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NL April 2016


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.

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First Warden Noorzaman Rashid and Kulbir, practising for the entertainment at the Education Supper...



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Issue 29:  April 2016


Your Master's Voice:

This is now around the mid-way point of a Master's year, so a useful milestone at which to take a brief look back - as well as forward. When compared with many other Companies, we are of course still very young and fast evolving. Our newsletter is widely read and admired, as is our focus on pro bono work and our events (such as our recent Livery Dinner) to which other companies are invited as guests. We have lots of vibrant activities - the wine club's recent very enjoyable trip to Germany (to buy wine on your - and their - behalf) being a great example and the Clerk's office, the hub of all the Company's management, is about to get additional resource on board within a couple of weeks. At our buffet suppers, over the next couple of months, we have some great speakers looking at the many challenges facing UK education and how traditional approaches could really be changed for the better! Meanwhile we will soon be discovering who is to be our new Mayor and whether we intend to remain in Europe - quite a meal to digest before the Summer holidays! So I hope you find time to enjoy this newsletter and look forward to seeing many of you at one or more of our evening get togethers.

David Peregrine-Jones, Master


From 'Grexit' to 'Brexit'... although Sovereignty and democratic accountability in the Governance of the EU are also important in the current debate, it is mainly Migration that is behind the current re-examining of our relationship with Europe....

Past Master and Economist, Vicky Pryce, explores Britain's love / hate relationship....

Being "Past It" -or- Master Management Consultant metamorphoses into Amateur Woodsman....  Immediate Past Master Patrick Chapman steps onto another Up escalator....

Would a Management Consultant tailor the story to meet the needs of the Sponsor...?   While recovering from a skiing accident, Liveryman Alan Mitchell unravels Shakespeare's shrewd understanding of the desired outcomes of the Tudors....

Sustenance and the City....

Liveryman and gourmet chef Reena Pastakia, in the interests of managing our stress, leads us from the 'Duck and Waffle' in the a.m. to the end-of-the-day 'Worship Street Whistling Shop'....    

Mis-selling of retail financial products:  Are we through the storm...?   Could it ever happen again?  Freeman Mark Gossington investigates....  

A rare breed indeed....  Freeman Roger Williams navigates us through a Case Study on a visitor attraction that provides care and support for adults with learning disability....   

"Going down, Anyone...?"  Assistant Graham Kennedy will abseil down the side of St Lawrence Jewry, in aid of the Lord Mayor's charities.  Please support Graham, as every penny raised over £500 will be matched by the Worshipful Company of Grocers... 


- Education Buffet Supper and Admissions ceremony:  Thursday 12th May 2016 at HQS Wellington. The Satjit Cup will be awarded to the outstanding candidate at the Sea Cadet Oficer Selection Board, plus the Urwick Prize for outstanding academic research that influences and advances Management Consultancy.   Book here....

On Monday 16 May:  The Great Yorkshire lunch, hosted by the City of London Lord Mayor, Lady Mayoress and Baroness Betty Boothroyd at The Mansion House.  Tickets £125.  For details contact: | 

- On Wednesday 18 May, at Pewterers' Hall,  from 18:30 to 22:00.  "Reflections of Sir Alan Yarrow, Lord Mayor of the City of London" (2014-15).  Cost £110.  Contact Chris Seow at  

 - The Faith Group is holding their 3rd event "Islam: implications for the City" on Wednesday 25th May from 6:30 to 8:30. 

- Take part in the lycra-free inaugural 'Considerate Cyclists' Concours d'Elegance' at the London Nocturne - City of London, on Saturday 4 June, 18:30-19.00. The Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects will take you around Guildhall, past St Paul's and down Cheapside. For details contact: Ian Head, Clerk, at


 An exercise in Doggedness....

It was to be a long assignment and the Management Consultant wanted to take his dog with him.  He called the airline customer service desk to ask if he could take his dog on board.

“Yes certainly,” the official said, “as long as you provide your own kennel.”  She further explained that the kennel needed to be large enough for the dog to stand up, sit down, turn around, and roll over.

The consultant was flabbergasted: 
“I’ll never be able to teach him all of that by tomorrow!” he exclaimed, aghast….

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