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TitleMinute Books and Corporate Records, Court of Directors
DescriptionMinute books of the Court of Directors. The Court of Directors was based in London and was responsible for the formulation, revision and approval of bank policy. The minutes refer to the establishment and progress of various committees, such as the Balances and Investments Committee, which was formed in 1888. They also record the appointment, deaths and resignations of Directors and Managers, decisions to establish new branches and agencies, and changes in the administrative structure of the bank.
In particular the minutes records the Court of Directors' communications with the Athens Council, the body established to advise the Athens Office following the cessation of the Ionian Islands by Britain to Greece in 1864. In later years the Court of Directors' minutes recorded the Court's dealings with the Athens Advisory Committee, which had replaced the Athens Council by 1915, and also the Alexandria and Nicosia Advisory Committees, which were established following the bank's expansion to Egypt and Cyprus in 1907 and 1926. The minutes also record the Court's decisions regarding the appointment of Local Directors to the Local Boards of the Greek branches which dealt with decisions affecting the day-to-day running of the branches.
By 1973 the minutes related to meetings of the Administration Executive Committee. By this time the bank no longer had overseas branches and had resolved to focus upon its business activities in the UK, with regional offices in Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham.
The minutes of general and extraordinary meetings of the bank from 1842 to 1977 are also covered this section, as well minutes of meetings of the Directors of Rotherham and Sons Limited, a subsidiary company of the bank.
Please note from 3/3 onwards the minute books have indexes.
The first twelve minute books have been digitised and are available to download as pdf files (see the individual catalogue records for the links).
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