Heart of the City celebrated the success of our members who completed the Newcomers programme at a gala event at Mansion House on 9 November 2015. The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor delivered opening remarks and Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild was the keynote speaker who gave a speech on the theme of Inclusive Capitalism. John Perkins, Programme Manager, Sustainable Business Team, BT plc and Heart of the City Contributor writes the following recap of the event.
As a long-time supporter and contributor to a number of aspects of Heart of the City’s work, I was delighted to be invited to the Newcomers Graduation Event for the first time. It took place in the Mansion House, a stunningly sumptuous location which made the event even more special for those businesses that were ‘graduating’. The event spoke volumes about the way in which Heart of the City is regarded.
This was evident from three distinct but interrelated viewpoints. Firstly, the variety of different types of business that made up the graduate cohort; these were far from being the more traditional types of City organisations such as banks or legal firms. It really showed the reach and value that Heart of the City’s programmes bring to our community. Secondly, it was great to see a significant number of contributors in attendance (of which I was proud to be one) to welcome the graduates into the full programme.
To my mind this proves the power and value of being a membership-led organisation. Thirdly, the willingness of the guest speakers to attend the event and to make such an enthusiastic contribution to the event. From the opening remarks from The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor, the speech on Inclusive Capitalism from Lady de Rothschild, and the panel session with Roger Gorman and Richard Tyrie, all of the speakers were clearly passionate about the work that Heart of the City does. The wholehearted way in which they engaged in the Q&A session was great to hear, as were the challenging questions from the audience.
The opportunity to network, hear stories of the great work that the graduates have been doing across a wide range of social responsibility areas, and get details of their plans following graduation was heartening in many ways. The buzz in the room was great to hear, and audible evidence of the impact that the work that Heart of the City inspires in us all.
Good luck to all the graduates and congratulations to you all.
This article was kindly put together by our Board Advisory Panel member John Perkins – Programme Manager, Sustainable Business Team, BT plc. Additional reporting and editing by Ikramul K. Choudhury