… and take up role as third citizen of Glasgow
Four centuries of
tradition were honoured in an historic ceremony, as the Trades
House of Glasgow elected Essex man Keith Brown OBE as its Deacon
Convener. While leading the organisation for the next year, he also
assumes the role of Third Citizen of Glasgow.
His election was marked by a dinner this evening with guest of
honour HRH The Earl of Wessex. Lord Provost Sadie Docherty and Lord
Mayor elect of the City of London, Alderman Andrew Parmley, also
attended the dinner. Other guests from Glasgow and cities across
the UK represented a variety of institutions, including the civic,
business, academia and armed services communities.
Keith is no stranger to Glasgow, with business and craft
relationships in the city extending back over 40 years. He is a
former Managing Director of Morgan Stanley, which has extensive
operations in Glasgow, and was also a Non-Executive Director of BAe
Systems, one of the city's largest employers. As well as a
Pastmaster of the Worshipful Company of Coopers in London, he is a
Late Deacon of the Incorporation of Coopers of Glasgow.
He was a Board Member of London Regional Transport, now TfL,
responsible for a number of initiatives to improve the transport
for those with disabilities. In the Queen's Birthday Honours in
2015, Keith was awarded an OBE for services to fundraising and the
community in Essex.
Commenting on his appointment, Deacon Convener Keith Brown said:
"The fact that I have been accepted in this historic role, which
includes being Third Citizen of Glasgow, is an indication of the
openness of Trades House. My wife, Rita and I are immensely looking
forward to our year and will be resident in the City centre."
During the year with the support of his Chain Gang, which
consists of the Deacons and Visitor of the 14 Trade Incorporations
and Associated institutions of the Trades House, he is hosting a
variety of events to support local charities.
"Glasgow is a City which has been built on trade and industry,
which has brought prosperity," said Keith. "At the same time, there
is an unacceptable level of poverty. The House, through its charity
funds, directs support to a broad range of local groups including
some focusing on child poverty. The additional funds we raise this
year will further enhance this support.
"Kinship Care is a new Trades House charity to provide support
to children living with grandparents and extended family. These
children need a lift up in life and the fund will help to develop
skills, build confidence and character. We will also be supporting
the Good Morning Service, a Glasgow charity that provides telephone
befriending and alert calls to older people."
Also elected in this the 411th year of the
organisation is Tom McInally, who will serve alongside Keith as
Collector of Trades House for the year. Tom is Managing Director of
Glasgow-based planning and development consultants McInally
Associates. As a result of his contribution to urban regeneration
and communities in Glasgow and across Scotland, Tom was awarded
Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Institute of Architects in
Scotland in 2011.
"I am delighted to have the support of Tom McInally as Collector
of the House," said Keith. "We are both proud Coopers in London and
Glasgow but for the coming year our priority is to serve the House
and make a positive contribution to our wonderful City."
The Election - The appointments of Keith Brown and Tom
McInally took place following an historic ceremony in the Trades
Hall, which has been the ancestral home to the Trades House and its
14 Incorporated Crafts since its completion in 1794 by prominent
Scottish architect Robert Adam. The Trades House bell, which hangs
in the distinctive Trades Hall dome, rings out across the City to
mark the new Deacon Convener's appointment at 12 noon on the day,
one of only two occasions it does so throughout the year. The Third
Citizen of Glasgow role that Keith assumes follows that of the Lord
Provost of the City of Glasgow and Merchants House Lord Dean of
More about Keith Brown OBE- In Essex, Keith is a former Chairman
of Brentwood Council and an Honorary Alderman of the Borough. He
and his wife Rita have been involved in a number of charities and
organised events. The family have their own charity the Fryerning
Keith was admitted as a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of
Coopers in London in 1978 and then to the Court in 1996, becoming
Master in 2002. He was invited to join the Mastercourt of the
Incorporation of Coopers of Glasgow in 2005 and became Deacon in
2008. He has been particularly focused on forging a strong
relationship between the London and Glasgow Coopers.
More About Tom McInally Dip TP, MRTPI, Hon FRIAS -Tom has been
engaged in town planning since 1966 and formed McInally Associates
in 1990. He continues to practice in all aspects of planning. Tom
has gained extensive experience on planning legislation, national
planning policy, structure plans and local plans. He is a Director
and Company Secretary of the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust
and served on the International Jury to assess awards for
waterfront development projects presented to The Waterfront Center
based in Washington DC. He was an advisor on its Board for 10 years
Tom served as Deacon of the Incorporation of Coopers of Glasgow
2013-2014 and was Deacon of the Govan Weavers Society 2013-2014. As
well as Chairman of the Trades Hall Committee, he is a member of
the Trades House Kinship Care grants committee.