Summer Party on the roof top - 10 June - book now; Oliver Ralph, deputy editor of Lex - book now for this popular speaker.

24 April 2014

In this newsletter

Comment from your Chairman

Events for 2014


2014 dates for the diary 

Comment from your Chairman

We are pleased to announce that Precise are continuing their sponsorship of our annual Summer Party and we look forward to seeing you there on Tuesday 10 June. It is a genuine highlight of the financial PR year – nothing beats the quality networking and lively conversation while sipping a drink in the sunshine on Olswang’s lovely roof terrace. Don’t forget that we also hold the CIPR Corporate and Financial Group AGM prior to the Summer Party. 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 – please let Sue Owen know if you plan to be there. The Summer Party commences at 6.30pm at Olswang’s offices.

This month the Group’s events programme has continued at pace. The panel debate on Peer to Peer lending at the start of the month was very illuminating and brought understanding to a complicated and surprisingly diverse subject.   

This was followed later in the month by an informative talk from Russ Mould, editor of Shares magazine.  Russ offered an accessible guide to understanding market risk, and what factors a private (or DIY) investor should consider before taking the plunge into investing.

Next month Oliver Ralph, deputy editor of Lex will be speaking to the group.  Details and booking are available on our website.

Finally, a reminder that it’s not too late to let us have your views on the governance changes which have been proposed by the CIPR. We are a member organisation; improving and streamlining our governance mechanisms should help us respond more effectively to the changes affecting our profession, and ensure we are properly representative of you, the members. That starts with getting your views on the proposed changes set out here on the CIPR’s website. This consultation closes on 26 May, and the changes will be voted on at the CIPR’s AGM on 12 June in Manchester.

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 – Tuesday 13 May 2014

Date: Tuesday 13 May lunchtime

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

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

Event: Oliver Ralph, Deputy Editor, Lex, Financial Times

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

Oliver Ralph, Deputy Editor, Lex, Financial Times

Oliver Ralph joined Lex in June 2012. Prior to that, he spent three years as the FT’s UK companies editor. Before joining the FT in 2009, he spent ten years at Investors Chronicle where his positions included companies writer, news editor and editor. He started his career with Euromoney Publications working on specialist legal titles.

Lex is the Financial Times’ daily comment column. Dating back to 1945, it is the oldest and arguably the most influential business and finance column of its kind globally. Its aim is to help readers make better investment decisions by highlighting key emerging risks and opportunities. Traditionally it appears daily on the back page of the Financial Times - and now also appears online - and sets the agenda on everything from company analysis and macroeconomics to financial markets and critical trends of the day.


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 for details.

You can find out more details of all our events on our website 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

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

Tuesday 10 June 2014, lunchtime                              Richard Fletcher, Business Editor, The Times                          

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

Tuesday 9 September 2014, lunchtime                   Joanne Hart, Midas column, Mail on Sunday

Tuesday 14 October 2014, lunchtime                       Patrick Jenkins, Financial Editor, Financial Times

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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