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Issue 42:  July/August 2017



Your Master's Voice....

Well here we are in the middle of the summer holiday season, I certainly hope that you are all having some time with family and loved ones. Kulbir and I will be enjoying a break in Tuscany during the second half of of August!

September will be a busy month for the Company. We have the Urwick Lecture on 11th September - a new addition to our events programme. This is being organised by the Centre for Management Consulting Excellence led  by Father of the Livery PM Calvert Markham. Also new to this year's programme will be an Autumn Party on 21st September at Skinner's Hall. Save the date and look out for details! Oh - and before I forget - we also have the Annual Church Service, 5pm to 6pm on the same day!

As I approach a hugely rewarding and eventful year, I am poised to ask the next aspiring Masters of our Livery Company to put your names forward and stand for the Court. There are 3 vacancies this year for Court Assistants. Please contact me or the Clerk directly.

On 8th September I will be abseiling down the Leadenhall building in aid of the Lord Mayor's Charity Appeal. I'll be writing to you separately about this event and how to sponsor me!



"A great modern Livery Company can only be built from a lot of small things done well"... It is in the last 1,000 years that we must look today to discover what it takes to be a great livery company for the next 1,000 years... Past Master Patrick McHugh elucidates...

WIMBLEDON 2017: Winners, Losers, Injuries and Inequality... Our Tennis Correspondent, Carole Markham, delivers the One-Two Crunch....

For those who missed this article last month: both the Governor of the Bank of England and the Environment Secretary made statements this week about this very issue...i.e. Is the motor finance market in 2017 heading in the same direction as the mortgage market in 2007?  The size of the markets are very different, but this information out of the US should prompt UK firms to review the adequacy of their risk controls, and assess their exposure... Assistant Frank Brown refers us to published information on the current health of the motor finance sector, in the structurally similar markets of the US and UK - because what happens in the US today will often follow in Britain tomorrow....

Stop the Rot:Re-framing Corporate Governance for Directors and Politicians....  In his new book, Past Master Bob Garratt gives a synopsis of the radical re-think of what we mean by 'Corporate Governance'....

Honoured for Services to Young People and Financial Services, and appointed a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011, 'Lily' Lapenna MBE is the Founder and Chair of Trustees of the UK financial and education charity MyBnk....



- SAVE THE DATE:  6 for 6:30 pm 11 September:  Inaugural Urwick Lecture - "How Management Consultancies Change their Reputation".   Hosted jointly with the Centre for Management Consulting Excellence at the Warwick in London Campus, 7 Pancras Square, London N1C4AG.  Booking open soon.  

- SAVE THE DATE: 21 September 2017:  6:30 Admissions, 6:45 Informal supper, Music by "Strictly Sixties" and Charity Auction at Skinners Hall, 8 Dowgate Hill London EC4R2SP.  Booking open soon.

- 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"


Serious Worshipful Reflections....

A project manager was out walking alongside The Thames one day when a frog called out to him. He bent down, picked up the frog and put it in his pocket. The frog poked its head out of his pocket and said   "Hey, if you kiss me I'll turn me back into a beautiful princess, and I'll stay with you for a week as your girlfriend."          

The project manager took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it, and put it back into his pocket.

The frog called out once more, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a princess, I'll stay with you for as long as you wish and do absolutely anything that you want." Again the Project manager took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it and put it back.

Finally, the frog demanded, "What's the matter? You can turn me back into a beautiful princess, and I'll stay with you for ever and do anything you want. Why won't you kiss me?"

The project manager replied, "Understand this; I'm a project manager. I simply don't have time for a girlfriend. But a talking frog...that's cool."


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