The occasion attracted an impressive audience including liverymen from leading industry bodies such as British Glass and Glass Futures, glass manufacturers including Nazeing Glass Works and O-I, as well as glass artisans and a wide spectrum of industry personalities.
Outlining her plans for 2022, Barbara Beadman stated: “We have the first UN designated International Year of Glass occurring. It is our intention to influence the City in their approach to climate change, glass recycling and alternative ways to minimalise the effect on the planet. Our industry is at the forefront of innovation in fuel, materials, production and research. COP26 saw Glass Futures CEO and Past Master Richard Katz flying the flag for us all.”
Other appointments included Maria Chanmugam (Chair of the Glass Committee) as Prime Warden, David Wilkinson as Renter Warden, James Armitage as Master’s Assistant, Glass Worldwide’s Dave Fordham as Assistant to the Court and Mark Holford as Lay Assistant to the Court.
Mr Holford has also taken over as the Glass Sellers representative on the Glass Futures’ Membership Council following the previous five years’ representation by Ms Chanmugam.
Ms Beadman, a member of the British Glass board, detailed a multitude of activities supported by the Glass Sellers in the different glass sectors, including the work of the Company’s own charity which has supported over 15,000 schools. “We are talking to the glass industry to enable them to give greater support to their local schools… We are about to engage in the largest national project that will study glass in primary schools,” she enthused.
Barbara Beadman is the third female Master of the Glass Sellers, which received its Charter in 1664. Initially founded to regulate the Glass Selling and Pot-Making industries within the City of London, the role of the livery company today is to maintain cordial relationships within the Company, the City and the wider glass industry; to stimulate interest in glass in all its aspects; carry out charitable works, with special emphasis on education; maintain the Company’s traditions, values and customs; provide pastoral care for members in distress and support the Lord Mayor & the Corporation of the City of London.
Glass Worldwide is official journal of the Glass Sellers.