Agenda and minutes

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Question - that the minutes of the last Court are correctly recorded? pdf icon PDF 235 KB


Resolved: - That the minutes of the Court of Aldermen held on 12th September 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, upon his retirement as Alderman for the Ward of Langbourn, this Court desires to place on record its most sincere appreciation of the service that Alderman Sir David Wootton has given to the City Corporation and, in particular, to this Court, over the past twenty-one years.


His service with the Corporation began when he was first elected to the Court of Common Council for the Ward of Farringdon Within in 2002. Subsequently, in 2005, he was admitted to this Court as Alderman for the Ward of Langbourn. In 2009, Sir David was elected to the Office of Sheriff of the City of London and, in 2012, he became the City’s 684th Lord Mayor. Sir David’s Mayoral year was littered with once-in-a-lifetime events such as her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the London Olympic and Paralympic games. During his Mayoralty, Sir David worked tirelessly as an ambassador and strived, both at home and abroad, to promote the City and the UK as a key business centre, ensuring it was ‘Fit for the Future – the title of his Mayoral theme. He was knighted in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to legal business, charity and the City of London.


A proud Yorkshireman, Sir David was born in Bradford and began his early education at Bradford Grammar School before attending Jesus College, Cambridge, to read Classics and then Law. A lawyer by profession, he was a partner at Allen & Overy from 1979 to 2015,  specialising in corporate transactions and corporate governance.


Continuing this passion for governance, Sir David has served on numerous committees during his time with the Corporation. He has acted as Chairman or Deputy Chairman of a number of those, including, most notably,  Deputy Chairman of the Finance Committee and long-serving Chairman

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The Comptroller and City Solicitor to report the result of the Wardmote held on Thursday, 7th September 2023 for the election of an Alderman for the Ward of Bread Street.


The Comptroller & City Solicitor reported the result of the Wardmote held on 7th

September 2023 for the Election of an Alderman for the Ward of Bread Street.


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Bridgemasters Oath


The Bridgemasters, Mr Martin Frank Howard and Mr Peter Gordon Bennett, made

the prescribed declaration under the Promissory Oaths Act 1868 for the due

execution of the Office.


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Applications for the Freedom of the City. pdf icon PDF 99 KB


The Chamberlain presented the names of seventy-three 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:-



Nicholas Allen


a Fruit Company Chief Executive



Maidstone, Kent



Stuart Murray Anderson

a Furniture Company Director


Guildford, Surrey

Furniture Makers

John Henry Ash

an Oil Rig Manager, retired

Cudham, Kent

Tin Plate Workers Alias Wire Workers


Dr Christopher Mark Ashcroft

a Trainee Patent Attorney


Vauxhall, London


Simon Mark Askey

a Drinks Company Distribution Director


Tockington, Gloucestershire


Fabian Urs Bebler

a Bank Marketing Operations Director

Oberwil, Basel-Landschaft, Switzerland



Scott Thomas Bell

a Solicitor

Langho, Lancashire



Dolores Josephine Mary Frances Bray-Ash, MBE JP

a Professional Development Centre Deputy Director


Cudham, Kent

Tin Plate Workers Alias Wire Workers

Mark Leslie Bunker

a Communications Consultancy Company Director


Chislehurst, London


Matthew David Burrows

a Farrier

Worcester, Worcestershire



Jane Cumming

a Public Relations Company Director

Beauly, Inverness-Shire, Scotland



Tom James Daniel

an Investment Company Managing Partner


Notting Hill, London


Colonel Jeffrey James Douglass, LOM

a Communications Consultant

Seattle, Washington, United States of America



Alexander Edward Driver

a Scotch Whisky Marketing Specialist


Putney, London


Peter William Durber

a Fruit Company Director


Putney, London


Tiggy Frances Mary Elwes

a Food Product Developer


Elsham, Lincolnshire


Philip John Everett-Lyons

a Rum Company Founder and Chief Executive


Modbury, Devon


Mark Anthony Flynn

an Auction House Director


Wick, Gloucestershire

Furniture Makers

Carole Angela Foster

a News Editor

Epwell, Oxfordshire



Roy Freedman

a Security Company Chief Operating Officer


Edgware, London

Security Professionals

Michael Daniel Gale

a Fresh Meat Operations Consultant


Aldershot, Hampshire


Hannah Clare Gibson

a Company Secretary

Eastbourne, East Sussex

Chartered Secretaries

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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 Prem Goyal, OBE offering to surrender his Office of Alderman of the Ward of Portsoken.



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