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19 December 2023

My Year as The Sheriff of the City of London

It has been a full and enjoyable year serving you as the Sheriff of the City of London.   As an elected representative I believe I have a duty to report on my performance to my electorate, which I hope many of you will have seen through the various platforms of social media, Member's Reports, and via my website gallery and regular blogs. As the Shrieval year draws to a close, I am pleased to share a summary of the past year.

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13 August 2023

July….soldier, sailor…..

A very busy month filled with significant events…amongst many others.

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12 July 2023

A tale of Three Cities…

June saw visits to key cities of York and Glasgow, and numerous events in the City of London.

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19 June 2023

Of Royalty, charity… three funerals and a wedding

The unquestioned highlight of May - having lost my Father, my beloved Aunt, and Marian her Mum all in the last few weeks - was our getting married at St Bride’s Church followed by a Wedding Lunch at The Old Bailey. Apparently becoming the first serving Sheriff to have been married in their year of office. Oh! And yes, there was a Coronation too.

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14 May 2023

A World First …..

Leaders from the PE, VC, valuation, fund management, pensions, insurance, risk, reinsurance, accountancy, innovation, banking, academic, creative, asset management, tax, and M&A industries gathered at the Old Bailey to engage in a lively debate following ‘A world first’ presentation from Brand Finance.

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08 May 2023

Energy - Context, Clarity and Challenge

Delighted to be the Guest Speaker – alongside Past Master Fueller HRH The Duke of Edinburgh - at the Election Luncheon of The Fuellers where I called for less ‘Greenwash’ and more Context, Clarity and Challenge from experts if we are to achieve a sensible transition to affordable, accessible and acceptable future energy supplies.

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15 April 2023

March…. Quite a month

… Well, it’s been quite a month. In addition to attending some 18 dinners and 13 lunches, there have been occasions of State – The Presentation of Addresses to HM The King at Buckingham Palace as one of the 27 Privileged Bodies (First time since 2012), and the rare Ceremonial Opening of Temple Bar Gates to enable the monarch, or in this case his Representative, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, to enter The City.

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27 February 2023

Lest we Forget…

… February 24th saw the anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Europe’s largest country by landmass, and a European war which has cost tens of thousands of lives on both sides, and Europe's largest refugee and IDP crisis since World War II. But remember, the Ukrainians have been at war with Russia for 8 years, since February 2014, when they illegally annexed The Crimea and Donetsk and Luhansk in the Southern Donbas, claiming them as ‘Federal Districts’.

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06 February 2023

“It’s attitude, not size, that matters”

99% of all businesses in the UK fall within the definition of ‘Small and Medium Sized Enterprises‘ (SMEs). Employing under 250 people, turning over less than £36m and having gross assets of under £18m is a definition, but not a defining characteristic of success.

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23 January 2023

“Smashing through the glass ceiling”

As part of his commitment to raising the profile of women during his Shrieval year, Sheriff Andrew Marsden hosted a lunch in November at which senior women of achievement from a range of careers – including entrepreneurs, insurance, retail, the judiciary, journalism, psychology, engineering, HR, accountancy, waste management, local government, communication businesses and charity – reflected on what is required to achieve senior management success.

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30 November 2022

A relaxing start to the new Shrieval Year…

October and the start to the Shrieval Year…

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13 July 2022

Looking forward to the next chapter

After nine months of campaigning, attending many events and meeting hundreds of liverymen, I was both humbled and delighted to be elected as Sheriff for the ensuing year at a packed Common Hall on a very warm and sunny 24th June. It was a truly wonderful day in every respect and I am looking forward to taking office with my fellow Sheriff, Alderman Alastair King, at the end of September. 

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24 May 2022

The importance of a vote in the election for non-Aldermanic Sheriff

As many of you already know, I have spent the last nine months (longer, really), preparing for, thinking about and ultimately putting my candidacy forward for the High Office of Non-Aldermanic Sheriff of the City of London in the upcoming Common Hall Elections on the 24th June.

