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 May 2015


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


 What's Up?

New Clerk

Installation of Julie Fox, as the Honourable Clerk

New Freemen

Nigel Bell

Frank Brown


Sean Duggan

Don Leslie


Reena Pastakia

Andrew Smith





















Sealed copy of the City of London's Freeman's Guide - Magna Carta Edition (2015) - See notice, plus link to -






Website Support:

Issue 20:  May 2015





Preface from The Master: I have a couple of items to report - both related to the impact of our Charitable Fund; and I am unashamedly proud of what we have achieved through the Fund. Firstly, the new Flagship for the Sea Cadets, TS Royalist, was named and commissioned last Friday (in the pouring rain); secondly, the inaugural ETHOS debate was held last Thursday at Cass - in the dry, but with a reception afterwards(!). Please click through on the links to find out more and I hope you share my pride.


Given the level of "churn" and the number of CEOs forced from post,  talent management will remain top of the list of priorities, especially for large organisations under the gaze of City analysts who look to ensure the continuity of top management/CEO leadership....

Liveryman and Chartered Psychologist, Doug Prior, discusses a range of operational tools that include examining the "dark side" of an individual's personality...

Post-Election: The UK's economic challenges...

The UK government faces three distinct problems as it starts its next five years in office.  Economist, Liveryman Rebecca Harding, maps these out...  

Game of Moans:  So we have seen another of the five year gatherings of the tribes and armies of the four kingdoms....

 Liveryman - and new Councillor - Jeff Cant leads us delicately through the fields strewn with hapless peasants....     

The Mistress meanders through history....

Ann Chapman goes down the river, officially monitoring its activities, with the Watermen and Lightermen.... 

Another historic "First" for the Music Interest Group....

Felicity Drewe describes the outstanding performances at the Guildhall School's Gold Medal 2015 award evening, and the Group's traditional feasting afterwards ....

Telling consultants how to consult - will the Education Committee ever stop?

Fresh from the challenging and controversial speech from Ed Straw on HQS Wellington, the Education Committee is seeking to stir further productive controversy.... Liveryman Benjamin Taylor exposes....



The Pro Bono committee is seeking to enhance the Worshipful Company’s mentoring capability.

We now provide one-to-one mentoring for charity chief executives and support the Livery Companies’ Apprenticeship Scheme through which, thanks to Assistant David Johnson’s initiatives, we are able to provide master mentors for a number of livery companies who are piloting their own apprenticeship arrangements. Most mentoring roles are in Greater London though some engagements are in areas which are convenient for our widespread membership.

We are looking for members who have mentored and coached in previous roles and also for those who have not yet travelled this route but would like to gain the deep satisfaction from helping the leaders of diverse charity and community projects to achieve their goals, both institutional and personal.

We are aiming to develop our mentoring expertise with the technical knowledge we have as a group and through continuing peer support. This is an invitation to join us and develop your own practice with convivial colleagues.

We will be meeting in the City early in July to establish a modus operandi. Please let me know if you would like to come to the first meeting or to be kept informed about our further activity.

Contact :  David Glassman

2015 City Dip - Friday 5th and Saturday 6th June

Sun sparkling on tanned bodies.... See these pics on the Lord Mayor's site and that's all the incentive you'll need... !

Join the City Swim....

Each year City of London residents, businesses, sports clubs, school and livery companies all come together to enter this charity swim to raise money for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal. 

This year is the 25th anniversary of the Lord Mayor’s City Dip and once again Golden Lane Sport & Fitness, Fann Street, London  EC1Y 0SH will be hosting this fantastic event in the heart of the City, across two days – Friday 5 and Saturday 6 June 2015.

        The challenge, either as in individual or as part of a team of up to six people, is to complete as much as possible of a 5000m swim in the time slot allocated.

City of London's Freeman's Guide - Magna Carta Edition (2015)

The definitive concise pocket guide to the Freedom, the Livery Companies and the City of London's ancient offices, ceremonies and customs.  The Guide signposts the civic, ceremonial and social aspects of the City as they are to be found today along with the City and Livery Company links to Charity, Industry, Education, the Church, Armed Forces and Royal Family.

    Ever wanted to stay overnight in a Livery Hall?  Attend the Ceremony of the Quit Rents? Drive sheep across London Bridge? Visit the Court of Chivalry? Join a Ward Club? Find out if your ancestor was a Freeman of a Livery Company? Stand for election as an Ale Conner? Or enjoy a curry lunch on HQS Wellington?  These and hundreds of other facts associated with the City, Livery and Freedom in modern times are to be found in this handy pocket guide which every Freeman should own.  Price:  £12.50

The Clerk strongly recommends this !!  She (Julie Fox) will put in a bulk order for Company members -  Contact: to place your order!

Get to know the City of Westminster!  Evening lectures and guided walks through June and July.... Information on Dates and Times etc.....  

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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