News Reports October 2017 onwards - Master Tony Ward

18th November - The Master at Teambuild Weekend.

The 27th annual Teambuild competition (held over the weekend of 18-19 November at the Lane End Conference Centre, High Wycombe) showcased the communication and collaboration skills of outstanding young construction professionals, representing a wide range of industry professions. Created by Past Master Richard Rooley who is still vitally involved as is The Teambuild Director of Education Alex MacLaren a Freeman of The Company.

Teambuild website for lots more HERE
As usual, the Worshipful Company of Constructors were a major contributor.  Eight multidisciplinary teams demonstrated their ability to work together to overcome challenges based on the development of a project from masterplan through design to completion in stages over the finals weekend.  Edinburgh University kindly provided the basis for the competition questions, the Grade A-listed McEwan Hall in Edinburgh.  Teambuild 2017 challenged teams to plan, design and present hypothetical proposals based around the McEwan Hall Refurbishment and the Bristo Square and Potterow Development.  The University of Edinburgh and Interserve Construction Ltd were generous enough to provide the teams with real site information to form the basis of their hypothetical scenarios, giving an added sense of realism to the proceedings
The Master announcing the winning Teambuild team
The winning team, InSite, were awarded a cash prize of £2,000, sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Constructors, and presented by the Master, Tony Ward. They were commended for their professionalism, enthusiasm and team working skills. The team comprises six young professionals from BDP and Mace.  The members of the winning team are: Aidan Kelly (IMechE, BDP); Georgia Blood (APM, BDP); Matthew Trueman (ICE, BDP); James Mangat (RICS, Mace); Robyn Poulson (RIBA, BDP) and Lilly Sanderson (ICE, BDP).
The Procurement Strategy Prize of £1,500, awarded by the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects, was presented by Master Stephen Wagstaffe to Meitheal, a team from Hawkins\Brown, Skelly & Couch Ltd, Sweco, Hoare Lea, Reiach and Hall Architects and Gardiner & Theobald LLP.
The Judges Prize of £1,250 is discretionary and this year was awarded to the runners-up, Constellation, comprised of members from Mott MacDonald, Sinclair Johnston & Partners, ISG and Peregrine Bryant Architecture.
An individual prize for Leadership was awarded this year by the LCCI Commercial Education Trust, who have supported Teambuild for five years. The prize of £500 was awarded to Hugh Counsell, an architect from Hawkins\Brown.
Past Master Patrica Bessey (above) at work Judging the teams during the weekend.
The performance of competitors was evaluated by nine senior industry figures, representing a wide range of disciplines. This year the panel included Stephen Wagstaffe (Master of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects), Tony Ward (Master of the Worshipful Company of Constructors), Patricia Bessey (PM Worshipful Company of Constructors), and Dr Anne McCann (Westminster City Council).
11th November - The Master and Renter Warden take part in the Lord Mayor Show Parade on The Modern Companies Float.

The Master (Tony Ward) with Renter Warden (Arthur Seymour) and Apprentice (Jack Holmes) at the start of the Lord Mayors Parade in front of the Modern Livery Companies Float.

Master Tony Ward led the Constructors contingent in this year’s Lord Mayors Show. He was supported by Renter Warden Arthur Seymour, and our standard bearer was Apprentice Jack Holmes.

The weather again threatened to dominate with a wet show, but the gods were with us, and it didn’t  rain on the ‘New Lord Mayors Parade’ this year, the first dry one for some years!
The Constructors again walked with the Modern Livery group, and a jolly good time was had by all!
A ‘nose bag’ lunch was provided by the Master Mariners on Board HQS Wellington, and the day concluded with a magnificent firework display in the early evening.
The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor Charles Bowman has certainly got his year off to a flying start, and we Constructors look forward to supporting him, and the City in the year ahead.
8th November - With great sadness to report of the passing of our former Senior Warden and lately Hon Court Assistant Emeritus

Please see below an extract copied from the Times today 8th November:

LATHAM Sir Michael Anthony died peacefully on 2nd November 2017, aged 74, Funeral at St James Church, Gretton, Northamptonshire, on Monday 20th November, at 1.30pm.

Family flowers only, but donations to Gretton Church or a dementia related charity.

Sir Michael was a very influential member of our industry most notable for “The Latham report”.

He progressed to Senior Warden of this Company, but when he was diagnosed with dementia.

He stood down and was made Hon Court Assistant Emeritus.

