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Attard looks to anniversaries

Tony AttardFMCMaster 2022Tony Attard, the newly installed master of The Furniture Makers company has urged the furnishing industry to look to two major anniversaries in the coming year.

Attard was installed at St Mary-le-Bow Church in the City of London on 9 May, after David Woodward completed an extraordinary two-year term.

‘Within my year, we will celebrate 70 years since the formation of the then Furniture Makers’ Guild and, in 2023, our charity marks its 120th anniversary. I therefore welcome our entire industry to join me throughout the year in these celebrations,’ he says.

‘I would like to thank the livery membership for putting faith in me as the new master. Together with my trusted senior and junior wardens, Amanda Waring and Brian Ahern, and the solid support from our court and clerk, I can promise to do my utmost to promote our industry, champion The Furniture Makers’ Company and burnish its reputation as a leading City livery company. 

He also presented a bonds of affiliation certificate to wing commander Timothy Simmons of 25 (Fighter) Squadron of the Royal Air Force to cement the new connection between the squadron and company.

Attard is the founder and chairman of Panaz Group. During his time at the helm of the company he has spearheaded the design and technical advancement of flame retardant fabrics for the worldwide hospitality, leisure, cruise ship, healthcare and corporate sectors. Formed in 1986, the company today exports to over 60 countries, operating worldwide through subsidiary companies in Europe and the USA and a global network of distributors.

Under his direction, Panaz has been presented with many accolades including two Queen’s Awards, marking the company’s success in both Export Achievement and Enterprise. However, his activities and interests extend far beyond the Burnley boardroom: he is currently a member of the Manchester University Department of Material Science Industrial Advisory Group, a fellow of the Institute of Directors, an associate of the Institute of Textiles and a member of the Institute of Management. Tony has also received an Outstanding Alumnus award from Manchester University, where he began his career by winning a Courtaulds Scholarship to read for a BSc in Design Management. Other accolades have come from the Design Council and the DIT in recognition of his contribution to the contract furnishing industry worldwide.

He was made an OBE in the 2010 New Year’s honours and made a Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire in 2016, and served as High Sheriff of Lancashire from 2018-2019.