Here a few passages from speeches I have made publicly since being appointed Sheriff. I hope they give you some insight into me and my vision for this wonderful City.
TO THE WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF DYERS
Ask people what they think of the Livery and the answer will all too often be negative. We are, sadly, perceived as an elite interested only in elites, when the opposite is true. As illustrated by the magnificent work you do throughout the year. It is my belief that we have to balance two responsibilities. On one hand we provide a link to the City’s glorious past. On the other, we are charged with keeping it relevant long into the future. A future in which we are not just faced-with technological and geo-political change but also with cynicism brought about by the actions of those who have worked in this City.
TO THE WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF INTERNATIONAL BANKERS
Following the Master at such close quarters means I am aware just how much good he continues to do. And there is no better illustration of that than his work as Master. Because here we are. A group of people absolutely committed to doing good. A Master who has spoken so eloquently about helping to lead us into the digital age. A Company focused so commendably on the Holy Trinity of Fellowship, Education and Charity. Peter is Master of a Company notable for its youth its internationalism and its diversity. I am fortunate enough to be invited to many Livery dinners and it is not always the case that Wardens represent both genders nor that the guests represent so many different cultures. We are in the presence of Mansion House Scholars from Georgia, Kuwait, Poland, South Africa, Zambia and Hong Kong. This really is international banking at its best.
TO THE WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF FRUITERERS
We live in challenging times. Social norms are evolving at the speed of 4G. Take the Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon who was asked what it was like to be a gay athlete. Not that long ago it was a question that would have merited a sensible answer. But things have moved on. So much so that Adam was able to answer with tongue very much in cheek: “It’s exactly like being a straight athlete. Lots of hard work but usually done with better eyebrows”. And I would hope that similar questions asked on the basis of gender, race, or ethnicity would be given similar treatment.