B - News Reports from January 2015 to May 2015 - Master Victoria Russell

14th May - Master Victoria and Consort Husband Steve with the Princess Royal, Patron of RNCF at a dinner at St James’ Palace in aid of the Royal National Children’s Foundation.

Royal National Children’s Foundation helps vulnerable children and young people in Britain whose circumstances are seriously prejudicial to their normal development and where no other care is available.

The Charity helps by providing grants and boarding school places for children aged 7 – 18 who have suffered trauma, tragedy or neglect in their young lives.

These are young people who usually have one or no active parents, whose normal development is compromised or threatened by adverse home, school or family circumstances.

Royal National Children`s Foundation website - click on here (opens in new tab)

7th May - CONGRATULATIONS to our Yeoman Livery Member Lydia Walpole BSc MEng ICE, a Section Engineer with Costain who has won BEST YOUNG WOMAN IN CONSTRUCTION at The European Women in Construction & Engineering Awards.

See here Lydia recieving her award at the sparkling event held in the Park Lane Hotel, London

Lydia was an apprentice of Past Master Dr Christine Rigden.

Since her 13th May 2003 indenture as an Apprentice to Dr Christine Rigden, Lydia has completed A-Levels in Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Geography and went on to study Civil Engineering at The University of Surrey a Masters Degree with sandwich year. In 2005 she obtained a Scholarship with the ICE & The University of Surrey and went on to be sponsored by Costain throughout her time at University. Lydia also was appointed Chairman of the Civil Engineering Society. Lydia graduated from the University of Surrey in 2010 with an Honours for the year in Industry and a Merit for her Masters Degree (MEng).

Lydia is a Section Engineer with Costain.  Since becoming a Yeoman she has won several prestigious awards.
According to the Department of Civil & Building Engineering, Loughborough University, UK; "The construction sector plays an important role in economic growth.......... however, the construction sector remains male-dominated and women’s growing role as decision-makers and buyers is not reflected by their input into construction innovation and creativity."

Women represent only 11% of the construction workforce in the UK and most of these jobs are office based and only 2% work in manual jobs. When it comes to women in engineering only 9 per cent of UK engineering professionals are women, 18 per cent in Spain, 26 per cent in Sweden and 20 per cent in Italy.

The aim of the awards is to make these industries more enticing to women. To create role models for women considering a career in these sectors, while encouraging companies to employ and train more women in these industries.

Women in Construction Web Site HERE:-

9th May - Our Beadle, Ted Prior appointed as President of The National Association of Toastmasters for 2014/15

"Congratulations Ted"

Please see NATM website here:-

The association was founded in 1954 to uphold and develop the standards of the profession. It is managed by an annually elected Executive Committee.

Membership includes toastmasters throughout the United Kingdom. Their services are available for any occasion where a degree of formality is required - from receptions, cocktail parties, weddings and dinner/dances - to charity balls, opening ceremonies and conferences.

The National Association of Toastmasters exists to maintain the highest standards of the profession and to provide support and training for its members. It was the first body of toastmasters to introduce entrance examinations for membership based on knowledge of etiquette and protocol.

A Court of Examiners is held twice a year to screen potential members on their experience, knowledge of protocol and general professional competence. Upon passing the initial examination, consisting of a written examination and an oral examination before a Court of Examiners, newcomers are admitted at Associate Membership level. This is distinguished by the wearing of a dark red collarette with the Association badge attached.

Further advancement, again by examination, is required to achieve full Member status, distinguished by a light blue ribbon. Ultimately a Member may be promoted to Fellow after examination by the Fellowship Assessment Board and approval by the Association's Executive Committee. A Fellow wears a larger badge appended to a dark blue collarette.

The Presidency passes annually, by election, to members who are Fellows of the Association. Past Presidents wear a distinguishing blue and red ribbon.

7th May - Court Meeting & Companions Luncheon at Suttons` Hospital Charterhouse Square. (By kind permission of the Master of Charterhouse)

The Master presided over The Court Meeting wherein the business of The Company was conducted. This included reports on Scholarships and updates on activities including an update of the chartable giving from The Constructors Company Charitable Trust.

After The Court the Company took wine with Past Master Dr Christine Rigden who will be standing for election as a Non-Aldermanic Sheriff at Common Hall on 24th June in Guildhall and an opportunity to wish her well with this endeavour would not arise before that date.

