Maria Chanmugam BA(Hons) MCIPR, Director, Clevercoms
Prime Warden, Chairman Glass Committee
“I have been fascinated by the City and its heritage and was honoured to be invited to join the Glass Sellers’ Company. I work in the Telecoms, Media and Technology sector which is heavily reliant on glass. Through the Glass Sellers’ Company I have had the opportunity to learn about the numerous uses of glass in art, medicine, technology and many other fields. I enjoy the fellowship and opportunities to meet and connect with men and women from varied professional backgrounds. I love the tradition and grandeur of our events.
Being a Trustee of our charity allowed me the opportunity to be involved in projects as wide ranging as supporting the British Glass Biennale through to our Glass in Society Scheme. I have been privileged to have had responsibility for our Abbot Scholars. As Chairman of the Glass Committee I am able to facilitate links between the Company and wider glass industries. My involvement with the Glass Sellers Company, both socially and on the Court, is stimulating, fulfilling and great fun.”
Dave Dalton, CEO, British Glass
“As the Chief Executive of the UK’s Glass Trade Federation, I’d been aware of, but not involved in the Glass Sellers for a number of years, but hadn’t taken the time to understand what it did and how I might benefit from membership. It wasn’t until friends and colleague who had been members for many years suggested that I looked more closely that I realised that there was much more to it than I’d assumed.
As someone representing an industry sector I need to develop relationships to assist my political leverage on behalf of my members. Friends told me that the Glass Sellers had substantial connection within the City and across the political spectrum and so I joined to build up my contacts.
Jodie Pottage, Director, Wilkinson Ltd (Chandelier Manufacturers & Glass Restorers)
“I first heard about the Glass Sellers Company when my father, David Wilkinson, became a Liveryman a few years ago. My father invited me along as a guest to a few of the Livery dinners, where I enjoyed great food, listened to fascinating speakers and met a range of people from different backgrounds and industries and received a friendly welcome. Working with my father for the last 14 years in our family business in lead crystal glass restoration and the manufacture of lead crystal lighting, I have a natural love of glass.
Needless to say, when I was asked if I would like to become a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London it didn’t take me long to say yes.”
Dave Fordham, Managing Director, Glass Worldwide
“As the official and preferred journal of the major glass industry bodies across the world, Glass Worldwide is placed at the heart of the international glass community. With no other such organisation able to rival the longevity of the Glass Sellers, the company’s activities in supporting the glass industry are often common goals shared by Glass Worldwide. For example, Glass Worldwide is the preferred media partner of Glass Futures and, with Glass Sellers and British Glass also official partners of Glass Futures, we can join the dots and contribute collectively to further such initiatives wherever possible.
It is therefore a privilege for Glass Worldwide to act as the Official Journal of the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London and for me personally to be a Liveryman. In addition to the greater good of promoting glass in all its guises, networking with glass dignitaries and figureheads through the company has greatly benefited me professionally and personally. Through the Glass Sellers’ activities, I also appreciate the opportunity of having a platform to contribute in however small a way to the industry I have been fortunate enough to work in for over 25 years.