24 January 2022

Masters Introduction 2022

On the 20th January I had the honour and privilege of being installed as Master Loriner for the forthcoming year, and I delighted to be joined by our Upper Warden Colin Gurley, and our Under Warden Jeremy Mayhew. The ceremony was held at our Court meeting at Vintner’s Hall and was followed by dinner attended by some 114 Liverymen and guests. A wonderful turnout in the current circumstances, and of course we completely understand those who were unsure or unable to attend.

I have been a Liveryman with the Company for 27 years, being enclothed by Sir Francis McWilliams in 1995. I joined the Court in 2013 and have acted as steward for the RDA and Ebony Horse Club before chairing the Livery, Resourcing, Trade, and Finance Committees.  

I’m married to Helen (40 years this April) and we have two daughters, Sarah and Hester.

These past two years have been the most difficult of times for all, with the pandemic affecting so many people in so many ways. However, under the leadership of our past two Masters, Immediate Past Master Mary-Jane and Past Master Sue, and assisted by our Gallant Clerk Honor, we have maintained the Company’s activities via the wonders of Zoom. Our thanks go to Mary-Jane, Sue, and the various committees and their Chairs.

Helen and I both very much look forward to representing the Loriners, supporting our charities and developing our initiatives. We have a full formal calendar planned and we will do our best to arrange some social events whenever possible. Particularly can I remind you all that this year’s Mansion House banquet will be held on the 27th May (last year’s was a huge success) and our Charity Ball held jointly with the Curriers Company on the 17th September. As before, the Charity Ball will be held to support the London Air Ambulance. 

Helen and I look forward to meeting as many Loriners as we can at as many functions as will be possible in 2022.

Wishing you all a very happy and healthy 2022.