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SPECIAL PROJECT FOR 2014/2015 – Support for MyBnk – How you can help
For 2014/2015 the Trustees have decided to refocus CALC’s giving so as to make a greater impact to a chosen charity both financially and Member support and they have chosen MyBnk from a list of charities nominated by Liverymen. MyBnk delivers financial and enterprise education programmes directly to young people aged 11 to 25 in schools and youth organisations.
Support – In 2013/14 a grant of £50,000 has been awarded to
- fund the post of one new MyBnk Education Officer who will deliver 500 hours of education programmes to 3,500 young people and
- enable MyBnk to deliver financial literacy projects to 8 new secondary schools
Subject to annual review, increased funding will be offered for a further 2 years
How Members can help
- As ‘Ambassadors’ - This link http://mybnk.org/workwithus/request-a-session/ connects to the MyBnk web site where more information can be found about its operations and to a form that Members may complete to recommend schools within London and the Home Counties to take up CALC funded programmes. The area will be extended in later years and research need not be limited to the South East.
- As mentors – Three Liverymen are already acting as mentors to young entrepreneurs
- As trainers – Liverymen as well qualified to provide training and advice to MyBnk staff
- Category: Dinner Reports
Installation Dinner - Vintners’ Hall – Thursday, 16th October
The Company’s new year started in fine style at the historic Vintners’ Hall, originally founded in 1446 and rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1666. Inside, its richly carved panelling was offset with fine portraits and impressive silverware. This was the changing of the guard: at the immediately preceding Court meeting, Mark Spofforth and Michael Jeans were sworn in as the new Senior and Junior Wardens respectively before we crossed Lower Thames Street to St James Garlickhythe for the Installation Service.
This site has been a sacred place since 1100 and the church is also a post-Fire rebuild, becoming known as “Wren’s Lantern”, as the famous architect designed it to be so full of light. Here, the centrepiece of a moving service was the sermon by Revd Prebendary Nick Mercer, who kindly stood in for our Chaplain, as she is serving this year as Chaplain to Sheriff Fiona Adler. The service itself was conducted by the incumbent, Revd Guy Treweek, who capped a stellar banking career with an economics PhD from Tokyo, before becoming ordained: Livery dinners generate some fascinating conversations.
Before any conversation, though, David Illingworth, who had manned the receiving line looking somewhat underdressed, because the Master Elect wears neither gown nor badge, finally became our Master and, in turn, invested Immediate Past Master Michael Fowle with the Past Master’s badge. Master Illingworth fed and watered us remarkably well, but kept us guessing about his tastes: is he as conservative as the salmon, beef and berries on our plates would suggest, or as adventurous as the South African Acacia Tree wines imply? future events will reveal – meanwhile the Warre’s Warrior NV provided an excellent afternote.
The speeches accompanying the port followed the usual pattern. The new Junior Warden welcomed two freshly clothed Liverymen of high standing in our profession: Institute Deputy President Andrew Ratcliffe and CABA Chairman Richard Wade. This first speech as Warden can be nervewracking but not, I suspect, for a Past Master Haberdasher. The Senior Warden welcomed the guests, with a reply by Sir John Armitt, whose chairmanships of the Olympic Delivery Authority, Network Rail and National Express amply qualified him to speak with Olympian authority on leadership.
The Master then rounded off the evening by starting a new tradition, presenting a Sword of Honour to the year’s outstanding young officer from 47 Squadron, our affiliated RAF unit. Luckily, Flight Lieutenant Darren Ryllo and his Commanding Officer, Wing Commander Graeme Gault, had defied road closures and delays to dash in just in time for the start of dinner: the sword was duly presented. Movingly, when the citation was read, the Company rose in a spontaneous standing ovation, demonstrating our feelings for the armed forces in general and 47 Squadron in particular – a fitting way to end a memorable Installation.
