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Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants installs new Master

Leo Martin BBS, MA, FCA was appointed the new Master of the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants (WCoBM) on October 20th.

Worshipful Company of Builders' Merchants installs new Master

The ceremony took place at Goldsmiths’ Hall in London. A dinner followed the ceremony with 245 Liverymen, Freemen, and guests attending. His Excellency, Daniel Mulhall – The Irish Ambassador to the UK – and his wife, Greta Mulhall, were guests of honour.

The ceremony included the admission of two new Honorary Liverymen, General the Lord Dannatt, and Alderman Dr. Andrew Parmley, and four new Liverymen: Richard Skinner – Chandlers Building Supplies, Stephen Boyer – Marsh Industries, Darren Digby – Digby Trading, and Arthur Duffy – NetPlan.

Martin became a Freeman on June 13th 2007 and was made a Liveryman on October 23rd 2007. He was invited onto the Court on October 4th 2011, a privilege which led to his role of Master today. Leo enjoyed a 25 year career span within Builders’ Merchanting. He joined Grafton Group in 2004 as executive director and chief operating officer, successfully overseeing the growth of the group in both the UK and Ireland.

Martin said: “My installation ceremony and dinner was an extremely memorable and proud evening celebrated with my wife Deirdre and family. Goldsmiths’ is an outstanding Hall and its candlelit chandeliers created the perfect atmosphere.

“I now embark on 12 months of representing our Livery in the City and within our industry, and look forward to raising the profile of our Company. This includes raising awareness of the importance of builders’ merchants to the UK economy, supporting training and education for young builders’ merchants through our close links with the IoBM and BMF, meeting with young students to inform them about career opportunities within our industry, promoting our charity, and increasing our charitable funds for distribution to worthy causes.

“At the same time I will do my very best to support the Mayoralty and the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, and ensure the Company continues to earn recognition and respect in the City of London.

“I will also actively encourage members to get involved and attend our events, which are organised throughout the year. WCoBM provides an excellent platform for our members and their guests to network, socialise, discuss business, and exchange information and views in historic Livery Halls and other prestigious and unique venues in the City.

“No doubt it will be a busy 12 months. But Deirdre and I are looking forward to every bit of it! We also look forward to welcoming members and their partners to my home City, Dublin, in May 2016 for the Master’s weekend.”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Fiona Russell-Horne
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Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants installs new Master

Gill Moore, executive chairman of builders’ merchant WJ Lewis, has been installed as the new Master of the Livery Company the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants.

Worshipful Company of Builders' Merchants installs new Master

Moore is the first female to hold the post of Master and the installation ceremony was at Mansion House, home to The Lord Mayor of London and honorary member of WCoBM Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE, whose one year term as Lord Mayor ended in November. Woolf herself is only the second woman to have ever been elected Lord Mayor of London.

Moore became a Freeman of the Company on 18th June 2004 and was made a Liveryman on 26th October of the same year. She says: “My installation ceremony and dinner made for an unforgettable evening. It was a superb venue with 300 members and guests. I’m also proud to be the first female Master of the Livery. In what is still a male dominated industry, I feel it’s quite an achievement!

“My aim as Master in the next 12 months is to carry on the good work of Masters before me, and continue to drive the key objectives of our Livery. These include raising awareness of the importance of builders’ merchants to the UK economy; and promoting and increasing our charitable fund – our close links with the IoBM and BMF enables us to support and recognise the achievements of young merchants.

“We also support the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and a range of other worthy charities. And last but not least, encouraging members to get involved and attend our events, which are organised throughout the year. WCoBM provides an excellent platform for our members and their guests to socialise and discuss business, and exchange information and views. It’s ‘probably’ the best networking platform in the industry for senior people to meet and build relationships. We host events in historic Livery Halls and other prestigious and unique venues in the City to encourage networking between merchants, supplier members and their guests.

“I will ensure we remain active in the industry, and among senior and influential people in the City,” the Master continued. “It’s going to be a busy 12 months. My husband Dave and I will be doing a lot of commuting from our business in the North to London, but it’s a privilege to be Master and I’m looking forward to every single moment.”

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Fiona Russell-Horne
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