April 2012 newsletter

26 April 2012

The Olympic forum held on 17 April was a great success with interesting contributions from an extremely well qualified panel: sponsors, Visa and Deloitte represented by Fiona Wilkinson and Thomas Coops respectively, a former Olympian turned sponsorship adviser, Adrian Moorhouse, and writer and broadcaster Mihir Bose. And, as ever with our events, we had great contributions from the audience. Photos are on our website.

Tickets for our next lunchtime meeting with the popular Dr Heather McGregor (Taylor Bennett) /Mrs Moneypenny (Financial Times) are in demand.  Click here to book online for this event. (Sue Owen is away so cannot take bookings via email or telephone.)

This year our summer party will be held on Tuesday 26 June - £25 for members and £35 for non-members. We are very pleased that Precise are sponsoring the event again this year.  You can view previous pictures of our summer parties on our website – we have a mixture of individual and group bookings, but it is a great opportunity for members of the industry to meet informally over drinks and canapés.   Guests will be able to enjoy a complimentary six months temporary membership of the group.  In the past we have had an excellent cross section of the industry attending and hope that this will again be the case.

Our annual dinner will be held on the 15 November with Nick Hewer, a former public relations consultant turned television personality (The Apprentice/Countdown), as our guest of honour and speaker.

Meeting reports and best practice guides

If you are unable to attend the Corporate and Financial Group events, you can read the reports posted on our website after the meetings.  And, if you have attended a meeting, do look at the photos.  More best practice guides will be added in the next few weeks.

Forthcoming events

Tuesday 8 May 2012 lunchtime, Dr Heather McGregor (Taylor Bennett)/Mrs Moneypenny (Financial Times)

Time, 12.30 for 1pm, ends at 2pm

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

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.


Dr Heather McGregor is a leading London headhunter. She owns and runs Taylor Bennett, the executive search firm, and teaches at the Cass Business School and the London Business School.

Also known as Mrs Moneypenny, for 12 years she has been entertaining readers of the Financial Times with her views on everything from Wellington boots to waxing. She runs her own business while juggling three children (Cost Centres #1, #2 and #3) and a golf-obsessed husband. She has acquired a large mortgage, several academic degrees of varying uselessness, and a passion for shooting innocent birds. She presents the Channel 4 series Superscrimpers, and the Mrs Moneypenny show has run at the Edinburgh Fringe, off-Broadway and the Hay Festival.


Book and pay online here

Summer party: Tuesday 26 June


Book your place for the summer party on Tuesday 26 June (sponsored by Precise) on Olswang’s roof terrace.  Last year was very popular so please book early. Members are welcome at the AGM at 5.45pm before the party – please email sueowen@corporate-financial.com if you wish to attend the AGM. 


If you would like to sign up as a member of the group please contact Sue Owen  (link to sueowen@corporate-financial.com).  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 and the Guardian, 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 sueowen@corporate-financial.com for details.


Dates for the diary


Tuesday 8 May 2012, lunchtime                 Dr Heather McGregor (Taylor Bennett) /Mrs Moneypenny (Financial Times)


Tuesday 12 June 2012, lunchtime              Laura Kuenssberg, Business Editor, ITV News


Tuesday 26 June, evening                            Summer Party 6.30pm, Olswang Roof Terrace


Monday 9 July 2012, lunchtime                  Adrian Bailey, MP, Chairman of the Select Committee on Business, Innovation and Skills


Tuesday 11 September 2012, lunchtime                Anthony Hilton, Financial Editor, Evening Standard

Monday 8 October 2012, lunchtime         Clare Harbord, Corporate Affairs Director, BAA

Tuesday 13 November 2012, lunchtime Jackie Brock-Doyle, Director of Communications & Public Affairs for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games & Paralympic Games

Thursday 15 November, evening              annual dinner with guest speaker Nick Hewer


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 2012 speaker programme.

As we expect that some events will be fully booked please book early to avoid disappointment. 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.

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 over 500 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.

Best wishes

Caroline Cecil



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