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Roundtable media briefings: Integrated Reporting & CIMA; NCVO & Volunteerism

NCVO’s Chief Executive Sir Stuart Etherington who hosted a roundtable lunch on Volunteerism in the 21st century and realising the Olympic legacy this month

Four Colman Getty’s campaigning team, alongside our event manager Lisa Perkins, arranged two media roundtable events for the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and CIMA in April. We identified relevant topics for discussion, sourced venues for the successful events and secured high profile journalist attendance at both.The roundtable for CIMA, hosted by chief executive Charles Tilley, focused on integrated reporting on the day the International Integrated Reporting Council launched its consultation framework. The breakfast held at RIBA featured Russell Picot, Group Chief Accounting Officer from HSBC on the panel, alongside Jean Marc Huet, Chief Financial Officer at Unilever.The speakers discussed the benefits of integrated reporting, provided examples of best practice, and outlined why it will be instrumental in the drive for corporate reform. Journalists from the Financial Times, The Times and relevant accountancy trade publications attended the breakfast.We have been working with NCVO’s Chief Executive Sir Stuart Etherington since October last year and were keen to provide a platform for Sir Stuart to discuss a core theme in depth. A roundtable lunch was an excellent opportunity to get a range of journalists around a table and build some new relationships whilst maximising use of diary time.The theme we chose for the lunch was Volunteerism in the 21st century and realising the Olympic legacy, a topic which enabled us to approach a wide range of media contacts.Guests on the day included the BBC’s Home Affairs Editor Mark Easton, The Times’ Social Affairs Correspondent Rosemary Bennett, The Independent’s Chief Leader Writer Mary Dejevsky and Guardian Voluntary Sector Network Editor David Mills.Sir Stuart, who was joined by NCVO’s Executive Director of Volunteering and Development, Dr Justin Davis Smith, and Karl Wilding, Head of Policy and Research, led a lively and interesting discussion covering civic duty, volunteering rates and the Olympic games-maker legacy.

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