History of the Marketors

The Marketors was founded as a Guild in 1975 and we were granted our Letters Patent as a Livery company on 13th December 1977. Few of those who founded the Company are still with us so under the auspices of the Heritage Committee it was decided to capture recollections of some senior Past masters as part of the oral history of the Company.

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Introduction by Alderman Sir Paul Judge, Master 2005

Why recording the Marketors' history is important?

Can you describe the founding of the Company?

What motivated the founders of the company?

What were the early days of the Company like?

How do the Marketors differ from the older liveries?

How did you first get involved with the Company?

Can you describe your year as Master of the Company?

How would you most like your year as Master to be remembered?

How has the profession of marketing changed over the years?

Is the Company of Marketors continuing to do good things today?

How has the Company’s reputation in the City evolved over the years?

What advice would you give to future Masters?

Featuring the following Past Masters interviewed by Past Master Venetia Howes, the first lady Master of the Company, in 2010:

  • Austin Nunn, Master 1985 - Austin is one of the 7 founders of the Company. As Master he introduced 5-year planning
  • Harry Druce, Master 1989 - His year as Master coincided with the 800th anniversary of the Mayoralty. He organised a highly successful concert at the Guildhall which raised over £40,000 for charity
  • Gerald Draper OBE, Master 1990- As Master he raised the outreach activities of the Company, working with institutions such as St Paul’s Cathedral, which he encouraged to balance its books by charging admission
  • Tom Corrigan OBE, Master 1995- As the Past Master of two other livery companies, the Stationers and the Playing Card Makers, he brought a new discipline to the finances of the Company
  • Brian Scanlon, Master 1996 - An engineer by training, he recruited our first female Clerk, Gaye Duffy
  • David Collischon, Master 2003

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