On Thursday 19th April, overlooking Guildhall Yard on a balmy Spring evening, a ceremonial Court of the Guild of Entrepreneurs was convened in the Members’ Dining Room to admit three new Freemen.
The Master, Mr Lee Robertson, opened the Court and the three candidates were invited to step forward – witnessed by a crowd of Freemen, guests and friends who had gathered to support the Guild’s newest members.
Johnny Manning – having worked as a tutor since the age of 15, Johnny founded Manning’s Tutors in 2008 straight out of university. As well as private tuition, Manning’s’s main focus is to run school-based intervention strategies for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. He employs over 120 tutors supporting more than twenty schools and academies. Manning’s recently provided volunteer tutors to the pupils displaced by the Grenfell fire. A keen snowboarder, he recently piloted Manning’s Mountain Revision – a combined education & ski trip for disadvantaged GCSE pupils.
Adam Morallee – Adam set up Brandsmiths in 2014. This award-winning firm now has 18 lawyers in 2 offices across London and Manchester, specialising in acting for brands and entrepreneurs. He also founded a sports management agency which looks after world and Olympic champion boxers and sits as a Non-executive director and adviser on the boards of a number of technology and sports business including Muso, Rich Energy, New World Studios and Oldham Athletic FC.
Dirk van Ruller – Dirk studied economics as an undergraduate at the University of Amsterdam and completed postgraduate degrees in economics and fiscal law. After ten years with Brada Kuttner, he left and founded the Biloxi Group of property development companies alongside his legal consultancy. Dirk is a charity CFO and is actively involved in international humanitarian projects working recently on a project for Medical Care for Children in the Philippines and for Habitat for Humanity on social housing in Zambia.
The Guild’s florid oath was declaimed in unison by the candidates, whereupon the Master presented each of them with their certificate of Freedom, and they signed the growing Freedom Register as a pledge of their fidelity.
The Master spoke warmly to congratulate and welcome the three new Freemen, and invited them to enjoy drinks and supper with their fellow Freemen and members of the Court.
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