2018 Kings College London Academic Prize

Each year our Charitable Trust awards a prize to a student attending the MA Course in Terrorism, Security and Society at the Department of War Studies, Kings College, London.  The winner of the 2018 prize was James Monroe who won the prize with his essay: "Religiously motivated terrorists are more dangerous than politically motivated terrorists. Discuss." James received the prize from the Master, Phillip Hagon QPM at the Installation Lunch on 6 June in Drapers' Hall.

To read the essay please click Religiously motivated terrorists are more dangerous than politically motivated terrorists Discuss.

Whittington Course - 22 May 2018

The annual Whittington Course is now in its 16th year and on 22 May we hosted 30 year 10 students from the Harris Garrard Academy, Bexley.  This year's course was organised and very ably lead by Freeman David MacQuarrie. Having disembarked from a river Clipper, the visitors were met at Canary Wharf Quay and walked to Barclays Bank for an excellent morning hosted yet again by Nick Wilkins, a Companion of the Company. A trip to the City on the Docklands Light Railway was followed by lunch at Guildhall where Freeman Claire Palmer and PM Barrie Stewart gave short presentations. We were also joined by PME Steve Neville and Steve Marshall. Nine Apprentices and Young Members mentored the Academy students who were each presented with an attendance certificate by the Master. An article about this year's Whittington Course can be found on the Harris Garrard Academy website by clicking A Taste of the City of London for Year 10.

Apprentices visit the Wallace Collection – 26 April 2018

On the afternoon of 26 April, a party of Apprentices and Apprentice Masters visited the Wallace Collection located in Manchester Square, just a couple of hundred yards from Oxford Street. Known as Hertford House, it has an aura of complete tranquillity taking visitors back over 200 years to an age of phenomenal wealth and luxury. To read the full report about this visit, please click  Apprentices visit the Wallace Collection – 26 April 2018 .

Sophie Smith Apprentice Inrolment - 11 April 2018

 The picture shows (l to r), Mrs Sue Smith (Sophie’s mother), the Master, Sophie Smith, and Past Master Simon Imbert.

The picture shows (l to r), Mrs Sue Smith (Sophie’s mother), the Master, Sophie Smith, and Past Master Simon Imbert.

Sophie Smith was inroled as an Apprentice of the Company alongside her Apprentice Master, Past Master Simon Imbert, at a meeting of the Court of Assistants on Wednesday 11 April 2018 at Vintners’ Hall. Sophie had been supported by the Company’s Charitable Trust during her two years as a 6th form student at Reed’s School who nominated her for an Apprentice application. Sophie is now studying maths at Exeter University.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner’s Dinner - 12 April 2018

On 12 April within the sumptuous ballroom of the RAF Club we held the sixth annual Met Commissioner's Dinner. This was the first occasion that the current Commissioner, Cressida Dick CBE QPM, had attended this event and the interest in her was such that a record number of guests attended. Despite being out on gang raids in north London until 3.00 am that morning, she was generous with her time and unfailingly courteous to all who wished to speak with her. Please click here to read the full report  Metropolitan Police Commissioner's Dinner 12 April 2018 .

Election Court – Wednesday 11 April 2018

Election of Officers for 2018-19

At the Election Court on Wednesday 11 April 2018, the following were elected to the positions shown and will be installed at the Installation Court on Wednesday 6 June 2018 at Drapers’ Hall:

Senior Warden Phillip Hagon QPM to Master

Middle Warden Michael Barley to Senior Warden

Junior Warden Susan Seaby to Middle Warden

Court Assistant Steve Emmins to Junior Warden

At the end of the year 2017-18, the Master, Stephen Anderton, will become the Immediate Past Master for 2018-19 and an Officer of the Company by right.

Election of Stewards

At the Election Court on Wednesday 11 April 2018, the following were re-elected as Stewards for the year 2018-19:

Richard King

Paul Miller CSyP

Shaun Southall

Election of Court Assistants

At the Election Court on Wednesday 11 April 2018, it was confirmed that the following Liverymen had been elected Court Assistants in the year 2018 in accordance with Ordinance 18.

Richard King

Paul Miller CSyP

Russell Penny

Shaun Southall

Michael Thwaites

Andy Williams

Jack Lauricourt Freedom of the City – 29 March 2018

 Picture shows Don Lauricourt, Jack Lauricourt and Past Master Don Randall

Picture shows Don Lauricourt, Jack Lauricourt and Past Master Don Randall

Jack was one of the first two apprentices nominated by the Bexley Business Academy (now the Harris Garrard Academy) where he was Head Boy.  He was inroled in September 2013 and his indentures signed by Past Master Don Randall as his Apprentice Master.

On the successful completing of his apprenticeship Jack was granted Freedom of the Company at Common Hall in November 2017. On leaving school Jack was recruited as a trainer by Apple and recently head-hunted by Adidas as a master trainer. 

On 29 March 2018 Jack was granted the Freedom of the City of London by Servitude and presented with his certificate. He later commented, “I’ve just received my Freedom for the City of London, with the support of Don Randall (previous CISO for the Bank of England), one of my best achievements to date”.

The Annual Security Lecture - 7 March 2018

The Company’s 9th Annual Security Lecture was held at the RAF Club in Piccadilly on 7 March. The speaker was Air Vice-Marshal Mike Wigston CBE RAF, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff, one of three such Assistant Chiefs at the Ministry of Defence.  The Master had invited a senior military speaker to deliver the lecture, as defence is of increasing public focus in our concerns over national security. To read the report on this event please click  Annual Security Lecture 7 March 2018 .

Founders' Day Service and Supper - 15 February 2018

Thursday, 15 February 2018 marked a very special milestone for the Company, as over 80 Liverymen, Freemen, Members, Apprentices and guests joined together for the 10th Anniversary of The Grant of Livery at the Annual Founders’ Service and Supper. The Service was preceded by the Clothing of our new Honorary Liveryman, The Lord Houghton of Richmond GCB CBE DL, and the presentation of Honorary Liveryman Certificates to the two Co-Founders of the Company, Past Master Emeritus Steve Neville OBE and Past Master Emeritus John Purnell GM QPM DL. Please click Founders Day Service and Supper 15 February 2018 to read the full report on this important event.

Patrick Torre-Allen Freedom of the City - 15 February 2018


Patrick made an unsolicited approach to the Company having heard of our Apprentice Scheme from George Bignold, our very first apprentice, who was Patrick’s platoon commander in the CCF at Kent University. He was inroled in June 2013 and his indentures signed by Past Master Stephen Parsons as his Apprentice Master. He was a very active apprentice and was granted his Freedom in November 2017. He remains an active Young Member and has joined the Apprentice Management Group.  In his working life Patrick is an Underwriting Assistant on war, terrorism and political risks at Lloyds and a Special Constable in the Metropolitan Police.

HMS MEDWAY Affiliation

The Royal Navy has formally proposed that HMS MEDWAY becomes the Company’s new Royal Navy Affiliate following the decommissioning of HMS SEVERN in October last year. On behalf of the Company, the Master has accepted.  HMS MEDWAY is the second of five new and modern Offshore Patrol Vessels that are being built to replace the old River Class vessels, which included HMS SEVERN.

To read the full report, please click  HMS MEDWAY Affiliation .