Three weeks into the post and it has been a hugely rewarding period. This week began with me taking part in the celebrations of Gibraltar's National Day in the City of London. I had the huge privilege of welcoming everyone at a reception in a very full Guildhall. The City of London and Gibraltar have a long and proud history anchored by our shared commitment in the financial services, shipping and tourism industries. As the Lord Mayor said in his foreword - Gibraltar is ideally positioned to facilitate the rapid growth in the emerging markets.
One of the high points of the week was meeting with Tessa, Lady Brewer, Chairman of the Sheriffs' and Recorder's Fund, a charity founded in 1808 which gives small grants to ex-prisoners and their families in London, to help them stop offending and start a new life - for example providing funds to buy a suit for a job interview. This charity is the one which I will be supporting for the year ahead.
On Thursday, I was invited by the Master of the Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights to attend their dinner at Goldsmiths' Hall. I spoke, responding on behalf of the guests and used this opportunity to tie aspects of the Wheelwright craft to today's financial services sector.