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Members' Articles

Over recent years, our members have contributed a host of articles to our regular monthly newsletters. These articles have covered a wide range of topics, both personal and professional, around their work and travel. They are gathered here under this heading, in reverse chronological order.

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The experience of taking on the Freedom of the City of London at Guildhall

Sue Whittle consorts with the Guildhall Beadle, the Clerk to the Chamberlain's Court, and repairs to Ironmonger Lane for champagne and banquet...

I know many members of WCOMC will have attended Freedom ‘ceremonies’ but for those that haven’t and especially new members, I thought I’d tell you about my experience of this on January 31st.

WCoMC consulting pro bono input ....

The Whitehall and Industry Group (WIG)

The dangerous legacy of Monty Python

Axe-wielding energy and fun - but also darkness - as portrayed by the English Touring Opera

There is a whole generation in Britain for whom any mention of lumberjacks inevitably brings to mind that Python ditty “I’m a lumberjack and I’m OK...” This possibility certainly didn’t occur to WH Auden and Benjamin Britten when they wrote Paul Bunyan in 1941, but it certainly did to your correspondent when a small party from the Company visited rehearsals of the English Touring Opera in January as guests of Noorzaman Rashid.

A glittering arrangement of world-recognised celebrity artists

At the Ealing  Music & Film Valentine Festival, many of these celebrities were there in person.

Alan Harpham - In Memoriam 6th January 2014

Alan contributed to WCoMC and the community in very many ways


The NHS, maybe one of the last jewels of the British Empire, is ready to retire...?

"The doctor is ready to see you now" has been replaced with "I am ready to see the doctor now".  What are the implications?

Here’s to a healthy 2014 ~ Your NHS needs you.

Exploring the world of Charities - how they both inspire and enrage

The implications for Cass Business School of slow legal drafting of Sir John Cass' will upgrade, in 1718

Although my background lies in the private sector, a dozen years ago I quit to follow my heart into in the non profit world . As well it being my day job I’ve become wholly fascinated with the sector itself – it’s composition, its history and its political interactions.

The Lord Mayor's January 2014 message to the Livery Companies ....

"The 686 plan has gone off like a rocket!"


Going into 2014, I am feeling energised from my experiences as Lord Mayor so far. It was a pleasure to host the Masters and Clerks at my Address to the Livery in November and to introduce everyone to my ‘686 Plan’, named after me being the 686th Lord Mayor. The four programmes which make up the 686 Plan – The Lord Mayor’s Appeal, the Power of Diversity breakfasts and conferences, the Charity Leadership Programme, and the Tomorrow’s City programme – have all started with a bang!

The best way to predict the future is to create it...

So you've never done it before...?

To everything there is a season. By the time you read this it will be too late to wish people “Happy New Year” but about on time to realise that the resolutions you made over the second glass of port just will not be delivered. So, let’s recognise reality, be creative and consider “Change through Wisdom”, for ourselves and our clients.

Fitness - the world at your feet

Oh, the Joy of the dawn chorus...


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