The Master & Wardens
Each year a new Master is elected to lead the Worshipful Company of Bakers. He is supported by four Wardens, from whose number future Masters will be elected, and his immediate predecessor, who serves for one year as Deputy Master.
Paul Morrow is a native of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Moving to England in 1973 to attend the University of Leeds where he obtained a combined Honours Degree in Biochemistry and Microbiology. He also gained full sports colours for karate, captained the university team and was a semi-finalist in the 1976 British Universities karate championship.
He joined United Dairies London in 1978 and has worked in the food industry ever since.
His first contact with the City came in 1984 when he joined a manufacturer of fresh baker’s yeast. Part of their commercial office building, located in Appold Street, off Bishopsgate, was a former pub, the “Baker and Basket”. Contact with the Worshipful Company of Bakers was through being taken to Election Banquets as a thank you for sponsorship of the London Bakers Association.
He joined his current employer, the privately owned international bakery ingredients manufacturer “Bakels”, as UK managing director in 1994. He has also been Regional Director for Latin America and remains Technical Director on the Group Management Board.
He has been Chairman of the British Society of Baking, President of the Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees and, as the UK representative, been an Executive Committee member of the European bakery ingredients manufacturers’ trade association. He also served ten years as a Community Governor of Bicester Community College, chairing the Finance and Property committee and a director of the North Oxford Business Advisory Service.
Paul was admitted to the freedom of the WCB in 1998. Since then he has served on the Trade liaison committee, as a Court Steward, Editor of the WCB newsletter and Chairman of the Dinner Committee.
Married to Jacqueline, also from Northern Ireland, they have two adult sons.
Hobbies include shooting, sailing and, of course, wine!