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40 “remarkable individuals” awarded Freedom of the City of London in group ceremony

  • May 1, 2024
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40 “remarkable individuals” awarded Freedom of the City of London in group ceremony

Dozens of people have been awarded the Freedom of the City of London by Lord Mayor Professor Michael Mainelli. The ceremony saw 40 recipients from a broad spectrum of sectors honoured at the Mansion House for their outstanding contributions in their respective fields.

The group freedom awards were given as part of the Lord Mayor’s ‘Connect to Prosper’ theme, which focuses on the City’s expertise in areas including finance, law, art, and engineering, and brings together leading experts from diverse backgrounds to work on critical global challenges, such as climate change and artificial intelligence.

Some of the recipients include author and radio and television broadcaster, Carole Stone, news broadcaster, Gillian Joseph, award-winning founder and CEO, Kike Oniwinde Agoro and multiple award-winning international speaker on Global Diversity and Inclusion, Professor Laura Serrant OBE.

The 40 were nominated for the Freedom by Lord Mayor, Professor Michael Mainelli, and City Corporation Alderman, Alastair King.

“It’s truly inspiring to witness the breadth of talent and expertise honoured today,”  City Corporation Alderman, Alastair King said: “These people not only excel in their respective fields but also embody the values that make our City vibrant and resilient. Their collective achievements highlight the power of collaboration and innovation in driving progress.”

One of the City of London’s ancient traditions, the Freedom is believed to have begun in 1237 and enabled recipients to carry out their trade.

As well as being nominated for, or applying for, the Freedom, it is also offered by the City of London Corporation to individuals as a way of paying tribute to their outstanding contribution to London or public life, or to celebrate a very significant achievement.

Recent high-profile recipients include theatre entrepreneurs, Dame Rosemary Squire and Sir Howard Panter; former Managing Director and Chief Privacy Officer at the London Stock Exchange, Vivienne Artz; and Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert, who initiated and led the development of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID vaccine.

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