B - News Reports February 2016 to - Master Graeme Monteith

New historical photo comes to light from our Senior Past Master Michael May

The company enters a Float in 1991 Lord Mayors Show on 9th November for Sir Brian Jenkins , 664th Lord Mayor of London.

A fine display of Barbour Jackets! But who is who?

Second from right end is the then Senior Warden Richard Rooley (Master 92/93) and third from right is the then Middle Warden Peter Olley (Master 93/94). Between Peter Olley and Master Michael May is The Mistress of The Company at that time Mrs Zanta May.

2nd June - Sir Christopher Wren Banquet at Drapers` Hall in The City of London

This years Sir Christopher Wren Banquet took place in amid the wonderful splendor of  Drapers’ Hall. The Company turned out in strength and more than 180 of us sat down for dinner with the Masters of the Carpenters, Painter-Stainers, Masons, Plumbers, Apothecary’s, Glass sellers, Builders Merchants, Chartered Architects & Parish Clerks accompanied by their Partners & Consorts.  The Company enjoyed a lovely meal served in a correct but relaxed atmosphere.  The Master’s Principle Guest His Hon Judge Peter Rook gave an amusing speak where the Clerk go off lighter that the Master, when the Old Baily's records were raided….not a cattle rustler in sight! Peter Rook is well known for the production of “More Trial and Error” each year, (The judges support for the Sheriff’s and Recorders fund), as well as dealing with some of the grimmer trails of recent years. The musical entertainment came via  the Band of the Royal Marines Association and finished with the Post Horn Gallop with the horn blower, circling the room whist not dropping a note.  All in all a successful and enjoyable evening which showed the Company off in a very good light.

The Master, Mistress and Wardens with Ladies at pre Dinner Reception

Senior Warden Ian Mason, Renter Warden Mike Parrett with The Clerk Kim Tyrrell share a light hearted moment before dinner

The Master with The Wardens and VIP Guests at Dinner in Drapers` Hall

22nd April - Honorary Court Assistant Liveryman Bob Heathfield PPCIOB

City Livery Club “Root & Branch Award” for 2016 as an individual who has made a noteworthy contribution to the Livery. HERE

The standard of entries this year from so many Livery companies led the judging panel also to award a Highly Commended prize to Bob Heathfield of the Worshipful Company of Constructors. Showing a very different element of Livery commitment, Bob runs a scheme for young professionals in the industry to carry out research and enhance their knowledge and that of the industry as well as mentoring these young people in their careers.
Bob has been leading the scholarship team for 10 years and during that time over 50 young professionals have gone through an 18 month research programme into subjects diverse across the industry.
We are delighted for Bob that The City Livery Club has recognised the true extent of his commitment and dedication to those starting out in the construction industry and The Master sends his wholehearted congratulations to Bob on behalf of the whole company.
Here ABOVE we see Bob (far right) at the Sir Inan Dixon Scholarship presentation evening in 2013 with two scholars Andrea Charlson MEng (Hons) CEng MICE ICIOB (left) & Pamela Egbochuku MSc BA (Hons) ICIOB (right) with Alan Crane CBE FCIOB and President of CIOB (left) and the Master in 2013 Stephen Rigden BSc MSc CEng MICE MCMI.
This year, 2016, see Bob (slightly rear left behind The Master) at the very recent Scholarsips presentation with Scholar Inga Geach MRes, BA (Hons) (left) and Adam Golden BSC (Hons)(right) With in center Lady Valarie Dixon. The Master Graeme Monteith BSC (Hons), CEng, MICE is seen left of Bob Heathfield. 

8th March - Liveryman Christine Gausden RD FCIOB

This year as part of International Women’s Day and Athena SWAN activities at Greenwich University asked Aurora participants and mentors and Athena SWAN teams (Staff & Undergraduates) to nominate inspirational women, men or trans people working within the University of Greenwich who have made a difference to gender equality. This might be for a specific achievement, or a more general comment on their values and attributes.

