Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Committee Thanks


The Committee Thanks is an annual gathering of those who have supported the Company throughout the year. This time it took place in the Court Room of the Plaisterers, right next to our office. Although a modern building, one wall of the room is lined with the names of the Master Plaisterers dating back to 1501.

My first duty was a sad one in that I had to announce the departure of our Learned Clerk, Adele Thorpe, who had decided to move on to pastures new. In recognition of her excellent support for five Master Marketors, and her work in such projects as achieving the Royal Charter, I announced that the Court had voted that she should receive an Honorary Livery from the Company at the next Installation.

And so to my, or our, thanks to those who have kept the wheels of the company turning. Some were involved with membership, livery, court nominations, and the almoners, covering all aspect of the individual members involvement in the fellowship of the company. Then there is the professional side with the Think Tank, Marketing Law and our relationship to the profession bodies, all of which served to position us better in the marketing community, while also supporting our members.

There was also our relationships with outside organisations, particularly via the good works of Outreach.  But then there are also those supporting our alliances with the likes of 151 Regiment, HMS St Albans, and St Brides Church and its various activities. And then there are those involved with, and supporting, The Trust and particularly its Awards programme. 

The hard work of those involved with Comms & PR and, of course, Events with its team of Event Directors relate in part to the other activities. And of course we must not forget Heritage which has done so much throughout the year on the important task of Archives.

Outside of this there are those who are involved in developing our relationship with the City Corporation, the Lord Mayor and other Livery Companies.  This year such activities have gone from strength to strength with many other Livery Companies seeing us as a benchmark. 

None of this would have happened without the hard working committees, so thanks to all from the Company, and from me, for all your support in 2012. As for 2013 this work will, of course, continue but, because of our new Aims strategy, it should be in a more structured way enabling us to have an even more effective approach to strengthen the Marketors for the future. 

Finally thanks must go to the Mistress who, single handedly, stepped in at the last minute to provide the excellent catering for the event. Definitely a beyond the call of duty moment.

John Flynn
Master Marketor.

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