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Question - that the Minutes of the last Court are correctly recorded? pdf icon PDF 290 KB


Resolved: - That the minutes of the Court of Aldermen held on 15TH May 2023 were correctly recorded.



[The minutes of the Court of Common Council were on the table.]


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Resolutions on retirements, Congratulatory Resolutions, Memorials etc.


Resolved Unanimously:- That in taking their leave of Alderman Ian David Luder, CBE

upon his retirement as Alderman for the Ward of Castle Baynard, this Court desires to place on record its most sincere appreciation of the service that he has given to the City Corporation and, in particular, to this Court, over the past twenty-five years.


Ian has been the elected member of a local authority since he was 25 years old. His service with the Corporation began when he was first elected to the Court of Common Council for the Ward of Farrington Without in 1998. Subsequently, in 2005, he was admitted to this Court as Alderman for the Ward of Castle Baynard. In 2007, Ian was elected to the Office of Sheriff of the City of London and, in 2008, as the City’s 681st Lord Mayor. During his Mayoralty, Ian worked tirelessly, with the support of his wife Lin, as an ambassador for London, promoting the City as a top-tier global financial centre.  Ian has been re-elected to this Court twice, first in 2011 and again most recently in 2017. During his time as Senior Aldermen of this Court, Ian has taken part in once-in-a-lifetime events such as her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee and the recent coronation of our new monarch, King Charles III.


Ian has served on over 20 different committees during his time with the Corporation, including as Chairman or Deputy Chairman of at least nine of those, including, most notably, the Finance Committee, the Audit & Risk Management Committee and the Local Government Pensions Board.


Born at Mile End Hospital and educated at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School, Ian went on to study Economics and Economic History at University College London. As a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser, he was a

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Applications for the Freedom of the City pdf icon PDF 177 KB


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


Neil Richard Tom A'Bear

a Commercial Surveyor

Fulham, London

Chartered Surveyors


Nigel Barry Adams

a Solicitor, retired

Dulwich, London

Stationers & Newspaper Makers


Ishtiaq Lone Ahmad

a Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Company Director


Worcester, Worcestershire


MorenikeOlubukunola Ajayi, MBE

a Chartered Accountant


Gravesend, Kent


Mark Adam Ashenden

a Supply Chain Management Head


Sidcup, Kent


Paul Roy Avery

a Fruit Company Commercial Director


Little Baddow, Essex


Robert Andrew Bailey

a Chartered Surveyor, retired


South Croydon, Surrey

Spectacle Makers

Dennis John Baker

a Professor of Law

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire



Colin Andrew Barr

a Marine Human Resources Director

Troon, South Ayrshire, Scotland


Master Mariners

Victoria Ruth Barrett

an Optometrist

Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire


Spectacle Makers

Benjamin Rory Bayliss

an Education Company Director


Snodland, Kent


Dr Luigi Belluzzo

a Tax and Wealth Advisor

Kensington and Chelsea, London


Tax Advisers

Donna Claire Berry

an Electrical Business Director


Brentwood, Essex


Bhavini Bhatt

a Lawyer

Harrow, London



Steven Andrew Boon

a Wine and Spirit Company President


Nassau, Bahamas


Louisa Mary Henderson Born

an Estate Agent

Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire



Benedict Lenthall Bridge

a Defence and Aerospace Company Chairman


St James's, London

Coachmakers & Coach Harness Makers

Professor Susan Beatrice Phyllis Brindley


a University Lecturer

Upper Nazeing, Essex


Kim Michele Burelli

a Legal Cashier

Brentwood, Essex



Adrian Stewart Burns

a Royal Air Force Officer

Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Chartered Secretaries & Administrators


Oliver David Andres Campbell

a Property Developer


Muswell Hill, London


Joanne Elizabeth Carroll


a Registered Nurse

Hitchin, Hertfordshire


Stephen Robert Cave

a Coaching Company Director

Halesworth, Suffolk

Human Resource Professionals


In Hoi Chan 


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Report: Nominations Committee of Aldermen


Election of Lord Mayor – Arrangements for Common Hall

The Court of Aldermen considered a recommendation of its Nominations Committee of Aldermen relative to electoral procedures for Common Hall and Mayoral elections.


Resolved Unanimously: - That the Court of Aldermen agree:


(a) That an Alderman in formal nomination may seek the Court’s agreement for their name not to be listed and read out in Common Hall;


(b) That there be an undertaking that all Aldermen past the Chair will (unless specifically requested) not have their names listed and read out in Common Hall;


(c) That all current Aldermen be asked to acknowledge the undertaking and that it be added to the list of those signed by new Aldermen;


(d) That those Aldermen who wish their names to be listed in nomination in Common Hall submit their CV and updated declarations by 1st September in any given year to the Chair of the Nominations Committee;


(e) That where an Aldermanic Sheriff is in nomination, his or her role as Returning Officer should be undertaken by the Comptroller and City Solicitor, or in his or her absence, the Remembrancer; and


(f) That the Comptroller and City Solicitor and the Remembrancer should act as Returning Officers where there are two Aldermanic Sheriffs in nomination.

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Report: General Purposes Committee of Aldermen


There was no report.

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The Town Clerk lay before the Court a letter of surrender of office from Alderman Sir William Russell offering to surrender his Office of Alderman of the Ward of Bread Street.

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