The City Livery Club Root and Branch Award

The City Livery Club Root and Branch Award


This prestigious Award celebrates the achievements of those who have made an exceptional contribution 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.

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We are delighted to announce the winners of our awards for 2019:

Peter French MBE (Security Professionals)
for initiating the Sheriffs’ Award for Bravery,
establishing The Register of Chartered Security Professionals
through the Livery’s Royal Charter,
and for many years’ fundraising work.

Lifetime Achievement winner:
Hugh Adams (Blacksmiths)
for over 30 years’ support for the blacksmiths’ craft,
and encouraging working blacksmiths to achieve their goals.

Highly Commended:
John Blauth (Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers)
for supporting and encouraging young people to enter into the automative, aerospace
and coachbuilding industries,
including through wide dissemination of the Coachmakers’ Engineering Guide.

Congratulations to all, and we look forward to the presentations at our Civic Banquet at Mansion House on 8th July.

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. This may have involved cross-Livery work, but this is not essential. 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 City Livery Company, City Guilds and Companies without Livery. 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.

The Award Committee may also bestow Commendations.

What are the other criteria?

Many different activities are eligible – those nominated could be engaging with those less advantaged and in need; promoting education and apprenticeships; working with other Livery Companies in a way which boosts their value to the community, preserving and enhancing the heritage and culture of the City or serving the City business community at home or abroad.

An individual application must show that the Liveryman has made an exceptional contribution to the Livery which may have a benefit beyond his/her own Livery Company, either directly or by way of example. 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

A group application is expected to show exceptional work by each and every member of the group.  A group application is particularly welcome if it shows that what has been achieved by the group is more than might be expected from accumulated related efforts.


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 Root and Branch Award medal (on lapel ribbon)
– 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).

Timetable and judging process 2019

1 October 2018 – Applications forms available on website
17 April 2019 – Closing date for Application forms to be returned to City Livery Club
late April / early May  – Application forms reviewed by City Livery Club Award Committee.
Mid-May – Short-listed Candidates reviewed by members of the Judging Panel.
TBC – Announcement of winner, press release
8 July  – Winner presented with award at City Livery Club Civic Banquet

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
Current 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