The University received 12 nominations in total, there was at least one person from each faculty and professional services and at various grades.
Greenwich University is delighted to inform that Christine Gausden RD FCIOB was nominated from the Department of Built Environment.
Posters of the role models will be displayed at the Avery Hill International Women's Day Lunch on 8th March, which is supported by Dr Linda Burke the Pro Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Education & Health at the University of Greenwich.
The role models will also be celebrated at university level during Diversity Week exhibitions and stalls 10.30am – 2.00pm each day:
·  14th March  Greenwich Campus  The Undercroft
·  16th March  Medway Campus      Pilkington Atrium
·  18th March  Avery Hill Campus    The Dome 

The Master & Wardens extend the congratulations of the whole company to Christine

24th February - Livery Briefing

The Livery Committee, in association with the Town Clerk's Department at the City of London, produce a bi-monthly newsletter Livery Briefing, distributed to Clerks by email, and often posted at livery company websites.

They can all be seen on Livery Committee Website HERE

11th February 2016 - Livery & Awards Dinner held at Haberdashers` Hall, City of London

The Master Graeme Monteith & Mistress Mrs Kirsteen Monteith with The Wardens and Guests of The Company including Sheriff Dr Christine Rigden, Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley, Air Vice Marshal Richard Knighton and visiting Masters.

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.

Our many scholarships we award each year were recognised and special awards to other scholars made.

Our valued affiliations long term with our military are celebrated and very special awards made each year.

Guests of the Master included:

Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley - who proposed the toast to The Company

Sheriff Dr Christine Rigden (Above talking with Air Vice Marshal Richard Knighton)

Air Vice Marshal Richard Knighton, Assistant Chief of The Air Staff

Bill Mahony, Master Plaisterer

Andrew Hubbard, Master Insurer

Terry Last, Master Paviour

Lady Davies, Master Chartered Surveyor

Michael Goodridge, Master Arbitrator

Peter Hall, Master Water Conservator

John Rowell, Master Lightmonger

Air Vice Marshal Patrick O`Reilly CB, Master Engineer

Lt Cdr James Thompson RN, Senior Officer HMS Lancaster

Chris Chivers, President Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

Lt Cdr Mohayed Magzoub RN, Liaison Officer HMS Lancaster

Lt Col Richard Hawkins MBE RE, CO 101 Regiment

Sqn Ldr Colin Green, OC 5001 Sqn RAF

The following awards were made:-

Chief Petty Officer Graham Mawdsley HMS LANCASTER PRIZE

An enthusiastic, highly motivated and consummate professional, Chief Petty Officer Mawdsley has delivered an exceptional performance through what has been a challenging year for HMS LANCASTER.  Following his selection for promotion last year, he stepped up to run the Communications Group in 2016.  He adopted this new role with a number of key engineers missing from his team; however, with seemingly endless capacity he managed to fulfill his new management role while still delivering as an engineer at the coalface to fill the gaps. Notwithstanding an exceptional performance in the technical sphere, it is the care and compassion for those around him where he has made an immeasurable difference.  His team is widely recognised as the most cohesive and successful team on board HMS LANCASTER;
The Royal Navy party from HMS Lancaster led by Lt Cdr James Thomson RN, Senior Officer HMS Lancaster (left) together with Ltd Cdr Mohayed Magzoub RN and Chief Petty Officer Graham Mawdsley (center) joined by Liveryman David Fell who has a special connection with the Royal Navy.

The Shafting & Shoring Cup – Cpl Dwayne Paul
Corporal Paul is a Section Commander. Throughout 2015 he commanded the Engineering Support Team; in this role he was responsible for using engineering and construction skills to build structures designed to mitigate the impact of an explosion during the disposal of unexploded WW2 bombs. This work is vital to reduce the risk to civilian personnel and infrastructure and is commonly carried out on construction sites where bombs have been uncovered due to excavation. Corporal Paul is specifically nominated having commanded his team to ensure the safe disposal of several unexploded WW2 bombs in locations including Wembley, Bethnal Green and Coventry.  Corporal Paul’s ingenuity in the application of engineering techniques has been exemplary and, furthermore, he has been able to deliver this under the most demanding and stressful conditions.
Dow Throphy Citation for Acting Corporal Chris Shaw

The Air Commodore Dow Trophy is awarded Acting Corporal(A/Cpl) Chris Shaw. He was a key figure in the dismantling of 2 sunshades at Mussanah Air Base, Oman, in June 2015; not only drawing praise for his physical stamina and hard working ethics, but also in the way he questioned established processes, resulting in a method to reduce damage to the sunshade skins during the removal process being implemented. During the high profile build of a combination of structures in support of the Operation SHADER Reaper detachment, Shaw again came to the fore. Reveling in the having command and control over his subordinates, ensuring that his team were well supervised and took adequate breaks in the harsh environment. His eye for detail on this, and other tasks have enabled rapid solutions to emergent problems to be put in to place. A/Cpl Shaw is highly recommended for the 2015 Air Commodore Dow Memorial Trophy.