Thereafter The Master Victoria Russell led the company into the historic hall for luncheon. A finer menu, wine and hospitality would be hard found in The City and together with our precious Companion Members the Court, new Yeomen, Freeman and Liverymen with their guests enjoyed some fine fellowship.

The Master Victoria Russell LLB FCIArb FCIOB FFB

A little light humour with Past Master Alan Longhurst and Court Assistant Henry Lamb who bagged yet another £10 for our charity funds by eating two starters.

14th April - Visit to Sky Garden atop The Walkie Talkie in City of London

Report from CA Jane Wright


The Master and a select group of Constructors and their guests were treated to a presentation and tour of the Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street (better known as the Walkie Talkie).
Richard Lines, Construction Manager with Canary Wharf Contractors (Canary Wharf Group and Land Securities are joint developers) gave us a very interesting talk about the construction of the building and in particular the Sky Garden and the challenges faced in completing it. Richard’s talk was illustrated by a number of entertaining time lapse videos of the construction project.
We were told that the project was designed in 3D using Revit and then translated into 4D using Synchro. The glass used in the Sky Garden is 18mm thick and was “cold rolled” on site so that it has a slight curve! Apparently Kew Gardens advised on the planting as plants need to be able to withstand a range of temperatures from 4 – 40 degrees.
After Richard’s presentation we moved up to the 34th floor to admire the garden and the spectacular views. 

Many thanks in particular to HCA John Sayers for organising such an interesting event and of course to Richard and his team for taking the time out to entertain us.
HMS Lancaster April 2015 Newsletter



The Master introduced to His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex, who is also Past Master The Worshipful Company of Gardeners 2013. (Image by www.michaelosullivan.co.uk ) At Worshipful Company of Fuellers Royal Charter Banquet at Guildhall in City of London.

27th February - NEW issue of Livery Briefing

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To Livery Company Clerks and Members of the Livery Committee

Dear Clerk,
Herewith the latest edition of the bi-monthly Livery Briefing, for onward distribution to your livery, please.
The content draws heavily on the News pages at the Livery Committee website, where you can find details and links to a host of livery related information. If you wish to post any item on the site (please aim for between 50-150 words), please email me (nrpullman@btinternet.com).
Please may I also draw your attention to the Diary menu tab. Similarly if you wish to list any date of general interest beyond your own livery, please tell me, with web links as appropriate.
Finally, as mentioned in the Livery Briefing, the Clerks' page at the Livery Committee website has been renamed Clerks' Almanac. It contains an increasing number of short papers intended to advise new clerks and others on some of the routine procedures and background on livery matters and events. Suggestions/requests for new pages are welcomed, or feedback on those already there.
To comment or contribute to future editions of the Briefing, please contact either myself at nrpullman@btinternet.com or Gregory Moore (Senior Committee and Member Services Officer, Town Clerk’s Department) at gregory.moore@cityoflondon.gov.uk. Back numbers of earlier Briefings are in the Library at the website, as is this one.
Thank you.


Nigel R Pullman

Chairman, Livery Committee 

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26th February 2015 - Guildhall Members' Dining Room

The annual Past Masters' and Senior Members' Lunch was held in the Members' Fining Room at Guildhall, with its lovely view over Guildhall Yard.  Sixteen of us enjoyed an excellent lunch and good fellowship.

The Master presented Honorary Court Assistant David Rundle with a silver goblet in thanks for his work for the Company over many years; the gesture was much applauded by all present.

17th February - The Poluters Company Pancake Races in Guildhall Yard

Our Master competed in the races on a fine winter morning organised for the 15th year by the Poulters Company. Held in Guildhall yard at midday on Shrove Tuesday by kind permission of the Chief Commoner Mr John Bennett.
Traditionally the Gunmakers start each heat with a bang, the Clerk to the Clockmakers is responsible for the accuracy of the timing, the Fruiterers provide lemons, the Cutlers plastic forks, the Glovers white gloves worn by each runner, and the Poulters the eggs essential in the making of the pancakes. A recent welcome additional attraction has been a specially commissioned piece sung by the Musicians Company.

See here our Master off the start with great style and speed beating a former Lord Mayor and even a Master who competed in running shoes!

The Master, Victoria Russell, with Martin Miles the Master Actuary getting ready for the next heat.

