CMCE Virtual Interactive Workshop 13 June:  Fearing the Unknown
Education Supper at Bakers' Hall 19 June:  AI's Role in Higher Education
Workshop at Plaisterers' Hall 25 June:  How should charities use AI?
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NL January 2019


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Charities Supper at Skinners' Hall



 Anna Baker Cresswell - the Founder and Development Director of HighGround, a charity established in 2012 to help ex-military personnel find jobs in the outdoors. 

Mark Bixter – General Manager of Magic Me, which uses arts to bring the generations together

Shireen Irani – the Founder and Executive Director of iProBono, which harnesses technology to mobilise its network of lawyers for the public good.


New Freemen

Damien Caldwell

David Jefferson

Helen Moulinos



Congratulations !

Gia Campari was awarded the Heather Matheson Cup for her massive contribution to our ProBono Consultancy work; particularly overseas for YBI where her command of languages was key.  Patrick Chapman, ProBono Chairman, managed to amble over to her table whilst announcing the award and suitably surprise her...



New Role as Almoner

Sally Garratt (formerly Third Warden) 

Supported by -

Assistant John Watson [see article]


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Your Master's Voice...

I’m always pleased that the Company traditionally schedules the Charities Supper for mid-January as it kicks off the new year with what - for me - is the Company’s most vibrant and enjoyable event. This year was no exception ; with a sell-out attendance of members and guests filling Skinners Hall. In particular, we had a good number of attendees from the charity sector including representatives from our pro bono clients.

The evening was excellently hosted by the Chair of the Pro Bono Committee, PM Patrick Chapman, and we heard some short presentations from three of our charity clients on the work we have undertaken for them. These presentations served to remind those present of the important contribution we make to the social impact delivered through our clients - something which would not happen without the voluntary effort of our members. Many thanks to those members who volunteer their valuable time for pro bono work and other company activities - it is one of the reasons why our company is increasingly recognised as punching above its weight across the City.



- A clash of centuries of adversarial politics with no written constitution to govern them, versus a rules-based economic and political order.  Economist and Liveryman, Dr Rebecca Harding defines Brexit and the 'precautionary principle': why clarity now is more important than ever...

- WCoMC Management Consulting 2030 – the rise of the robo-consultant… November 2018, the CMCE Global Symposium and the launch of the results of a research project “What skills will consultants need in 2030?” The study covered seven themes: self-employment, globalisation, artificial intelligence (AI), big data, robotics, internet of things (IoT) and cyber security, whilst also acknowledging the nature of the consultant’s timeless skills.  Dr Simon Davey, Freeman, elucidates...

- Volunteering for a month at an NGO (Charity) called Project Xavier, which focuses on supporting refugees... Assistant Chris Sutton, Treasurer, is in Nairobi to help refugee organisations (CBOs - Community-Based Organisations) build up their accounting expertise...

- At the Installation Dinner for our new Master John Corneille, in October 2018, Gill King, who has served as the Company’s Almoner for six years, passed on her badge of  office to  Sally Garratt.   Previously Third Warden, Sally  will be supported in this new role by Court Assistant John Watson.    - The Company's new Almoner(s)...

- Assistant Simon Engwell is an engineer and management consultant who lives in the Borough of Hillingdon. He is a Street Pastor: caring, helping and listening to people on the streets of outer London late at night. He is interested in people from all different backgrounds and circumstances in life. His poetry often draws on the circumstances of people shopping, living and playing on the streets of London...          Simon's entry into the creative writing competition "Outer Limits: Hidden Lives has been published....

- From hype to reality: is consultancy innovation just hot air?  How can consultants innovate to address the new demands of the marketplace as artificial intelligence, big data and the next “next big thing” comes along?  The next CMCE Technical Symposium on 28th February at Coventry University’s London Campus will address this question -  as Freeman Nick Bush explains...       

-  To enable small cash grants to go to the homeless and destitute... Second Warden John Pulford MBE, takes up a Christmas Collection for Charity "London Catalyst"...


