Essex Man To Head Glasgow's Trades House

… and take up role as third citizen of Glasgow


Four centuries of tradition were honoured in an historic ceremony, as the Trades House of Glasgow elected Essex man Keith Brown OBE as its Deacon Convener. While leading the organisation for the next year, he also assumes the role of Third Citizen of Glasgow.

His election was marked by a dinner this evening with guest of honour HRH The Earl of Wessex. Lord Provost Sadie Docherty and Lord Mayor elect of the City of London, Alderman Andrew Parmley, also attended the dinner. Other guests from Glasgow and cities across the UK represented a variety of institutions, including the civic, business, academia and armed services communities.

Keith is no stranger to Glasgow, with business and craft relationships in the city extending back over 40 years. He is a former Managing Director of Morgan Stanley, which has extensive operations in Glasgow, and was also a Non-Executive Director of BAe Systems, one of the city's largest employers. As well as a Pastmaster of the Worshipful Company of Coopers in London, he is a Late Deacon of the Incorporation of Coopers of Glasgow.

He was a Board Member of London Regional Transport, now TfL, responsible for a number of initiatives to improve the transport for those with disabilities. In the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2015, Keith was awarded an OBE for services to fundraising and the community in Essex.

Commenting on his appointment, Deacon Convener Keith Brown said: "The fact that I have been accepted in this historic role, which includes being Third Citizen of Glasgow, is an indication of the openness of Trades House. My wife, Rita and I are immensely looking forward to our year and will be resident in the City centre."

During the year with the support of his Chain Gang, which consists of the Deacons and Visitor of the 14 Trade Incorporations and Associated institutions of the Trades House, he is hosting a variety of events to support local charities.

"Glasgow is a City which has been built on trade and industry, which has brought prosperity," said Keith. "At the same time, there is an unacceptable level of poverty. The House, through its charity funds, directs support to a broad range of local groups including some focusing on child poverty. The additional funds we raise this year will further enhance this support.

"Kinship Care is a new Trades House charity to provide support to children living with grandparents and extended family. These children need a lift up in life and the fund will help to develop skills, build confidence and character. We will also be supporting the Good Morning Service, a Glasgow charity that provides telephone befriending and alert calls to older people."

Also elected in this the 411th year of the organisation is Tom McInally, who will serve alongside Keith as Collector of Trades House for the year. Tom is Managing Director of Glasgow-based planning and development consultants McInally Associates. As a result of his contribution to urban regeneration and communities in Glasgow and across Scotland, Tom was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Institute of Architects in Scotland in 2011.

"I am delighted to have the support of Tom McInally as Collector of the House," said Keith. "We are both proud Coopers in London and Glasgow but for the coming year our priority is to serve the House and make a positive contribution to our wonderful City."

The Election - The appointments of Keith Brown and Tom McInally took place following an historic ceremony in the Trades Hall, which has been the ancestral home to the Trades House and its 14 Incorporated Crafts since its completion in 1794 by prominent Scottish architect Robert Adam. The Trades House bell, which hangs in the distinctive Trades Hall dome, rings out across the City to mark the new Deacon Convener's appointment at 12 noon on the day, one of only two occasions it does so throughout the year. The Third Citizen of Glasgow role that Keith assumes follows that of the Lord Provost of the City of Glasgow and Merchants House Lord Dean of Guild.

More about Keith Brown OBE- In Essex, Keith is a former Chairman of Brentwood Council and an Honorary Alderman of the Borough. He and his wife Rita have been involved in a number of charities and organised events. The family have their own charity the Fryerning Foundation.

Keith was admitted as a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Coopers in London in 1978 and then to the Court in 1996, becoming Master in 2002. He was invited to join the Mastercourt of the Incorporation of Coopers of Glasgow in 2005 and became Deacon in 2008. He has been particularly focused on forging a strong relationship between the London and Glasgow Coopers.

More About Tom McInally Dip TP, MRTPI, Hon FRIAS -Tom has been engaged in town planning since 1966 and formed McInally Associates in 1990. He continues to practice in all aspects of planning. Tom has gained extensive experience on planning legislation, national planning policy, structure plans and local plans. He is a Director and Company Secretary of the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust and served on the International Jury to assess awards for waterfront development projects presented to The Waterfront Center based in Washington DC. He was an advisor on its Board for 10 years until 2013.

Tom served as Deacon of the Incorporation of Coopers of Glasgow 2013-2014 and was Deacon of the Govan Weavers Society 2013-2014. As well as Chairman of the Trades Hall Committee, he is a member of the Trades House Kinship Care grants committee.