Admission of Freemen and the February Court Dinner
On Thursday the 15th February at a Ceremonial Court we were delighted to welcome 5 new Freemen to the Guild . The ceremony was followed by a delicious dinner in the imposing surroundings of the Aldermen’s Court Room at Guildhall .
Sarah Davis – Sarah founded Skills4Stem Ltd in 2014 with the objective of helping to address the current shortage of skills within science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with a focus within the Built Environment. She qualified as an Engineer specialising in Lighting and worked in Building Services Engineering for over 15years, she is a Chartered Construction Manager & Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). She set up Women in Building Services Engineering (WiBSE) with no funding and built a big team of volunteers across 14 locations worldwide and then gifted the network to The Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). Sarah is also a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Women in Enterprise and Sarah won Bedfordshire Business Woman of the Year 2017.
The Rt. Hon. The Lord Drayson of Kensington – As founder & CEO Paul Drayson has developed several successful businesses over the past 25 years, including PowderJect Pharmaceuticals which he built from Oxford University spin-out to a FTSE 250 business quoted on the London Stock Exchange and one of the world’s leading vaccine companies. He is currently building a digital health company, developing software that uses artificial intelligence to help manage chronic disease. He chaired the Oxford Children’s Hospital Fundraising Campaign for five years, and served as a government minister for 5 years in the last Labour government. He and his wife Elspeth established the Drayson Foundation which supports charitable projects in health and education.
Ben Martin – Ben was born in Liverpool, England, educated at St George’s College, Harare, Zimbabwe (then Salisbury, Rhodesia) and University of London. He was a Rhodesian rowing champion in 1970 and 1971, and becoming a commissioned officer in the Rhodesian army in 1972. Ben graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of London, and began his career with Bayer, the international chemical and pharmaceutical company. Ben has worked in the IT sector in the UK since the mid-1980s, innovating and pioneering electronic document management software. He founded Safe4 Information Management with 2 partners in 2010, and continues to lead and manage the expansion of the business.
Leslie Morgan – Leslie is a pharmacist, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He bought and transformed a retail pharmacy into Durbin PLC, one of the world’s leading specialist Pharmaceutical and medical distributors supplying 23,000 different products to 180 countries. He has pioneered the free donation of in-date pharmaceuticals, and has to date supplied more £22m to charities in developing countries. He is a visiting fellow at Cass Business School, specialising in lecturing in philanthropic issues and is Chairman of The Morgan Charitable Foundation. Leslie was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to the Pharmaceutical Industry and Charity, and he is the Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
Harvinder Rattan – Harvinder is part of a unique network of procurement specialists running his own business Expense Reduction Analysts (ERA) since 2017, after a 10-year career in Global Finance with HSBC. He is an energetic business leader with more than 20 years’ experience in Financial Services and Business Transformation. An active Freemason and a member of the inter-faith community forum in Waltham Forest. In his spare time Harvinder is a fan of cricket; has a passion for Indian classical music and volunteers to provide a walking tour through the streets of Kensington & Chelsea, bringing alive Sikh and Anglo-Sikh history.