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SAVORY, Sir Michael Berry (b 1943)


Reference code(s): CLA/081

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives

Title: SAVORY, Sir Michael Berry (b 1943)

Date(s): 1893-2005

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 6.60 linear metres

Name of creator(s): Corporation of London


Administrative/Biographical history:

Sir Michael Savory was born in Ayr, Scotland in 1943 and lived in Norfolk and Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) before returning to England to attend Harrow School. Michael became a stockbroker and had been involved in the financial services sector all his professional life. His initial training took place in New York before he joined his family firm of stockbrokers, Foster & Braithwaite, in 1963 to specialise in research, fund management and corporate finance, becoming a partner and a member of the London Stock Exchange in 1967. He became joint senior partner of the firm in 1975, remaining with them until 1989 after the firm had been bought by Credit Commercial de France. He then joined Midland Bank becoming chairman of HSBC Bank, Stockbroker Services before he retired in 2005. He is an Associate of the Society of Investment Professionals and a Fellow of the Securities & Investment Institute. His past directorships have included being chairman of BT Batsford, book publishers; Terrafix, land navigation systems; and chairman of ProShare, which promotes financial education. His commitment to charitable work led to him taking up, in 2006, the role of Chief Executive of Young Enterprise UK which provides enterprise education to schools throughout the country. For over thirty years he had been a member of the Executive Council of the Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen Families Association. He was also a member of the Council of The Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen and a trustee of the Hull Fishermens Widows and Orphans Fund for many years.

He was first elected a Liveryman of the Poulters' Company in 1964 (Master in 1996) and the Clockmakers' Company in 1988 (Master in 1997). He is a freeman of the Goldsmiths Company, a past liveryman of the Information Technologists Company, and past member of the Guild of Freemen and the City Livery Club. Michael was elected to the Court of Common Council of the City of London in 1980 becoming an Alderman for the Ward of Bread Street in 1996. He has served on all the principal Committees. He was Sheriff in 2001-2002, Lord Mayor in 2004-2005 and later received a knighthood for his services to the City of London. He was a founding member of the Broad Street Ward Club and served as its chairman in 1981. He was also a churchwarden of the parish church of Saint Margaret, Lothbury.

Michael was married in 1992 and has two daughters. His interests include farming and field sports and a large collection of military vehicles, the Muckleburgh Collection in North Norfolk, which he founded in 1988.

Source: Michael Berry Savory.22 September 2008 Dealmakers-Club UK

"The Lord Mayor's Show Commemorative Programme 2004." PSP Communications Ltd 13 Nov. 2004


Scope and content/abstract:

This collection contains material relating to Sir Michael Savory's years as Lord Mayor of the City of London, (1984-2005); Sheriff (1996-2003); Alderman (1893-2005) and Common Councillor (1992-1995). It also contains material relating to his work with the Britain-Austrailia Bicentennial Trust (1988-2005) and HSBC's "HSBC in the Community" programme (2000-2002). There is also some material relating to his personal life (1996-2005).

Records of particular interest are those relating to Michael Savory's mayoral year. There is a complete set of day files (CLA/081/A/03) documenting the events he attended; a large number of photographs (CLA/081/A/06) and files relating to his many visits, mostly overseas (CLA/A/04). The collection illustrates the preparation for the mayoral year and the planning involved in various activities and events (CLA/081/A/01). Press clippings (CLA/081/A/05) and the electronic records (CLA/081/A/07) illustrate the public side of the Lord Mayor.

The collection also includes aspects of Sir Michael's shrieval year and mainly contains a selection of day files (CLA/081B/02) illustrating events attended. Papers and correspondence relate to major events (CLA/B/01) like the presentation of the shrieval chain.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

This collection has been arranged into seven sections: MAYOR - CLA/081/A; SHERIFF - CLA/081/B; ALDERMAN - CLA/081/C; COMMON COUNCILLOR - CLA/081/D; THE BRITAIN-AUSTRALIA BICENTENNIAL TRUST - CLA/081/E; HSBC - CLA/081/F; PROSHARE - CLA/081/G; PERSONAL - CLA/081/H.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information may be subject to access restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: City of London

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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:

Duplicate copies, most publications and some general correspondence was not considered worthy of long term preservation. However, material relating to the mayoral year was largely kept. Material relating to the City of London and not specific to Sir Michael Savory, was accessioned as a City of London collection, reference B06/176.


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Archivist's note: Description compiled by Jeff Gerhardt.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2009

Charity | Social welfare
Cultural events | Leisure time activities | Leisure
Local government | Public administration | Government
Mayors | Local government personnel | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Sheriffs | Local government personnel | Personnel | People by occupation | People
State visits | Visits | Cultural activities | Cultural action

Personal names
Savory | Sir | Michael | b 1943 | Knight | Lord Mayor of London

Corporate names
Court of Aldermen | Corporation of London
Court of Common Council | Corporation of London
Sheriff of London | Corporation of London x Sheriff of London and Middlesex x Sheriff of Middlesex
The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of London

City of London | London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe