Apologies for absence were received from The Rt. Hon the Lord Mayor, Alderman William Russell, Alderman Nicholas Anstee, Alderman David Graves, Alderman Timothy Hailes, Alderman Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC and Alderman Sir Alan Yarrow.
At this point in the proceedings, the Chairman congratulated Alderman Vincent Keaveny upon his recent election as the Lord Mayor for 2021/22. He also extended the Committee’s congratulations to Aldermen Alison Gowman and Nicholas Lyons upon them taking office as the Sheriffs for the year ensuing. The Chairman then commented on Aldermen Michael Mainelli and Alastair’s King involvement, on behalf of the Government, with a trade mission to Djibouti; and Alderman Michael Mainelli’s role on the Board of the Livery Companies Apprenticeship Scheme.