A Busy Master's Diary - The One That Got Away!

22 March 2022


The Master Certificate Awards Ceremony 2022

The Master’s Diary has been amazingly full for February and March, including attending the Mountbatten Festival of Music 2022 at the Royal Albert Hall and events where I was introduced to both their Royal Highnesses the Duchess of Cornwall and the Princess Royal, but the event I was unable to attend and want to refer to was the Master Certificate Awards Ceremony 2022 held on Monday,14 March 2022. I was devastated not to take part in this Awards Ceremony, which took place in the Mansion House, in the presence of the Lord Mayor and the Sheriffs.

Each year, the construction livery companies, nominate their ‘master’ craftsmen for this Award, those individuals who have achieved the highest level of skills in the industry over a number of years. During the ceremony, the recipients stand before their respective Masters who name and acknowledge them and call upon them (and in respect of the Master Plasterer) to ‘uphold the high standards expected of all who receive the Master Plasterer Certificate and be prepared to act as an ambassador and mentor to those who are committed to pursuing a career in the plastering industry in order that they may benefit from the experience and example of your achievements’ before they move forward to receive their Certificates from the Lord Mayor.

The 2022 recipients of the Master Plasterer Certificates, pictured below with Sheriff Alison Gowman and the Clerk, were: Sean Wheatley, Gary Blackburn, Keith Langton, Mark Hardman and Philip Gaches (not pictured) – all exceptional in their fields of expertise.

The Master Plasterer Certificate is only awarded after an in-depth application process requiring evidence of 20 years’ experience; the submission of a portfolio of at least three notable complex commercial or heritage plastering projects, adjudicated on by a panel of liverymen with a strong plastering background and finally approved by the Court of Assistants.

My sincere congratulations to this year’s Master Plasterers, Gary, Philip, Mark, Keith and Sean. A tremendous achievement and so well-deserved.

I am afraid this Master finally succumbed to Covid-19 the day before the ceremony.