Master's Report - November 2017
Lord Imbert. It is with great regret and sadness that I report the death of Lord Imbert, Honorary Liveryman of the Company, former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and HM Lord Lieutenant for Greater London, and father of Past Master Simon Imbert. He died on the morning of 13th November with Iris, Lady Imbert, at his side. I have passed my personal condolences and, as Master, those of the Company, to Simon and his family.
General issues of interest
Four candidates for the position of Assistant Clerk were interviewed by the Treasurer, Clerk and myself on 10th October. All were strong contenders and we offered the position to Major Steve Wake. He has previously been the full-time Clerk to the Woolmen, so brings considerable Livery and administrative experience with him. He was appointed on 1st November 2017 and we welcome him on board. This appointment has been a long time coming and I am sure it will make an enormous difference to the efficiency and support the Clerk’s team can offer the membership and events.
We rely on the four Standing Committees to undertake all the planning and engagement to run the Company; they are: Financial and General Purposes, Marketing and Fundraising, Membership and Services (for our Affiliates). We are always seeking pro-active individuals to join and lend their energy and expertise to help drive the Company along. To be a member you should be a Liveryman or at least a Freeman seeking to take Livery. All four Chairmen are looking for energetic and pro-active members to join them and help make a difference. Two years good service on a Standing Committee makes you eligible for election to the Court.
There are currently four, who while robed, make a real contribution by assisting the Master, Clerk and Beadle to organise and host events. Elected annually for up to three years, individuals should show promise for advancement or serious commitment to the Company without wishing to engage in its management. More volunteers are needed. If you are interested, then contact the Clerk.
Common Hall –22 November.
Runs from 5.15-8.00 pm, concluding with a Reception. It includes presentations from the Master, on the current state of the Company, and from the Chairman of the Charitable Trust Board. We will inrole new Apprentices, grant Freedoms to several completing Apprentices, grant three Companionships, admit new Freemen and clothe Liverymen. Aldermanic Sheriff Tim Hailes will present further commendations for bravery as part of Sheriffs’ Award and our annual awards for outstanding dogs in the security sector. Do come and support.
Representing the Company, I have attended the following events:
In terms of our own events, reports which appear on the website at: http://www.wcosp.org/news-photos
On 21st September JP Morgan were at their very generous best again in hosting the annual City of London Police Commissioner’s Dinner in their superb 17th floor dining room in Canary Warf. Commissioner Ian Dyson gave a fascinating insight into policing in the City and fielded a Q&A session afterwards. Our VIP guests included both the Sheriffs of the City of London –Alderman Tim Hailes and Neil Redcliffe. Alderman Charles Bowman (now the Lord Mayor) attended at my personal invitation, and in his Toast to the Company he was lavish in his praise of this dynamic and progressive Modern Livery Company. The event raised some £10,000 for our Charitable Trust.
The Annual Dinner on 9th October at Merchant Taylors’ Hall was a quite splendid evening. The men in their dinner jackets and the ladies in their fine evening dresses were a lovely spectacle. Our principal guest was Sheriff Neil Redcliffe who presented this year’s City of London Sheriffs’ Award for Bravery to an outstandingly brave but very modest man, PC Wayne Marques, who had fought the knife wielding London Bridge attackers with only his police baton. A truly well-deserved award.
Also, Neil Catton was presented with this year’s Provost Marshal (Army) Sword for his outstanding contribution to the Company.
It was also my pleasure to present Past Consort Brooches to Linda Neville, Doug Milburn (husband of PM Una Riley), Pauline Stewart and PM Nigel Churton for his wife Kate. The RAF Salon Orchestra played throughout the evening, capping their very well-received performance with a memorable and entertaining Post Horn Gallop played by the RAF Trumpeter.
I look forward to meeting many of you during the forthcoming festive period, particularly at the Carol Service at St Peter ad Vincula in the Tower of London on 7th December and at our Christmas Lunch on 15th December in Saddlers’ Hall.
14 November 2017