The principal features of the arms are an oak tree in base and a sword between two roses in chief. The oak symbolises steadfastness and loyalty, representing my wife, Lindy, and the reciprocity owed to the City of London and Bridewell Royal Hospital. In addition, it is symbolic as the root of knowledge, bearing acorns that indicate new life and education. The engrailed chief refers to my interest in collecting stamps, whilst the two roses symbolise our two daughters and Bridewell Royal Hospital, known as King Edward’s Witley. The sword represents our son and the City of London, where I have spent my career.
My armorial motto is MENTES INFLAMMA, which plays to my enthusiasm for education and commitment to creating opportunity and inspiring others, and may be translated as “setting minds alight”.
The Badge of Office was designed and made by the London Goldsmith, Grant Macdonald.
The arms are centred on six gold rings, depicting the intertwined worlds of my life and the six countries in which I have lived. Mounted on the rings are the arms of my Livery Companies: the Worshipful Companies of International Bankers; Ironmongers, Educators; and Chartered Accountants; together with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, of which I am a Fellow; and my alma mater, the University of Bristol.
On top of the helmet is a dragon, the guardian of the City and the principal feature of the arms of my Mother Livery, the Worshipful Company of International Bankers. The dragon sits atop five roundels, alluding to my career in accountancy and banking, and holds a chest, reflecting my responsibilities to help safeguard our financial systems.
Connecting the badge to the arms of the City of London is a book prominently displaying the arms of Bridewell Royal Hospital, my original link to the City of London. Either side are reliefs of the Monument and St Bride’s Church, which were my first destinations in the City. On the shoulder pieces are represented my association with Barclays and the Ward of Coleman Street through an eagle and cockerel respectively, each encircled by grapes and vine leaves which give life as well as enjoyment!
Shown right is the Brooch presented to Lindy - it features, again, the six gold rings, presented in this case in white, yellow and rose gold.
Armorial Arms and the Shrieval Badge & Chain
My Armorial Bearings were designed by John Petrie, Rouge Croix Pursuivant of Arms.