Crecy Lecture, Tuesday 10th September 2013
The Bowyers' fourth Crécy Lecture was given in the Athenaeum on 10 September 2013 by Alderman Sir David Wootton, who served as Lord Mayor of London 2011-12. Sir David is a Liveryman and Court Assistant of the Bowyers' Company.
The topic of his after-dinner talk was 'The Governance of the Modern City of London'. Sir David's tenure as Lord Mayor took place during one of the busiest times in recent years as it coincided with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics. In a very informative and amusing talk, the company learned about the relationship between the City and the monarchy going back to the times of William the Conqueror and the growth of procedures to establish effective and efficient governance of what is Britain's largest collection of businesses.
In and around these topics, Sir David weaved his own experiences as a very busy Lord Mayor having to deal simultaneously with the twin happenings of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics. It is doubtful if any of us present had any inkling of the range of duties he performed and the constant pressure that was imposed on him and his family. His talk was a tour de force and his audience enjoyed the evening enormously.