The Company welcomed Philip Holt to the Hall on 31 January 2018 to deliver a presentation on the History of the Red Arrows. Some 75 members and guests had their attention held by Philip, whose background includes experience with National Air Traffic Services and as a reservist in the R.A.F., as he delivered his presentation and subsequent reports to the office have been very positive. This event was organised by the Livery Committee and an auction and raffle raised funds for the Foundation. Look out for more in-depth coverage in the next edition of Stationers' News
Members will be interested to hear that the BOSS Leaders of the Future conference, now in its sixth year, will take place on 9 March at Stationers' Hall. The 2017 event was Highly Commended at the Trade Association Forum Awards for Conference of the Year and 2018's event is full of promise! For full details of the speakers and how to book click here.
The annual Inter-Livery Skiing Championships is done and dusted and Martin Woodhead the Stationers' skiing captain reports as follows:
There were over 200 competitors this year and another 90 or so supporters and so the event was huge. Whilst we didn't feature in any of the medals, other than a trophy for a team of 'the most careful skiers' (Carol, Nigel and Tej) - say no more - we performed extremely well within our team (seen above with supporters), certainly the best yet, due to a stunning performance by our top skiers. Charles Southey was our fastest skier closely followed by Giles, Chloe, Andy and Martin de la B, but not necessarily in that order (final times still to emerge). So Charles won our largest teddy bear, Chloe won middle bear for being the most stylish skier in our team and Andy won Little Lucky for the Prang of the Week - a rather nasty fall after the competition was over resulting in a broken thumb and a twisted knee. Everyone else was fine, including Trevor who supported us throughout whilst skiing with a broken wrist against doctor's orders.
Andy and Trevor compare war wounds
Accordingly he won the BM award, a tin spoon, BM being Bloody Minded. For my efforts I won the FOF award (fastest old fart), and Nick Mockett won the Mars award for being on another planet.
Members will want to wish the Stationers' Ski team well for the Inter-Livery Ski championships which start today. Some of the team have been out in the Alps practising (see the photo of Ian Locks and Penny Woodhead) and we hope that they perform well and safely whilst having great fun! Bulletins about the piste conditions and the team make up have been arriving in the office regularly and currently the skiers are:
Chloe Mountford, Andy Jones, Martin de la Bedoyere, Nick Mockett, Martin Woodhead, Naomi Jones (guest),Bob Findlay, Rodney Mountford, Nigel Southey, Tej Sood, Ian Locks, Charles Southey,Giles Mountrford and Carol Tullo
Members will be pleased to hear of the support for the Company's Innovation Excellence Awards from three important sources: The Knowledge Transfer Network, PICON and Mathys & Squire. Full details can be found on the Innovation Excellence pages of the website here and the entry form can be accessed here..
On Monday, 22 January the Stationers' Company welcomed senior executives from 14 Trade Associations in the Communications and Content Industry to the annual TA Winter Event. This year we were fortunate to have Liveryman Lord David Triesman as the speaker and he addressed the issue of what might come to pass if there were another general election. There were gasps of horror/enthusiasm (depending on outlook) as Lord Triesman revealed that if the parliamentary arithmetic failed to add up for the current government we could be in for an election as soon as June. There was then some discussion and another possibility emerged, ie shortly after Brexit in March 2019.
Members of the Company and guests gathered for the first DMG of the new year on 15 January 2018. Some 120 people attended and heard a fascinating panel address the topic of Artificial Intelligence – Our Future: The Impact on the Content and Communication Industries. It was chaired by Inma Martinez (seen in the centre of the photo), a Liveryman at the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.
At the Master and Wardens’ meeting on 15 January the Master made seven people Free of the Company. The new Freemen are from left to right in the photo:
You may remember that some months ago the Clerk took part in a radio programme on copyright with Richard Taylor a leading copyright lawyer. It sought to explore whether copyright law was an analogue law in the digital age. It was very interesting and anyone who missed it might like to take advantage of the repeat today, Monday, 8 January at 4.00 pm. It is also on BBC I-player and can be heard via this link. The image is taken from the BBC I-player website entry for the programme.
Past Master Tom Hempenstall alerts us to an item on BBC Breakfast news this morning (at circa 7.51 am) about James Cropper because of their coffee cup recycling programme, Members will be aware that there is a proposal to impose a "latte levy" on coffee cups because of the impact their disposal is having on the environment.