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PRCA City and Financial Conference – The Future of Financial Communications


02 Mar 2021







Join virtually and hear from the industry’s leading speakers and gain insight on the sectors most current topics.

Headlined by Baroness Helena Morrissey DBE and Edward Bonham Carter.

This conference will be virtual.

Event Type: Conference

Event Overview

The pandemic has accelerated public relations and communications into the future creating huge challenges and opportunity, and financial communications is no exception. Once characterised as old fashioned, financial communications has moved beyond just managing investor relations and into corporate strategy and multi-layered communications.

Crisis often inspires a re-think on how things are done. In 2008, the global financial crisis gave birth to fintech. But what will the changes be this year and beyond? Join us for a Half-day City and Financial Conference, headlined by Baroness Helena Morrissey DBE and Edward Bonham Carter, as we explore how financial communicators can lead on building a more sustainable, profitable, diverse and customer-centric financial services sector.

Moderated by: Fiona Wilkinson, executive coach, consultant and non-executive director; former chief communications officer, Visa Europe


Matthew Jervois, Kreab, Head of Financial Services, UK: former Head of Communications, EMEA and AsiaPac, Janus Capital Group

13:55 - Welcome 


“The Future of The City” - Baroness Helena Morrissey DBE and Edward Bonham Carter in conversation with Tony Langham of Lansons




The Liquid PR PanelReputational risk and opportunities in the year of COP26

Moderator: Adrienne Lawler, CEO, RAO Global

  • Marielle Clarke-Price, Reputation Lead for Climate Communications, HSBC
  • David Thompson, Chief Investment Officer, Zurich Insurance
  • Philip Vernardis, Vice President - Asset Stewardship, State Street Global Advisors
  • Gail Hurley, Sustainable Finance and International Development, Tobacco Free Portfolios




“The uncomfortable link between crisis and valuation”

James Melville-Ross MPRCA, Senior Managing Director, Strategic Communications, FTI Consulting




Comms Directors on the current climate

Moderator: Gordon Tempest-Hay, Formerly CEO of Teneo UK and Blue Rubicon

  • Bieneosa Ebite, Head of Corporate Communications, Centrica
  • Neil Gordon-Henderson, Formerly Group Director of Comms at Zurich and Head of Comms at MasterCard UK
  • Fiona Thorne, Corporate Affairs Director, Flutter


PR and Comms: Cyber Security Gamechangers

Andrew Fitzmaurice, CEO, Templar Executives Ltd.


This keynote will explore the importance of PR and Comms at a time of challenge and change as organisations continue to transition and transform. Using three different scenarios and real-life examples, it will highlight the critical role and impact PR and Comms professionals can have in proactively shaping an organisation’s Cyber culture, maintaining reputation and helping address and mitigate key risks, including the response to a Cyber incident.   


Diversity in The City

Moderator: Ann-Marie Blake CMPRCA, Founder Board Member REEB


  • Emmanuel Ofosu-Appiah, UK PR Manager, Mercer
  • Sam Cooper-Gray, Co-Chair, HSBC Balance
  • Dorothy Burwell, Partner, Finsbury Glover Hering
  • Shalini Gupta MPRCA, Leadership Communications Manager, BT


Time for a revolution in financial communications

Tony Langham FPRCA, Chief Executive, Lansons


Conference round off


If you would like to sponsor this conference, or find out about any other visibility opportunities, please contact Steve Miller at You can download the sponsorship brochure here

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This event is worth 20 points in the PRCA CPD Programme.