Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock – or not in the UK – you’ll have heard that Theresa May has now stepped into the role of Prime Minister at Number 10.
But what you may not have known is that Prime Minister May is a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Marketors. According to the City livery company that promotes marketing as a force for good, the Rt Hon Theresa May MP (her proper title) has been a member for the past 17 years.
Other Prime Ministers – such as Sir Winston Churchill and William Gladstone – were given honrary liveryman status, but May has been an ‘ordinary’ member since before her full-time political career.
May’s City background working at the Bank of England and the Association for Payment Clearing Services qualified her for membership in 1999. She became a liveryman in 2001, when she was an MP for Maidenhead.
“We are delighted that our liveryman, Theresa May, has achieved the high office of Prime Minister and we send her our heartiest congratulations,” says David Pearson, master of the Worshipful Company of Marketors.
“She has always been a great supporter of the Company and made time from her busy schedule as Home Secretary to be the speaker at one of our formal dinners in the City in 2013,” he added.
Indeed, May featured in a 2013 spring edition of the Marketors official magazine after the speech, where she spoke about how the role of women had changed in leadership positions since the 1700s.
“Today’s women expect to be able to become the boss if they so wish, and both Sally [Master] and Teresa have definitely proved this is possible.” wrote The Marketor freeman Roz Morris about May’s speech.
And how unknowingly right she was, when three years later May would take on the position of second ever female Prime Minister in the history of the UK.