Robert Flather, chairman of Kolbus UK, has been elected as master of the Stationers’ Company. Mr Flather, who has already undergone an installation celebration at Goldsmiths’ Hall, succeeds the Rt Rev Dr Stephen Platten in the role.

Speaking about his predecessor’s time as master, Mr Flather said, ‘Implementing Vision 350, the refurbishment of the Hall, will be Stephen’s number one achievement but he has also drawn on his background of outreach and pastoral care to ensure members of the Stationers’ Company have continued to remain in touch and informed throughout the pandemic. He ran weekly video interviews with members and participated in the many online events that continued throughout his year of service.’

Mr Flather, who should be the master to welcome Liverymen and members back to live events, added that he intends to continue the established consultative approach in his role. He has said he he is keen to attract members back to events with the opportunity to visit other livery halls and to enjoy the return to Stationers’ Hall when it is re-opened. The improvements will create new spaces, some to rent out, in addition to the prestigious hall with its Shakespeare and Caxton windows.