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Lord Mayor's Address to Livery Companies 2019

The Master, Simon Theakston, was pleased to attend the Lord Mayor’s Address to Livery Companies on Wednesday 20 November 2019.  This annual event is an opportunity for the new Lord Mayor of London, who is installed in early November, to present his vision and themes for the coming year to the Masters and Clerks of the Livery Companies of the City of London.

This year’s Lord Mayor, Alderman William Russell, has been collaborating with the previous two incumbents on a three year plan to create “A Better City for All”, which is now entering its final year.  The plan focuses on four work streams, seeking to create An Inclusive City, A Healthy City, A Skilled City and A Fair City; as well as supporting four charity partners: Place2Be, OnSide Youth Zones, Samaritans and, new in 2019, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Speaking of the work that has been done and is still to do, the Lord Mayor says: “We have enabled collaboration across the City and provided companies with the tools and initiatives to tackle specific challenges such as mental wellbeing, diversity and inclusion… We are also delighted that our initiatives This is Me and City Giving Day are now beyond London and will continue to expand in other areas… We still have plenty more to do and as we continue The Lord Mayor’s Appeal vision and ambition of creating, through our four pillars, A Better City for All, we are now planning for the dynamic evolution of the Appeal moving forward into a rolling programme.”