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Question - that the Minutes of the last Court are correctly recorded? pdf icon PDF 83 KB


Resolved: That the minutes of the Court of Aldermen held on 7th June 2022 were correctly recorded.

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Resolutions on retirements, Congratulatory Resolutions, Memorials etc.


(i)          Resolved:- That in taking their leave of




upon his retirement as Alderman for the Ward of Bridge and Bridge Without, this Court desires to place on record its most sincere appreciation of the exemplary service that he has given to the City Corporation and, in particular, to this Court, over the past fifteen years.


Alan was first admitted to this Court as Alderman for the Ward of Bridge and Bridge Without in February 2007.


During his tenure, Alan has served on many of the City Corporation’s key committees, including the Policy and Resources Committee, the Finance Committee and the Planning and Transportation Committee. He has also been an active and enthusiastic member of several livery companies, namely the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers, the Worshipful Company of International Bankers and the Glaziers.


He faithfully served the ancient office of Sheriff of the City of London in 2011/12 before becoming Lord Mayor in September 2014. As the 687th Lord Mayor, Alan was most ably supported by Gilly, the Lady Mayoress who herself undertook a varied programme with passion and commitment. Throughout his Mayoralty, Alan was tireless in his efforts to promote the City as a financial and professional services centre, both at home and overseas. Indeed, his Mayoral motto for the year – Creating Wealth, Giving Time, Supporting People – was evident through all that he did, and informed a number of key initiatives aimed at promoting a better understanding of the positive role played by the financial and professional services industry. City Giving Day, now a well-known annual event that unites businesses in the City and beyond through their charity and community partnerships, was launched to great aplomb the year prior to Alan’s Mayoralty and in 2015, under Alan Yarrow, it gained huge momentum

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Applications for the Freedom of the City pdf icon PDF 156 KB


The Chamberlain presented the names of one hundred and fifty-nine persons to be made free of this City, and it is Ordered that they be admitted into the Freedom of this City accordingly, as follows:







John Aitken

a Shipping Company General Secretary, retired


Drymen, Glasgow

Master Mariners

Matthew Richard Alden

a Catering Company Director


Oxford, Oxfordshire


Prudence Felicity Allen

a Solicitor, retired

Horsham, West Sussex



David Andrew Allman

an Executive Headteacher

Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire



Charles Stuart James Anslow-Wilson


a Surveyor



Ruth Debra Bailey

a Nurse

Brighton, East Sussex



Helen Eveleen Barlow

a Registered General Nurse


Hale, Cheshire


Robert John Beales

a Construction Company Senior Manager


Norwich, Norfolk


Cllr Michael Beckett

a Foodbank Charity Chief Officer

Brightlingsea, Essex

Chartered Secretaries & Administrators

Simon Bennett

a Managment Consultant

Palmers Green, Enfield

Information Technologists


Laurence Peter


Francis Besemer

a Claims Consultancy Company Director


Basingstoke, Hampshire




Professor Susan Elizabeth Black, OBE

a Computer Science Professor

Surbiton, Surrey

Information Technologists


Brian Robert Boag, JP

an International Development Associate Dean


Salford, Greater Manchester



Jeremy Charles Boulton

a Banking Head of Compliance, retired


Sevenoaks, Kent


Christian Robert Brash

a Timber Importers Company Chairman, retired


Retford, Nottinghamshire

Tylers & Bricklayers

Geoffrey Maurice Buchanan

a Farming Business Owner


Hasketon, Woodbridge, Suffolk



Christy Burdock

an Artist


Stationers & Newspaper Makers


Professor Jacqueline Anne Cassell

a Public Health Clinical Professor

Lewes, East Sussex


Christopher Chapman

a Soldier

York, Yorkshire



Shreyas Uday Chipalkatty

a Shipping Finance Banker

Wickham Bishops, Essex



Major (red) Matthew Roger Christmas, MA (Oxon)

a Head of Engagement

Redhill, Surrey

The Worshipful Company Educators


Professor Howard William Clark

a Professor of Medicine


Nine Elms


Damian Clarke

a Writer




Daniel William Clarkson

a Construction Company Director

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Application for Freedom of the City, and in the Company Named:-

Name                      Company

Mallory Factor         Drapers

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Application of the following to be recorded as a Freeman of the City in the Company named:-


Name                                      Company

Mallory Factor                         Draper


Read and Agreed to.

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Report: General Purposes Committee of Aldermen


Guidance for Liveries and Guilds – Conduct of Virtual Business

The Chairman of the General Purposes Committee reminded the Court that, at its meeting back in May, the General Purposes Committee had considered a further report setting out the current practice in respect of the decision-making processes of Livery Companies and Guilds, specifically in relation to the conduct of virtual meetings. In summary, the General Purposes Committee were supportive of certain aspects of Guild or Livery business taking place physically, in hybrid form or virtually on a permanent basis, as the Guild or Livery Company sees fit and consequently recommended this to the Court. However, there was one additional aspect recommended by the General Purposes Committee at that same meeting that also now required the formal consideration of this Court. It was therefore recommend that the Court also support that, specifically with regard to Livery Company Freedom Ceremonies, some flexibility be introduced as to how these might be conducted, such that a minority of them may take place virtually if occasion requires.


Resolved Unanimously: - That the Court of Aldermen support that, specifically with regard to Livery Company Freedom Ceremonies, some flexibility be introduced as to how these might be conducted, such that a minority of them may take place virtually if occasion requires.


Petition of the Guild of HR Professionals for Company without Livery Status

It was reported that the General Purposes Committee of Aldermen had approved the petition of the Guild of HR Professionals to be recognised as a Company without Livery and now wished to make a recommendation thereon to the Court of Aldermen. By way of brief background, it was reported that this Court had recognised the Guild of HR Professionals as a Guild of the City of London on 9 September 2014. A

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