12th February - The Livery & Awards Dinner held at Drapers` Hall in City of London

Here see the Company Guests with The Master and Wardens.

The Livery Hall was enlarged to its present size by Herbert Williams in the 1860s. The twenty-eight marble columns provide ideal spaces for the display of the Company’s collection of royal portraits including King William III by Sir Godfrey Kneller, George III by Sir Nathanial Dance and George IV by Sir Thomas Lawrence.  
Richard Belt’s statue Hypatia and a copy of John Gibson’s The Tinted Venus, both purchased in the 1890s, grace the north end of the room. 
In 1901 the Company commissioned Herbert Draper, a neo-classical painter who had recently been awarded a gold medal by the Royal Academy, to create paintings for the Livery Hall ceiling panels. These were produced between 1903 and 1910.
The Guests of The Company were:-
Michael Jones - Master Plaisterer
Graham Chase - Master Chartered Surveyor
Nigel Kemper - Master Pavior
Professor John Uff CBE - Master Arbitrator
Graham Dickenson - Master Insurer
Rodney Bennion OBE - Master Loghtmonger
Roger North - Master Water Conservator
Professor Rudi Klein - The Masters Guest; who proposed the toast to The Company, May it flourish root & branch for ever.
The following awards were made:
The Constructors Prize 2015

James Shiner:  BSc(Hons) Construction Management

James graduated from the University of Westminster in June 2014 with a First Class Honours Degree in Construction Management.  He studied for his degree on a part time basis over a five year period.  Throughout his studies he was employed as a trainee construction manager by SCD Builders Ltd in Bedford.

He consistently achieved top marks in all the modules of his degree.  To achieve these results is exceptional, but to do this while in full time employment is a quite phenomenal achievement, and makes James a worthy recipient of the Constructor’s Prize.

The David E Tong Cup 2015
Harry Gilder BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying
In 2008 Harry returned to education part time as a mature student. Having achieved a Merit for the National Award in Construction, he advanced onto the HNC in Construction at London South Bank University and then continued onto the BSc in Quantity Surveying. In 2014, Harry proudly graduated with a First Class Honours degree, having consistently received top marks throughout his studies.
Harry worked for an interiors subcontractor where he quickly climbed the ranks within the company to Senior Quantity Surveyor.  He commercially managed their first contract in excess £1million for a hotel refurbishment project.  It was extremely challenging for Harry to manage this contract whilst studying part time.  Following his degree result, he became a Commercial Manager with Como, part of Mace and is intending to qualify as a chartered surveyor.


Chief Petty Officer Daryl Jackson

HMS Lancaster

A highly experienced sailor, Daryl has performed outstandingly well throughout an extremely demanding year for HMS LANCASTER.  He has excelled in his core warfare role as Underwater Battle Manager, leading his team by example and instilling in them a true sense of pride in their ability to fight and win (should be a litigator).  This warfare prowess has been consistently demonstrated during numerous anti-submarine exercises this year, with his Underwater Warfare team at the heart of the Ship’s ability to be a highly formidable foe to any submarine adversary.

In his secondary role as the Ship’s subject matter expert for damage control, Daryl has also utterly excelled, ably managing complex damage control exercises and training so as to ensure that the ship is at all times prepared for any eventuality. A true team player, his good humour, abundant energy, vim and tenacity, coupled with his unconditional loyalty and commitment to the Ship, marks him out as a most deserving winner of this prestigious annual award.

Sadly Daryl cannot be with us this evening; his award will instead be collected by Lt. Tom Johnson.

The Shafting and Shoring Cup
Corporal Rob Burgess, 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) (V) 21 Field Squadron
Corporal Burgess has made a notable contribution to the Regiment in a number of areas since his arrival in January 2014. He took command of a station construction task, raised a significant amount of money for charity, has been President of the Corporals’ Mess Committee, run Ground Sign Awareness training for search specialists and has supported the MOD’s quest to increase Army Reserve Recruiting.
In addition to volunteering to be the commander on the construction of a multi-access outdoor training frame at Carver Barracks, Rob, demonstrating selfless commitment and acting entirely on his own initiative, meticulously planned and executed a ‘rowathon’ which was held in the entrance of a local supermarket.  He and his team raised over £1100 which was divided evenly between the local Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen’s and Families Association (SSAFA) – which directly benefits the families of soldiers based at Carver Barracks – and the cancer charity MacMillan (Cpl Burgess’ mother has been diagnosed with the disease).
For consistently demonstrating the core values of the British Army and his tireless work in support of both the Regiment and the wider community, often in his own time, Cpl Burgess is nominated for the 2015 Worshipful Company of Constructors Shafting and Shoring Prize.



