We are the professional network for practitioners in corporate and financial communications. Our purpose is to serve a membership of over 1,000 and the profession by offering:

  • Engagement with leaders in the worlds of business, the media, law and the City, at our events
  • Networking amongst our peer group and senior practitioners
  • Guidance on best industry practice and career development.

Due to Covid 19 we are currently running a programme of online events, and these can be seen by scrolling down to the Events tab below.

Normally our events include:

  • Lunchtime and evening meetings with senior journalists and industry leaders.
  • Ad hoc panel and debates on important topics or best practice seminars
  • Our popular Summer Party
  • Annual Dinner with a high-profile speaker
  • Occasional visits and tours.


















Our first online event this year was on 9 February 2021 with guest speaker Tessa McCann, News Editor for Strategic Relationships at CNBC International

Tessa McCann is News Editor for Strategic Relationships at CNBC International. Based at the network’s London headquarters, Tessa is responsible for the development and delivery of CNBC’s editorial agenda across EMEA. Overseeing the news desk team, Tessa is focussed on driving CNBC’s coverage of key stories and global events. 

With over 17 years’ worth of experience in news gathering, Tessa has overseen coverage of the euro zone debt crisis, the Arab Spring and Brexit. Prior to CNBC, Tessa spent time working at Bloomberg and CNN in Hong Kong and London. She graduated from The University of Queensland with a BA in E- Commerce, IT, Economics, Finance.

This meeting was free, with an optional donation to the CIPR iprovision fund.  As we move forward, our programme of speaker events and panels will continue to be virtual and will be subject to a modest charge (with the usual member discount).  

You can expect an exciting programme of events to support your career and professional development. We are lining up panel events to discuss the latest communication strategies for key topics this year, including, ESG, responsible investment and analysing the impact of Brexit.  Keep an eye out for updates on our social channels and website. As ever, if you have any suggestions for events or speakers, please do let us know.

CIPR members are eligible for 5 CPD points at all our CIPR Corporate and Financial Group events.  

Events that have taken place IN 2020:

What does Brexit mean for business with trade expert David Henig
Online: Thursday 3rd December 2020 14:00

This was a member only event and part of the CIPR Brexit series.

For our final 2020 CIPR Corporate & Financial lunch time event, CIPR hosted this member only event on Thursday 3 December, 14:00 – 15:00 with trade expert, David Henig via Zoom.  The recording of this meeting can soon be viewed in the CPD section of this website and is worth 5 CPD points.

David is one of the UK’s leading authorities on trade policy. He is Director of the UK Trade Policy Project at the think-tank European Centre for International Political Economy. He regularly discusses trade issues in the media, and advises global business on the implications. He previously worked for the UK Government on EU-US trade negotiations and China-US issues.

David talked about the current state of play on EU-UK negotiations, what outcomes business and Britain will face and some top-level implications for financial services.

"I thought David was excellent and that was one of the best lunch time talks we have had. Really interesting.  Many thanks for organising."

Data journalism: the stories behind the numbers

Lunchtime event with John Burn-Murdoch, data journalist at the Financial Times
Online: Tuesday 6th October 2020 14:00

Shared Interests? What’s the future for companies and their purpose?
Shareholder activism panel discussion 
Wed, 9 Sep 2020 17:00

Communicating in a new future of Work
Panel discussion
Wed, 26 Aug 2020 11:30

Michael O’Dwyer, Professional & Financial Svs Correspondent, The Telegraph
Tue, 28 Jul 2020 13:00

CIPR Corporate and Financial Group AGM
Thu, 16 Jul 2020 18:00

Speaker lunch - Sabah Meddings, Pharma, Consumer and Leisure Correspondent, Sunday Times
Tue, 11 Feb 2020 12:30

Speaker lunch - Charlotte Moore: Award-winning financial journalist and copywriter
Tue, 14 Jan 2020 12:30

Professional Development

We hold speaker lunches, career development talks, debates and visits to national news and political institutions.

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