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To pass a Vote of Thanks to the late Lord Mayor.


Resolved unanimously:- That, this Court wishes to convey to Charles Edward Beck Bowman its sincere appreciation and thanks for the distinguished manner in which he has carried out the demanding role of Lord Mayor of the City of London during the past year.


Throughout Charles’s Mayoralty, which has resulted in him travelling to more than 25 countries including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Europe, Africa, Asia and South America he has enthusiastically championed the UK’s Financial and Related Services sectors.  In addition, as host to a wide range of events and visits in the UK, Charles has played a key role in furthering economic diplomacy and the promotion of London as a world-class centre for business, drawing on his experience of having worked in the financial services sector for over 33 years and identifying ways to encourage the younger generation to engage with the City and all it has to offer.


Through the defining theme of his Mayoral year, the Business of Trust, Charles actively sought to lead a programme that encourages better business which is trusted by society. The programme, which will continue to have a long-term impact beyond his Mayoral term, has engaged people at levels, from school children to representatives from the Government and leading figures in the financial City.


Charles’s commitment and enthusiasm have also been unfailing in respect of his philanthropic work and his support for the Livery.  The Lord Mayor’s Appeal has strived to deliver ground breaking programmes with three charity partners, Place2Be, OnSide Youth Zones and Samaritans, as well delivering outcomes through three thought leadership initiatives: The Power of Diversity, This is Me and City Giving Day. Throughout this busy year, in all of his work and even during two sponsored abseils, the Lord Mayor has received the unending support and dedication of the Lady Mayoress, Samantha, who has herself undertaken an exciting and engaging programme which included the City Dip – a five-hour charity swim - and a fund-raising karaoke night.


In taking their leave of Charles Edward Beck Bowman as the 690th Lord Mayor of this City, his colleagues sincerely hope that he, Samantha, Grace and Charlotte will long retain many happy memories of a very successful year in Office.


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