Talk & Toast Episode 4: Nicole Sierra-Rolet and Xavier Rolet

Do listen to the latest in our WCIB series of "Talk & Toast Breakfasts" with power couples, highlighting the human side of the City. In this revealing interview the former CEO of the LSE and Senior Advisor to CQS Xavier Rolet KBE talks about China standing at a cross roads as it makes the decision on how develop its financial system; global governance; the economic impact of Covid-19 and...

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Mansion House Banquet 2020

350 WCIB members and their guests attended the Annual Banquet of the Company at The Mansion House on 26th February 2020 and heard a speech by Alison Rose, Chief Executive of the RBS Group.  Here is a montage of photos of the event created by Charles Marsden-Smedley from pictures taken by Andy Sillett http://www.sillettphotography.com/   

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Mansion House Scholars at the WCIB banquet on 26th February 2020

We were delighted to welcome students from the 2019/20 cohort of the Mansion House Scholarship Scheme to the WCIB Annual Banquet at Mansion House on 26th February 2020 together with Neill O'Connor, Secretary to the scheme and their mentors from the Company. Among the Mansion House scholars attending were Luis Villar (Brazil) , Murilo Nunes (Brazil), Aman Vashistra Mishra (India), Fredy Kyule...

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Alex Short wins 2019 WCIB Lombard Prize

Alex Short, Cass MBA candidate, pugilist, gourmand and the WCIB’s 2019 Lombard Prize Winner receives his award at the Mansion House Banquet.A compelling entry from Cass Business School’s Alex Short secured the Livery Company’s acclaimed Lombard Prize for the 10th time for the City based Business School.  Click here to read the Executive Summary of Alex's submission for the prize....

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Freedom Ceremony 28th January 2020

On 28th January 2020 nine new Freemen of the Company made their Declarations in front of the Master, Wardens and Court at Furniture Makers' Hall.  All nine became Freemen by Redemption following payment of their Freedom Fines.  Many congratulations to Bob Barclay, Frank Brown, Mohamed Daghem, Kalm Paul-Christian, Ritchie Robertson, Shamir Sanghrajka, Matthew Stevens, Rajiv Vyas and...

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Lunch with Sir Nicholas Soames 21st January 2020

Legendary MP and former Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Sir Nicholas Soames came to speak to the WCIB on 21st January in the impressive surrounding of Armourer’s Hall. A UK foreign policy based on sovereignty alone would fail, he noted, in a world where “instability is the defining condition.”   US disengagement from its former role as the world’s policeman and the rise of China...

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Cross - Mentoring evening 20th January 2020

Monday 21st January saw the Worshipful Company of International Bankers host its first cross-mentoring evening at ING Bank's London HQ; a brilliant event where younger members received career advice from older members whilst older members received advice from younger members on social media, working with younger generations and so on. Court Assistant Angela Knight and Freeman Max Asmelash...

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Talk & Toast 15th January 2020: Lady Elisabeth & Sir Robert Stheeman

On 15th January Talk & Toast WCIB members and their guests listened to power couple Sir Robert and Lady Stheeman discuss both their careers and personal lives. Revered honours and job titles aside, they provided immense comfort to anyone starting out in the City through their entertaining anecdotes and advice gleaned from their impressive careers. Did you know you could fail your maths O...

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The Master spends a night in the barracks with 306 Hospital Support Regiment 30 November 2019

Spending 24 hours with 306 Hospital Support Regiment in Staffordshire on Saturday was one of the most humbling experiences of my life. The soldiers and officers are all fulltime NHS Consultants and Specialist Nurses who give up great chunks of their precious free time as reservists. They have been to Afghanistan, Iraq, Sierra Leone in the Ebola crisis, and this summer on NATO exercises...

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WCIB Tour and Reception at The Old Bailey 2nd December 2019

The Master, WCIB members and their guests were given a fantastic welcome and fascinating tour of the Old Bailey (the Central Criminal Court) last night by Alderman & Sheriff Michael Mainelli. Stories of its architecture, it's people, it's history at the heart of our Justice System were at once both sobering and moving.Thanks to Alex Jones for the picture.

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Talk& Toast breakfast 6th November 2019: Emma and James Arbuthnot

The next Power Couple in the second Talk & Toast breakfast series were Emma and James Arbuthnot, which gave a packed house much to think about.Emma, as Chief Magistrate, hears many of the most sensitive or complex cases, in particular extradition. She also supports her 300 odd district judge colleagues. She is depressed by the attacks on judges and politicians. We should be grateful for our...

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Talk & Toast 15th October 2019: Robin Hambro and Rupert Hambro CBE

Superb morning spent listening to Robin and Rupert Hambro about their successful and fantastically different careers, as part of WCIB’s Toast and Talks breakfast line-up of Power Couples. It provided much food for thought: On changes in the finance industry: Regulatory changes and increased competition has led to the creation of a “new economy” -  brand new forms of finance created...

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The Master introduces the WCIB Podcast series

The WCIB's first Podcast.  The Master introduces the 'Talk & Toast' series which will be broadcast soon.  We are very grateful to Streets Consulting for sponsoring the podcast series.   Click on the READ button and scroll down to click on the podcast.  Thanks to Max Asmelash for the picture. 

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Installation Court Dinner 3rd October 2019

The Company's annual Installation Court Dinner was held on 3rd October 2019 at Drapers' Hall.  Liverymen, Freemen and a few special guests thanked Mark and Helen Sismey-Durrant for their year of service as Master & Consort and greeted the new Master Karina Robinson and her Consort Charles Marsden-Smedley.  There was also a warm welcome for the Wardens Robert Merrett, John Bennett...

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New Liverymen 3rd October 2019

Three new Liverymen were Clothed at the Company's Common Hall held at Drapers' Hall on 3rd October 2019.  In the picture with the Master 2018/19 Mark Sismey-Durrant from left to right are the new Liverymen Chetan Champaneri, Torsten Hartmann and Simon Legge.

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