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CMCE Virtual Workshop (3rd of 5) 23 May:  Next Gen2.0: Risky Business
Education Supper at Bakers' Hall 19 June:  AI's Role in Higher Education
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NL March 2019


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Technical Symposium 2019

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Guest Speakers

Shailendra Vyakarnam, Director of the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cranfield University

James Woudhuysen, Visiting Professor of Innovation and Forecasting at London South Bank University

Dr James Wilk, Liveryman, Associate Lecturer in Philosophy at St Edmund Hall, Oxford and Research Director of Interchange Research

Anthony Shingleton, EMEA Executive Regional Manager at Simpler Consulting, an IBM company


Members' Reception


New Freeman

John Cowdell


Installation of Chaplain Rev. Helen O'Sullivan 



John Cowdell, Sue Ells, Kanan Barot, PM Patrick Chapman, Nick Bush, Nanette Young, Master John Corneille



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Issue 58:  March 2019







Your Master's Voice ...

The last month has brought a frenzy of activity around the Livery and, to a certain extent, within the Company. Rather than list the many activities in which I’ve been involved, I’d like to mention two events which have been particularly positive.

In the last couple of days, I joined the Lord Mayor and some other Livery Masters in visiting Treloar’s, a school and college founded in 1907 by the then Lord Mayor to provide education, care and therapy for young people with physical disabilities. Based in Alton in Hampshire, it is administered by a charity which receives huge financial support from the Livery. Around 120 young people are supported by nearly 800 staff, and they have an excellent record of preparing young people for adult life by helping them achieve their full potential. What they have achieved with the young people there is amazing and it was a great pleasure, and very humbling, to be able to witness this first hand. Treloar’s is a very real example of how the Livery’s philanthropic efforts can make a valuable social impact. I took the opportunity to speak to their newly appointed CEO to offer our pro bono consultancy services to support their efforts.

On the internal front, I had the pleasure of attending the Breakfast launch of the CMCE’s report on “Consulting Skills for 2030”. The launch was hosted by our sponsors, Sheffield Haworth, and Chris Sutton, the project director and lead editor of the survey upon which the report was based, gave a briefing to around 30 invitees. The report is a great example of the progress being made by CMCE under Calvert Markham’s leadership. Interestingly, I was approached by a couple of the attendees who run their own independent consultancies about joining the Company which made attendance at the event especially worthwhile.   



- A business plan does not a business make: Liveryman Gia Campari highlights some impressive business lessons learned from South America during pro bono activity for a WCoMC client...  

The latest 2019 Centre for Management Consulting Excellence (CMCE) event brought us ‘Diffusing Innovation’, subtitled ‘How good are we at taking ideas to market?’  Dr Simon Davey, Freeman, explores the Symposium theme - "Crossing the Chasm - How Innovation really works..."

Are you investing enough in the future of your profession...?  Rhonda Best, Freeman, makes a very interesting observation concerning the Lord Mayor Alderman's Master Certificate presentation ceremony...

- Elon Musk Wants To Set Up A Mars Colony? Think Back 400 Years!  ...when a group of 102 people set    out into the vast ocean for a land barely known...  Past Master Edward Sankey outlines the remarkable story of the Pilgrim Fathers, and highlights the upcoming 400-year celebrations in which WCoMC could become involved...

- So what was it that in January 2019 enticed one of our newest Freemen to join The Worshipful Company of Management Consultants...?  Freeman Damien Caldwell explains....



The Faith Group event of 5th March 2019:  Faith in the Livery today: “Rules for the Conduct of Life”...  Assistant John Watson reports on the event and outlays future plans for the Group...



Frank Huebner III

It is with great sadness that we pass on news from Frank's widow, Margo, and Liveryman Dennis Ciborowski that Frank died at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Chicago on Sunday. He had been undergoing cancer treatment for the past month, but lost the battle when the disease spread rapidly when ultimately he was taken off life support.

Frank was admitted as a Freeman back in 2003 and clothed in 2004. He resigned from the Company in 2013 as he and his family were based in Chicago. Frank kept in touch with us by email and showed a keen interest in our development over the last few years.

I am sure you will join us all in passing on our condolences to Margo.

Sally Garratt. Almoner



Petitions:  UK Government and Parliament.  A Petition to "Revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU" is to be debated in Parliament on Monday April 1st.  That debate will be televised on the Parliamentary website through this link, and the petition can also be signed here:



- Shop Talk - 10th April at 5:30 - 9:30; at    The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row,  London,  EC1Y-8ND 

This evening meeting will be led by Andy Powers and Andy Wilkins who share skills in change, problem solving and sustainable solutions. This will be a great opportunity to hear about the experience and expertise of two of your fellow members - and to network informally with colleagues.  Book here to reserve a place.  £10 cash at the door will cover the cost of the buffet.

- ProBono Workshop - 25th April at 6:30 - 9:30 pm Cass Business School 106 Bunhill Row LONDON, EC1Y 8TZ

We want to hold three interactive workshops each year on subjects that are topical or critical within the Non-Profit Sector, involving external guests and, wherever possible, our clients. This will be the first - on "Strategic Income Generation", focusing on the challenges of raising income from multiple sources.  Book here to reserve a place.  £20 cash at the door will cover the cost of venue and food.

- 6:30-10:30 on 23rd April, the  Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars has invited us to celebrate the 125th Anniversary, St Georges Day Banquet 2019 in the Great Hall of Guildhall London.  In attendance will be their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and also the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, and sheriff The Honourable Elizabeth Green. The evening will commence with an English sparkling wine reception at 6:30pm followed by dinner at 7:30pm, there will be the traditional parade of Roast Beef and the singing of patriotic songs.   Guest speaker will be John Benjamin, Antiques Road Show Jewellery expert  Tickets by 9 April at £125 per person. For more information please contact Alan Cook: or call on 07785 252 120.

-  Monday 13th May 2019 at Vintners’ Hall:   the 6th Annual Reflections of The Lord Mayor.  Speaker:  Sir Andrew Parmley, who will be sharing reflections of his time as the 689th Lord Mayor of London.  The theme of Sir Andrew’s Reflections is - Just Say YES! You will find more details, including booking details, at the website: . 

- SAVE THE DATE - CMCE Showcase - 16th May

Please put the date, 16th May, in your diary - the subject will be "A Market of One"; the location is to be confirmed.

-  Friday, 17th May 2019  Blacksmiths' Company Mansion House Banquet Tickets: £120.  For further information:            Contact Blacksmiths’ Clerk, Jill Moffat:   or Tel: 0207 248 1861

The Royal Fusiliers Memorial Chapel Committee invites attendance at The Fourth Annual Memorial Lecture, on Wednesday 8th May 2019 – 6.0pm for 6.30pm in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre London EC1 (at the junction of Holborn Viaduct and Giltspur Street); when General Sir Peter Wall GCB CBE DL will speak on "Our Duty to our Soldiers:  How are we doing”. This lecture is free of charge, but there will be a retiring collection for the Chapel. At 7.30pm, further discussion may take place informally over a glass of wine afterwards.  Those wishing to attend are asked to send their names by e-mail to by Wednesday 1st May.  Bids will be confirmed, but no hard-copy tickets will be issued.

-  SAVE THE DATE - The WCoMC Education Supper - 11th June.    We have two speakers at our annual supper, to be held on HQS Wellington, the only Livery Hall on the Thames. Against the backdrop of the need for a mix of traditional and ever-advancing technological skills, they will be reflecting on the importance of professionalism in management consultancy. Please put the date, 11th June, in your diary now.

- 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].

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