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Fellowship Events

City & Guilds hosts a number of Fellowship events throughout the year. These include

Fellowship Diploma Presentations

New Fellows and Honorary Fellows are presented with their diplomas at special ceremonies held regularly throughout the year. Our latest presentation was held at our Annual Meeting on Thursday 14 April 2016 at Drapers’ Hall, where Sir John Armitt CBE FREng FCGI, Chairman of City & Guilds, presented four new Fellows of the Institute with their Fellowship diplomas. 

Chris Jones, Director General and CEO of City & Guilds, read a citation for each Fellow during the presentation explaining the achievements that each Fellow had reached. 

Diplomas were presented to:

  • Peter McKee HonFCGI – Treasurer, City & Guilds
  • Professor Michele Dougherty FRS FCGI – Chairman, UK Space Agency Advisory Committee
  • Mrs Marion Plant OBE FCGI – CEO & Principal of North Warwickshire and Hinckley College and South Leicestershire College
  • Mr John Timpson CBE FCGI – Chairman, Timpson Ltd

Once the formalities had taken place a celebratory luncheon was enjoyed by all.

Annual Fellowship Lecture

Each year one of our eminent Fellows presents a lecture to an invited audience of Fellows, Councilors, Livery Company representatives and staff, with the aim of stimulating debate around issues relevant to the work of the Institute.

2015- Synthetic Biology – Engineering Biology to Build the Bio-economy by Professor Richard Kitney OBE FREng FCGI

On 26 March 2015 we were delighted to welcome Professor Kitney as the Institute's 13th Guest Lecturer at Barber Surgeons' Hall. He spoke on the topic of ‘Synthetic Biology – Engineering Biology to Build the Bio-economy’.

Awarded Fellowship of the City and Guilds of London Institute in 2005, Professor Kitney is Co-Director of the Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation and the National Centre for the Industrial Translation of Synthetic Biology at Imperial College.

Over 80 guests attended the lecture and used the reception that followed to network and continue the debate.

Download a copy of Professor Kitney’s abstract.


Other topics in recent years have been:

2014 – The Skills Mismatch by The Rt Hon Lord Baker of Dorking CH HonFCGI, Co-founder, Baker Dearing Trust.

2013 – Reflections on a career as an intelligence officer by Baroness Manningham-Buller LG DCB HonFCGI, Chair of Council, Imperial College London.

2012 – Strengths and Limits of Regulation in a Risky World by Dame Deirdre Hutton DBE FCGI, Chair of the Civil Aviation Authority.

> Download a copy of Dame Deirdre’s transcript (DOC, 39KB).

2011 - Quality, Diversity and Society by Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz FRS FMedSci FCGI, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge

> Download a copy of Professor Sir Lesek Borysiewicz's transcript (DOC, 48KB).

2010 - Engineering the Olympics by Sir John Armitt CBE FREng FICE FCGI, Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority   

2009 - Engineering a Sustainable and Secure Energy Future by Professor Nigel Brandon FCGI, Shell Professor of Sustainable Development in Energy, Imperial College London 

2008 - Education and the Arts - The Royal Opera House Experience by Dame Judith Mayhew-Jonas DBE FCGI, Chairman, Royal Opera House 

2007 - Our Railways – Past, Present and Future by Professor Roderick Smith FREng FCGI

2006 - Are Caterers Poisoning Children? A Food School for the 21st Century by Miss Prue Leith CBE HonFCGI 

2005 - Technology in Surgical Practice by Professor Lord Ara Darzi KBE FCGI

2004 - Education for Industrial Defeat: the Post-war British Record by Dr Correlli Barnett CBE HonFCGI 

2003 - A Tale of Two Towers: Big Ben and Pisa by Professor John Burland FREng FRS FCGI. 

Annual Fellowship Luncheon

Held annually at Imperial College London, this is an opportunity for Fellows to gather over lunch and hear guest speakers talk about the work of Imperial College and City & Guilds. 

By courtesy of the President of Imperial College, Professor Alice Gast, City & Guilds was delighted to hold its 82nd Annual Fellowship Meeting and Luncheon on 17 June 2016 at Imperial College London. Just under 40  Honorary Fellows and Fellows attended the luncheon at which they heard an address by Dame Judith Hackitt DBE FREng FCGI. Dame Judith is the current Chair of Federation of Engineering Employers, City & Guilds Trustee and President City & Guilds College Association.

As well as providing a great opportunity for Fellows and their guests to gather and network, the luncheon also hosted the presentation of the 2016 FCGI Centenary Award. This is presented each year to an outstanding Imperial College student. This year, a prize was presented to Millie Tsang, Welfare Officer of the City & Guilds College Union.

Please click here to download a copy of Dame Judith’s transcript >