News Reports October 2017 to February 2018 - Master Tony Ward

16th March - United Guild Service at St Pauls`


The Master, Mistress together with several Wardens, Past Masters, and Members, joined other Masters at the Annual United Guilds Service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday the 16th of March 2018. This magnificent service, in the presence of the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor, saw the Cathedral ‘full to the rafters’ on a bright and sunny day.


An entertaining lunch followed at the Painters and Stainers Hall, where along with the twelve other Companies, 22 of our members enjoyed a very convivial meal together. The vote of thanks, which is given in rotation of Companies, was delivered in entertaining style this year by the Master Horner in the poetic style of ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ !

The Master and Liveryman Chris Turner in his Guild of Young Freeman Robe.

March - International Women’s Day 2018

Past Mistress of The Company Michele Burrell and her daughter, Alicia, one of our Freemen, are pictured here with Liz Green and others at the City Consorts’ event to celebrate International Women’s Day 2018.  Carol Harris, the lecturer, is seated in the front, next to Michele.  The event was also attended by our Mistress.  This was their largest gathering to date, with over 150 members and their guests assembled, both to learn and to raise funds for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.
Carol Harris, an eminent social historian, spoke about the changing role of women in the early craft guilds and the Livery companies that they became, and the history of women’s suffrage – the right to vote – across the globe.  Carol’s excellent visual presentation of suffragette memorabilia was supported by explanations of how various groups of women first marched through the streets, then, frustrated by lack of action, chose civil unrest to raise awareness of their cause.  The viciousness of the government and legal retribution against these women would justifiably cause a Human Rights complaint today.
The City Consorts were delighted to confirm that, between ticket sales, the raffle, donations for ribbons and sales of playing cards, around £2,500 was raised for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal , making the day a great success all round.

26th February - Presentation of Journeyman Certificate to Christian Sullivan

This year the Worshipful Company of Constructors  joined the Master Certificate Scheme for the first time.  The Scheme is part of the Livery Companies Apprenticeship Scheme (LCAS) involving the Construction Liveries Group (CLG) and its purpose is to encourage career progression in areas of skills identified with the City of London Livery Companies.  Over the 16 years or so that the scheme has been running the number of participating companies has been steadily growing, and there are now 21 companies involved.  The LCAS hopes to extend the coverage of the scheme to embrace the full range of activities encompassed by the City of London Livery Companies.
On 26th February the Master joined with the Masters of the other 17 participating companies in a ceremony that was held at Glaziers Hall at which the Master of each participating company introduced their nomination for their certificate, which was then presented to the candidate by the Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Charles Bowman, who is pictured above with our nomination, Christian Sullivan, the Master Constructor, Tony Ward and the Chairman of our Charitable Trust, Ken Kent.
As a Company, we are very proud to have joined this excellent scheme as it reinforces our commitment to apprenticeships, which we see as being an excellent way to further the aspirations of artisan craftsmen, who will form the core of people who will ensure that our heritage skills are maintained for the future.
Our nominee, Christian Sullivan, is a Journeyman Stonemason at Salisbury Cathedral and has recently completed his apprenticeship at the Cathedral, which was sponsored by the Company, and the Master believes him to be an excellent choice as our first nominee under the scheme.
Christian Sullivan, said  “I was absolutely delighted and honoured to receive the Journeyman Constructor Certificate on Monday as part of the Master Certificate Scheme.  The Scheme encourages progression in skills that are recognised by the City of London Livery Companies, including the presenters of my award, the Worshipful Company of Constructors. My heartfelt thanks go to the Company and I will strive to continue in the spirit of the Charge I accepted to receive the award.As well as increasing my confidence it reinforces the importance of passing on skills and knowledge, as was my experience when I first became an apprentice mason. I endeavour to make a contribution by tutoring at our “Have a Go” masonry workshops that we run annually as well as helping our Education and Outreach departments when they bring children in for masonry experience.  It is my hope to be part of inspiring a future generation of masons through such efforts”.
Gary Price, the Clerk of Works at Salisbury Cathedral, said  “It was such an honour to be invited to the ceremony and it is great to see our younger stone masons succeeding and their hard work and skill being recognised.  I was extremely proud to have been there to watch Christian receive his Journeyman award and it is testament to Christian`s dedication and talent. As well as the wide ranging experience he gets from working on Salisbury Cathedral he is also following in the footsteps of the craftsmen and woman that have gone before him.  This award is so important in giving Christian the confidence and enthusiasm to pursue his career and to pass on his knowledge to others, he is a great asset to our works team with proven skills learned during his apprenticeship”.
16th February - Past Master Victoria Russell awarded the Society of Construction Law’s President’s Medal 2018

Past Master Victoria Russell is a much respected member of the construction fraternity.  She has recently been awarded the Society of Construction Law’s President’s Medal 2018 for making ‘a significant contribution to furthering the Society’s aim of promoting the study and understanding of construction law amongst all those involved in the construction industry’. Victoria, who is a partner in Fenwick Elliott LLP and a former Chairman of the Society, is the first solicitor, as well as the first female, recipient of this prize, which is awarded every two years.
The Company was pleased to learn of this award and congratulates Victoria on her achievement.

8th February - Inter-Livery Pancake Races 2018

The Worshipful Company of Constructors fielded an eminent team of “Pancake Cooks” for this year’s Inter-Livery pancake races in Guildhall Yard.  The event was organised by the Worshipful Company of Poulters (Good Eggs all!) and despite some early inclement weather, which caused late changes to the event due to health and safety concerns, a good time was had by all.

The Constructors team is pictured above in full Pancake Tossing rig.  It consisted of (left to right) Liveryman Chris Turner, the Master (Tony Ward),  Liveryman Jane Wright (our prescribed lady team member) and Apprentice Ed Hornby.  Senior Steward Roger Lilley was the team co-ordinator.  We didn’t win anything, but all the team members competed well even though they were not required to race because of the slippery condition in Guildhall Yard and despite the bitterly cold conditions.
As it turned out, static flipping of the pancakes was a serious issue in respect of the longevity of the pancakes – so much so that the flipping time had to be reduced from 1 minute to 30 seconds to avoid running out of pancakes.  The skills required for “static flipping” also proved significantly different to those required for “flipping on the run” which merely required the pancake to be levitated from the pan, whereas “static flipping” required the pancake to flip over each time, not a skill that many had trained for!
Even though we didn’t win we may well be looking for “Pancake Cooks” for next year, so if you are interested do let the Senior Warden know – he will be delighted!

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.