President’s Luncheon 2019

17 December 2019

Around 140 Fellows, Member Learned Societies and their guests attended the Academy of Social Sciences President’s Luncheon, which was held in Drapers’ Hall in the City of London on 16 December 2019.

The event was particularly special as it marked the end of Professor Sir Ivor Crewe’s term as President of the Academy. Sir Ivor’s role has been to represent the Academy at public events and meetings and incoming President, Professor Roger Goodman, said he had filled it with distinction over the last six years. “I know that I speak for all the Fellows and Learned Societies when I say how much we have benefitted from your support,” said Professor Goodman, who takes on the combined role of President and Chair on 1 January 2020, as approved at an Extraordinary General Meeting in 2018.

The guest speaker at the event was the Rt. Hon. Justine Greening, who spoke about the challenge of increasing social mobility in the UK in the current political and economic climate and encouraged everyone to play their part, whether from an academic, practitioner or business background. Justine Greening, a former Education Secretary, did not seek re-election as an MP in last week’s General Election. She is co-founder of the Social Mobility Pledge, a cross-party campaign to improve social mobility in the UK.

Sir Ivor’s last duty as President was to present certificates to 28 new Fellows. During his Presidency, around 600 new Fellows have been welcomed into the Academy.

Founded over 600 years ago, the Drapers’ Company is one of the 12 great livery companies in the City of London. It has evolved into an organisation that addresses contemporary issues, gaining a new relevance through its philanthropic role. We are very grateful to the Drapers’ Company and to publishers Taylor & Francis for their generous support of the President’s Luncheon.