Three Masters - Three Cabbies!

Master of The WCHCD, David Cannell (centre) flanked by Master of the Parish Clerks, Stephen Plumb (L) and Master of Watermen & Lightermen, Simon McCarthy.

The Election Court Lunch held at Watermen's Hall brought together a unique moment in the History of the City of London and Livery Companies.

The current year sees a true first in the City of London, as three London taxi drivers preside as Masters of three seperate Livery Companies.

Master of the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers, Dave Cannell is one of a long line of working cabbies who have been Master of the cab trade's Livery Company, but this year is very different as Mr Stephen Plumb, also a working London taxi driver is currently serving his year as Master of the Parish Clerk's Company, as well as filling the position as Lower Warden of The Worshipful Company Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers.

Completing the taxi trade trinity is Mr Simon McCarthy, Master of the Worshipful Company of Watermen and Lightermen, also a working taxi driver.

The Watermen and Lightermen played host to The Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers at their Election Court Lunch in May and this occasion brought the three taxi driver Masters together for the first time.

Welcoming The Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers, Mr Simon McCarthy noted how the Watermen's Company drew many parralels with the taxi trade as they served the conduits of travel around the historic capital.

Master of The Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers Mr Dave Cannell commented: "It is a fortuitous coincidence that this moment in time brings together three individuals from our great taxi industry as Masters of three very different but historically significant Livery Companies in this geat City of ours."

"This has never happened before and may never happen again and it says something about the unique position our taxi trade plays in the square mile."


Election Court 2018

On the 17th May 2018 The Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers held its annual Election Court at the  magnificent Watermen's Hall in St Mary at Hill.

Master Dave Cannell (pictured here with his partner and consort Tracy) chaired the Election Court which was well attended by the Wardens, Court Assistants and Past Masters.

Alongside the normal Court Business was of course the outcome of the annual Elections - which this year has a very special and unique twist- as Senior Past Master Phil Davis was specially voted to return to the post as Master for one year to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Children's Magical Taxi Tour, which Phil has famously led and championed for a quarter of a century.

This means that, quite uniquley, the other Wardens remain exactly as they are, in their current posts, for another year. All were very happy to do so, and Phil Davis becomes Master Elect.

Therefore Mr Michael Cullen remains as Renter Warden, Mr Rick Alford stays as Upper Warden and Mr Stephen Plumb (currently Master of the Parish Clerks) stays in post as Lower Warden.

The Election Committee also voted in three new Court Assistants to join the Court: Mr Kevin Nutley, Mr Chris Hearnden and Mr Daviel Severin.

Past Master Ms Brenda Bartlett, Chair of the Election Committee, presented the proposals to the Court and they were heartedly seconded and accepted.

Master Dave Cannell commented: "It will be a great privilege to me, at the end of my year as Master, to hand the reins back to the legendary Phil Davis to commemorate not just the 25th Anniversary of the Children's Magical Taxi Tour, but also his sterling work as Past Master, Chair of the Disney Committee and the unique contribution he has made to this Company and its reputation in the City."


November 9th 2017 saw the Liverymen's Dinner held at the magnificent Cutlers' Hall.
The Dinner followed the WCHCD annual Common Hall meeting, held earlier that afternoon.

Several new Freemen were admitted to the Company following the Court meeting, with Mr Robert Deeney, Mr Christopher Heerey, Mr Ian Moore, Mr Liam Nammock, Mr Gregory Smith and Mr Andrew Wilkins all joining the WCHCD as Freemen

In addition Mr Edgar Wessman was clithed in the Livery and so moves from Freeman to Liveryman.

The Dinner was a spectacular affair and master of the WCHCD Mr David Cannell welcomed Guest of Honour Ms Frances Luczyc Wyhowska, who was also awarded with the WCHCD Friend of the Cab Trade Award for her remarkable contribution to fighting the corner for the licensed taxi trade for many years.

The Liverymen's Dinner is also the occasion when the WCHCD bestows its other awards upon deserving individuals. The winner of this year's Hitch Award for Bravery is Mr Darren Kenny - a taxi driver who stepped in during the terrorist attack in the summer of 2017 to help people escape immediate danger.

Taxi Trade legend, and former Beadle to the WCHCD, Mr John Sheen was recognised for his remarkable contribution to the taxi industry over nearly 40 years and was receipient of the WCHCD Lifetime Achievement Award. John has been a true ambassador and role model for the professional licensed taxi industry and has served the trade and its many charities with pride.

Mr Antone Haynes was the recipient of the Charity Award, for his work with the homeless. the Crisis charity and the Childrens Magical Taxi Tour. Find out more on our AWARDS page.




Perhaps one of the most famous events is the annual Magical Taxi Tour which sees over 100 cabs taking sick and terminally ill children on the trip of a lifetime to Disneyland Paris. You can find out more about this event by logging on to







Wednesday 12th September 2018

Installation Court & Dinner

Haberdasher's Hall

Thursday 22nd November 2018

Court Meeting and Common Hall







Tuesday 7th August 2018

Driving Skills Day with 20 Transport Squadron

Regent's Park Barracks

Friday 28th September

Children's Magical Taxi Tour send off (25th year)

Canary Wharf

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