City Livery Club

 Uniting the Livery, promoting fellowship

Timetable and judging process 2018


September -   Applications forms available on website

February / March 2017 - Closing date for Application forms to be returned to City Livery Club  

Spring - Application forms reviewed by City Livery Club Award Committee.

Spring  - Short-listed Candidates reviewed by members of the Judging Panel.

Early summer  - Announcement of winner, press release

summer   - Winner presented with award at City Livery Club Civic Lunch.


The award is presented to the award winner at the City Livery Club’s annual Civic lunch/dinner, by the guest speaker (usually the Lord Mayor) – the winner will be attending as the Club’s guest, and the Liveryman’s Master will also be invited to attend.

The award consists of:

 - City Livery Club Centenary award medal (on lapel  ribbon)

 - Framed Citation (certificate)

 - Recognition of award in honours book displayed    at City Livery Club

 - Article in City Livery Club newsletter

 - 1 year free membership of City Livery Club

 - Donation to their nominated charity for £1000    (charity preferably to be a City-related charity    approved by City Livery Club)

Who is eligible to be nominated?

A Liveryman (or group) who has made an exceptional contribution to the work of his/her Livery or the wider Livery which enhances the understanding or profile of the Livery.  The award winner/s will have demonstrated any or all of the following skills; leadership, innovation, development, creativity, responsibility and generosity.

The formal nomination must be received from a Livery Company. Any Livery Company may nominate a Liveryman, a Liveryman may nominate himself but must have endorsement from his/her Livery, and other persons may nominate, but must do so with the endorsement of the appropriate Livery Company. This also follows for a group of Liverymen nominated. Those who have been nominated before should not be deterred as re-submissions are welcome.

What are the other criteria?

The Liveryman must show an exceptional contribution to the Livery and which may have a benefit beyond his/her own Livery Company, either directly or by way of example. The judges will look, amongst other things, for leadership and personal commitment. Examples of areas of relevant contribution are shown below but this list is by no means exhaustive:


Skills development


Engagement with the City Civic

Financial and fundraising

Publishing and media

Craftsmanship and other professional skills

Inclusion and diversity

Heritage and culture

International reach

Links with Government national and local

Judging panel

The Judging Panel is nominated by the City Livery Club to be an independent group consisting of:

Chairman – a Past President of CLC

President of City Livery Club

A member of  the Livery Committee

A Sheriff

Master selected from ‘older’ livery company

Master selected from ‘new’ livery company

Root and Branch Award Previous Winner


This prestigious Award celebrates the achievements of those who have delivered exceptional service within and across the Livery Companies.

The Award is a unique way of showing the City Livery Club's appreciation of the contribution made by those in the Livery movement who are doing outstanding work to advance the wider aims of the Livery.

The Club is delighted to announce the Awards for 2017.

Winner: Keith Lawrey, nominated by the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers, for his invaluable advice to over 25 Livery Companies on petitioning for their respective Royal Charters.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Penrose Halson, nominated by the Worshipful Company of Turners of London, for a long history of commitment to the Livery including the creation of the “Wizardry in Wood” exhibitions.

Highly Commended: John Taylor, nominated by the Worshipful Company of Carpenters, for his 10 years’ service as Chairman of the Livery Companies Skills Council, and in particular, the impetus he gave to the development of the Livery Companies’ Apprenticeship Scheme.

The full Press Notice is available here

Dates for applications for the 2018 Root and Branch Award will be announced shortly.

The City Livery Club Root and Branch Award