April 2013 newsletter

30 April 2013

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Comment from your Chairman



2013 dates for the diary

Comment from your Chairman

With the weather finally turning to spring, it’s time to book your place for our summer party on 25 June on the roof terrace of Olswang.  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.

This year’s AGM will, as usual, precede the summer party on 25 June and will be held at 5.45pm at Olswang. All members of the Corporate and Financial Group are welcome to attend – please email Sue Owen if you would like to attend. This month we have welcomed Richard Edwards as a new member on the Corporate and Financial Group committee; he will be leading digital media for the Corporate and Financial Group.  Do let him know if you have any views on how we could be engaging with digital media more effectively as a Group. We are also planning our second Social Media breakfast in September – more details will follow in the summer.

We will shortly be announcing details of a breakfast tour of Dow Jones News /Wall Street Journal/Financial News on 21 May, to be followed by a Q&A session with key editorial staff. These visits are always popular and members receive priority – details will be available soon, but in the meantime please email Sue Owen if you would like to reserve a place.  We are also waiting for confirmation of the date for the next Tomorrow’s Talent event in June, which will be focused on students this time round.

Linda Grant, Managing Director of Metro spoke in April and the audience listened to her insights on the business end of running a media group and having a fully multi-channel digital approach, as well as making the ‘free media’ business model work.

In May our lunchtime speaker will be Simon Watkins, Acting Editor of the Financial Mail on Sunday. More details of this and all our confirmed events are available on our website, www.corporate-financial.com.

Becoming a member of the group is the most economical way of attending 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.

Speaking of membership, I’d also like to take this opportunity to remind you that voting for the 2014 CIPR President will open next week on 7 May. Voting closes on 21 May. We’d like to encourage all CIPR members to use their vote. Voting instructions will be emailed to you on 7 May, and details of the election and candidates can be viewed here.


Tuesday 14 May, lunchtime, Simon Watkins, City Editor of The Mail on Sunday

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

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

Event: Simon Watkins, Acting Editor of Financial 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.

For full details and to book click here

Simon Watkins

Acting Editor of Financial Mail on Sunday

Simon's illustrious career in journalism spans more than two decades at a range of titles, culminating in his current position as Acting Editor of Financial Mail on Sunday. Having joined the Mail on Sunday in 2000, he has held a number of roles including Markets Editor, Banking Editor and Deputy Editor and was voted Financial Journalist of the Year in 2004.
Prior to the Mail on Sunday he was at the Press Association's City Desk from 1997 to 2000, where he was City Editor for his last two years, and in the previous six years he was a correspondent for several trade titles including Computing, Campaign, Media Week and Broadcast.
Refunds will only be made if notice of cancellation is given not less than 48 hours beforehand.


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 (link to http://www.corporate-financial.com/membership/membership.aspx

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 9 April, lunchtime                 Linda Grant, Managing Director of Metro

Tuesday 14 May, lunchtime               Simon Watkins, Acting Editor, Financial Mail on Sunday

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

Tuesday 25 June, evening                   Corporate and Financial Group summer party

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

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

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

Tuesday 12 November, lunchtime      TBA     

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 800 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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