The Air Commodore Dow Trophy

Senior Aircraftsman (Technician) Kevin Hartley

Kevin Hartley is nominated for this award in recognition of having consistently performed to the highest of standards, demonstrating outstanding diligence, commitment and technical abilities whilst employed in the construction, maintenance and dismantling of every type of Technical Working Environment within the MOD’s inventory.

Industrious, knowledgeable and dedicated to his team, Kevin regularly volunteers for short notice deployments to construct Technical Working Environments in support of United Kingdom military operations around the world.  He has been deployed to the Falkland Islands, Ascension Island, Lithuania, Cyprus and Afghanistan.  Highly respected within the Squadron for the experience and knowledge he brings to the team, he has proved time and time again that he can work to the highest of standards in the harshest of environments.  A leading light of the Squadron’s deployment in support of the Operation HERRICK drawdown, his hard work and versatility as well as his technical acumen made a significant contribution to what was a highly successful deployment.

It is for these reasons that Senior Aircraftsman Hartley is the 2015 recipient of the Air Commodore Dow Memorial Trophy.

For information:- Air Commodore Alexander Dow OBE, who was a founding member of the RAF's airfield construction branch.


Royal Charter International Research Award
This award is given by the Constructors in collaboration with the BRE Trust, and seeks exceptional individuals from the construction sector to undertake innovative and topical research in a country of their choice.  The winning applicant receives £7,000 towards the cost of their study and the publication of their work through the BRE Trust.
Click here for direct link to BRE Trust website
This year the quality of the applications we received was exceptionally high.  After interviewing the candidates, it was decided to have joint winners this year.
The first winner is VERA BUKACHI, of Arup and UCL, for her proposal on the evaluation (using a systems engineering based framework) of the viability of replicable and scalable ICT based decision support tools for use by local authorities in the provision of safe and sustainable water and sanitation service delivery in informal settlement in Kenya.
The other winners are CAROLINE FIELD
RICHARD LOOK of Buro Happold, for the development of a diagnostic programme to support more resilient cities.  They intend to develop a framework of measures and test the validity of those measures through a comparative study of 5 major developing conurbations in an international context.
14th January - Sir Ian Dixon Scholarship and The Faculty of Architecture and Surveying Scholarship 2013/14 Presentation Evening

From left: Lady Dixon, Chris Chivers CIOB Senior Vice President, Victoria Russell Master of The Worshipful Company of Constructors, Felipe Manzatucci of Skanska; SIDS Scholar, Ryan Close of WYG; FAS Scholar.

Held in The Great Hall of St Bartholomews Hospital in The City of London each of our Scholars sponsored by The Company and The CIOB with generous support from Lady Dixon in the name of Sir Ian Dixon.

The scholars from 2013/14 presented their research papers to an invited audience from industry. The evening sponsored by their employers Skanska and WYG .

See above Felipe Manzatucci from Skanska with his research "Industrialised building: a market differentiator for the principle contractor?

And Ryan Close from WYG with his research "Retrofitting Domestic Dwellings with Renewable Technology - Ground Source Heat Pumps vs Biomass Boilers".

Both gave exceptional presentations followed by a flow of quite tricky questions.

A successful evening.

More information on Faculty of Architecture & Surveying Scholarship


More information on Sir Ian Dixon Scholarship


New Year Message from The Master

Fellow Constructors, I thought that, at this festive time when we naturally look back at past achievements and forward to the new challenges, this a good opportunity to give you an update on how we are developing as a Company and how we see ourselves moving forward. 

This year has continued to see the Company expand its Charitable and Scholarship activities, latterly branching further into education and mentoring.  Whilst maintaining our flagship events, there has been an increase in the number of smaller and more informal events, which have been very well supported, as has the Constructors Lunch Club. 

The Company has, unlike many, continued to expand throughout the recession and maintains its balance across the disciplines within the industry as well as enjoying an increasingly strong profile in the City.  

We have much to look forward to in 2015 including the ultimate “Bling” event, a Gala charity dinner at the Tower of London.  I hope that you will be able to attend at least one event next year and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

I wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year