I was greatly honoured to be in the chair to host our fabulous Fourth of May white tie banquet at Guildhall in the City of London, celebrating our 25th anniversary as the 100th Livery Company. 704 people attended – a full house for Guildhall, the same number as attend the annual Lord Mayor’s banquet.
What a fantastic first 25 years we have had, and I am certain that our next quarter century will be even more impactful and exciting! I am humbled to be serving the Company as Master in this very special year, alongside our Company’s First Lady, my wife Felicity.
A photobook now available (pdf format), documenting WCIT's 25th anniversary banquet at Guildhall. Read it at:
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A video message from Vint Cerf is at:
The celebration was the biggest event in WCIT’s history, and the largest banquet held by any of the City’s 110 Livery Companies in many years. Guests of Honour included The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley; Aldermen & Sheriffs Peter Estlin and William Russell; Royal Corps of Signals Corps Colonel Simon Hutchinson, Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff Major General John Crackett, Sir Brian Jenkins, Dame Steve Shirley and UK Space Agency Chief executive Graham Turnock who was the after-dinner speaker. The banquet was attended by Masters and Clerks from 83 of the City’s 110 Livery Companies.
The Lord Mayor was attended by his personal bodyguard, the Company of Pikemen & Musketeers from the Honourable Artillery Company, who presented a magnificent spectacle. The banquet was held on May the Fourth (Star Wars day), so it was only fitting for guests to be greeted as they arrived by a Guard formed of Star Wars Stormtroopers.
The 25th anniversary milestone for the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists follows significant growth and achievement since the foundation of the Company in June 1986, and the grant of Livery by the City of London’s Court of Aldermen on 7th January 1992.
In 2017, the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists celebrates its 25th year as the 100th City of London Livery Company. This major milestone follows significant growth and achievement since the foundation of the Company in June 1986, and the grant of Livery by the City of London’s Court of Aldermen on 7th January 1992.
WCIT is a not-for-profit membership community of 815 influential technology leaders which combine modernity, digital and information technologies, plus the thousand year-old charitable traditions of the Livery movement. Its members donate significant pro-bono time to not-for-profit organisations, and our WCIT Charity makes grants to charities of over £100,000 per year to assist charities which help the lives of the disadvantaged.
WCIT works to improve lives, and run a significant programme of charitable and educational projects and activities, fuelled by our members’ pro-bono input and financial donations.