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24 April 2022

What is the relevance of the livery companies today?

The Strength of the Livery Company in the City of London – Past, Present and Future – it’s history and benefits.

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03 April 2022

With freedom comes responsibility

Freedom is a poignant topic at the moment. We are seeing its fragility played out before our eyes in Ukraine. With that conflict we can also see the contradictions that go with preserving peace and democracy - notably, that to have them we must be willing to defend them.

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17 February 2022

Voices of the City

Thanks to Paul Jagger @CityandLivery for a fascinating chat! Listen to the full story ....

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25 January 2022

The individual power to effect positive change

Positive change in 2022. There’s tangible evidence to give us cautious optimism, and perhaps most importantly in The City, key upcoming events that give us a direct influence over the direction of that change as well.

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09 December 2021

Speech given at the Supporters’ Reception at Glazers’ Hall

Following the wonderful Supporters’ Reception at Glaziers Hall on the 30 November, and following numerous requests, I wanted to share a copy of my speech, not only for those that were there to reflect upon, but for the many Supporters that sent their best wishes as unfortunately they were unable to join us on the evening.

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06 December 2021

Why I want to represent the City of London

The reasons I wish to represent the City of London, including details of the history of the Shrievalty and the role of the Non-Aldermanic Sheriff

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09 November 2021

All change in the City of London!

Ordinarily, the 25 Wards in The City elect an Alderman every six years. Usually, those elections are not all held at the same time - there’s balance. In addition, every four years, 100 Common Councillors are elected with varying numbers per Ward between two and five. Covid has meant that the last round of elections did not take place. So next year, several different things collide to create a series of changes simultaneously.

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09 April 2024

Lots of opportunity at the Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch auction

Even if you are unable to attend the Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch, you can still bid on one of the seventy-one auction lots on Thursday 18th April. Full details of the auction

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Livery committee

05 April 2024

The Livery Food Initiative Truck is launched by the Lord Mayor

On March 5th 60 members from 30 Livery Companies joined the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs outside Mansion House to celebrate the Lord Mayor handing over the keys to a 7.5 tonne Truck to City Harvest Chairman Stephen Winningham. Learn more about the Livery Food Initiative

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04 April 2024

Could you help Livery Schools Link organise the Livery Showcase?

Are you looking for an interesting role in the City? The Livery Schools Link needs someone who will help organise the Livery Showcase which is held annually as part of the London Careers Festival. Learn more about Livery Showcase

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21 March 2024

The 80th Service of the United Guilds of the City of London

The 80th Service of the United Guilds of the City of London was held at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday 15th March. The sermon by the Dean is now available. Read the sermon

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18 March 2024

Livery Charity Chairs Group Annual Conference 2024 announced

Details of the Livery Charity Chairs Group Annual Conference 2024 have been announced. It is open to all Livery Charity Chairs and Trustees. Conference details

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11 March 2024

The Square Mile Golf Society Scheme tees off

The Square Mile Golf Society Scheme (SMiGS) is a new pan-livery initiative aimed at reversing the recent decline in Livery Golf and enhancing fellowship through Livery golf. Read more about the scheme

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29 February 2024

The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor launched the 2024 Veterans’ Garden

On Tuesday 20th February, the Rt Hon the Lord Mayor, Alderman and Professor Michael Mainelli, launched the 2024 Veterans’ Garden in Guildhall Yard. Read the full report

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Andrew's Tweets

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10 April 2023

@CityandLivery @citymuso Better ask St Paul…

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05 April 2023

@LiveryWales @CityandLivery Congratulations all, and have a wonderful year.

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17 March 2023

Temple Bar is an astonishing survivor with an amazing history. Now restored with the help of other patrons and live… https://t.co/GW47wGyHpZ

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16 March 2023

Lovely to be able to give members of the Farringdon Ward Club a tour of the wonderful Old Bailey. #CityofLondon… https://t.co/aMrXWYLJEd

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16 March 2023

@CityandLivery It is of course ‘ A wisdom’ of Past Masters!