23 May 2013 newsletter

23 May 2013

In this newsletter

Comment from your Chairman


Corporate and Financial Group AGM 

Membership and membership survey

2013 dates for the diary

Comment from your Chairman

It’s time to book your place for our summer party on 25 June on the roof terrace of Olswang in High Holborn.  If you have been before you know it is a networking event not to be missed.  The guests usually comprise a mixture of individuals and groups and it is a great opportunity for members of the industry to meet informally over drinks and canapés.  We are grateful to Olswang and Precise for their support of the summer party.

We are delighted that Margaret Hodge MBE MP, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, has agreed to speak at the Corporate and Financial Group annual dinner on Thursday 21 November. We look forward to hearing about the ground breaking work that she has been doing at the Public Accounts Committee – this event is bound to be popular so book your tickets early. The dinner will be held at the Royal Over-Seas League just off St James’s St.

For our September lunchtime meeting on 10 September MHP Communications have kindly agreed to host the meeting as our usual hosts are unable to do so on this occasion. The MHP offices are at 60 Great Portland Street.

Those of you who attended the lunchtime meeting this month heard Simon Watkins, City Editor of the Mail on Sunday, speak about how the banking crisis had brought business news into the mainstream. Simon suggested this change in the prominence of business news will be permanent or at least long-term, so we need to get used to being a subject of interest to public opinion.

In June our lunchtime speaker will be John Hughman, Editor of the Investors Chronicle (see further details below), and we are pleased to confirm our final lunchtime speaker for the year in November will be James Quinn, Deputy Business Editor at The Sunday Telegraph.  More details of this and our other confirmed events are available on our website, www.corporate-financial.com.

We are very interested to hear our members’ views and what you would like the CIPR Corporate and Financial Group to offer in the future.  We have set up a short survey to gather your views – please click on the link to participate in the survey, it will only take a few minutes. The survey will be open until the end of June. 

If you would like to get more involved in the work of the group and the committee  please let me know (email: annettekspencer@btinternet.com).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.


Tuesday 11 June, lunchtime, John Hughman, Editor of the Investors Chronicle

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

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

Event: John Hughman, Editor of the Investors Chronicle

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

John Hughman, Editor of the Investors Chronicle

Following a short stint as a strategic planner in technology marketing, John began his City career as a technology analyst at boutique investment firm Evolution Capital – several acquisitions and one stock market crash later, he ended his City career as an equity analyst at Evolution Beeson Gregory.

However, the experience of the dot com crash proved invaluable as he began the next phase of his career as a companies writer at Investors Chronicle – this time with markets heading in the right direction. John’s time at the IC was punctuated with a three year period as an analyst at accountancy firm Ernst & Young, now focused on the global TMT sectors, but the allure of stocks and shares proved too hard to resist, and he moved back to the Investors Chronicle as Associate Editor.

His timing once again proved auspicious – a mere three months after returning, the collapse of Lehman Brothers sparked a spectacular market sell off. Meanwhile, the meteoric rise of digital distribution was unleashing similar upheaval across the publishing world. Never one to shy away from such a challenge, John became the IC’s editor in September 2012, with a mandate to take this 150 year publication firmly into the digital age.    

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

Corporate and Financial Group AGM

Date: Tuesday 25 June, 5.45pm followed by the summer party  6.30 – 8.30pm

Venue: Olswang’s roof terrace, 90 High Holborn, London WC1V 6XX

Cost: £25 for members and £35 for guests inclusive of VAT

This year’s AGM will, as usual, precede the summer party on 25 June and will be held at 5.45pm at the offices of Olswang in High Holborn. All members of the Corporate and Financial Group are welcome to attend – please email Sue Owen if you are planning to attend the AGM, so we can provide a suitably sized room.


1                    Chairman’s opening remarks

2                    Minutes of last year’s AGM

3                    Chairman’s Report

4                    Treasurer’s Report

Approval of Accounts for the year ended 31st December 2012

5                    Election of new committee members

6                    Appointment of Officers

7                    Appointment of auditor

8                    Any other business


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 are on our calendar

Tuesday 11 June, lunchtime               John Hughman, Editor, Investors Chronicle

Tuesday 25 June, evening                   Corporate and Financial Group AGM and summer party

Tuesday 9 July, lunchtime                   Martin Waller, Tempus Editor, The Times

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

Please note change of venue to MHP Communications

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

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.

Communication with other members

We now have 810 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.

Annette Spencer

Chairman – CIPR Corporate and Financial Group

MA, MBA, MCIPR (Accredited Practitioner)


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