The Master and The Court 2015/16

The Master for 2016 / 2017 Ian A Mason FCIOB


A message from the Master.

It is a great honour to have been elected as the 40th Master of this Worshipful Company of Constructors what a a privilege it is in representing the Company within the City and beyond, following in the footsteps of those Masters that have gone before.

For my year as Master I’ve chosen the theme of “Apprenticeships, Mentoring and Membership”. Like many Livery Companies our biggest challenge is to encourage and recruit new and younger women and men to become initially Apprentices, then Yeomen and move on to be a Freeman with a swift transfer to the position of Liveryman. Therefore, during my year I am looking for the Company to develop our apprenticeship, mentoring and membership programs to achieve an increase in our core membership. I will also seek, on behalf of the Company, to provide further awards and scholarships, which will continue to expand our current commitment and thereby continue to enhance our standing within the City Livery community.

These days, there are many demands on everyone’s disposable income and I know how important it is to communicate the incomes, outcomes and the impact of the charitable giving and support of our Charitable Trust and the Masters and Wardens Fund.

I will during the year attempt to make this information more readily available to all members on how and where the resources are used to encourage and increase the level of individual giving and support.

Communication will also be at the forefront of my year, with a newly designed website, use of social media, briefing forums, presentations and events for the younger members on topical and relevant subjects.

I have some exciting events planned for this year. The Master’s weekend will be held in Guernsey and I anticipate during the year a wide range of evening and day visits.

The Court comprises the Senior, Middle, Renter and Junior Wardens, the Pastmasters (not all with voting powers) and the Court Assistants. The Company is required to have a minimum of 10 Court Assistants, and may also appoint Honorary Court Assistants, whose experience and abilities will contribute to the management of the Company.

The Master with Wardens.

The Court meets 5 times each year. All those who seek the Freedom of the Company, or who wish to enter the Livery, must appear before the Court to make the appropriate commitments. The Court is assisted in the exercise of its duties by several management committees, and by the Clerk.

The Clerk is elected annually, and is the Company's executive officer, responsible for day to day management. The Beadle has a formal role in the management of Court meetings and large formal gatherings.

In October 2016 the following members of the Company were installed to serve as officers for the year 2016/2017

The Master and Wardens for 2016/2017

The Master: Ian A Mason FCIOB

Senior Warden: Anthony Ward CEng FIStructE

Middle Warden: M Parrett: MSt(Cantab) CSCI FCIOB FBEng FFB FRSA


Renter Warden: Sir Vivian A Ramsey Kt MA CEng FICE

Junior Warden Arthur Seymour FCIOB FFB

The following serve as Court Assistants:

CA 1 D Sheehan FRICS

CA 2

CA 3 D Farrow BSC (Hons), MRICS Hon MIDHE

CA 4 T Fitch BSc MSc DIC CEng FICE

CA 5 H Lamb BSc(Hons) DipIs FCIOB FBEng MAPM 

CA 6 



CA 9 J Bowcott BSC(Hons) MRICS MCI Arb

CA 10 J Wright MA(HE) BSc(Hons) FRICS ACIArb FHEA

CA 11 M Rigden BSc

CA 12 I Meek Dip Arch (Edin) RIBA RIAS FBIS

CA 13 J Coles MCIOB ACIArb

CA 14 R Southam BSc (Hons) FRICS FIRPM FARLA (Past Master of The Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors)

Hon CA 1 K Kent FCIOB MRICS FASI MCMI (Also Chairman of Company Charitable Trust here )

Hon CA 2 R Heathfield PPCIOB (City Livery Club “Root & Branch Award” for 2016 here )

Hon CA 3 J Sayers FCIOB MAPM

Hon CA 4 D Fawlk - Accountant (Hon Treasurer)

Hon CA 5 R Lilley BSc (Eng Hons) CEng MIET MCIBSE MIDGTE (Also Senior Steward)

Hon CA Emeritus K Wilson ARIBA


Immediate PM Graeme Monteith BSC (Hons) CEng FICE

Committee Chairmen & Reporting (to GP & the Court) Wardens. Scholarships and Awards; Chairman Bob Heathfield, Reporting Warden, Michael Parrett. Events; Chairman D Rundle, Reporting Warden Sir Vivian Ramsey. Sponsorship; Chairman Mike Parrett, reporting Warden, Arthur Seymour

Company Illustrator H Stephenson MCSD FSAI FRSA
Almoner & Archivist J Burrell BSc MICE

Honorary Court Assistant Emeritus Sir Michael Latham DL MA FRSA HonFREng HonFCIOB HonFICE HonFRIBA HonRICS HonFCIBSE HonFLI HonFRIAS HonFCIPS

Senior Steward: Roger Lilley BSc (Eng Hons) CEng MIET MCIBSE MIDGTE

Stewards: Alastair Mackie, Michael Hornby