What We Do
What Life in the Stationers’ Company Involves?
Our 800 members can be divided into two categories: Freemen and Liverymen, who are full members. Although we use the word ‘men’ in both cases, women make up a growing proportion of our membership at all levels. Some of the more formal events are only open to Liverymen and their guests and committee membership is usually only open to Liverymen.
Members are able to attend and bring guests to around 60 events held each year at Stationers’ Hall. These events are a mixture of formal dinners, lunches, receptions, lectures and discussions, and are designed to enable members to network with one another, learn from one another and share in the wonderful resource of Stationers’ Hall as the ‘heart and home’ of the Communications and Content industries.
Members also have the opportunity to participate in the future development of the Company: this can be by joining one of a number of committees (which usually meet three or four times a year) overseeing all aspects of the Company from its relationship to its industries to the wine it buys for future consumption. Members are also encouraged to act as ‘champions’ for their specific industry sectors and to help on specific projects. We aim to engage around 150 Liverymen actively in the workings of the Company at any one time.
The Company is managed by a Court of some 30 senior members chaired by the Master, who is assisted by two Wardens. The Master serves for one year and acts as the ambassador of the Company throughout our industries and within the City of London. It is our aim that election to serve as Master of the Stationers’ Company should be seen as the pinnacle of achievement for all senior executives in the Communications and Content industries.