On the afternoon of Thursday 20th September, the Guild of Entrepreneurs admitted its first Honorary Freeman.
The Guild’s Ordinances provide that the Court shall elect, at its discretion, suitable persons to the Honorary Freedom. Earlier this year, Barbara Thomas Judge, Lady Judge, Commander of the British Empire, was elected as the Guild’s first Honorary Freeman. Lady Judge is an eminent lawyer and business figure, with an international career and distinguished portfolio of senior executive and non-executive roles.
The Master, Mr Lee Robertson, spoke to welcome Lady Judge, and to present her with her Freedom. He was delighted to welcome her as an Honorary Freeman, having in mind her long service to enterprise, coupled with the service of her late husband, Sir Paul, as Foundation Master, Master and Sponsoring Alderman of the Guild. The Master was especially pleased to have been able to admit Lady Judge in the Ward of Tower – of which Sir Paul was Alderman for ten years.
Lady Judge spoke to thank the Court for the honour, and of her excitement to join an organisation with which her skills and experiences so completely aligned. She was, she said, looking forward to becoming closely involved with the management and growth of the Guild as it seeks promotion to Company and Livery status.