Dr Christine Rigden, Liveryman Mason, Elected Non-Aldermanic Sheriff 2015  

Published and promoted by Dr Trevor Brignall, 123 Chancellors Road, Old Stevenage, Herts SG1 4TZ, on behalf of Dr Christine Rigden, Woodlands Farm, Calcott, Sturry, Canterbury, CT3 4NB.

Dear Fellow Liveryman,

Liveryman Dr Christine Rigden was elected to the post of Non-Aldermanic Sheriff at Common Hall in June 2015.

For those who do not know Christine (and I can't, for the life of me, think why this situation could have arisen) I include her biographical details:

“Born in County Durham in 1965, I was raised in Norfolk and graduated from The University of Sheffield, with a first degree in Geology and a doctorate in Materials.  For several years I was a Lecturer in Geomaterials at Queen Mary, London University, where my research and teaching focussed on the use of geological materials in the construction industry; during this time I also served two four year terms on the Council of the Geological Society including one term as an Honorary Secretary.  Moving to Canterbury in 2000, I joined a civil & structural engineering consultancy, and ran the business with my husband, Stephen.

Involved in the City for most of my adult life, I became a Freeman and Liveryman of the Constructors in 1993.  I had the privilege of serving as the first lady Master Constructor in 2009/10, and am a committee member of the Masters’ Association “The Power of Ten”.  Committed to the Livery, I am an active member of three Companies [Constructors, Masons, and Tylers and Bricklayers] serving on committees of each, and a new Freeman of the Educators' Company.  Much involved in the City Livery Club, I chair the Communications and PR Committee, and serve on the Executive Committee and Council. 

An Officer of the City of London since 2007, I have been elected annually as an Ale Conner, being the first female to hold the position in over 700 years.  A member of the committee for Candlewick Ward Club, and a member of the Ward of Cheap Club, I also serve on the London Committee of Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust, and the Lord Mayor’s Appeal Committee.  I am member of the City of London Branch of the Royal Society of St George, the City Livery Yacht Club, and the Little Ship Club, a Tenant of the Guildable Manor of Southwark, and a Friend of HQS Wellington, St Lawrence Jewry, and the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Outside the City, I am involved in a number of public and charity roles:  appointed by the Secretary of State, I serve as a member of the Independent Monitoring Board for HMP Swaleside, a category B prison on the Isle of Sheppey; Vice-Chairman and Trustee of the Kent Enterprise Trust; governor of The Orchard School, Canterbury, a special school for 5 to 16 year old students; secretary of the Wye Rural Museum Trust.

My husband Stephen is also much involved in the livery, having served as Master Constructor in 2012/13, and is a Liveryman of the Farmers’ Company.  He is a committee member of his Masters’ Association, The Great 13, and a member of Candlewick Ward Club.  We both enjoy sailing, having spent three summers cruising in the Baltic, and two summers circumnavigating Great Britain and Ireland. We live on, and manage, our arable farm on the outskirts of Canterbury.”

Bob Morrow

Master