Themis employee given 'Freedom of the City of London'

Curriculum manager at Themis at Burnley College, Paul Stackhouse has earned ‘Freedom of the City of London’ and has become a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers (WCFM) in recognition of his commitment to the UK furniture industry.

At a ceremony which took place in the Chamberlain’s Court at London’s Guildhall, Paul received the honour before being appointed Liveryman to the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers (WCFM) – one of the furniture trade’s highest accolades.

Paul said: "I feel honoured to become a Liveryman and earn ‘Freedom of the City’. This position will enable me to further strengthen my commitment to the furniture industry whilst continuing to work with aspiring furniture makers. I am looking forward to new opportunities that this position will bring."

Simon Jordan, director of Themis at Burnley College added: “Paul’s achievement is commendable. Alongside Themis’ furniture team, he has worked tirelessly with students, apprentices and employers to drive the furniture industry forward. We are thrilled that his commitment has been recognised."

The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers aims to ‘support the highest standards of design, manufacturing, marketing and retailing of every type of furniture throughout the UK'. Being asked to become a Liveryman is highly prestigious as the company is only able to have 300 Liverymen at a time. Membership is restricted to individuals employed, or formerly employed, in the furniture industry to ensure they make a valid contribution to the company.