The Worshipful Company of Masons’ Master Craftsman’s Certificate Award by Court Assistant Martin Low  

The Worshipful Company of Masons has given the Master Craftsman’s Certificate Award to 28 recipients.

The requirements to be met by those put forward to receive it are as follows:

1.   All applicants will be working within a recognised branch of the stone industry and have reached a position of responsibility. They should be able to demonstrate working knowledge, skill, and the ability to liaise with design consultants and clients. The applicants should be actively involved in the supervision, training or mentoring of others.

2.   Applicants will have undertaken an apprenticeship to at least the equivalent of NVQ Level 3 or City and Guilds Advanced Craft Level at a recognised college (Building Crafts College, City of Bath College, City & Guilds of London Art School, Moulton College, Weymouth College, York College, or equal and approved), will have had at least 25 years’ experience in their craft after qualification, and be working in the United Kingdom. The award is open to employed and self-employed individuals who are working with a company associated with Stone Federation Great Britain.

3.   Applicants must submit a portfolio of projects supported by photographs and testimony from their employers or professional clients demonstrating the criteria set out above.

4.   Applications can be made by individuals, employers, or professionals with whom the applicant has worked, and be submitted to the Clerk of The Worshipful Company of Masons before 30th September each year for consideration by an appointed panel of Liverymen and Freemen who will have extensive stone industry experience. Applicants under consideration will be invited to an interview and notified of their success or otherwise by 30th November each year.

5.   Candidates must be able to meet the standards of the City and Guilds Professional Recognition Awards at Licentiateship level."

2014 Awards:

There were 11 recipients of the Award presented by Dame Fiona Woolf DBE DL when she was Lord Mayor of the City of London.  The Award Ceremony was held on Monday 10 February 2014 at The Carpenter’s Hall and the certificates were presented to:

Yeoman Mason Paul John Atkin

Sean Collins

Freeman Timothy Charles Crawley

Dr John David

Liveryman Michael Moody

Pascal Mychalysin

Yeoman Mason Heather Mary Newton

Danny Sampson

Freeman Bradley Charles Adam Steele

Liveryman Adam Matthew Stone

Yeoman Mason Ray Sumner

2015 Awards:

There were six recipients of the Award presented by Sir Alan Yarrow when he was Lord Mayor of the City of London.  The Award Ceremony was held on Monday 2nd February 2015 at the Saddlers’ Hall and the certificates were presented to:

Freeman Kevin Calpin (unable to attend ceremony)

Darren McCulloch-Smith

Richard Mortimer

Yeoman Mason Gary Andrew Price

Chris Sampson

Darren Steele

2016 Awards

There were six recipients of the Award presented by Lord Mountevans of Chelsea when he was Lord Mayor of the City of London.  The Award Ceremony was held on Monday 15th February 2016 at the Fishmonger’s Hall and the certificates were presented to:

Yeoman Mason Martin Coward

Freeman Nigel Gilkison

Yeoman Mason Lee Godfrey

Yeoman Mason Paul Terry Maggs

Freeman Lee Ernest Saunders

Daren Jon Tailby

2017 Awards

There were five recipients of the Award presented by Dr Andrew Palmley when he was Lord Mayor of the City of London.  The Award Ceremony was held on Monday 13th February 2017 at the Merchant Taylor’s Hall and the certificates were presented to:

Jonathan Anderson

Jonathan Anderson began by sweeping the yard, sieving dust, loading the lorry and labouring for masons. It was his introduction to ‘all things stone’ and it was how he got ‘the bug’. So when an apprenticeship was offered to him in 1984 he jumped at it. Since then he has had the privilege of working on some very prestigious buildings such as King’s College Chapel and Westminster Abbey, as well as working on many other conservation/restoration projects both in the UK and overseas. Since 2008 he has been training students from Bath College and the Princes’ Foundation at Woodchester Mansion.

Freeman David George Collier 

David George Collier has worked as a stonemason for over 30 years. He trained at Weymouth College and Wells Cathedral and worked in masonry production and fixing, conservation and stone carving. As a manager he has overseen a wide variety of projects ranging from St David’s Cathedral to the Great Court of the British Museum. He has mentored many young masons through their training and has been a member of the Stone Industry & Heritage Training Groups. For the last ten years he has served on the judging panel for the Boss Stone Carving Competition at Weymouth College and he sponsors their Masonry Draughtsmanship Award.

Matthias Garn

Matthias Garn comes from a family of masons and carvers and he has worked as a mason and carver for over 25 years, first in Dresden, then in Switzerland and now in the UK at Wells Cathedral and York. He was awarded a Master in the trade in Germany in 2004 and then set up his own business in York later that year. His workshop deals mostly with heritage projects. As a SPAB Fellow, Queen’s Scholar and holding an MA in Conservation from York, his main interest is in preserving and perpetuating craft skills and teaching the next generation of craftspeople.

Anthony Steven Long

Anthony Steven Long left school in 1986 and joined Canterbury Cathedral as an apprentice stone mason. During his employment with Canterbury Cathedral for the last thirty years he has had the pleasure of working on countless projects, involving the restoration of the cathedral fabric, while also being involved in outside restoration contracts relating to numerous local parish churches. He has really enjoyed passing on his skills to the apprentices that have worked with him, knowing that their work is helping preserve Canterbury Cathedral as a wonderful place of worship for future generations to enjoy.

Alan John Mills: A posthumous award collected by Mrs Karen Mills (widow) and Jordan Mills (son).

Alan J Mills began his career in masonry in 1970. His work took him around the country honing his skills in architectural masonry, restoration and memorials. He spent years training many apprentices and he also supported the Orton Trust, eventually becoming a Board member. Alan was lucky enough to have had work opened by HM The Queen and HRH Prince Charles. Alan sadly lost his three-year battle with cancer on 21 July 2016. We will remember him through the many pieces of stone that he worked and by those fortunate enough to be taught by him.

Those recipients who are not already a Liveryman or a Freeman of the Company are eligible to be admitted to the Company as a Yeoman Mason. The following link to the Company website gives more details and access to an application form to be admitted as a Yeoman Mason:


2018 Awards

Court Assistant Martin Low

Chairman Craft and Training Committee