The Magistracy and Livery Subcommittee of the Court of Aldermen, chaired by Alderman Alison Gowman, has a remit to oversee the Livery Companies, which includes approving the organisations wishing to progress to become Livery Companies. Whilst the subcommittee meets in private approximately five times a year, a summary report on its work is posted on this website following each meeting.
The Subcommittee met virtually on 4 March 2021.
- The subcommittee had in person (online) reports from the remaining two organisations in the process of becoming a Livery company. Each organisation was represented by their Master and the Sponsoring Alderman. Reports were received from the Company of Entrepreneurs and the Company of Nurses. Each organisation was questioned on their current membership, financial situation charitable aims and plans for the future.
- The Subcommittee received the recommendations for Livery Companies following the report of the Tackling Racism Taskforce set up by the Corporation. The Subcommittee accepted the recommendations and are acting upon them. These were:
- The Taskforce want to underline the importance of the Diversity Charter and the Best Practice Guide and would encourage Liveries to sign up to it.
- The Taskforce would also encourage a strong diversity and inclusion process for new guilds and liveries when they are being set up.
- Where possible, and in other areas of the Taskforce’s work, there has been importance placed on collecting and reporting data on ethnicity to improve monitoring and auditing on diversity. This might be something that individual Livery Companies might like to consider.
- Matters concerning changes of Royal Charters were approved subject to final sign off by the Court of Aldermen and de minimis approvals given by the Clerk to the Chamberlain’s Court were noted.
At its meeting on 15 January 2020, the annual meeting with the organisations seeking Livery status took place with presentations by the Company of Communicators, the Guild of Investment Managers and the Guild of HR Professionals. Each organisation was represented by either its Master or Clerk and its Sponsoring Alderman. A template report was submitted and questions asked about progress and actions being undertaken.
At its meeting on 9 March 2020 the following Livery matters were considered:
- A petition for the Guild of Nurses to become a Company without Livery. The subcommittee considered whether the Guild met the requirements. The full details provided by the Guild were considered satisfactory to move forward conditional on the accounts for the year ending 31 March 2020 being provided prior to the Court of Aldermen on 12 May 2020.
- The guidance given to organisations seeking Livery status should be amended to make it clear that the Aldermen required that all new organisations should be open to membership by both sexes and reflect wider society in their membership.
- The Fletchers’ Livery Company had made an application for a Royal Charter that would need to be approved by the Aldermen prior to submission to the Privy Council.
At its meeting on 24 September, he following Livery matters were discussed:
- It was noted that the approval of the documentation for the grant of a Royal Charter for the Fletchers’ Livery Company had been progressed and now submitted by the Fletchers to the Privy Council for agreement.
- It was also noted that the approval of the Guild of Nurses becoming a Company without Livery was approved by the Court of Aldermen on 12 May 2020 ( the anniversary of the birthday of Florence Nightingale).
- A review of various policies such as diversity in the Livery and corporate sponsorship were carried out with further discussion needed before dissemination.
- A note was made of the several Livery Companies who had sought approval for minor changes to their ordinances which had been approved by the Chair of the Subcommittee and the Clerk of the Chamberlain’s Court under delegated authority to do so.
- The Subcommittee noted two Livery Companies that were seeking approval for amendments to their Charters; these were progressing. 6. It was also noted that the Guild of Entrepreneurs was on the point of submitting papers to become a Company without Livery and that this could be progressed to the next meeting of the Court of Alderman. ( NB This was approved at the meeting of the Court of Aldermen on 20 October 2020).
The Subcommittee met on 14th December 2020. The following matters were considered:
- Alderman Alison Gowman was re-elected as the Chair and Alderman David Graves as the Deputy Chair each for another year.
- The guidance to prospective Livery Companies was updated to make it clear that the Aldermen would require a clear diversity of members of the organisation in order to be approved through the process to becoming a Livery Company.
- The subcommittee had in person (online) reports from three of the organisations in the process of becoming a Livery company. Each organisation was represented by their Master and the Sponsoring Alderman. Reports were received from the Company of Communicators, the Guild of Human Resources Practitioners and the Guild of Investment Managers. Each organisation was questioned on thier current membership, financial situation charitable aims and plans for the future. The other organisations would be meeting the subcommittee at their meeting in March.
- The subcommittee noted that there were various matters being discussed between certain Livery Companies and the Clerk to the Chamberlain’s Court regarding governance. Where appropriate these would be determined either under delegated powers or referred back to the subcommittee in due course.
- The subcommittee received a report from Alderman Sir Charles Bowman on the work of the Pan Livery Group and the results of the recent survey which showed a very positive response from the Livery and extensive charitable engagement of the Livery Companies generally.