It was a great pleasure for the Court, at its Court meeting on 10th May 2023, to install a new Liveryman and to welcome into the Company seven new Freemen.

The Court congratulated John Gorse of Signify on progressing to full membership by becoming a Liveryman of the Company. Liverymen are able to take up various City of London benefits, such as the right to vote for the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs, and to be more involved in progression in the Company, including up to becoming Master if they are so interested.

John Gorse being presented with his Livery Certificate by the Master, Jamie Berry.

At the same meeting the Court were delighted to welcome into the Company the following new Freemen:

Mrs Donna Berry – CableTest Ltd

Mr Matt Burton – Aurora Lighting Ltd

Mrs Nicola Hastry – Signify (formerly Philips Lighting)

Mr Bill McCarthy – Integral LED UK

Mr Paul Murphy – D. W. Windsor Ltd

Mr Gavin Tallentire – Rexel Ltd UK

L-R: JunIor Warden Tony Ginman, Nicola Hastry, Gavin Tallentire, Matt Burton, the Master, Jamie Berry, Bill McCarthy, Paul Murphy, Donna Berry, Senior Warden, Peter McVeigh.

The Court was particularly pleased to welcome Journeyman Jonathan Taylor, of Visual Energy Associates Ltd as our youngest Freeman. Jonathan is a former winner of the Lightmongers Education Award from the Product Design course at Brunel University and in March 2023 he won our CLG Journeyman Award. He has now completed his journey, mentored by Court Assistant Bruce Kirk MSLL, resulting in his installation as a Freeman of the Company.

Jonathan Taylor being presented with his Freeman Certificate by the Master, Jamie Berry.

At the Court dinner that evening the Master welcomed all the new Freemen and encouraged them, as part of maximising the benefit of their membership of the Company, to progress to become Liverymen by first becoming Freemen of the City of London and then applying to the Clerk to be installed as a Liveryman of the Company.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a member of the Lightmongers, or about our Journeyman Scheme, please contact our Clerk, Mark Houghton by email at