28 July 2011 newsletter - The Group wins award!

28 July 2011

Corporate and Financial Group wins award!

The Corporate and Financial Group has won an award. The CIPR has chosen the group as the best sector group of the year. In its citation, the CIPR said: “The group continued to run their high quality and well attended monthly speaker programme, which featured speakers in 2010 to include Rt Hon John McFall MP, Treasury Select Committee; Richard Alderman, Serious Fraud Office and Edward McBride, The Economist. The committee also organised visits to The Guardian and No 10 Downing Street (which was an instant sell-out). The group also updated their financial PR guidelines at the end of 2010, with the new version of 'Under [sic] The Thicket' launched in early 2011.”

Picture caption: Committee members with the award, L to R Annette Spencer, John Morgan, Caroline Cecil, Simon Thompson, Sue Owen

Committee members with the award, L to R Annette Spencer, John Morgan, Caroline Cecil, Simon Thompson, Sue Owen


Our 2011/2012 programme continues to be of a very high calibre with several events fully booked.

Coming up are: on Tuesday 13 September, a lunchtime meeting with Mark Gilbert, London Bureau Chief at Bloomberg News, and our annual dinner on Thursday 3 November with Peter Barron, Head of Communications, Google.

A new event – Tomorrow’s Talent – will take place on the evening of Monday 19 September 2011. This is for those new to the industry who would like to meet their peers and to have a chance to talk to industry experts over drinks. More information will be released shortly but do email sueowen@corporate-financial.com now if you would like to reserve a place as spaces for all these events are limited. 


Our lunchtime meeting on Tuesday 12 July 2011 with Daily Telegraph City Editor Richard Fletcher was a sell out again – click here for the photos kindly taken by Ben Fitzpatrick of Newscast. Richard gave a very interesting talk followed by a lively q&a. 

2011 dates for the diary

Tuesday 13 September 2011, lunchtime     Mark Gilbert, Bloomberg

Monday 19 September 2011, Tomorrow’s Talent evening

Tuesday 11 October 2011, lunchtime     John Authers, Head of Lex

Thursday 3 November 2011, annual dinner          Peter Barron, Google

Tuesday 8 November 2011, lunchtime     Dafydd Rees, Sky News

Lunchtime speaker meetings are £15 for members; and £20 for guests on the first occasion and £25 for subsequent meetings.  We are grateful to AXA for hosting the 2011 speaker programme.

Priority booking for members

In view of the heavy demand for some of the more popular lunchtime meetings, we have decided to restrict places to one guest per member. Additional guests will go on the waiting list with places released two weeks before the meetings. Members will be given priority for the visits. To avoid disappointment, I encourage you to join the group either through the CIPR or directly – please contact sueowen@corporate-financial.com for details.

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.

Members between jobs  

Members between jobs can attend meetings free of charge – it is a great way of networking and keeping in touch and members have found jobs though the group network.

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.


Please take a look at our Corporate and Financial Group website  As well as details of forthcoming events, there are reports and photos of our lunchtime meetings, and reports of visits, We have also added a best practice section which we will be building on in the coming months. If you would like to contribute to this, please get in touch with Jill Pearcy (Jill.PEARCY@nats.co.uk) who is co-ordinating this exercise. Our online booking and payment system can be accessed currently by the links on the calendar below. Any feedback is very welcome.

Communication with other members

We now have 350 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.

CIPR MarComm Group

The Marcomms Group is organising a seminar on Crisis Management in the Digital Age on 20th September 2011 Click here for more details  

Best wishes

Caroline Cecil




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