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Question - That the Minutes of the last Court are correctly recorded? pdf icon PDF 42 KB


Resolved:- That the minutes of the Court of Aldermen held on 2nd November 2022 were correctly recorded.

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To Pass a Vote of Thanks to the Late Lord Mayor


Resolved Unanimously:- That, this Court wishes to convey to Alderman Vincent Keaveny

its warmest thanks for the exemplary manner in which he has carried out the role of Lord Mayor of this City and its pleasure in having this opportunity to acknowledge that the Lord Mayor has at all times performed the duties of the office with commitment, dignity and great skill.


Throughout Vincent’s year, he has rigorously championed his Mayoral Theme, People and Purpose. This has been at the centre of his year and also led to the launch of Progress Together, seeking to create a financial services sector in the United Kingdom in which everyone working in it, from all socio-economic backgrounds, is both enabled and has the opportunity to achieve their full potential.


Hailing from Dublin, Vincent has served as the 693rd Lord Mayor, and has been the first Irishman to take up this mantle. Fortunately, his Mayoral year has seen the return of so many of our customary events, and so many of our traditions coming back to life, starting of course with the Lord Mayor’s Show. Many banquets, dinners and summits were held for the first time in several years and the Lord Mayor’s extensive travel, taking in Europe, North and South America, and Asia have enabled him to fly the flag for UK financial and professional services, and to make valuable new connections as well as strengthening old ones, in person once more.


Vincent has also worked ceaselessly here at home, successfully promoting and strengthening the City’s relationship with cities and economic centres outside of London, where two-thirds of the country’s financial services are based. The Lord Mayor has hosted many important occasions in Guildhall and Mansion House, including the Net Zero Delivery Summit, attended by the then Prime Minister and the Finance For

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Resolutions on retirements, Congratulatory Resolutions, Memorials etc.


Resolved Unanimously:- That, on the occasion of his retirement, Members of this Court take great pleasure in conveying to John Barradell OBE their gratitude and sincere appreciation for the distinguished manner in which he has carried out the role of Town Clerk and Chief Executive of the City of London Corporation over the past decade.


John joined the Corporation in 2012, appointed as the City’s 50th Town Clerk since 1274. Over the course of the past decade, his stewardship has included a plethora of significant and indeed historic events.


Having extensive experience and networks in the resilience and emergency management fields, he was key to leading the response to the COVID pandemic, not only within the City but Pan-London and also headed up work on the Government Grenfell Recovery Taskforce. John went on to play a key role in the Grenfell Inquiry and, as Deputy Chair of the London Resilience Partnership, regularly brings together all relevant agencies, private and public, to ensure that the City is planning for, well-prepared and able to respond to disruptive events.


John’s tenure has also allowed for much celebration and pageantry. John has attended numerous Lord Mayors Banquets, the most recent of these taking place just last week, multiple State Banquets and was also fortunate enough to play a key role in not one but two Royal Jubilee celebrations – the likes of which many are unlikely to ever witness again. More sombrely of course, John also joined this Court in the Proclamation of our new King on the steps of the Royal Exchange and represented the City at the funeral of her late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Second.  


Closer to home, John has successfully overseen the agreement of a number of Major Projects that will radically alter what the City is and does for

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Applications for the Freedom of the City pdf icon PDF 134 KB


The Chamberlain presented the names of one hundred and forty 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:-







Najim Hamdi Al-Baghdadi

a PHD Research Assistant

Portsmouth, Hampshire

International Bankers

Thaddeus Nii Acquah Afutu Anim-Somuah

an Engineer

Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands


David Andrew Preston Babbage

a Chief Financial Officer

Lewisham, London

Tax Advisers

Christopher William Barker

a Chartered Engineer

Leeds, West Yorkshire


Robert Digby Phillips Barnes

a Property Fund Manager, retired

Elstead, Surrey

Chartered Surveyors

John Campbell Bartlett

a Professional Marine Engineer, retired

Marylebone, London


David Michael Bean

a Government Relations Manager

Streatham, London


Nadia Louise Beckett

a Solicitor

Canterbury, Kent


Dr Monika Biddulph

a Business Consultant

Linton, Cambridgeshire


Andrew James Blair

an Investment Management Director

Battersea, London


Luke Seymour Boase

a Founder

West Kensington, London


Thomas Antony Bott

a Brewery Managing Director

Tottenham, London


Leonard Arthur Bowman

a Pension Actuary

Wrington, North Somerset


Dr Barbara Caroline Bradbury

a Healthcare Consultancy Managing Director

Liss, Hampshire


John Richard Graeme Bryson

a Resorts Company Chief Executive Officer

Chiswick, London

Coachmakers & Coach Harness Makers

Robert William Bull

a Property Development Director

Bath, Somerset


Jacqueline Chan

an Auditor and Chartered Accountant

East Acton, London

Gold & Silver Wyre Drawers

Liam Colm Charalambou

a Solicitor

Surrey Docks, London


Peter Anthony Christopher-Ohrt

a Health and Safety Consultancy Director

South Ascot, Berkshire

Glass Sellers

Timothy James Clover

a Lens Manufacturing Company Chief Executive

Crondall, Hampshire

Spectacle Makers

Michael Joseph Conlon

an NHS Director of Operations

Epsom, Surrey


Greville Brodley Coomer

a Building Supplies Company Managing Director

Holybourne, Hampshire

Builders Merchants

Cristina Zaviera Cortes

an Energy Company Commercial Director, retired

Purley, Surrey

World Traders


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Report: General Purposes Committee of Aldermen


There was no report.

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Court of Hustings:-


Resolved Unanimously:- That the Court of Hustings NOTE the appointment by the Lord Mayor of Michael Hockney, MBE  as Deputy Gauger for his Mayoralty and of William Robert Stark and Nicole Calanit Hausdorff as Assistant Deputy Gaugers for the same period.


At the conclusion of the Court of Hustings, the Lord Mayor wished all members of the Court, the High Officers, and all others present or observing the meeting online, a very happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year. In reply, and on behalf of the Court of Aldermen, Alderman Ian Luder wished the Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayoress a very happy Christmas and New Year.

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