Master Patrick Peal launches the first of his blogs. The Master was also interviewed by City Matters newspaper. Read it here.
Oath Day is always a special occasion and I felt very lucky to be supported by so many members of the Company, which included the extended Peal family. In my speech I laid out my aims for my year:
“This year I am encouraging us all to look to the future – the young talent, the next generation. I hope to give more Freemen the opportunity to see how the business of the Cordwainers is conducted, and help to shape the future direction of the Company.
“Our 20/20 Vision has been a revelation and created sound footings with the four pillars of Participation, Profile, Charity and Growth. The next generation should play a major part in determining how the Cordwainers can put its best foot forward in the next decade. I plan to set up a Vision Committee, combining wise old heads and our next generation, to identify our goals and chart our course to 2030, building on those four pillars.
“I also want to continue the drive to help footwear design students graduating from the three universities we support to get good jobs that will ensure British footwear design stays the best in the world. Our annual Footwear Design Student Awards evening is growing in importance and there is work underway to make sure that footwear design course curricula meet the needs of industry. I look forward to adding my weight to both of these.”
So my first task as Master is to finalise the memberships of the various Committees that help to guide the Company. To that end I have spent many hours in discussion with the Clerk, members of the Court and my Wardens. I hope that we have added youth and exuberance to ‘old age and treachery’ and that we have found good ways of making use of so many willing and able volunteers.
My chosen charity is SSAFA – the Armed Forces Charity. We will shortly publish our plans for fundraising events but in the meantime do have a look at their website www.ssafa.org.uk/fundraise.