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Issue 39:  April 2017


Triumph at Mansion House !

We held our first ever Livery Banquet at Mansion House this month and what a marvelous evening it was!  Over 200 guests;  harpist;  trumpeters;  pianist;  Pikemen and Musketeers were involved. We were honoured by the presence of the Lord Mayor  and Lady Mayoress; several peers of the realm;  and a wide range of Masters from modern and ancient Livery Companies. Professor Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE ( founder of The Chineke Orchestra) , and world famous double bassist, played several pieces of music dedicated to our Lord Mayor, with 16 year old William on piano.

The speaker,  Nikos Mourkogiannis, author of "Purpose" explained why he felt "doing good" has ensured the longevity of Livery Companies. 

PLEASE NOTE:  We will be publishing a special edition Newsletter in mid-May with all of the photographs and links to the speeches and music. Please do look out for it!

Noorzaman Rashid, Master


- Awakening to the knowledge of where "mountain gorillas" actually reside, and equipped with the worst climbing shoes money could buy.... Father of the Livery, Calvert Markham, explores Uganda - once described by Churchill as "The Pearl of Africa"....

- Creating connections with the business community, to make sure talented social entrepreneurs in small charities across the UK get the funding and advice they need to prosper.... A bold new initiative....

- A brilliant experience volunteering as a consultant in Rwanda, has Freeman Chris Sutton keen to volunteer for other consulting opportunities in the developing world.... 

Is it possible that while Chris was encircled by gorillas on one side of a mountain, Calvert Markham was tracking gorillas down on the other side - in Uganda...?

- Let's make sure we're informed....!  Read the "Report on the UK Govt's Negotiating Objectives:  The White Paper."  By the  "Exiting the EU"  Select Committee [Chaired by Hilary Benn]:  4 April 2017 -  CONCLUSIONS on Page 3...

Follow this link...

See also:  The Select Committee televised session on Wed 15th March, re Exiting the EU:  Witness before the Committee:  -  HM Principal Secretary of State for Exiting The European Union, The Rt Hon David Davis MP, together with Olly Robbins, Permanent Secretary, Department for Exiting the European Union.   Follow this link...    


- Does Brexit really mean Brexit?  Our Informed and timely Brexit Debate: Jon Moulton and Vicky Pryce -  Thursday 11 May:              Led by Jon Moulton (soon to be Honorary Liveryman), Founder and Managing Partner of Better Capital, and Past Master Vicky Pryce, Economist and former Joint Head of the UK's Government Economic Service - in what will be a fast-paced debate.  They will be joined by Alan Leaman, CEO of the Management Consultancy Association;  Professor Tony Travers, LSE; and Professor Abhinay Muthoo,  University of Warwick. 

Timely?  because Brexit has been brought into a new focus by the 'snap' general election called for June, so soon after Article 50 was triggered.   At: The University of Warwick campus in London, in the new Knowledge Quarter.  Stanley Building, Seven Pancras Square, Kings Cross, London, N1C 4AG  We will kick off at 5:30 pm with drinks.  Tickets:  £35 - includes wine and buffet.

Book here now... full details, and to book your place

- SPECIAL EVENT: Tuesday 9th May: "Stop the Rot:  Reframing Governance for Directors and Politicians."  6pm for drinks.  Debate kicks off at 6:30pm, followed by drinks and nibbles at 7:30 pm. At Mazars LLP. Tower Bridge House, St Katharine's Way, London E1W 1DD.   

This is an experimental addition to our "Shop Talk" events.  Past Master, Professor Bob Garratt will outline his thinking, research and motivation leading to his new book "Stop the Rot: Reframing Governance for Directors and Politicians". It will be an interactive session, with a final focus on the future of the Professions, especially Management Consultancy. Cost:  £10 on the door - will include wine and nibbles. This event is suitable for guests!   For more details and to book online - 

-  Tues. 9th May. 363rd Festival of the Sons of the Clergy.  At: St Paul's Cathedral.  Arrival time:  4:30 latest! for 5 pm service.  A key event in the City Civic calendar It will be attended by the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs; Alderman and Bishops; and many supporters of the charity. As in previous years there is no charge for tickets which should be requested from the Julie Fox: but there is a request for attendees to make a donation when leaving the Cathedral.

- An upcoming "hackathon" which is taking place as part of "A Smarter City" exhibition:  If you are interested in taking part - or would like to promote the hackathon to others - check out the website....

- Livery briefing: The Livery Committee provides a bi-monthly briefing and diary of City Events. We track these on our website - see the City Pages: click here to view and follow through to the briefings and other publications, including the new City Values Forum guide: "Governing Culture"


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