Who's who in the Guild

Chris Papworth

Chairman

Chris Papworth has worked as a watch and clock maker for over 50 years and runs his own business, Kelvedon Clocks Limited, where he not onlyrepairs and restores antique clocks, watches and barometers, but sells them as well. This is Chris's second term as Chairman of the Guild having been in the chair for the Guild's centenary. Chris is working to update the Guild's approach and practices to meet the needs of the modern industry.

Bob Moir

Secretary

Bob is based in Windsor, Berkshire. He has been repairing clocks for 25 years, the last 10 as a professional tradesman, having made a career change. Bob is the Secretary of the Guild, is a member of the Industry Action Fund management team, and is focussing on recruitment for the Guild.

Paul Roberson

Vice Chairman

Paul has worked in the trade since leaving school and now works as a clockmaker at the Palace of Westminster. He is passionate about the trade and is keen to see it survive for future generations. Paul is Vice Chairman of the Guild and is also a member of the Industry Action Fund management team.

Angus Matheson

Vice President

Angus spent 28 years in the Trade as one of the founders and the Managing Director of In-Time Watch Services. He has twice served as Chairman of the Guild and is the current Vice President. Within the Guild, he has worked on a number of research projects for the Industry, and assists with mediation in the event of disputes between Members and Customers.

Lionel Blowes

Treasurer

Lionel has been a member of the Guild since 1968,  and has served on the Council for over 30 years, with over 17 years spent as treasurer.

A clockmaker by profession, he trained at a local jewellers and worked for Dent for over 14 years.

Manny Bramsden FGA MBHI

Director

Manny has been in the trade since 1955, and is a Swiss trained watchmaker. He also trained at Hackney College. He has owned an independent jewellers shop in Maidinhead since 1979, and is a qualified gemologist. He became a Guild member in 1982 and was Chairman for the period 2001-2002.

Robert Ball L.V.O FBHI

Director

Robert’s interest in horology started at the age of 15 and he began work  in 1963 as a clock and watchmaker at a shop in North Watford. He became a Fellow of the British Horological Institute in 1968.

In 1984, he started working as a clockmaker at Buckingham Palace, becoming the Queen’s Clockmaker in 1986, which involved travelling to the other Royal Houses and Palaces to attend to the clocks.

He joined became a Director of the BWCMG in 1989 and served as Chairman for two years around 2006. Robert is also a Board Member of the National Benevolent Society for Watch and Clockmakers and served on the BHI Museum Trust from 1990-2013.

He was awarded  the M.V.O in 2004, and continued to work at the Palace until he retired in 2014, when he was awarded the L.V.O.

Keith Scobie-Youngs

Director

Keith studied horology at Birmingham City University from 1981–84 and upon leaving joined Public Clocks in London

He initially wanted to work with clocks but there was nothing available so he decided to get a job working with Turret Clocks until something better came along. That never happened as Keith fell in love with both turret clocks and the buildings in which many were housed.

He started Cumbria Clock Company with his wife Lynn in 1990 and hasn’t looked back since.

He has been a member of the Guild for 25 years and a Director for three years.

 

Jayne Hall

Director and Editor of Timepiece

Jayne Hall has been Editor of the TimePiece for six months, instigating a redesign in January 2016 to the format you see today. She has been working in horology for the past ten years, previously as Editor of the British Horological Institute’s Horological Journal. She is presently working on the Guild website to bring it up to date and in keeping with the new-look TimePiece, and is keen to encourage all Guild members to play a part in making sure both are relevant and current to those working in the trade. 

Howard Vyse

Director

Howard has been working full time in the trade since 1995, prior to that horology was a hobby while he worked as an engineer at Atomic Weapons. He specialises in turning balance staff and fitting and timing hairsprings, an element of the trade that his uncle taught him.

He has been a member of the Guild since 1975 and is delighted to join the Council as a Director, as he has served on various committees over the years and enjoys the work involved.

Christian Dannemann

Director

Christian initially started out in car mechanics, and is a German Master of Trades. After a career move into IT, he started in 2012 to make his hobby his profession, and set up WatchGuy.co.uk. The business has kept growing quickly since start-up, and now has an international client base.

He has been involved in the fight for free access to spare parts, and continues to fight for the cause.

 

Shuajb Berisha

Director

Shuajb has been in the watch and clock industry for 35 years and he has been a member of BHI and the Guild since 1994.

Over the years he has worked at numerous watch companies and also attended Wostep seminars.

At the present time he is operating as ORA Watch UK, in Wokingham.

Roy Hunt

Director

Biography to come!

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