Admitted: 20 Dec 2013
Robert Elliott was appointed as Warden of the Mason’s Company at the Candlemas Guild Day replacing John Atkinson who retired at the end of 2013.
Bob was admitted as a Freeman in the Mason’s Company in 1965 and has recently been acting as Membership Secretary. His family have lived in Gilesgate since at least 1801 and membership of the Freemen probably goes back to the mid-1800s. He was born and educated in Durham attending the Blue Coat and Johnston Grammar Schools.
He spent his working life as an electrical engineer with the North Eastern Electricity Board and its successors, commencing by serving three years of a five year apprenticeship in the City. In the late 1960s he was in charge of the project for the replacement of many of the high voltage mains and reconstruction of most of the substations in the City eventually becoming a Senior Engineer in the North Tyne Region.
For his final five years before retirement he was employed as Contracts Manager for the Non-Fossil Purchasing Agency negotiating contracts for the purchase of nuclear and renewable electricity on behalf of the twelve regional electricity companies. He is keen to maintain the traditions of the guilds and would appreciate any comments or suggestions in relation to the Mason’s Company or the Freemen in general.