28 October 2021
With the awards for 2021 underway once again, we are excitedly, and busily, preparing for our live competition on Monday 22 November. On the night, our three teams from Foyle College, St Saviour's & St Olave's and Wallingford schools will go head to head, pitching an idea to a panel of judges that will seek winning investment.
The competition this year takes in the growing climate crisis; all teams across the City have been tasked with developing a service or a product that would have real social impact in tackling head on the crisis.
Below, meet the mentors from Merchant Taylors' Company guiding and supporting the school teams through the competition.
Freeman Marcus-Alexander became free in 2019. As the Global Carbon Programme lead for Shell Aviation, Marcus-Alexander works to develop low-carbon products and services which help aviation customers decarbonise. Prior to this, Marcus-Alexander provided Shell’s Low Carbon Fuels organisation with non-technical risk management, communications and policy advice. Marcus holds an MEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oxford and an MSc in Public Policy Analysis from King's College London.
Freeman Shane is a solicitor and a partner in the Debt Finance team in the London office of White & Case, which is conveniently located opposite the Hall.
He is married with three young daughters aged 9, 7 and 4 and lives in Putney, London. Shane came into the Company via Redemption in the Mastership of Duncan Eggar (2018-19) and currently sits on the Livery and Freeman Committee.
Freeman Jack became a Freeman by Patrimony in 2012. He is Growth & Marketing Director at Creative CX, a London-based consultancy specialising in digital experimentation and optimising customer experiences online.
With a background in marketing and communications, Jack's broad range of experience involved working for a number of advertising agencies and consumer brands, across Europe, Middle East, North America and Africa.
Liveryman Lucinda is a barrister, specialising in commercial litigation. She is a Partner at a law firm in the City of London. She became Free of the Company by Redemption in 2016, and joined the Livery in 2020. She is a governor of Merchant Taylors’ School in Northwood and sits on the Livery and Freeman Committee.
Liveryman Jamie joined the Livery in 2019. A mentor to the winning St Saviour's & St Olave's School team last year, this year he returns to mentor Wallingford School.
Liveryman Victoria joined the Company through Redemption in 2019, becoming a Liveryman in July 2021. A Master Tailor with over 14 years’ experience, her Savile Row training earned her the accolade of becoming the Row’s first to receive multiple Savile Row Bespoke qualifications. In 2016, she launched her own company, London Academy of Bespoke (LAB) where she and her team train budding tailors and clothes makers, offering practical skills as well as insight into the industry.