New Faces, Old Friends

The Company of Communicators gathered to celebrate its 20th anniversary yesterday.

After 18 months of lockdowns the Company’s first in-person event was held at Apothecaries Hall, the City of London’s oldest livery hall.

There were also many new faces in the courtyard where 32 new freemen mingled (or perhaps networked) among the 130 guests after signing the freedom book and swearing the Company’s oath in the room where Cardinal Wolsey interviewed Catherine of Aragon in 1529.

The Communicators doubled its membership during the pandemic, making it the fastest growing livery company and clearly demonstrating its attraction and relevance to the profession.

Guests included Baroness Floella Benjamin and Keith Taylor, Sheriff-Elect Alison Gowman, the Masters and Clerks of the Apothecaries, Glaziers and Woolmen, the heads of the PRCA/CIPR/IABC, our Sponsoring Alderman David Graves and Simon Lewis Vice Chair of FTI Consulting and former first Communications Secretary to The Queen and Director of Communications and Official Spokesman at No 10 Downing Street.

Floella Benjamin, Deborah Oliver & Keith Taylor