                    Adrian Bailey, MP, Chairman of the Select Committee on Business, Innovation and Skills

Tuesday 10 July 2012, evening                    Tomorrow’s Talent Event

Tuesday 11 Sept 2012, lunchtime                Anthony Hilton, Financial Editor, Evening Standard

Monday 8 Oct 2012, lunchtime                   Clare Harbord, Corporate Affairs Director, BAA

Tuesday 13 Nov 2012, lunchtime               Jackie Brock-Doyle, Director of Communications & Public Affairs for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games & Paralympic Games

Thursday 15 Nov 2012, evening                 Annual dinner with guest speaker Nick Hewer, a former public relations consultant turned television personality (The Apprentice/Countdown)

Lunchtime meetings £15 for members; guests £20 for the first occasion and £25 for subsequent meetings.  Early bookings are advised as there are occasions when the events are fully booked.

Priority booking for members

Priority booking is given to members at certain events. To avoid disappointment, I encourage you to join the group either through the CIPR or directly – please contact sueowen@corporate-financial.com for details.

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.

Members between jobs  

Members between jobs can attend meetings free of charge – it is a great way of networking and keeping in touch and members have found jobs though the group network.

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.

Best wishes

Annette Spencer




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