August 2014 newsletter 1

29 August 2014

Simon Thompson, Chairman of the CIPR Corporate and Financial Group, needs your vote to be elected to the CIPR Council and to represent our group.

Next week, the CIPR will be holding its annual elections and for the first time, you have the opportunity to elect who you would like to represent our group on the council. I do hope you will give me your support as I think it is very important that the Corporate and Finance Group has a strong voice on the CIPR’s Council.  I am one of ten candidates standing for eight places and you can find out about all the candidates here. Details on how to cast your vote will be sent to you directly by the CIPR in the next couple of days.

I’d love to know what you think about the group so please do get in touch. My email address is  I hope to see many of you at our lunchtime meetings or one of our special events.  On 9 September Joanne Hart, Midas column, Mail on Sunday will be speaking to the group at our monthly lunchtime meeting and on 26 September our annual Social Media breakfast will take place discussing "Should your C-Suite tweet?". Bookings are now also open for our Annual Dinner on 20 November at the Lansdowne Club with guest speaker Nils Blythe.

Joanne Hart- Tuesday 9 September 2014

Date: Tuesday 9 September lunchtime
Time: 12.30pm for 1 o'clock (sandwich lunch will be served)
Venue: AXA - 5 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1AD
Event: Joanne Hart, Midas column, Mail on Sunday
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.

Joanne Hart has been a financial journalist for more than 20 years.  She is currently Investments Editor at the Mail on Sunday where she writes the Midas share-tipping column. She is also a regular contributor to the Banker magazine, writing on capital markets and banking issues.

CIPR CPD value: 5 points
For full details and to book click here

Should your C-Suite Tweet? – Friday 26 September 2014

Date: Friday 26 September 2014
Time: 8.00 am:  Registration and networking breakfast for 8.30 am Panel debate
9.45 am: Debate close; coffee and networking    
Venue: Instinctif, 65 Gresham Street, London, EC2V 7NQ
Event: CIPR Corporate and Financial Group Social Media Breakfast 2014: Should your C-Suite Tweet?
Cost: £20 for members; £25 for non-members

CIPR CPD value: 5 points
For full details and to book click here

Social media is now a mainstream channel and a number of senior executives are using it both to listen to and interact with stakeholders. Can this increase trust and authenticity or will it open those companies up to needless reputational risk? Also, what would it mean for the role of corporate communications if we no longer filter information and access? For our third annual CIPR Corporate and Financial Group Social Media Breakfast we have brought together a panel of speakers to share best practice case studies and their differing views about this important topic.

Panellists: Stuart Jackson; Jon Sellors; Oliver Smith; Alex Pearmain.

Stuart Jackson, former Director, CEO Office, EE, now CEO and founder of UP communications
Stuart has been in the communications business for two decades. As a journalist, he wrote for national newspapers including The Sun, The Times, The Telegraph and The Mirror. He became Communications Director of Orange in 2008, leading the company through its merger with T-Mobile and driving the creation of the EE brand. Having launched EE, he then moved to run the company’s Chief Executive Office, managing the reputation and communications of CEO Olaf Swantee. He also ran a number of Strategic Partnerships for the company before founding UP earlier this year with Internal Brand colleague Lynne Arrowsmith. 

Jon Sellors, RSA Group & UK Head of Media Relations
Jon is responsible for all aspects of media relations for RSA Insurance, its UK business and consumer brand MORE TH>N.  In this role he also has oversight of the company’s social communication channels.  Prior to this he was Head of Thought Leadership & Digital Content, where he created the company’s first corporate communications social media strategy.  He has previously been Head of External Communications for RSA’s UK business and External Communications Manager for MORE TH>N. 

Oliver Smith, reporter, City A.M.
Oliver Smith covers technology, media and telecoms at City A.M. He has also written for The Daily Telegraph, The Independent and TechCrunch.

Alex Pearmain, Director, Brands2Life
Alex Pearmain is a Director at Brands2Life, a digitally-led integrated communications agency based in London and supports brands as diverse as Linkedin, and Arup. Prior to Brands2Life, Alex was head of Social Media and PR at O2. He set up the initial social media team, and developed the brand's approach and capabilities, which were widely recognised for their innovation and direction-setting around service and reputation integration. 

The debate will be chaired by Richard Edwards, CIPR Corporate and Financial Group Committee Member responsible for digital media, and Director of Native Consultancy, an agency which works with professional service firms, consultancies and business-to-business organisations.

Simon Thompson
Chairman – CIPR Corporate and Financial Group

2014 dates

We continue to add events to our calendar - 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. 

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

Friday 26 September 2014, breakfast                      Social Media Breakfast " Should your C-Suite tweet

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

Tuesday 11 November 2014, lunchtime                 Ian King, Sky News

Thursday 20 November 2014, evening                    Annual Dinner with guest speaker Nils Blythe                    

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.



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.


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