Rutland & Stamford Mercury Tribute:-

Sir Michael Latham was elected MP for Melton in 1974. He retained the post in 1983 when the electoral seat was extended to cover Rutland as well. Sir Michael, 74, remained in the Houses of Parliament until 1992 when he stood down. Opponents and voters on all sides of the political divide respected him and his tireless work for his voters. Richard, his son, 38, said: “I do remember that he was held in extremely high regard. “People would always speak extremely kindly about my father. “He had good friends across the whole of the House of Commons. He was a real constituency MP.”

Sir Michael was born in Southport in 1942 and attended Marlborough College, Wiltshire. He then spent a few months in the RAF before deciding that a life in the military was not for him. Sir Michael headed to King’s College, Cambridge, where he gained a first in history. He then worked for Westminster City Council. Sir Michael married Caroline on November 29, 1969 in Ashwell Parish Church.

He first attempted to gain a political seat near Liverpool before he was elected in Melton in 1974. He was knighted in 1993 for his services to politics. Then in 1994 he wrote the Influential Constructing the Team report - known as the Latham Report. After leaving politics he became deputy chairman of Willmott Dixon Ltd among other roles. The couple had two sons Richard and James. Caroline died in 2006.

Sir Michael, who suffered from dementia in his later years, lived near Cambridge where he died on Thursday, November 2. His funeral is on Monday, November 20, at 1.30pm in St James the Great Church, Gretton, Corby.

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6th November - The opening of the annual Garden of Remembrance at St Paul's Cathedral, London

The Master is third from right

The Master Tony Ward laid his remembarnce cross, on behalf of The Company, along with other Livery Company Masters at the opening of the annual Garden of Remembrance at St Paul's Cathedral, London.

The event attended by The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor and Sheriffs.

After the service there was a Parade of Standards accompanied by a military band.

8th October 2017 - The Lastest Issue of The Constructor our Company Journal released.

Download 2017 The Constructor in PDF HERE

Read 2017 The Constructor in "page turner" HERE

4th October 2017 - The Installation Dinner of Master Tony Ward held at Merchant Taylors` Hall.

The Master for 2017/18 Tony Ward CEng FIStructE here with his wife Mrs Jan Ward now The Mistress of The Company. Were installed in office in the splendor of Merchant Taylors` Hall there after followed the Installation Dinner.

The Master together with the New Wardens for the year ahead prepare for the Installation Dinner. From left: Lady Barbara Ramsey, Sir Vivian Ramsey, Mrs Jessica Parrett, Senior Warden Michael Parrett, Mrs Jan Ward, The Master Tony Ward, Mrs Tina Seymour, Renter Warden Arthur Seymour, Mrs Lindsey Sheehan, Junior Warden David Sheehan.

The Master with the offical guests of The Company at The Installation Dinner

Guests of The Company included:

Mr James Wates CBE FCIOB, FRICS, FICE, FCGI, FRSA & Mrs Laurie Wates

Mr Roger Poulton & Mrs Helen Poulton - Master Joiner Ceiler

Mr Jeff Fuller & Mrs Catherine Fuller - Master Elect Tyler & Bricklayers

Mr Andrew Neill & Mrs Jo Neill - Master Turner

Wg Cdr Graeme Morgan & Mrs Elizabeth Morgan - Master Worshipful Company of Wales

Mr Jack Broadley - Master Environmental Cleaner

Rev Canon David Parrott - Hon Chaplain

Hon Elizabeth Green Past Master Framework Knitters'

Chris Histead & Mrs Felicity Chadwick Histead - Master Information Technologist

Mr Alan Mitchell - Master York Guild of Building

Ms Rosemary Mitchell - Clerk York Guild of Building

Merchant Taylors` Hall had been personally chosen by The Master for his Installation and the fine menu with matched wines were especially appreciated.

Freeman Paul Hodgkinson CBE, Chairman of The Symonds Group, welcomed The Guests to our Dinner and entertained everyone at the start of the formalities.

Mr James Wates CBE, Chairman of the Wates Group & Chairman of the Prince's Trust Corporate Advisory Group here as The Masters` Guest, spoke after dinner at The Masters` invitation and posed some key questions for our industry before rounding up with some very entertaining light humor leading up to proposing the toast to The Company.

To conclude his Installation Dinner The Master stood to brief on Parish Notices , thank everyone for finding time to attend and finish the evening off with a few stories and humor which was much enjoyed by all.