About Liz Green

About Liz Green

What I can offer as Sheriff

A key strength required of any Sheriff is to be a good communicator; this is certainly a personal strength of mine. After a successful career in PR and Marketing, I am very comfortable meeting people from all walks of life, and am happy to be part of a team, and take the lead when required to do so. Enthusiasm for and commitment to the City and the Livery, are essential. Whether at a banquet, or a much smaller event, I will put the same energy and drive into every function. I would welcome the opportunity to take on new initiatives that are supported by the Lord Mayor and the Shrieval team, and will strive to uphold the fine traditions of the Shrieval Office. 

My Livery Heritage

My heritage in the Livery is strong. Having joined the Framework Knitters by patrimony in 1991 I joined the Court in April 2012, and was honoured to serve as Master Framework Knitter 2016/17. I am very proud to be a third generation Master Framework Knitter, following my Father (1980) and both grandfathers (1944 and 1950), the latter of whom founded successful hosiery companies in Leicester, and my Father worked for the family firm (Byford’s) until it was sold. My paternal Grandfather was also Master of the Gardeners’ company, two uncles served as Master Framework Knitter, one of whom was also Master Baker. My Mother, Baroness Byford, was elected Master Farmer in October 2013 but sadly my Father passed away six weeks after she took office, and I acted as her Consort throughout her year. And a bit of history - we are the first Mother and Daughter to both be Master of a City Livery Company.

Organisation & Collaboration

I am a ‘doer’ and if a task is set I will do my utmost to ensure its success, no matter how large or small. Whether working in PR & Marketing, as a director of our family farm, to serving on committees, and in sport, I have always been a 'people person', willing to listen and to discuss a number of opinions before decisions are made. Voluntary work has been important throughout my life – in schools, clubs and charities - some roles have been easier than others, but I work closely with those involved to ensure the best outcome. I am approachable, friendly and outgoing, and am equally happy to have fun or be serious when the situation dictates. As Master I greatly valued the friendship of fellow Masters, Wardens, Clerks and Liverymen. If elected, together with the Aldermanic Sheriff, I would continue to draw people together to support the Lord Mayor. 

Commitment to the City

Through my Livery activities I am well aware of the invaluable role played by the City of London Corporation and supporting bodies. I am involved in a range of organisations, and activities across the City and Livery: a member of Walbrook, Coleman St and Broad St Ward Clubs, a committee member of the Phoenix Past Masters’ Association, a member of the Lady Past Masters' Association, and a member of the City Livery Club. I am also a committee member of three pan livery groups established by the Mercers’ Company, and attended the Livery Schools Link workshops, and three Brigantes events, as well as numerous charity fundraising events in the City. I have actively encouraged involvement of my mother company in Livery activity through organising our entry for the Lord Mayor’s Show in 2013 and 2016, our entries for the annual Swimathon, and continue to participate in various Inter-Livery golf competitions including the Prince Arthur Cup - with the honour of being, in 2017, the first lady prize-winner.

My Support Network

I count myself extremely fortunate in enjoying strong family support. My husband, Peter, has extensive financial knowledge, having worked in London and New York for Citibank for 21 years. He has chaired a number of external UK banking committees, has been consultant to the Central Bank of Nigeria on payments system for the past twelve years. He also consults and runs training courses for multi-national corporates and global banks on Corporate Treasury and Cash Management. A Freeman of the WC International Bankers, and a Committee Member of the Firebirds Past Consorts’ Association, Peter is totally supportive of my candidature. 
We have two children, Stephanie (24) who is in her second year as a Trainee Solicitor in Holborn, and Edward (22) who, following graduation in Economics from Nottingham University, is a Data Analyst in Nottingham.

Charitable Work

Supporting charitable causes has always been an important part of my life. Beyond the City, I spent several years delivering Meals on Wheels, and for the last five years have organised the street and supermarket collections for Rennie Grove Hospice Care, a local charity that cares for patients with a life-limiting illness. I was secretary of our church PCC for nine years and remain a PCC member, organising fundraising events, liaising with the press and supporting the church warden. I have also supported St Francis Hospice in Berkhamsted, the Tring NSPCC, collected for the British Legion and volunteered for Breakaway for Carers. I am a Governor & Steward of the Sons & Friends of the Clergy.

Business Skills

A decade spent in PR and Marketing for Next and Tie Rack has given me great experience in communication, an important part of a Sheriff’s role. Whilst at Tie Rack I was responsible for the design and budgeting of seasonal campaigns and promotional material, advertising and packing, as well as liaising with the sales, buying and merchandising departments. As a director of our family farming business, I face regular business expenditure and investment decisions, with responsibility for overseeing the activities of the contract farmer, and organising the refurbishment and rental of our farm outbuildings and residential properties. 
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