The role of the Gallant, Learned and Honourable Clerk
- Planning and organising company events (governance, social, ceremonial)
- Management of the company's finances
- Administration of the company's membership records
- Preparation of agendas, minutes and reports for company meetings
- Answering correspondence sent to the company
- Managing the Master's diary
- Liaison with the company's affiliates in the military, church and professions
- Managing the company's staff
- Upkeep of the company's hall
- Contract management with the company's suppliers (eg. tied caterers)
- Appointed governor at one or more of the company's schools
- Appointed trustee or Secretariat to one or more of the company's charities
- Membership recruitment
- Website and social media management
- Membership communications (eg., newsletter and website)
- Overseeing the company's IT infrastructure
- Security of the company's treasures and other property
- Custodianship of the company's history, customs and traditions
- Liaison with Mansion House and Guildhall (eg. Common Hall)
The clerk was known to Chaucer and makes an appearance in the Canterbury Tales wherein the Clerk of Oxford, albeit a student in this case (another ancient usage of the title ‘clerk’, but he takes his place in the tale alongside such guildsmen as the Weaver, the Dyer, the Haberdasher and the high status Alderman.
"We know scarcely any position which requires so much power of adaptability in its occupier as that of a clerk to a City company.Clerks may be said to be of a far higher type than mere office drudges, and may rank among the higher class of educated and intelligent men."
|Information Technologists' Company Clerk's Badge. Photo courtesy of Susan Hoefling, Clerk to the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists|
|Doctoral lace in the style of Cambridge is usually employed on a Clerk's gown. Image copyright Kenneth Crawford of Robes of Distinction: www.robesofdistinction.org.uk|
|The Clerk's gown of the Haberdashers|
' Company. Image copyright Kenneth Crawford of Robes of Distinction: www.robesofdistinction.org.uk
Company Clerks are often referred to in one of the following ways:
- The Honourable Clerk to the Company of ... if a Barrister-at-Law, or
- The Gallant Clerk to the Company of … if a retired officer of HM Armed Forces (as many are), or
- The Learned Clerk to the Company of … if holding a degree (as most will)
- The Gallant and Learned Clerk to the Company of … if both the previous two conditions apply
- Where none of the above accomplishments apply the Clerk is often referred to as the Worthy Clerk
- The Fellowship of Clerks - which is open to all clerks to City companies and a few allied institutions. The Fellowship is also open to deputy or assistant clerks and retired clerks.
- The Clerks' Association - which is open to clerks to City companies who own a hall, presently fixed at 24 members.
- The Great XII Clerks' Association - which is open to clerks to the twelve most senior companies in order of precedence.
The City of London Freeman's Guide is the definitive concise guide to the City of London and its ancient and modern Livery Companies, their customs, traditions, officers, events and landmarks. Available in full colour hardback and eBook formats and now in its fourth or Masterpiece edition. The guide is available online from Apple (as an eBook), Amazon (in hardback or eBook) Payhip (in ePub format) or Etsy (in hardback or hardback with the author's seal attached). Also available from all major City of London tourist outlets and bookstores.
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