October Newsletter 2012

25 October 2012

In this newsletter
Comment from your chair
Event details 
2012 and 2013 dates for the diary

Comment from your chair
I am delighted that we have so many committee members and associates who are willing to commit time to produce the events that we hope you will find of interest.  Please do book soon for our two events in November – the  lunchtime meeting on Tuesday 13 November 2012 - Jackie Brock-Doyle, Director of Communications & Public Affairs for the LOCOG & Paralympic Games (see below for details) or to hear Nick Hewer, Alan Sugar's right-hand man on The Apprentice and Countdown speak at our annual dinner, held at St Stephen’s Club on 28 November. 

The momentum is picking up for bookings for the dinner and it is a great event for catching up with industry contacts.  Please let us have any seating preferences. You can book a table with a group or come as an individual and extend your network by meeting new peers. It is always an enjoyable evening, and this year’s guest speaker should be both informative and entertaining. We are very pleased that Precise are sponsoring the event again this year.

Our first half of the 2013 lunchtime meetings programme is now complete and you can see the list of events by scrolling down the list on our website or towards the end of this newsletter.  More events will be added so please make sure that you continue to enjoy membership of the CIPR Corporate and Financial Group for 2013 – email Sue Owen for details.


CIPR Corporate and Financial Group lunchtime meeting

Jackie Brock-Doyle, Director of Communications & Public Affairs for the London Organising Committee of the  Olympic Games & Paralympic Games

Jackie previously directed communications and media programmes for the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games - described in several media reports as one of the most successful international multi sport events ever staged – and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

As well as her work with London 2012 and previous Games, Jackie has designed and directed marketing, communication, media and sponsorship programmes for some of the world's biggest brands and events, including Visa International, Coca Cola, Cadbury and Samsung. 

CIPR Corporate and Financial Group annual dinner

Nick Hewer, Alan Sugar's right-hand man on The Apprentice and Countdown host Hewer's PR firm was selected to represent Amstrad in the 1980s and soon became responsible for media relations for all Alan Sugar's business and charitable activities. For over 20 years, Nick played an integral part in Amstrad's management structure. He also built up a long and impressive client list, including the Secretariat of HH the Aga Khan and the wife of the ruler of Dubai, the late Sheikh Maktoum.

After selling the business, Nick retired early to his house in south west France; but having become firm friends with Alan, he was called back to help negotiate with the producers of The Apprentice. The tables were turned when Sugar persuaded Nick to take an onscreen role and promised to negotiate his fees. "I fought hard against it", he says, "but he cajoled me - in a muscular sort of way."

Members and guests are most welcome at £85 each - the evening is a great opportunity to meet fellow practitioners. The price includes dinner and a half bottle of wine per head.

To book please click here

Meeting reports and best practice guides

This year’s lunchtime meetings remain popular but for those of you who were unable to attend you can see the reports on our website.   Latest additions are the September meeting report with Anthony Hilton, written by Michelle Doughty, Doughty PR, and the Social Media breakfast report by Tom Maddocks, Media Training Associates.  And, if you have attended a meeting, do look at the photos.  More best practice guides will continue to be added.

If you would like to sign up as a member of the group please contact Sue Owen.  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 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.

Dates for the diary

Tuesday 13 November 2012, lunchtime Jackie Brock-Doyle, Director of Communications & Public Affairs for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games & Paralympic Games
Wednesday 28 November 2012, evening Annual dinner with guest speaker Nick Hewer, a former public relations consultant turned television personality (The Apprentice/Countdown)
2013 dates (Booking details will be available soon)
Tuesday 8 January      James Ashton  
Lunchtime Head of Business, The London Evening Standard, The Independent,
The Independent on Sunday and i.
Tuesday 12 February  Simon Nixon
Lunchtime   European Editor, The Wall Street Journal’s Heard on the Street
Tuesday 12 March   Simon Walker 
Lunchtime   Director General, Institute of Directors
Tuesday 9 April  Linda Grant
Lunchtime  Managing Director of Metro 
Tuesday 14 May  Lisa Buckingham, OBE
Lunchtime    Editor, Financial Mail
Tuesday 11 June   John Hughman  
Lunchtime   Editor, Investors Chronicle

Tuesday 25 June  Corporate and Financial Group summer party

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 2012 and 2013 speaker programmes.
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 over 690 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.
Best wishes
Annette Spencer



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