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New Master at the Spectacle Makers 

New Master at the Spectacle Makers 

At the Annual Service of Thanksgiving, Remembrance and Rededication at St. Bride’s, Fleet St yesterday Wednesday 5 October Nigel Haig-Brown was installed as Master for one year.

Elizabeth (Liz) Shilling was also appointed as Upper Warden and Michael Harris as the Renter Warden

Once again, the Choir at St Brides excelled as they do each year providing an uplifting experience and well recommended as was the Luncheon which followed at Apothecaries’ Hall beginning with a drinks reception in the beautiful and ornate building.

Nigel Haig-Brown leads the procession after his installment followed by Liz and Michael

Nigel Haig-Brown, a Chartered Accountant, will be Master for 2022-3.

His year as Master will mark three decades since he became a Liveryman of the Company, throughout which he has devoted much of his free time to supporting the Company, its wider social and charitable activities and its position within the City. He is also dedicated to volunteering and improving services in his local community.

Commenting on his plans for the year ahead, Nigel said, “It is an honour to be elected Master of the only Livery Company in the City dedicated to eye health. This is an exciting time to lead the work of the Company. Our key message is that in the 21st century, nobody should be held back by poor vision.

I plan to use my Mastership to strengthen our inter-Livery and City relationships and place a particular focus on how the City can open up opportunities and bolster the employment of people with low vision.


The WCSM is the oldest existing optical body in the world, founded by Royal Charter in 1629. Rooted in tradition, it brings the best of its experience to bear on very modern professions.  The SMC seeks to inspire future generations committed to visionary eye care, building on our rich heritage of almost 400 years.

Membership is open to people from all professions, around 80% of members being active in, or having a close involvement with, eye health and sight loss. See

You can read about the SMC  here 

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