The newly installed Master of the longest established transport organisation in the world has described his first month in office as one of the busiest and most interesting in his professional life.
On 17 October Suffolk logistics expert Stephen Britt was installed as Master of the Worshipful Company of Carmen at a fully booked ceremony at the church of St Sepulchre-without-Newgate in the City of London.
The Company is currently one of the largest Livery companies of the City of London, listed number 77 in the order of precedence, with over 700 members, including some 500 Liverymen, 180 Freemen and 30 Apprentices.
Since his installation Stephen has already attended 18 official events – with another 16 scheduled between now and Christmas. These include receptions hosted by other Livery companies, one in honour of the Royal British Legion at the Garden of Remembrance St Paul’s Cathedral and on Saturday (10 November) attendance at the prestigious Lord’s Mayor’s Show.
Stephen said: “whilst all of these events are well-established and traditional, I find they offer the opportunity to better network with and understand other parts of the capital’s and the country’s business communities. I’ve never been busier in representing the transport and logistics sector than now – and I’m thoroughly enjoying it!”
“They also allow me to better highlight and support the roll-out of our many charitable works to both fellow Carmen and wider society. The Worshipful Company of Carmen is a force for good, based on old-fashioned values of fellowship and social obligation, values much needed in the world today.”
One of the themes for Stephen’s year in office is “it’s good to talk’, whereby he hopes to encourage members of the Livery to spend time at official and informal events to properly get to know each other and share ideas.
“Communication in any sector is key and I hope that Carmen will be more confident in networking and exchanging best practice in our ever-changing business sector.”
Prior to becoming Master, Stephen Britt served in a number of roles with the Livery and has been a member of the Worshipful Company of Carmen for over 45 years since being apprenticed to his father in 1973.