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NL March 2017


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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Noorzaman Rashid, Master

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Geoff Berridge

Lewis Conquer

Jim Foster

Douglas Mancini

Matthew Papasavva

Leonard Specterman

Chris Sutton

Simon Tayler-Smith

New Liveryman

Drew Montague
New Members' Reception

Steve Cant, Patrick Chapman, Denise Fellows and Guest

Geoff Llewellyn, Elizabeth Consalvi and David Peregrine-Jones

David Johnson, Mary Linington and Guest

Bob Harris, John Corneille and Guests

Bob Garratt, Gill King and Geoff Llewellyn


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Issue 38:  Mar 2017


Your Master's Voice...

Thank you to everyone who has attended a very significant number of events over the last 4 weeks contributing to developing  fellowship within the company. The next big event is our Mansion House Banquet  This is a first for us -  so please visit this link and book your places now. This is a prestige event, so please feel free to invite your partners, families and business colleagues They can book directly themselves via the website. We have guests coming from the USA , Italy and Switzerland! We are expecting the Lord Mayor,Lady Mayoress and Sheriff Peter Estlin.There is a very large contingent of Masters from visiting Livery companies and Past Masters too.
We have several very important longer term initiatives gaining ground in the Company.These include the Centre for Management Consultancy Excellence being led by PM Prof Calvert Markham. Please contact him directly if you'd like to learn more
Noorzaman Rashid, Master

Trade and Security: Post-Brexit.... Dr Rebecca Harding, Economist and Liveryman, highlights the two principles of the Treaty of Rome that negotiators would do well to remember....     

Liveryman Steve Cant navigates us through his first months as Chair of the Pro Bono Committee:  his discoveries, plus a very interesting new project opportunity....

The Polish view of Brexit:  Liveryman Karol Szlichcinscki, Extraordinary Professor at the University of Silesia School of Management in Katowice, Poland, elucidates....

Chinese New Year in Taiwan!  Augmented by the IPM, David Peregrine-Jones and entourage, bringing their own fireworks....

- In celebration of the life and works of Allan Williams

- Obituary:    Sir Alan Urwick 



- Sunday 2 April ! at Middle Temple Hall:  5:15pm for drinks & nibbles.  Performance at 6 pm...

"The disappearance of Miss Bebb"  [Case = Bebb v The Law Society"].  Starring: Laura Main of Call the Midwife, comedian and actor Hugh Denis, theatre's Ray Fearon, Baroness Hale of the Supreme Court and Sir Brian Leveson, President of the Queen's Bench Division. Tickets £90 inc'g refreshments.  Contact:

- Paul Jagger, Author of The City of London Freeman's Guide, will deliver a talk at Charterhouse on Tues 4th April at 19:30hrs, entitled: "Heraldry of the City of London and its Livery Companies". The evening will be a light hearted romp through some of the quirks and foibles of corporate heraldry in the City of London. Freemen, Liverymen and guests are welcome to attend. Cost: £14.99. There will be a cash bar after the presentation for those who wish to stay on and mingle. Book at

- Join "La Nuova Musica", and PM Patrick McHugh, Chairman,  at 7pm on Thursday 20th April at St. George’s, Hanover Square.  Book here on their website for this year's London Handel Festival at a sensual programme of Handel Duets entitled Il Duello Amoroso.  Our vocal soloists for the evening are rising stars Louise Alder (soprano) and Emilie Renard (mezzo soprano). 

- Annual Change Lecture: Thursday 11th May... Save  this date!

This year we have invited Jon Moulton, the founder of Better Capital and Vicky Pryce, globally-renowned Economist and Commentator on Europe to share their views on the latest thinking on Brexit and the response from Business and Government.

The event will be held at: "The Warwick" in London Campus. in the Knowledge Quarter of Kings Cross.

We will be inviting the Masters of the other Modern Livery Companies on this occasion, as apart of our approach to promoting our work in the broader Livery.

- The Sheriffs Challenge for London...

Sheriff Peter Estlin launched the Sheriffs Challenge for Schools -supported by  modern Livery companies (mostly Financial Services Group members) - a speaking and debating competition.  WCoMC supported Oasis Academy Hadley, a specialist maths school. Our Team was mentored by the Master, Noorzaman Rashid and Freeman Rhonda Best. The schools' proposition was "The most important issue you consider to be facing London: and Why?" We are delighted to report that - despite having no previous public speaking experience - the team of 7 pupils from Hadley were runners up in this prestigious award! The finals were held in the famous Court Number One at the Old Bailey and Judges nominated the winner.


- Record numbers at Shop Talk...
The Mistress Kulbir Shergill, Freeman, with Freeman Rachel Whitehouse, delivered the most successfully-attended Shop Talk event on 28th March, with over 40 attendees. Martin Blackburn, Head of People at KPMG Uk shared his experience of the HR issues facing professional service firms. The issues discussed included just-in-time learning for consultants; pay and bonuses no longer a big factor in retention; the requirement to acknowledge individuals for what they are (regardless of gender; sexuality; race etc). Just as importantly, he raised the issue of millennials wanting to know how they were being measured and why; and in particular the need to build on strengths rather than weaknesses, to achieve higher retention and productivity. Perhaps the biggest shock for Partners in the audience who retired over 1 year ago was the fact that millennials entering the big firms do not have a 5-year view of their careers. They are mostly interested in what they will be doing in the next couple of years!
Please register for the next Shop Talk featuring Anthony Philips " Wellness - the next competitive edge on the war for talent". 27th June   
- Mistress Tour of Goldsmiths' Hall...
Well what a coup for Kulbir Shergill, our Master's consort! She pulled off the first ever private tour of Goldsmiths' Hall earlier this month with over 30 other consorts from across the great 12 and Modern Livery companies in attendance. Lunch afterwards was served at Ironmongers' Hall.The speaker, Lady Lenzie shared her experience as Mistress Clockmaker with the group. This initiative was part of our approach on building relationships across the Livery movement and promoting the work and reputation of the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants.
Continuing to Maintain that healthy level of insanity in the client workplace….

-Respond to a serious question with: 'I don't know what to say, obviously I'm flattered, but it's all happened so fast'.

-Babble incoherently at a fellow employee then ask "Did you get all that, I don't want to have to repeat it".

-Page yourself over the intercom. (Don't disguise your voice.)

-Shout random numbers while someone is counting.

-Come to work in army fatigues and when asked why, say, "I can't talk about it".

-Phone someone in the office you barely know, leave your name and say "Just called to say I can't talk right now. Bye".

-Walk sideways to the photocopier.

-If you have a glass eye, tap on it occasionally with your pen while talking to others.



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