It has been a great privilege to serve as the Chairman of our wholesale food markets for the past 3.5 years, and it was unexpectedly nice to receive this upon my stepping down -
11 September 2020
RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY –
Members of the Markets Committee wish to record their sincere thanks and gratitude to JAMES RICHARD TUMBRIDGE for his excellent work as their Chairman.
AS Chairman, he has been active in all aspects of the work of the Committee, showing great drive and commitment to ensure its success.
THROUGHOUT his term of office, he has managed the Committee’s deliberations with a fair and firm hand to ensure that the Committee executed its duties in a competent way. He presided over the Committee’s debates in an exemplary and courteous manner allowing full consideration of not only routine Committee business such as the Markets and Consumer Protection Department Business Plan, Revenue and Capital Budgets and Proposed New Lettings but also of more complex issues such as electric charging points, debt recovery procedures and energy procurement.
THE Chairman has championed the cause of collocating the markets on a single site and was uncompromising in demanding that the new site should set high standards in market design, be of an appropriated size and in a suitable location.
HIS involvement and interest in the Project to date is testament to his diligence, professional manner and skills of tact and diplomacy. He has worked closely with the tenants’ associations and engaged with them over many collocation and many other issues to protect their interests and those of the City Corporation.
ON many occasions the Chairman has robustly defended the Committee’s terms of reference and sought to ensure that its views are fully considered as part of the Collocation Project. He has also promoted the work of the Committee as well as hosting visits to the markets by the Lord Mayor and other dignitaries and being involved in events associated with the wholesale markets.
FINALLY, in congratulating their former Chairman upon a most successful term of office, his colleagues wish to thank him for his enthusiasm and commitment and to express the hope that, with continued good health and happiness he can continue to serve the City Corporation for many years to come.