, who is a Past Master of the Plumbers' Company
and Past President of the Institute and former Chairman of the World Plumbing Council
, gave an appraisal of past times, the present situation and future prospects for the plumbing industry.
main point was that, unlike other parts of the world, in the UK qualified, competent plumbers do not receive due recognition from the government or the public, even though they give a service that protects the nation's health.
felt they should have a protection of title, like other health professionals.
used a quote from a former MP for Hornchurch, to show the main problem of not distinguishing between professional plumbers and cowboys: "We have the most complex regulations governing plumbing in the world, but we let anyone do it."
At the end of Geoff's lecture he
presented the Master Plumber Certificate to Mario Martin EngTech LCGI MIPHE RP - current winner of ' Britain's
Favourite Plumber' competition and winner of 'Tradesperson of the Year' (National Home Awards 2005).