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We need to 'adapt and innovate' was the message from Lt Gen Sir David Capewell

Published on: 17 April 2023

The popularity of the monthly Court Luncheon remains at an all-time high, and it’s easy to see why with April’s gathering of Liverymen and guests featuring an excellent lunch followed with some thought-provoking words from guest speaker, Lt Gen Sir David Capewell KCB OBE.

Sir David spoke about security, including the importance of defending against cyber-attacks, and covered the need for those in business to adapt and innovate to stay relevant, referencing the rise in Artificial Intelligence as an area of fast growth.

AI has been heavily featured in the news this year, following on from the launch of ChatGPT by OpenAI, which has a long-term investment partnership with Microsoft.

The Clerk of the Worshipful Company of Butchers, Major General Jeff Mason MBE, who is a long-time friend of Lt Gen Sir David Capewell, introduced our guest speaker with one or two light hearted remarks! And welcomed other guests which included Tony King, Master of the City of London Solicitors Company, who was accompanied by his Clerk, Ms Linzi James.

The Master, Andrew Parker welcomed three new Liverymen who were clothed at the Court meeting that morning. He took wine with Stuart Baird Revill, Shaun Martin Thorp and Jeremie Goepfert.

Lunch was excellent and the main course of British Lamb Cutlets enjoyed were generously provided by Liveryman Jim Gaffney.

The 200 Club draw was made, with Liverymen Donna Smith, Tim Stuart and Lucinda Baker winning cash prizes. 

Emma Stanworth won a case of Dumenil Champagne following the usual monthly draw.