Corporate and Financial Group November newsletter

27 November 2014

In this newsletter

Comment from your Chairman


2015 dates for the diary

Comment from your Chairman

We have had a successful year of programmes for the CIPR Corporate and Financial Group.

Ian King was our last lunchtime speaker for this year and we were fortunate that he was at the studio nearby and rushed over to give us an insight into Ian King Live.

Our last event of the year is our visit to the BBC which takes place on 1 December – this visit is now full. 

We look forward to celebrating our 40th anniversary of the Corporate and Financial  Group  next year – our 2015 programme continues to  develop.  The programme starts with George Parker, Political Editor at the FT, on 13 January 2015.

Don’t forget that all our events attract CPD points – the deadline for completing your CPD record is 28 February 2015. Can I also encourage you to complete the CIPR's #StateofPR survey today.  Now in its seventh year, the State of the Profession is the largest and longest running survey of its kind. The survey aims to reveal the issues and challenges facing public relations professionals. It covers a broad range of key issues including professional background, skills, recruitment and diversity. 

CIPR members and those subscribed to the CIPR's non-member mailing list will have received an email from CIPR President, Stephen Waddington, containing a link to the survey.  If you're interested in completing the survey and haven't received an invitation, please send a blank email with subject heading 'CIPR SURVEY' to The survey will close at 5pm on Friday 12 December.

Finally, next week I’m off to judge the London South round of Debating Matters. The Corporate and Finance Group is one of the sponsors of this nationwide competition which encourages argumentative teenagers to get to grips with many of the most controversial topics around today. It’s a good forum to introduce them to our profession – and hopefully stimulate interest in public relations as a career.

But first I’m sure we are all looking forward to a break from our usual routines and some time spent with family and friends over the holiday period. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the Group’s Committee members and associate volunteers for their unstinting hard work in running the Corporate and Financial Group programme, and surpassing their own high standards year on year. And finally, in the customary seasonal fashion, please allow me to wish all our members and newsletter readers ‘happy holidays’ and best wishes for a successful 2014. We look forward to seeing you at the Group’s events in 2014.

Lunchtime meeting 2015

George Parker, Political Editor, FT

Date: Tuesday 13 January 2015, lunchtime

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

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

Cost: £15 for Corporate and Financial Group members; £20 for non-members on the first occasion and £25 for subsequent meetings.

George Parker was appointed political editor for the Financial Times in September 2007 and has covered the financial crisis and the political drama leading up to the formation of the coalition government.

George’s career as a political journalist stretches back to 1990 when he became the Western Morning News political editor, covering the downfall of Margaret Thatcher. He joined the FT as a political correspondent in 1995.

He is a regular broadcaster on television and radio, and is a guest presenter of Radio 4’s Week in Westminster and What the Papers Say

George was the FT’s bureau chief in Brussels from 2002-7 and he remains a close follower of European politics. He was the FT’s UK news editor from 1999-2002.

For full details and to book click here

2014/15 DATES

Monday 1 December, (4.20 pm): Visit to the BBC

Tuesday 13 January 2015, lunchtime: George Parker, Political Editor, FT

Tuesday 10 February 2015, lunchtime: Chris Blackhurst, City Editor, Evening Standard & Independent

Tuesday 10 March 2015, lunchtime: Jonathan Guthrie & Alison Smith, Lombard Columnists, FT

Tuesday 14 April 2015, lunchtime: Ashley Armstrong, M&A Correspondent, The Telegraph

Lunchtime meetings £15 for members; guests £25.  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 for some events.

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.


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 over 1,000 members) and follow us on Twitter: @CIPR_CFG.

Simon Thompson
Chairman – CIPR Corporate and Financial Group


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