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Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners welcomes Lorraine Larman as the new Master

* WCEC_Lorraine-Larman_Master.jpgLorraine Larman has been installed as The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners’ new Master. She succeeds former Master, Jim Melvin.

The Ceremony of Installation and a Service of Re-dedication took place last Friday at St Olave's Church in the City of London; it was followed by the Installation Banquet at Mansion House, attended by the Lord Mayor.

Considered one of the UK cleaning industry’s stalwarts, Lorraine – who specialises in compliance and health & safety in environmental cleaning - has been a dedicated member of the WCEC for the past 12 years. Among her varied representations in the cleaning industry, she was a Board member of the British Institute of Cleaning Science; she has also been instrumental in helping to draft the infrastructure of and implement the Chartered Practitioners' Register, which is facilitated by the WCEC. The latter affords chartership to environmental cleaners all over the world.

Lorraine has also been working closely with No Going Back, a charity supporting people from prison to employment, with which the WCEC has strong links. Bringing people back to the community through rehabilitation, training, opportunity and social support, are effortsshe truly believes in; she plans to continue building on the Livery Company's initiatives in this regard.

She also advocates for the development of existing cleaning & hygiene professionals, saying that encouraging a 'back to basics' approach and empowering through training and compliance, makes strong foundations for businesses to thrive. This process only succeeds through people and this is where the WCEC can play a positive role in supporting the talent of the cleaning industry.

Lorraine looks forward to a year of collaboration with the WCEC Court and members, with a focus on openness. She also intends to encourage a more corporate approach, with an emphasis on organising procedures and streamlining processes for the benefit of WCEC members.

"I am honoured to be appointed Master and represent the WCEC as such,” she says. “I am an example of how, with the right training and support, one can start at the very bottom, with a dream and hard work, and attain credibility as the founder of a successful business and enjoy senior membership of esteemed institutions. Through the WCEC's resource, guidance and support for Chartership, we can encourage and facilitate similar paths for others."

This is especially relevant, as Lorraine is keen to encourage new and younger membership, confirming that the WCEC is for everyone, not just the older generation.

One of 111 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, the WCEC was formed in 1972 as the Guild of Cleaners and subsequently known as the Guild of Master Cleaners. It 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.

If you would like to find out more about the Environmental Cleaners, or any of its initiatives or events, please email: [email protected]

For specific enquiries about attaining chartership through the Chartered Practitioner's Register, please see:


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