Take our 2 mins members' survey; David Hellier speaking on 10 Sept; 20 Sept Social Media breakfast; book to hear Margaret Hodge at our annual dinner on 21 Nov

25 July 2013

In this newsletter

Comment from your Chairman



2013 dates for the diary

Comment from your Chairman

I am sure many of you may be looking forward to a summer holiday in the next few weeks – at the CIPR Corporate and Financial Group we take a break, too, in August, returning in September with an autumn programme of speakers and events.

One of these is the now annual Social Media Breakfast Event, which this year will address the question: “Social Media as Market Maker: does it improve corporate communications or confuse the markets?” A panel of speakers from across the industry will debate the role of social media in the world of corporate communications and especially working in a shareholder and listed environment. The panellists will include Allan Schoenberg, Director of Corporate Communications for the derivatives marketplace CME Group; Claudia Quinonez, News Market Specialist at Bloomberg; Andrew Cave, freelance journalist and author of ‘The Secrets of CEOs’; and a speaker from the publisher and education group Pearson who will talk about how they use online and social media as part of their communications suite. This event will be held on Friday 20 September at 8.00am for 8.30am at Weber Shandwick’s offices in Holborn. The event will conclude by 9.45am.

We are also still interested to hear from those of you who’d like to give us feedback on the events and activities of the Group. Our online survey – which literally takes 90 seconds to complete – will remain open until the end of August, so you could even participate from your beach or spa on holiday. Click here to access the survey

The autumn programme will include our usual monthly lunchtime meetings starting with David Hellier on 10 September  – this event will be held at MHP Communications at 60 Great Portland Street, and then we return to our usual venue, AXA for the October meeting (for once on a Monday) with guest speaker Clare Harbord, Corporate Affairs Director at Heathrow, and James Quinn, Deputy Business Editor of The Sunday Telegraph in November.  

Our final event of 2013 will be the CIPR Corporate and Financial Group Annual Dinner, which this year will be held on the evening of Thursday 21 November at the Royal Over-seas League just off St. James’s St. The guest speaker this year will be Margaret Hodge MBE MP, well known for her high profile role as Chair of the Public Accounts Committee. No doubt she will have plenty to say about the current state of financial services and how it communicates.

We welcome individuals (as well as groups of friends and colleagues) to all our events, but in particular individuals are very welcome at the Annual Dinner, where the format of the evening lends itself to meeting your peers in the industry. You can be assured that there will be plenty of other ‘individual’ members of the Group attending, so I do hope many of you will decide to join us on 21 November.

You can find out more details of all our events on our website www.corporate-financial.com. It is worth checking regularly
as we often have new events confirmed, and these can become full very quickly. And do remember that our events earn CPD points for CIPR members who are using the CPD programme.

You can also join our LinkedIn group (which currently has over 840 members) and follow us on Twitter: @CIPR_CFG.

Becoming a member of the group is the most cost effective way to attend events – for information about membership options (or to check whether you are currently a member) please contact Sue Owen.  Priority is often given to members for special events.


David Hellier, Deputy Editor, City A.M. - 10 September Lunchtime meeting

Date: Tuesday 10 September, lunchtime

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

Venue: MHP Communications, 60 Great Portland Street, London W1W 7RT

Event: David Hellier, Deputy Editor, City A.M.

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

David Hellier has been at City A.M. since 2005. He is an established financial journalist, having reported on the City and finance during a career spanning three decades. He is now deputy editor of City A.M., writing a weekly column on investment banks. His previous career has involved three spells at the Independent, seven years at the Express and Sunday Express, and earlier stints at the Evening Standard, Sunday Correspondent and the Birmingham Post.

Refunds will only be made if notice of cancellation is given not less than 48 hours beforehand.


Social Media breakfast - Social Media as Market Maker: does it improve corporate communications or confuse the markets?

Date: Friday 20 September, breakfast

8.00-8.30  Arrival and breakfast

8.30-9.45         Presentations and panel discussion

9.45-10.00       Event closes; coffee and networking

Venue: Weber Shandwick's offices at No 2 Waterhouse Square, 140 Holborn, London EC1N 2AE

Cost: £20 for Corporate and Financial Group members; £25 for non-members.

Early booking is advised.

For full details and to book click here           


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 and Sky News, best practice seminars, and events for those new to the industry (Tomorrow’s Talent).  From time to time we also organise special ad hoc events- members are often given priority booking.

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.

2013 dates  to  are on our calendar

Tuesday 10 September, lunchtime     David Hellier, Deputy Editor, City AM           

Please note change of venue to MHP Communications

Friday 20 September, breakfast         Social Media breakfast - Social Media as Market Maker: does it improve corporate communications or confuse the markets?

MONDAY 7 October, lunchtime         Clare Harbord, Corporate Affairs Director, Heathrow

Tuesday 12 November, lunchtime      James Quinn, Deputy Business Editor, The Sunday Telegraph

Thursday 21 November, evening        Annual dinner with guest speaker Margaret Hodge, MBE MP, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee

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.

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.

Annette Spencer

Chairman – CIPR Corporate and Financial Group

MA, MBA, MCIPR (Accredited Practitioner)


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