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NL April 2015


WCoMC is a collegiate forward looking Modern City Livery Company;  we maintain City traditions, share expertise and information between fellow members and give back to the community through our pro bono activities.

WCoMC News

What’s up?


Master Patrick Chapman

Limbering Up

Extreme Sports specialist - the First Warden, David Peregrine-Jones, wielding his Real Tennis raquet


The Second Warden, Noorzaman Rashid, on the pre-Master circuit


Harnessing your horses' resources for Charity

Liveryman Keith Rivers on Follie [see Article]


Running the London Marathon for Charity

Liveryman John Pulford MBE [right] with son Tom [left].  Tom was running for MACS, the Micro and Anophthalmic Children's Society, which is the national charity for children born without eyes, or underdeveloped eyes. This photo shows him with one of the parent organisers of MACS, and her son who has partially formed eyes.

Tom has raised £1400 so far. This was his 20th marathon and he's due to run another one on 31 May in Edinburgh. He's also completed the Great North Run 14 times and the 5km Swimathon 17 times.


Prestigious Award

Presentation of the OSB Trophy to  A/SLt (SCC) Natalie Davies RNR,Commanding Officer, TS Scarborough by Admiral Bob Cooling


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Issue 19:  April 2015


A very quick preface:  As usual, Elizabeth has asked me to add a few words - and I am sitting with virtually no voice (great news for some!) and writers' block, simply wondering - why don't I have an up-to-date photo! Moving on: we all know the importance of our Royal Charter and that Charters are relatively rare? Well, to date, I have represented WCoMC at no less than two new Charter Celebrations: The Worshipful Livery Company of Wales and the Fuellers. But hang on... Wales? Yes, Guilds are not just part of the fabric of London, for example check out Glasgow, Chester, Sheffield and many more... And Fuellers? Surely they are an 'old' Company? Well yes they are, tracing their history back to the 1370s. So what happened to their Charter? They "surrendered" it in 1667... Hum: a year after the Great Fire eh? Certainly, we all hope (as Prince Edward noted as he presented it to their Master) that they don't lose it again!

Enough from me, please read on - there are many very interesting articles in this month's issue. And many thanks for your continuing support of WCoMC and our work. Patrick Chapman, Master.


The biggest challenge ahead for the new government.... We're talking huge sums of money....

Liveryman Rebecca Harding takes us through the economic realities....


Rot it down, bag it, and deliver it - and it's like black gold!!...

Liveryman and Social Entrepreneur, Keith Rivers, harnesses his horses' resources for Charity....


So... Were we happy on March 19th? ....

 Freeman Lee Newitt rolls out ways in which we can extend World Happiness Day....  


The economic case for quotas for women - not necessarily for the boardroom, but for senior executive positions.....

Vicky Pryce, Past Master, with the evidence and the logic...


At the Blacksmiths Annual Dinner....

Freeman Maxine Room with a living, rolling picture account of this glittering occasion at the Lord Mayor's residence....


No one enters the consultancy profession to be popular.  It's our duty to dig deep....

Freeman Simon Davey - being challenging rather than difficult - says it's time to stop the rescue act...


Education Seminars, Events, Discussions and Manifesto.....

Liveryman Benjamin Taylor with the details.... 


What can a management consultant teach the civil service and government?

Hear what Ed Straw has to say at the Education Supper, on the former warship HQS Wellington on 14 May 2015. Ed Straw is a former Coopers & Lybrand and PwC partner, chair of Demos and Relate, brother of a former Cabinet Minister, and an iconoclast.

Given that every major party has promised significant constitutional reform, whatever the result of the next election, this is likely to be a topic of vital interest which will have significant impact on how we are governed in the future...

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More information here   

On the evening of 15 June, our next education committee seminar covers systems thinking and consultancy: why aren't consultants systems thinkers?

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Arguably, consultants have a number of constraints preventing them...

More information here...

Presentation of the OSB Trophy:  Each year the Sea Cadets award a trophy - presented to the Company by Past Treasurer Satjit Singh – to the outstanding candidate on the Officers Selection Board.  This year's winner is based in Yorkshire and it was not possible to arrange a visit to London to coincide with one of our events;  therefore – in place of the Master - the Cup was presented by Admiral Bob Cooling to A/SLt (SCC) Natalie Davies RNR,  Commanding Officer, TS Scarborough. [photo at left].


Worshipful Hints...

How to keep a healthy level of insanity in your Client’s workplace….

· Find out where your client shops and buy exactly the same outfits. Always wear them one day after the client does. (This is especially effective if your client is of a different gender identity.)

· Drop meaningless and confusing "management-speak" into conversations such as: "What's the margin, Marvin?" "When's this turkey going to get basted?" "If we don't get this brook babbling we're all going to end up looking like doe-eyed beavers."

· Make up silly nicknames for all your coworkers and refer to them only by these names. “That’s a good point, Sparky.” “No I’m sorry I’m going to have to disagree with you there, Choo-choo.”

· Send emails to the rest of the company telling them what you’re doing. For example “If anyone needs me, I’ll be in the bathroom.”

· Put up mosquito netting around your cubicle.

· While riding a lift, gasp dramatically every time the doors open.

· Encourage your colleagues to join you in a little synchronized chair dancing.

· Put your rubbish bin on your desk. Label it “IN.”

· Develop an unnatural fear of staplers.

· As much as possible, skip rather than walk.

· At meetings around the conference table, bend momentarily under the table and then emerge wearing contact lenses that white-out your eyes.

· Use a large hunting knife to point at your visual aids.

· Put decaf in the coffeemaker for 3 weeks. After everyone has got over their caffeine addictions, suddenly switch to espresso.

· Leave long pauses in your speech at random moments. When someone is prompted to interject shout "I AM NOT FINISHED."

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