News Reports February 2018 onwards Master Tony Ward

23rd April - A family affair- Freedom of The City of London for Members of The Company
 
Freemen Lydia Walpole and Robert Ingram are siblings who have just received their Freedom of the City of London - unusually, in a joint ceremony.  Lydia was formerly Past Master Dr Christine Rigden’s Apprentice in the Company, and Robert was an Apprentice under Past Master Stephen Rigden.  Both are Civil Engineers with Costain.
 

16th February 2018 -Livery & Awards Dinner at Drapers` Hall, City of London

The Master Tony Ward & The Mistress Mrs Jan Ward hosted other Livery Masters and VIP Guests at a full Drapers` Hall for our Annual Livery & Awards Dinner wherein we celebrate the achievements of our various scholarships and those of our affiliated branches of the Military Services.

The Master held our Annual Livery & Awards Dinner to recognise many scholars and individuals with whom The Company is rightly proud to be associated with.

The Guests of The Company were:-

Sir Terry Morgan CBE - Chairman of Crossrail

Miles Ashley - Master Pavior with Mrs Judy Ashley

Richard Henney Master Plaisterer with Mrs Susanne Hanney

Tim Carroll Master Insurer

David Wilson Master Arbitrator

Richard Groome Master Engineer

Mike Williamson Master Water Conservator

Captain Peter Laughton MBE RN

Major Rob Warrington RE OC 21 Sqdn

Flying Officer Dan Eyre RAF

Chris Blyhe OBE Chief Executive CIOB

Terry Watts Managing Director CIOB

Rebecca Thompson President CIOB

The evening opened with a toast to The Guests of The Company and Guests of Members of The Company proposed by Court Assistant Terry Withers who, in his most engaging way, made sure all those joining the company to dine were welcome and bid well for the upcoming evening.

After dinner our Awards were presented by The Master Tony Ward CEng FIStructE

Constructors Prize – Anjali Pindora

Anjali Pindoria:  BSc(Hons) Quantity Surveying & Commercial Management

Anjali graduated from the University of Westminster in June 2017 with a First Class Honours Degree in Quantity Surveying & Commercial Management. Anjali undertook the degree course on a part time (day release) basis whilst employed with Avi Contracts, a specialist carpentry and joinery contractor. Throughout the duration of her course Anjali achieved consistently high grades in her modules and culminating in the award of a first class honours degree.  Such a level of performance is obviously exceptional, but to achieve it whilst having to balance her studies with the demands of full time employment is clear evidence of Anjali’s commitment.
 
Anjali was an excellent student, eager to help her fellow students in the areas in which she excelled and had a great rapport with academic staff. She is a worthy recipient of the Constructor’s Prize.
 

David Tong Cup –  Nathan Birch

Nathan Birch -  David Tong Cup  [London South Bank University] 

Nathan has travelled some distance since joining Highlands College as a craft student in 2008 where he trained in Carpentry & Joinery and went on to gain Levels 1 - 3 qualifications in Bench Joinery.
 
In 2013 Nathan embarked on his studies with London South Bank University the partner of the University College Jersey [UCJ], at Highlands College, Jersey on the HNC Diploma in Construction where he achieved four merit and two distinction grades. In 2015 he progressed onto the BSc (Hons) Construction Management Degree and graduated as the top student in his cohort with a First Class (Hons) Degree.
 
In common with so many students on Island construction related courses Nathan has managed to successfully complete his studies whilst holding down a full time job as a site manager for Cameron’s limited.  Throughout his studies Nathan has produced work of the highest standards.  It is anticipated that Nathan will now progress his application to become a corporate member of the Chartered institute of Building and be entitled to use the designation of “Chartered Construction Manager”. 
 

Donation to RN & RM Charity received by Capt Peter Laughton RN (Capt Surface Ships Portsmouth)

HMS Lancaster is undergoing a long refit so this yea The Company gave the Lancaster prize cashis given as a "one off" to the The RN & RM Charity.  Lancaster should be crewed again after May 2018
 

The Shafting & Shoring Cup – Cpl Matthew Hill

Shafting & Shoring Cup 101 (City of London) EOD Regt RE

Corporal Matthew Hill has provided unwavering support during an extremely demanding period which has seen the majority of his Squadron deployed in Iraq on Operation SHADER.  Stepping up to a level of responsibility well above his charge, he has maintained the Squadron’s equipment availability with both his immediate seniors absent for long periods of time.  Diligent and professional, he quickly identified a number of accounting errors in the Squadron which he worked hard to resolve, devising new procedures which were highlighted on inspection as exemplary and are now being mirrored across the Regiment. 
 
A natural leader investing huge amounts of effort into mentoring and developing personnel with less experience in his field, including those senior in rank to him.  Utterly selfless, Corporal Hill works tirelessly to ensure that vital equipment is always available to the Squadron when required; he is a shining example to his fellow Junior Non-Commissioned Officers and thoroughly deserving of this award.
 

The Air Commodore Dow Trophy – Cpl Matthew Wakefield

DOW TROPHY CITATION – Corporal Matthew Wakefield

Cpl Wakefield has worked above and beyond within 5001 Sqn Operations Flight, his support to the building and maintenance of Technical Working Environments over the last 12 months has been unwavering.
 
As the only General Technician (Electrical) fit to deploy on Operations within the Squadron he is often called away on tasks at very short notice. It is a mark of this individual that his enthusiasm for deployment is still as strong as it was when he was first posted onto the Squadron. In his own words he ‘is excited for and driven to undertake’ Expeditionary Operations and this can be seen in every aspect of his professional work.
 
During 2017 he has been deployed on Technical Working Environments Maintenance tasks to the UAE, Kuwait and Cyprus. Additionally, he was called upon to deploy at extremely short notice to support Operation SHADER as part of 5001 Squadrons Spearhead element. His professionalism and solid trade knowledge saw him head hunted to undertake a period of work at MOD Abbey Wood within the Defence Engineering and Support Organisation. Throughout this detachment he worked alongside the Project Team and Royal Engineers to design and develop the new maintenance publications acting as the electrical specialist. Wakefield is always keen to deploy and his obvious enthusiasm and good humour provides motivation and morale for the entire team. His talents have been recognised by his chain of command and it is for all of these reasons he is nominated as the 2017 Dow Trophy recipient
 

Royal Charter Award For Excellence – Sir Terry  Morgan - Crossrail

We recognise Crossrail as the most outstanding engineering project of its time, a major contribution to the infrastructure of the transport network to the Capital and The Country as a whole, making life-changing improvements to communications in the region, and are pleased to confer upon them the Royal Charter Award for Excellence in Construction this 14th day of February 2018
 
 
Later Sir Terry Morgan CBE Chairman of Crossrail spoke of the impact of Crossrail and the benefits to UK society. His thoughtful and well received words concluded with a toast to The Constructors Company "May it flourish root & branch forever".
 
 
The Master drew the spectacular evening to a close with his final speech. Firstly thanking Sire Terry Morgan CBE for his kind and generous words of The Constructors Company and for proposing a toast. Then moving onto congratulating all award winners thanking all those attending.