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NL February 2014


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


Word from The Master


What’s up?

King Priam
Photos by Bill Knight


What are they doing?

Sue Whittle at Guildhall, receiving Freedom of the City


What have we missed?

Alena Baeva and ECO

Dame Gillian Lynne

Emma Johnson and ESO

Pete Townshend

The Sixteen

Anna Chancellor

Raga Jam

Photos by John Ross and Daniel Gardiner from the Ealing Music and Film Festival

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Issue 07:  Feb 2014


A King, but not a warrior, needing to sacrifice a favourite son to the war machine, and axe-swinging lumberjacks...

In Greek mythology Priam was the last King of Troy - his favourite sons, Hektor and Paris.  Paris’ seduction of Helen, the wife of Menelaus, King of Sparta – and his refusal to return her - was the cause of the Trojan War. Some WCoMC members were admitted to a rehearsal of King Priam and Paul Bunyan, both stunningly interpreted by the English Touring Opera. Third Warden, Noorzaman Rashid, Director of the English Touring Opera, takes us to rehearsals ...

Our Client is present in 67 countries; its clients are governments and corporations. The Project looks nice & straightforward. But... hold on...

Freeman Paul Squire takes us through the rollercoaster of a Case Study

World-recognised celebrity artists form a glittering arrangement at the Ealing Music and Film Valentine Festival  

Patrick Chapman, First Warden and Chairman of the Festival, raising money towards scholarships for talented young Ealing musicians...

An example of WCoMC regular input into interesting pro bono projects:  

The Whitehall and Industry Group (WIG).   Liveryman John Corneille discusses....

Qualify for the red book containing the 36 Rules for Life, and have the City gates opened to you by the Clerk to the Chamberlain's Court...

Freeman Sue Whittle (picture to the left) describes the impact on her and her family and friends of the Freedom of the City ceremony at the Guildhall  

Interesting New Book:  "The Firm:  The inside story of McKinsey, The world's most controversial management consultancy"

by Duff McDonald, 6 Feb 2014

PM Bob Garratt recommends this, as being a detailed history, including its near crash in the mid-'70s, and then the assiduous long-term network building strategy, especially through alumni and the Harvard Business School. Find this on



RSVP TODAY - Younger Inter-livery Quiz Night - aimed at those aged between 20 & 45 (but if you're a thrillseeker come anyway...). Hosted by the Worshipful Company of Pewterers, held at Pewterers' Hall, EC2V 7DE.  The main aim is to give those not on Court a chance to meet members of other Companies.  On Tuesday 4th March.  Last year the glorious winners were the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators: 'Commanders of the Air'.  Tickets £30 each which include drinks and a buffet supper. Proceeds to Lord Mayor's Appeal 2014. Details at 
LAST REMINDER:  The Worshipful Company of Poulters in collaboration with The Cook & The Butler are holding a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Races at Guildhall Yard, 4th March 2014.   Fully-robed Masters, including our own, will run and toss around pancakes in the small Guildhall Yard area and similarly mad Livery races and parades begin at noon. The Clockmakers do the timing, the Musicians sing, the Gunmakers fire the starting pistol, and the Arbitrators do the judging. We can just turn up for this & be enthusiastic supporters.  Let the Clerk know you're coming, so she can look out for you.  Buy pancakes on the spot.  NB: For lunch & networking in the Crypt GuildhallHot Poulters Soup & Fork Buffet Lunch from 1:30 pm.  Admission to this by ticket only, £25 per head. Contact direct  (phone 020 7620 1818) to book, plus again let Adele know so she can look out for us - 


WCoMC UPCOMING EVENTS for March and April

 New Members' Reception (open to all Members) Thursday, 6th March at 6 pm at Cass Business School.  For details   PLUS - the Education Supper, Tuesday 1st April at Skinners' Hall and 11.15 Friday 4th April, United Guilds Service, with lunch afterwards at Founders' Hall 

An evening with The Skinners' Company History Committee.  "Trade and Plunder:  The City, Skinners and the Lure of the East".  By the end of the 1600s, Skinners were deeply involved in founding a new company as a direct rival to the East India Company.  This lecture, by Dr Penny Carson and Past Master Hugh Carson, who both read Modern History and Politics at London University, charts Skinner involvement in the East India Company from the build up to its formation and through the turbulent century that followed.  Monday 14th April: 5:30 to 8pm.  Tea available from 5:30.  Lecture at 6, followed by a short reception with a glass of wine.  Cost £10. Contact: for the form, which is to be returned by Friday 4th April, latest.

2014 is the 350th Anniversary of the Royal Marines. As part of the celebrations, on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th June, the Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines will be joined by the Royal Netherland Marine Corps, the United States Marine Corps and a Ceremonial Guard to perform Beating Retreat on Horseguards Parade.  Exclusive offer - until end-February - to Livery Companies to make block bookings. Tickets cost £22.30 for the premium seats.

Contact Hugh Thompson, at the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, stating the performance date and the number of tickets that you would like to block book on behalf of your Livery Company. 

MUSEUM OF LONDON:  Further breakfast sessions to which WCoMC members are invited will be advertised in subsequent Newsletters.  The first, which exhibited The Cheapside Horde - an outstanding cache of jewellery from the 17th century discovered by London workmen - is absolutely unmissable.  Others coming up - see at

The Big Data Challenge - Organised by the Education Committee of WCoMC with support from SFC Group and DAC Beachcroft.  Seminars explore key issues and trends facing management consultants and our clients.  FUTURE SEMINARS -  13th  May - Management Consultancy in the NHS;  25th September - What and how the Education system is using management consultancy. To book your place, email  Tickets cost £25, payable at the event.
Livery Shooting Day - Friday 13 June 2014. The Bakers are having a truly unique day of rifle shooting at the famous Bisley ranges - an absolute must, whether a serious shooter, occasional amateur or complete newcomer wanting a new experience. Organised by their IPM Colin  'if it moves, shoot it;  if it doesn't, shoot it anyway' - Sach.   16 teams of 3 will compete for prizes and a cup for the best scores.  Get your bids in early to the  and ask for further details.
PM Bob Garratt invites members to subscribe to an exciting new project.  The designer of the iconic Olympic & Paralympic Cauldron, Thomas Heatherwick, will create a permanent external pavilion at the Museum of London, to house the prototype of the work, which rose into position to symbolise the start of the Games. Each of its petals was presented at the end to each country participating.  The exhibition will create regular displays of the raising process.  You can become a founding sponsor for £1,000, £5,000 or £10,000, be recognised permanently and attend the opening ceremony in the Summer. PM Garratt is investigating whether WCoMC members might do something more modest.... Let him know at

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