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NL November/December 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.

What’s up?

New Freemen

Richard Cummings

Steve Huntley

Lee Newitt

Lucinda Peniston-Baines

Rachel Whitehouse

Roger Williams


Returning Freemen

Robert Fonteijn


Freedom of the City

Simon Engwell (and family)


New Liverymen

Steve Cant

Bernard Harvey

Tim Jenkins

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Issue 15:  Nov/Dec 2014


A quick apology: We trust that you were not gnawing your fingers to the bone awaiting this issue? We delayed publication until after last week's Court meeting so that we could include a notice regarding the appointment of a new Clerk (see below). Normal scheduling will resume in January (well that is what Patrick has promised Elizabeth!).


Toughing it out in Mumbai - matching Indian wine with Indian food.....   Father of the Livery, Calvert Markham, is educated by a state Sommelier Champion....   


Rough and Tumblr at the New Master's Reception. Bruising Lesson No. One - Make sure you know where your speaker is going to stand before you set your camera up....  

Freeman Simon Davey taking the Company's first steps into online video and live material... 


Leading the former Lord Mayor's "Power of Diversity Programme"....     Freeman Charlotte Sweeney gives us an Overview....


How can we give them the answer they want when they're trying to solve the wrong problem?   Freeman Simon Engwell demonstrating that Large Projects are not the same as Small Projects....


Educating the profession: the future of Consulting....?   Liveryman Benjamin Taylor focusing on market disruption and its implications....      


The Lord Mayor's Show -  What an experience!   Assistant Heather Matheson connecting with the crowds cheering the Management Consultants.....   


The Music Interest Group   Liveryman Drewe Lacey leads us from Westminster Cathedral to the fleshpots of Soho....


Re-live the new Master's Reception....   Freeman Simon Davey live tumblr blogs this glittering event... 



You will all be aware that Adèle Thorpe is leaving the Company and that Julie Fox has kindly agreed to become our Interim Clerk, endorsed by Court and supported by Jackie Johnson, whilst we undertake our recruitment process.  The following advertisement is being released to attract potential candidates for our Clerk vacancy.  Please feel free to contact Heather Matheson directly if you would like a copy:

The Worshipful Company of Management Consultants

Clerk (Part-Time)

The Worshipful Company of Management Consultants is a great Modern Livery Company with a membership whose professional focus is the positive transformation of organisations, reflected in our motto Change through Wisdom.  We provide a unique opportunity to engage with those shaping the future of the UK in the Corporate and Civic City networks.  We share in the traditions, power and values of the Livery, evolved to match the context of the 21st century.  Delivering on our aims of charitable support centred on helping and developing Third Sector organisations, education and member fellowship, the Company encourages excellence in all aspects of management consultancy. 

To support our strategy of growth and our continued commitment to be a leading player in the modern Civic City, we are inviting applications for the post of Clerk, commencing in early 2015 and working an average of 50 hours per month. The successful applicant, together with the Assistant Clerk, will be expected to play a representational role in supporting the objectives of the Company, together with fulfilling the activities of the Clerk’s Office. 

The Clerk works closely with the Master, Wardens and Court to help implement the Company’s strategy.  The Clerk’s Office is responsible for expertly managing the finances of the Company; liaising with the Membership; managing relationships with the City Livery; working with members to organise events; organising Court meetings; and producing related reports and communications.  The Clerk is also required to accompany the Master at formal daytime and evening functions.

If you believe you have the appropriate skills for this position, and aspire to our objectives for growth and relevance, please contact Heather Matheson at Friary West on 01621 840241 or by emailing her attaching your CV and salary expectations. The closing date for applications is 6 January 2015.



NOTICES (continued)

Inter-Livery Bridge Competition - Monday, 2nd March 2015, at Drapers' Hall They will host 64 Team Pairs to two sessions of bridge, a 2-course supper with wines and trophy awards, with a stirrup cup in the Grand Livery Hall. Further details and entry form, Rules etc can be downloaded under Company Events at

The 600th anniversary of the iconic battle of Agincourt is planned for 2015, through the staging of a series of events.  These include a Banquet at Guildhall on 22 September 2015 and a service of commemoration on 29 October 2015 at Westminster Abbey, where Henry V lies.  It was on that day in 1415 when the newly-elected Lord Mayor, Nicholas Wootton, Citizen & Draper, was due to go in great pomp to be sworn in at the Palace of Westminster. Instead, he and his aldermen, accompanied by a large crowd, “walked on foot like pilgrims” to Westminster Abbey to give thanks.  Details of the Key Dates will follow: - these begin [at an unspecified date] in March, with a special showing of the film Henry V with historical commentary at the Institute of Historical Research.  Plus on 31 March an evening of lectures on the theme of “Agincourt and The City of London” at the London Guildhall. For more information see the following website -

Management Consultants diagnostics of the Xmas Turkey industry:  Why did the Turkey cross the road??  Deregulation of the turkey's side of the road was threatening its dominant position. The turkey was faced with significant challenges to create and develop the competencies required for the newly competitive market. WCoMC, in a partnering relationship with the client, helped the turkey by re-thinking the physical distribution strategy and implementation processes.

Using the Poultry Integration Model (PIM), WCoMC helped the turkey use its skills, methodologies, knowledge, capital and experience to align the turkey's people, processes and technology in support of its overall strategy within a Programme Management framework. WCoMC convened a diverse spectrum of road analysts and best turkeys along with consultants with deep skills in the transportation industry, to engage in a 2-day itinerary of meetings in order to leverage their personal knowledge capital - both tacit and explicit - and to enable them to synergise with each other in order to achieve the implicit goals of successfully architecting and implementing a value framework across the poultry industry. 

The meeting was held in a park-like setting, built upon a consistent, clear and unified market message, and in alignment with the turkey's mission, vision and core values. This proved conducive towards the creation of a total business integration solution.  WCoMC assisted the turkey to change and thereby become more acceptable to its core market ..... [Contributed by Pradip Lotlecar]



And finally:

Have you checked out what this group of pedestrians did one day in November? See Heather's article (with further pictures from the day's march!)





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