The Annual General Meeting (Common Hall) of the Worshipful Company of Engineers was held on Wednesday evening, 5 May 2021. Unfortunately the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic prevented a physical meeting, but with a year’s worth of Zoom experience behind us it ran just as if the Company had been assembled together. The only thing missing was the Beadle’s commanding tones and the putting on of gowns.
The following Officers were installed for 2021-22:
Master – Dr Peter Blair-Fish
Senior Warden – Mrs Audrey Canning
Middle Warden – Mr Raymond Joyce
Junior Warden – Sir Michael Bear Hon FREng
The following were appointed as new Court Assistants:
Dr Clive Hickman FREng
Mr David Knight
Dr Dolores Byrne OBE
It was with great sadness that the Master, Wardens, Court of Assistants and all Members of the Worshipful Company of Engineers learnt, earlier today, of the death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
His Royal Highness’ support enabled the creation of the Fellowship of Engineering in 1976; the forerunner of today’s Royal Academy of Engineering. It can also be said that his support was a factor in the Company’s formation, encouraging the Founder Master and Members in their endeavour. Shortly before the presentation of the Company’s Letters Patent on 1st November 1983, the Founder Master invited His Royal Highness to accept election as the Company’s First Honorary Liveryman, to which his Royal Highness was pleased to agree. His first visit to the Company was on 21st February 1985 when he was entertained to Dinner by the Court.
The photograph taken on that occasion shows His Royal Highness with the Founder Master, Sir Peter Gadsden, and the Senior Warden, Sir Denis Rooke.
The Master has written to Her Majesty’s Private Secretary expressing the Company’s sincere condolences; and asked for them to be passed on to the Private Secretaries of the other members of the Royal Family.
20210409-Master’s Letter of Condolence – HM PS
The Master, Wardens and all members of the Company were further delighted to see that Honorary Liveryman, Lieutenant General Tyrone Urch, The Chief Royal Engineer, has been recognised in Her Majesty’s New Year Honours List, being appointed as a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. All send Sir Ty their warmest congratulations.
(Photo by Cpl Simon Lucas)
The Master and Wardens were delighted to learn recently that our Honorary Liveryman, The Chief Royal Engineer, Lieutenant General Tyrone Urch CBE has been recognised by The Association for Project Management at its recent annual awards ceremony for his work in leading Defence’s support for the Covid 19 response in the UK, with receipt of the APM’s Outstanding Achievement Award. Further information may be found on the APM Website here. Many congratulations to General Ty and, as he says, the service personnel he has led from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force in responding to the pandemic.
Professor Nigel Brandon, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Imperial College London, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. Fellowships are given to distinguished scientists by the Royal Society in recognition of “contributions to science, both in fundamental research resulting in greater understanding, and also in leading and directing scientific and technological progress in industry and research establishments.” Professor Brandon became a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Engineers on 6 May 2021.
Liverymen Gina Barney and Dave Cooper have received the President’s Commendation at the CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2021. This special award was to recognise the 13 authors who wrote and updated the series, including Recommissioning of lifts and escalators post-lockdown; and Occupancy and use of lifts. Gina and Dave are prominent experts in lifts and escalators.
CIBSE President Stuart MacPherson said the award recognised those who ‘worked tirelessly to update the guidance to reflect current research, public health information and, subsequently, to adapt to changes in Covid-19 restrictions’.
The guidance, which has been downloaded 65,000 times, is updated as new research and information becomes available.