January 2012 newsletter

31 January 2012


The Group’s diary is filling up and this year’s programme is proving popular so don’t delay booking (which you can do online by clicking through to Eventbrite).

We are pleased to announce that Olympian swimmer Adrian Moorhouse has agreed to join our Olympic panel on 17 April. We have also set the date for the summer party so please keep the date free – Tuesday 26 June.

Our next lunchtime meeting is on Tuesday 14 February when we welcome our guest speaker Paul Murphy, Editor FT Alphaville, Financial Times.


If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to renew your subscription – or sign up as a member of the group.  Please contact Sue Owen if you need more information.  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 and the Guardian, best practice seminars, and events for those new to the industry (Tomorrow’s Talent).

Membership of the Corporate and Financial Group is comprised of practitioners involved in corporate and financial communications in four principal areas:

  • financial institutions, such as insurance companies and banks
  • industry and commerce generally
  • specialist corporate and financial communications consultancies of all sizes
  • professional services, such as management consultancies and property companies.

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.

Dates for the diary                                                                          

Tuesday 14 February 2012, lunchtime     Paul Murphy, Editor FT Alphaville, Financial Times


Tuesday 13 March 2012, lunchtime          Ben Wright, Editor, Financial News


Tuesday 17 April 2012, lunchtime              Olympic forum: how financial and professional firms can benefit from associating with the Olympics. Panel comprising Fiona Wilkinson, Visa; Thomas Coops, Deloitte; Adrian Moorhouse, Olympian, and writer and broadcaster, Mihir Bose.


Tuesday 8 May 2012, lunchtime                 Dr Heather McGregor (Taylor Bennett) /Mrs Moneypenny (Financial Times)

Tuesday 12 June 2012, lunchtime              Laura Kuenssberg, Business Editor, ITV News    


Tuesday 26 June 2012, 6.30-8.30pm         Summer party


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


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

Monday 8 October 2012, lunchtime         Clare Harbord, Corporate Affairs Director, Heathrow

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

Lunchtime speaker meetings are £15 for members; and £20 for guests on the first occasion and £25 for subsequent meetings.  We are grateful to AXA for hosting the 2011 speaker programme.

As we expect that some events will be fully booked please book early to avoid disappointment. 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 450 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.

Best wishes

Caroline Cecil




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