It is such an honour and privilege to be Master of our great Company. I am aware that as Master you are the ambassador for the company and I am very conscious of the responsibility I have to maintain our reputation amongst the other livery companies, our military, cadet, trade and art affiliations and anywhere else I may be representing the Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers.
Of course I never thought way back in 1999 when I was clothed as a Liveryman that I would one day be Master.Gradually over the years as I became more involved with the activities of the company I still did not harbour any thoughts of progressing further, but with the encouragement of now past Masters, I stood for election to Court and was fortunate to be elected in 2004. I was elected as Fourth Warden in 2011 and believe me these last four years have flown by. Whilst you are preparing for your year twelve months before becoming Master it does not really sink in until you are standing in Common Hall taking the oath and being clothed before the assembled Company.
I announced that my charities this year are two hospices, one in North London and the other in South London. To raise money for the charities the Clerk and I, on the 15th of May are abseiling down the Orbit structure located in the Olympic Park.
The lifeblood of the company is new Liverymen and I would urge all new Liverymen to attend as many official and unofficial events as you possibly can. This is an ideal way to meet other Liverymen and the unofficial events gives you the opportunity to involve your spouses or partners in the activities of the Company. The July dinner and annual banquet are the two official events that spouses and partners are very welcome to attend. By attending the events it will give you an insight into the many facets of the Company’s activities and the support given to various charities.