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Winter Dinner - 4 February 2015
A full house of over one hundred and fifty attended the Winter Dinner. Master David Illingworth welcomed us all and, referring to his theme of integrity, commented that there should be no gap between what we say, believe and do. Our guest speaker was Ms Helena Morrissey CBE, CEO of Newton Investment Managers, Chair of the Investment Management Association and founder of the 30% Club, which aims, through voluntary, business-led change, to achieve 30% of women on UK corporate boards. In an inspiring speech on trust and integrity, Helena reminded us that trust is a social and moral issue that requires us all to look at our values. Our aim should not be short-term survival, but long-term revival. An organisation’s culture needs to allow people to stop and think, to use their heads and their hearts. For Helena, people and principles need to be in place first and, if you have those right, the result will be a trusted and trustworthy business.
Earlier in the evening, Junior Warden, Mike Jeans had welcomed four new liverymen clothed that day, Anthony Carey, Simon Collins, Robin Fieth and Paul von der Heyde. Senior Warden Mark Spofforth then welcomed our guests and in so doing advised us that the market penetration of ICAEW Members as Masters of Livery Companies this year exceeds 20%. He was delighted that seven of them had been able to join us. Then, after we had all agreed that the food was excellent, our Senior Warden confessed that our chef that evening was a member of the ubiquitous Spofforth clan!
I asked those sitting near me what were their highlights of the evening. For my two guests, it was the privilege of hearing Helena Morrissey speak, the good food and conversation and the relief of successfully negotiating the Loving Cup challenge! For Stuart Hancock, one of our few Welsh-based liverymen, it was seeing the panels in the Banqueting Hall which had been painted by Sir Frank Brangwyn, after whom Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall had been named. For liveryman David Walker, hotfoot from York, ‘The dinner encapsulated why us “out of town” Members make the effort and go to the expense of attending. Stunning venue, excellent food and wine, a great way to entertain but also to catch up with old friends – and with history and purpose thrown in as well. The winter dinner had all of the above.’
It had indeed been an evening of percentages – the 30% Club, 20% market penetration and, above all, a 100% success.
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A warm spring evening saw 140 members and guests assemble at Saddlers Hall for the spring dinner. The clement weather led to some expressing disappointment that the reception was inside the fourth hall that the Saddlers have built in Gutter Lane. The first, built in 1393, was destroyed in the Great Fire, the second also succumbed to flames in 1821 (although by this time fire insurance had been invented which eased the financial pain of re-building). The third hall was destroyed during the Blitz with the consequence that the current, beautiful, hall is relatively modern.
Fortified by a glass of bubbly at the convivial reception, we braced ourselves for Common Hall which in fact was over almost before it started with the Master claiming the record for the shortest ever Annual General Meeting! An excellent meal of salmon and venison followed although initially some of us, perhaps with limited culinary knowledge, expressed anxiety about the unfamiliar menu description of dessert as Sussex Pond Pudding, which, of course, proved to be totally unfounded.
The assembled company replete, the Junior Warden, Mike Jeans, formally introduced the four new livery members who had been clothed at the Court Meeting earlier: David Allen, Liz Rylatt, Rod Sellers, and David Adams.
The Senior Warden, Mark Spofforth, then rose to welcome all our guests, mentioning individually the five Masters of fellow Livery Companies in attendance and the guest speaker, Gareth Davis. Gareth spent 35 years at Imperial Tobacco and was ranked 13th best performing CEO in the world by the Harvard Business Review. He also courted controversy by holding three chairmanships at the same time. Gareth’s erudite response to the toast was wide ranging. He began by commenting that the sung grace had been performed by the worst choir he had ever heard then went on to reveal his 12 rules for good leadership which were poignant and illuminating as well as giving us an insight into some of the reasons for his success in business. However it was perhaps rule 12 that most of us remembered as it is “most of all have fun”. Like all good speakers he finished on a high with an amusing anecdote about our wildest dreams.
The Master then presented a ceremonial sword to the Harrow and Wembley Sea Cadets which was accepted on their behalf by Petty Officer Richard Crick. The formalities were concluded by the Master reminding us of, and encouraging our participation in, forthcoming events. We finally retired for a Stirrup Cup and tried to remember the 12 rules.