The Master and The Court 2017/18

The Master for 2017 / 2018 Tony Ward CEng FIStructE


A message from the Master.

Fellow Constructors 

It is an enormous privilege to have been elected as your 41st Master, following as I am in the footsteps of some of the giants of our fantastic Construction Industry.

I thank Ian for his excellent year as Master, and for his particular guidance and encouragement to me over the past year.

He has put so much energy and enthusiasm into the 'job' and has, I know, enhanced our standing and profile within the Livery and the City.

I really enjoy the Livery, which gives this fantastic platform to help the more needy amongst our industry and wider society, as well as adding value to young people, which has always been been one of the overriding principles in my professional life.

Our Scholarship and Awards scheme in particular is unique within the whole of the Livery movement, and marks us out from the field.

I have a number of personal aims as Master for the year ahead:-

These include the continued fostering of fellowship within the Company, and harnessing the talents and aspirations of our ongoing and many new members, we will introduce a 'buddy system' under the guidance of CA Michael Rigden.

I will be focusing on trade and professional apprenticeships within the wider construction industry, which are so relevant to what we do as Constructors.

My own humble roots lay there.

The latter theme is effectively a continuance of Master Ian's own initiative, and which was a 'happy coincidence' when we both simultaneously adopted the theme a couple of years ago. There is as always, still much to be done.

I will encourage the wider membership to 'get involved' in the workings and the management of this Company, through its committees, where much excellent work is constantly being done. This includes the work of our Charitable Trust, and the distribution of our financial support to the many scholars and other recipients. New ideas for funding are always welcomed for consideration.

This is in my view, the fundamental aspect of our Livery existence, and the very heart of our desire 'to give something back' to the industry that has supported all of our working lives. It's a theme I hear repeatedly from prospective new members.

My final focus will be on raising funds for the Lord Mayor Treloar's College in my 'adopted county' of Hampshire, and which is close to my heart.

I intend to have a fundraising campaign towards this, and am aiming high!

I will be supported by my wife Jan, my 'Mistress' during the year ahead, and we are both looking forward with great anticipation to the huge programme of events that we know awaits us. We have planned what I hope you will find to be a varied and interesting programme of social events, the highlights of which include the Masters Weekend in Bath....18th, 19th and 20th of May, and the SCW Banquet at Mansion House on the 7th of June.

Thank you all. I am conscious of the trust that you have placed in me, and I truly hope that I will live up to that in my Masters Year ahead.


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 2017 the following members of the Company were installed to serve as officers for the year 2017/2018

The Master and Wardens for 2017/2018

The Master: Tony Ward CEng FIStructE

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

Middle Warden: Sir Vivian A Ramsey Kt MA CEng FICE

Renter Warden: Arthur Seymour FCIOB FFB

Junior Warden David Sheehan FRICS


The following serve as Court Assistants:

CA 1 T Withers

CA 2 D Farrow BSC (Hons), MRICS Hon MIDHE

CA 3 T Fitch BSc MSc DIC CEng FICE

CA 4 H Lamb BSc(Hons) DipIs FCIOB FBEng MAPM

CA 5 R Southam BSc (Hons) FRICS FIRPM FARLA (Past Master of The Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors)



CA 8 J Bowcott BSC(Hons) MRICS MCI Arb

CA 9 J Wright MA(HE) BSc(Hons) FRICS ACIArb FHEA

CA 10 M Rigden BSc

CA 11 I Meek Dip Arch (Edin) RIBA RIAS FBIS

CA 12 J Coles FCIOB ACIArb

CA 13 G Thomas BA (Hons) AADip ARB RIBA

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 Ian Mason FCIOB

Committee Chairmen & Reporting (to GP & the Court) Wardens. Scholarships and Awards; Chairman HCA Bob Heathfield, Reporting Warden, Sir Vivian Ramsey. Publicity & Events; Chairman CA A Hornby, Reporting Warden Arthur Seymour. Sponsorship; Chairman CA R Southam, reporting Warden, David Sheehan. Membership Committee: Chairman CA Michael Rigden ; Arthur Seymour (as member)

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: HCA Roger Lilly, Fabrizio Matillana, Terry O’Neill