ROOT AND BRANCH AWARD
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.
Applications for the 2020 Award are open from 2 October 2019. For updates, follow us on Twitter at @CityLiveryClub
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 will have demonstrated any or all of the following skills; leadership, innovation, development, creativity, responsibility, generosity.
The nomination must be received from a City Livery Company, a City Guild or a Company without Livery (which is approved by the Court of Aldermen). Any of them may nominate a Liveryman or equivalent, and a Liveryman may nominate himself or herself, but must have endorsement from his / her Livery (or equivalent). Other persons may also make a nomination, but must do so with the endorsement of the appropriate Livery Company. This also follows for a group of Liverymen nominated together. Those who have been nominated before should not be deterred as re-submissions are welcome.
The Award Committee may also bestow Lifetime Achievement Awards and Commendations, and may from time to time and at its own discretion make an Award to a Livery Company as a whole.
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 benefit beyond his \ her own Livery Company either directly or by way of example. Examples of areas of relevant contributions are shown below but this list is by no means exhaustive:
Engagement with the City Civic
Financial and fundraising
Publishing and media
Craftsmanship and other professional skills
Inclusion and diversity
Heritage and culture
Links with Government national and local
Please indicate how the relevant work helps the image of the Livery or equivalent organisation.
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 Banquet, 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).
At the Judging Panel’s discretion, Highly Commended Certificates may also be awarded.
Timetable and judging process 2019
2 October 2019 – Applications forms available on website
9 April 2020 – Closing date for Application forms to be returned to City Livery Club
April / May – Application forms reviewed by City Livery Club Award Committee. Short-listed Candidates reviewed by members of the Judging Panel.
TBC – Announcement of winner, press release
8 July 2020 – Winner presented with award at City Livery Club Civic Banquet by a VIP guest
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
Chairman of the Livery Committee
Master selected from ‘older’ livery company
Master selected from ‘new’ livery company
The Winner of the previous year’s Award