The Company has five main committees Freedom and Livery, Finance, Membership, Technical and Education (recently reformed from two committees) and Social, plus two other committees, Investment and Admissions and two charitable trusts.
Freedom and Livery Committee
The prime function of this senior Court Committee is to ensure that the principles of the Company as laid out in the Charter and Ordinances are maintained. This does not mean that Charter and Ordinances are applied as written as this would be impractical and prevent any advancement of the Company. The overall principles and spirit of the Company as laid out in these documents is however to be the guide for the conduct and function of the Company. This Committee is forward looking for the advancement of the Company.
The Finance Committee is responsible for advising on the financial strategy of the Company and ensuring that the strategy is followed. Historically the Finance Committee Chairman has been the Renter Warden who may have limited financial expertise. It is important for this committee to have continuity and to include in the membership a Liveryman with financial expertise and experience. The Finance Committee works with the Clerk and the Company Accountant.
Technical and Education Committee
The Craft Aims and Objectives of the Company are to encourage excellence in plumbing:
By supporting and promoting the history of the craft
By supporting and recognising individuals, organisations and institutions who achieve excellence in plumbing standards, education and technical development.
By influencing and raising the profile of key future plumbing developments related to safety, public health, sustainability and water conservation.
The technical section of the committee will concentrate on Craft involvement and the educational and training aspects will be dealt with by the education section. Where appropriate, sub-groups will be used to focus on issues and provide reports to the Technical Committee. Sub groups will normally be chaired by a member of the Committee and will report back to the main Committee.
The prime function of the education section of the committee is to ensure that the Aims and Objectives of the Company are followed and developed in so far as they relate to the promotion and enhancement of the education of Plumbers. The structure of the education section is designed to share the workload on individuals and to provide better focus on each item and objective. Where appropriate, sub-groups will be used to focus on issues and provide reports to the main Committee.
Membership growth is fundamental to the Company’s future sustainability. The recruitment of new members and the retention, engagement and development of the existing membership must be a priority for the Company going forward. Since its establishment the Committee has established and introduced the new membership categories of Freeman, International, Family and Corporate. It will continue to review all categories ensuring that they meet the Company’s aims and objectives.
Arranges the social programme under the Chairmanship of the Upper Warden. The members are the seven Stewards of the Company.
Responsibility for the investment portfolio of the Company.
Meets all potential members and explains the opportunities and responsibilities of being a Liveryman.
Charitable and Educational Trust (The Plumbers’ Charity)
An independent charitable trust with the trustees appointed by the Court.
Plumbing Museum & Workshop Trust
The Trust is responsible for the Plumbers’ Museum and Workshop demonstration facilitiy at the Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre near Arundel and the static display in the Weald & Downland Museum at Singleton near Chichester.