Keeping Informed: 

1) Published today:  31 January 2019,  by the Institute for Government: 

"The UK is due to leave the European Union in just eight weeks’ time. The Government’s deal has been emphatically rejected, the EU appears unwilling to budge, and Parliament is struggling to find an outcome it can support.

If nothing changes, the UK will be walking away from over 40 years of EU membership without a deal in place. The legal basis for the UK–EU relationship will fall away.

This paper looks at the UK Government’s progress in preparing to leave the EU without a deal. It assesses the status of Brexit legislation and the practical preparations required for day one outside the EU."  –

2)  -  Brexit: How ready is the UK government for no deal?   By Chris Morris, Reality Check correspondent, BBCNews:31January2019: -


Seeking Applicants for the Role of Chair of the Music Interest Group ! 

Assistant Drewe Lacey has arranged numerous events that have taken place in Cathedrals and in Soho - generally followed by food and wine;  and always with great company...

Contact Drewe to register interest in taking up this role:


Bi-monthly Livery Briefings, and the Programme of City Briefings and Course:    details of all of which are to be found at  January 2019 to be seen on this site shortly].


Shoptalk Interactive Forum: February 6th, 2019:  6:30 pm  to 9:00pm: at The Artillery Arms; 102 Bunhill Row, London,  EC1Y-8ND. This event is "cash on the door" to cover the cost of the buffet. Please register here... and bring £15 per person.

- 13 - 17 February:  Ealing Music & Film Festival:  It's that time of the year again! This is a fabulous event this year with Valentine and Murder Mystery Concerts(!), "book ending"programme of music and film that should match all tastes!  (The Festival Chair is PM Patrick Chapman). Please book by clicking on the festival logo:


- Thursday 28 February: From hype to reality: the development of new consulting services: [see article by Nick Bush] The CMCE Technical Symposium 2019 will focus on the process by which new management consulting services are developed . It will be held at Coventry University's London Campus starting at 6 for 6.30. There will be drinks and nibbles after the main presentation.  The guest speaker will be Shailendra Vyakarnam, Director of the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cranfield University.  at Coventry University London, University House, 109-177 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7JF  Cost: £35.     Register here...

-  the 10th Grant of Arms workshop will be held on Monday 11 March at IT Hall.    Visit for full details and online enrolment.



A Police Sergeant Is Interviewing 3 Men Who Are Training To Become Detectives ...

To test their skills in recognizing a suspect, the sergeant shows the first trainee a picture for 5 seconds, then hides it.

“This is your suspect,”  he says.  “How would you recognize him?”

He answers, “That's easy. We’ll catch him fast because he only has one eye!”

“What?” The sergeant is flustered by this ridiculous response. He tells Trainee No.1 - hardly believing he has to: “The picture is of his side profile.”

Irritated, he moves on. He flashes the picture for 5 seconds at the second trainee and asks him, “This is your suspect, how would you recognize him?”

The second man smiles, flips his hair and says, "Ha! He’d be too easy to catch because he only has one ear!”

The sergeant honestly can’t believe it. “What's the matter with you two? Of course only one eye and one ear are showing because it’s a picture of his side profile! Is that the best answer you can come up with?”

Extremely frustrated at this point, he shows the picture to the third trainee, and in a very testy voice asks, “This is your suspect, how would you recognize him?” Quickly he adds, “Think hard before giving me a stupid answer.”

The third trainee looks at the picture intently for a moment and says, “The suspect wears contact lenses.”

The sergeant is surprised and speechless because he really doesn’t know himself if the suspect wears contacts or not.

“Well, that’s an interesting answer,”  he says. “Wait here while I check his file.” He leaves the room and goes to his office, checks the suspect’s file on his computer, and comes back with a beaming smile on his face.

“I can’t believe it. It’s true! The suspect does, in fact, wear contact lenses. Good work! How were you able to make such an astute observation?”

“That's easy,” the third trainee replies. “He can’t wear regular glasses because he only has one eye and one ear!”

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