Stephen Platten (Left of the Master)
Upper Warden 2019 – 2020
Stephen Platten was educated at Stationers’ Company’s School and then at the University of London, Trinity College, Oxford and trained for the priesthood at Cuddesdon College, Oxford. He worked for three years initially for Shell International at Shell Centre in London before training as a teacher and then offering for ordination. He served as a curate in Oxford and was a tutor at Lincoln Theological College before running the diocesan training and selection process as a Canon of Portsmouth Cathedral. Thereafter he served as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Foreign Secretary under Robert Runcie, travelling widely. Appointed Dean of Norwich in 1995, he headed up the Cathedral’s 900th Anniversary celebrations and initiated the project to build a new Visitor’s Centre and choir facilities within the ruins of the mediaeval monastery. In 2003 he was consecrated Bishop of Wakefield, a diocese covering a large part of West and South Yorkshire including Huddersfield, Halifax, Dewsbury and a cluster of large towns, formerly centres of coal-mining and the wool industry.
He has taught theology throughout this time and published in a variety of areas including writing on church buildings.
He has been a Liveryman of the Company since 2005, served in the office of Renter Warden, was Chairman of the Hall & Heritage Committee, a founding member of the Hall Development Executive Committee and presently Chairman of the Foundation Fundraising Committee.
Robert Flather (Right of the Master)
Under Warden 2019 – 2020
Educated at Oundle and Sheffield University, Robert started his working life as an graduate engineer in the steel industry before joining Book Printer Clays in Bungay as General Manager of the bindery. He became Chief Engineer at Jarrolds before joining Kolbus UK in 1997 becoming Managing Director in 1998.
Kolbus UK is a subsidiary of Kolbus GmbH, the well-known manufacturer of bookbinding and more recently packaging machinery. During his long tenure he has developed the UK sales of bookbinding and more recently corrugated packaging machinery to a market leading position.
Robert has recently overseen the development of the Kolbus team which has enabled him to step back from sales and spend more time on responsibilities across the group, especially in the UK machinery manufacturing operation Kolbus Autobox and some of the overseas offices.
He is a Past Chairman of Picon, the Trade Association for machinery suppliers to the Printing, Papermaking and Paper Converting industries and also served as President of Global Print, the International Association of National Trade Associations for the Industry.
Robert joined the Stationers’ Company in 2001 and the Livery in 2002. He was made a Court Assistant in 2010. He sat on the Stationers’ Foundation Committee from 2011 to 2017 and served as Chairman from 2014. He chaired the Marketing Advisory Group from 2012 to 2014 and has also served on the Master and Wardens Committee.
Born in Sheffield in a family with centuries of connections with the Cutlers Company of Hallamshire, Robert’s family home is now in Rutland and enjoys family life, the Yorkshire Dales, walking and music.