Air Vice Marshal Richard Knighton joins 5001 Sqn Party led by Sqn Ldr Colin Green OC (right) with A Cpl Chris Shaw (center) and Liveryman Snq Ldr Mike Alden RAF (left) together with Past Master David Hattersley MBE a former member of  Sqn 5001

Royal Charter Award for Excellence

Pictured: Dr Mike Gallop (left), Graeme Monteith The Master of The Worshipful Company of Constructors and Robbie Burns (right)

During the storms of early February 2014, the railway line between Exeter and Plymouth was washed into the sea at Dawlish.  This is the only rail line connecting South Devon and Cornwall to the rest of the country, and the loss represented a serious economic threat to the region.  Network Rail staff were at the site within minutes of the first reports of damage, and in some cases assisted the emergency services in evacuating homes.  In the longer term, significant numbers of staff subsequently relocated to a temporary base in Dawlish for weeks or months.  Their task was to reinstate the rail service and repair not only the main breach, but also the many other points of damage along the seafront line.  In addition to the main breach, Network Rail’s integrated plan ensured the completion of works to the station, the sea wall, the signalling and the public walkway.  The fact that COBRA took a close interest in the progress indicates how serious the situation was.

Some weeks after work commenced, a landslip was identified further along the track, with around 20,000 tonnes of earth balanced precariously above the line – the biggest single landslip in the history of this railway.  Despite this the line was completed and reopened on the morning of April 4th, 52 days after the initial damage.  The Prime Minister was amongst hundreds who celebrated this moment at the station.  The works had required 500 tonnes of steel and 5,000 tonnes of cement at the main breach.  The repairs cost around £15M for the main breach plus another £20M for other works.

Nathan Clothier David Tong Cup (London South Bank University)

Having previously held various roles as a Quantity Surveyor and then Site Manager for a number of employers in the UK, Nathan relocated to Jersey. In 2008 he took up a role as Project Manager and subsequently as Director of Jayen Limited, more recently taking up a new role as a Senior Quantity Surveyor at AC Mauger Construction.  In 2013 he embarked on his studies with London South Bank University on the BSc (Hons) Construction Management Degree. In common with so many on construction related courses Nathan has managed to successfully complete his studies whilst holding down a full time job.  Throughout his studies Nathan has produced work of the highest standards. Of course Nathan didn’t just stop at producing exceptional coursework, his drive and determination to succeed meant that he consistently achieved some of the highest marks in examinations further proving that his knowledge and understanding is second to none.

Luke Sims:  Constructors Prize

Luke graduated from the University of Westminster in June 2015 with a First Class Honours Degree in Architectural Technology. Luke undertook the degree course on a part time (day release) basis whilst employed with Ingleton Wood, a multi-disciplinary building consultancy, providing architecture, building services engineering, building surveying, structural engineering, planning and sustainability advice. Throughout the duration of his course Luke achieved consistently high grades in his modules, 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 his studies with the demands of full time employment is clear evidence of Luke’s commitment. He is a worthy recipient of the Constructor’s Prize.

December 2015 Dinner with The Sheriff Dr Christine Rigden

At the very generous and kind invitation to dine at The Old Bailey as her guests, The Court and Partners joined Dr Christine & Stephen Rigden for an unforgettable experience.

Here The Master, Graeme Monteith rises to express the thanks of The Court to Christine.

Past Master Patricia Newton BSc (Hons) Arch Dip (Hons) Arch RIBA sat by chance before the beautiful silver Bon Bon Tray she most generously donated to The Company on the occasion of the presentation of our Royal Charter on the night of 14th April 2011 when she was Master of The Company.