Paul Constantinidi was born in St John’s Wood, London, on 3rd March 1964. He started his formal education locally at Arnold House School, where he learnt to box and play numerous sports. He then went to Cothill House School where sport played a huge part of his education Captaining the School at Football, Hockey, Rugby, Athletics, Swimming, Squash and Golf. He also was the Duke of Venice in the School play and when he failed common entrance in the summer he was made Head Boy for his last term.
Michael Powell was born in Cambridge on 17 February 1945 and when two weeks old was brought home to Hornsey in North London. His school days were not his best, he was not an ideal pupil and it was decided that after completing his secondary education that he should join an uncle who ran an engineering company with the view of learning all aspects of the business.
As I reflect on a very special year I wonder how a report on it might be interesting for readers and the records of the Livery. It should not be a long winded diary of the year so I have attached the personal diary I made over the year, comprising the 115 events, meetings etc. attended. Also I attach my Curriculum Vitae which was used by our Clerk, Robin House, to tell other companies and hosts something about the 2014 Master. It is therefore my intention to focus on the especially interesting features of my year rather than the regular events and business of our Livery. Every Master’s year has a rather unique characteristic and in 2014 there was much reflection and information about the event 100 years earlier: being the outbreak of the Great War.
I was born in Bournemouth on the 6th December 1940. My family moved to Hampshire and I now live in Dorset. I grew up, went to school and have worked most of my life in south east Dorset.
The year started brilliantly for me because I was installed by my old friend, Tim Waller, who had enjoyed a splendid year. I have decided to make this report under separate headings rather than chronologically and I hope the reader will find this digestible.
I began my banking career in Lloyd's Bank and after 25 years, principally in commercial and residential property financing, my entrepreneurial spirit enabled me to build up investment interests both in the UK and Eastern Europe.
I was born on the 17th August 1928 in a Cheshire village now close to the environs of Ringway, Manchester Airport.
I became a Freeman of the City of London in 1982 and a liveryman of this Worshipful Company early the following year.
I joined the Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers in March 1974, following my father, who had joined the Company a few years earlier.
James Elliot Walker, eldest son of Liveryman Marshall Walker and Marjorie Eva (Joy) Walker, was born in London on 10th December 1950.
I was born in Oban, Argyllshire, in the West Highlands of Scotland in 1921. My father had moved from Buckinghamshire to Oban in 1914 to become Headmaster of the School attached to the Episcopalian Cathedral of St. John the Divine, where he was also appointed Organist and Choir Master.
Michael Curig Roberts was born on 2 June 1938 in Liverpool, moving shortly afterwards to the Wirral. After leaving Shrewsbury School he served his Articles with the Liverpool firm of Chartered Accountants, Harmood Banner.
Kenneth Frederick Blundell was born on 30 October 1943 in the family Hampstead home built by his grandfather in 1906. He was educated at University College School, Hampstead.