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.
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).