The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners (WCEC) members are first group of members to be awarded Chartered Practitioner’s status

Senior members of the WCEC lead the way for others to follow, before the Chartership scheme is launched nationwide to the entire cleaning industry

Officers of the WCEC have led by example, as the first to receive the Award of Chartered Practitioner in Environmental Cleaning. They are the pathfinders making way for others in the UK cleaning industry, who will be able to apply to the Chartered Practitioner’s Register after its official launch at the Cleaning Show in November 2021.

 The first Awards are being presented to:

  • Alexander (‘Sandy’) Aird (Liveryman)
  • Susan Bartholomew (Liveryman)
  • Christopher Broadley (Court Assistant)
  • Anthony Daly (Freeman)
  • Benjamin Douglas-Jones QC (Liveryman)
  • Gary Fage (Master)
  • Lorraine Larman (Junior Warden)
  • Calum MacLeod (Liveryman)
  • Barrie Torbett (Past Master Emeritus) 
  • Lynn Webster (Court Assistant)

These recipients have been the first to try and test the application and qualification process, to ensure that it is ready for its wider launch to the entire cleaning industry in November.  It has taken exceptional effort to bring the Chartership scheme to fruition, as a new route for cleaning industry members to gain a professional credential recognising their skills or expertise. Along with the apprenticeship scheme under development, it provides a clearer career path and continuous professional acknowledgement that can only benefit in the long term. 

On 20th September 2021, the Awards are being presented by Deputy Master John Shonfeld and Major General Jeremy Rowan CB OBE, who is the Chairman of the Chartered Practitioners Register committee. Also in attendance is Alderman Sir Andrew Parmley (Lord Mayor 2015-2016), an Honorary Freeman of the WCEC and Deputy Chairman of Chartered Practitioners Register Committee.

The WCEC will be hosting two webinars about the Chartered Register of Practitioners. Here are Zoom links to the events: 

After registering, information will be provided about joining the webinars.

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Notes to editors

About the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners
The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners is one of 110 Livery Companies which are based upon trades, industries and professions and carry on the ancient traditions of the Guilds and Livery Companies which started in the 12th century.  Formed in 1972 as the Guild of Cleaners and subsequently known as the Guild of Master Cleaners, the Company was granted full Livery Status in 1986 as the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners, the 97th Livery Company of the City of London. HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh was an Honorary Freeman of the Company. 

The Company aims to encourage and maintain high standards of practice and integrity while promoting and supporting education, training and research projects within the cleaning industry. Examples of its efforts to raise the industry can be seen in its achievement of a Royal Charter in 2010, and its Charter of Registered Practitioners, in 2021. 

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