About the group

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.

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.

About the Community

Our Committee

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Simon Matthews

Chairperson

Simon is a co-founder of strategy consultancy Cohere Partners. He was previously chairman and chief executive of Fishburn Hedges, advising clients on corporate reputation, brand and sustainability communications. He is an adviser to diversity business Rare and a visiting lecturer in corporate reputation at the University of Westminster.

Mobile: + 44 (0)7801 868319
Email:
simon@coherepartners.com

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Matthew Jervois

vice chairperson

Director, Head of Financial Services, Kreab Gavin Anderson. Previously Head of Communications, Janus Capital Group, EMEA and AsiaPac and former BBC Economics and Business journalist.


Tel:
+44 (0) 20 7074 1821
Mobile:
+44 7717 857 736
Email:
MJervois@kreab.com

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Caroline Cecil

vice chairperson

Caroline Cecil has 40 years’ corporate communications experience, both in-house and consultancy-based. She founded Caroline Cecil Associates, a communications consultancy which has been serving blue chip clients in the corporate, financial, professional services and institutional sectors for a quarter of a century. As chairman of the CIPR’s Corporate and Financial Group, she transformed it into an award-winning industry body, and continues as deputy chairman. She is also vice-chairman of the Reform Club Media Group.

Email: ccecil@carolinececil.co.uk
Twitter:
@ccecil

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Estelle Bibby

Estelle is the Head of Media Relations at Schroders. Responsible for multi-media public relations strategies across the Group including Cazenove Capital and Schroders’ global network of PR agencies. Based in Schroders Headquarters in London, Estelle manages a diverse team of media relations professionals.
Prior to joining Schroders, Estelle specialised in insurance media relations, starting her career at Direct Line Insurance Group, after 4 years Estelle went on to join PR agency specialist JBA Public Relations and then Primary Group a privately owned Bermuda based international insurance investment Group, before joining Schroders.


Direct:
+44 (0)20 7658 3431
Mobile:
+44 (0)7770 496163
Email:
estelle.bibby@schroders.com

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Natalie de Freitas

Natalie de Freitas is global media relations manager for financial services at technology consultancy, Accenture. She has over eight years’ experience as an in-house PR and communications professional, and is a NCTJ trained journalist.

Email: natalie.de.freitas@accenture.com

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Simon Hockridge

Simon is a director at MHP Communications. He has a decade of experience in financial and corporate communications, having previously worked in Asset Management with Hargreaves Lansdown. At MHP, he has advised on a wide variety of transactions and strategic issues for both public and private clients, building a particular specialism in consumer industries and financial services.


Tel:
+44(0)20 3128 8789
Mobile:
+447709 496125
Email:
Simon.Hockridge@mhpc.com

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Kirstina Reitan

Kirstina is Head of Communications at the IFRS Foundation. She has over 15 years’ experience, working both in-house and agency-side.


Direct:
+44 (0) 20 7246 6960
Mobile:
+44(0)7894 573 721
Email:
kreitan@ifrs.org

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Mary Whenman

Mary is Director, Communications at the British Business Bank. She was President of Women in PR for three years until January 2018. Mary is a CIPR Fellow, has featured in the PR Week Powerbook 2015-2019, is a Member of the PRCA PR Council, a Cannes Lions Glass Lion juror and a winner of the 2014 Power Part-Time awards. Mary was shortlisted for a PR Week Award in 2013 and was runner-up in the PR Week Young Achiever award in 1996.

Twitter: @marywhenman

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Fiona Wilkinson

Fiona Wilkinson is a communications consultant, a non-executive director of banking and payments company Contis Group, an accredited coach, and a trustee of Speakers Trust. Previously, she was chief communications officer at Visa Europe.

Email: fionabwilkinson@icloud.com

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Natasha Moore

Most recently Natasha was the Head of European and Latin American PR at Janus Henderson Investors (JHI). She was responsible for financial, corporate and product communications. She collaborated with JHI’s global network of PR agencies. Last year she passed the Certificate in Investor Relations. She has more than 15 years of communications experience. She speaks French and Spanish. Her degree was in Modern Chinese Studies at the University of Leeds.

Email: natashatmoore49@hotmail.com

LinkedIn:
nam4strategiccomms

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Professional Development

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Networking

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Development & skills training

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