John Barradell, Town Clerk and Chief Executive
The Town Clerk and Chief Executive
The Town Clerk and Chief Executive of the City of London Corporation is the head of paid service and, as such, has authority over all other City Corporation officers as is necessary for the efficient management and execution of the organisation's functions. He is also the principal advisor on matters of policy through the Policy and Resources Committee.
The Town Clerk's department is responsible for a number of areas of work, including servicing meetings of the Court of Common Council and Court of Aldermen, their committees, sub-committees and working parties.
His other areas of work include taking responsibility for investigating complaints against the City Corporation from members of the public, acting as the Electoral Registration Officer and being responsible for the areas of public relations, economic development and human resources.
The current Town Clerk and Chief Executive is John Barradell.
He joined from Brighton & Hove City Council and was formerly Deputy Chief Executive of Westminster City Council. He also previously spent 22 years in the private sector at firms such as Unisys and Hewlett Packard.
The Chamberlain is the Finance Director of the City Corporation. He is the financial adviser, accountant, receiver and paymaster and is responsible for the organisation's local and private trust funds. In addition, he is also responsible for making arrangements for the investment of City of London and other funds and is one of the three official trustees.
Through the Chamberlain's Court he also administers the admission to the Freedom of the City and personally admits all Honorary Freemen. He is also responsible to the Court of Aldermen for constituting new livery companies and interpreting and amending their ordinances and charters.
The Chamberlain’s relationship with the Court of Common Council is the same that applies to other local authority Chief Finance Officers (CFO) and he therefore has the same responsibilities placed on him as any other CFO in the UK.
The current Chamberlain is Chris Bilsland.
He joined the City Corporation from Somerset County Council where he was Corporate Director of Resources.
The current Remembrancer is Paul Double who is a barrister.
The Office was created in 1571. In its early years it was closely allied to the Monarch and the Court, and this is reflected in some of its functions today which include liaison between the City and the Royal Households. The Remembrancer is one of the City's four Law Officers and the Office is responsible for the maintenance and protection of the City’s constitution. He is the City's Parliamentary Agent and the Parliamentary Agent for the Honourable the Irish Society, and the City’s Chief of Protocol.
The Office acts as a channel of communication between Parliament and the City. In the contemporary context, this means day to day examination of Parliamentary business including examination of and briefing on proposed legislation and amendments to it, regular liaison with the Select Committees of both Houses and contact with officials in Government departments dealing with Parliamentary Bills. Liaison is also maintained with the City Office in Brussels and other Member States’ permanent representations in relation to draft EU legislation.
The work of the Mayor and London Assembly, and the GLA’s associated bodies, are monitored and briefing provided on matters of relevance to the City.
As the Chief of Protocol, the Remembrancer’s functions include liaison with the London Diplomatic Corps and responsibility for diplomatic and protocol advice. The Remembrancer’s Office organises a range of events at the Guildhall on behalf of the Lord Mayor and the City. These cover Royal occasions including State Visits, State Banquets, Ministerial visits, and receptions and luncheons for distinguished organisations and individuals. Functions may also be held from time to time at the Mansion House and at other City venues such as Livery Halls, according to the nature of the event.
The Remembrancer’s Office has responsibility for the Lord Mayor’s Banquet addressed by the Prime Minister. The Remembrancer is a director of the Lord Mayor’s Show and Honorary Secretary to the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs’ Committee. The Office is responsible for a variety of domestic ceremonial events such as the Silent Ceremony, Common Hall and Church Services, and the organisation of functions and dinners hosted by Chairmen of Committees.
In addition to City Corporation use, the Guildhall is made available on a permissive basis for certain private events. These are arranged through the Office’s private events team. There are over 400 events each year for leading British and international companies and institutions ranging from banquets, gala dinners and graduations, to concerts, lunches and receptions.
Further details on the role of the Remembrancer are available on our FAQs page.