Phil Davis (centre) Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers receives the Clarity in Charitable Communications Award from Mr Francis Ingham MPRCA -The Master of the City of London Company of PR Practitioners (left) and the Master Glazier, Mr Duncan Gee (right)

Phil Davis, London taxi driver and Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers has received an inaugural award at a prestigious City event.

The Worshipful Company of Glaziers & Painters of Glass and the City of London Company of Public Relations Practitioners decided to establish the Clarity in Charitable Communications Award to recognise outstanding achievement in raising awareness and fundraising against the odds and without major funding or marketing campaigns.

Phil Davis heads up the organising committee for the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Driver’s annual Children’s Magical Taxi Tour taking sick and terminally ill children to Disneyland Paris on a trip that is now in its 22nd year.

The inaugural Clarity in Charitable Communications Award canvassed all of the City Livery Companies in London and Phil was nominated by several of the historic companies, and in February attended a dinner event held at the splendid Merchant Taylor’s Hall in the City to receive the award.



New Master David Cannell admitted four new Freemen to the Worshipful Company of hackney Carriage Drivers after his own installation at Saddler's Hall on 14th September. 

Mr Karl Maresch, Mr Alexander Galpin, Mr Paul Van Nuland and Mr Charles Treston all joined the Company as Freemen.

Speaking of the most recent intake of Freemen and Liverymen, The Master, Mr David Cannell said: "I am delighted to welcome new Members as Freemen and also to see some of our existing Freemen escalate to the level of Liverymen. Our Company is growing continuously and this shows there is still great interest in the historic London taxi trade in the heritage of the City of London and the Livery Companies. The majority of our Freemen and Liverymen are working taxi drivers, and this provides our Company with a thriving membership that also benefits from a variety of professionals from across our trade and associated industries."

"More and more men and women within the taxi trade - all across the country - are taking an interest in our friendly and informative Company and finding it a great way to meet likeminded individuals with a strong interest in promoting our historic licensed taxi trade."


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







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