Professor Mark Jolly, Head of the Sustainable Manufacturing Systems Centre at Cranfield University has been made a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Founders. The Company helps to promote technical education and research in areas relevant to the foundry industry and awards bursaries, scholarships and travel bursaries to postgraduate students. Support for education is also given at secondary schools with which the Company has close historical ties.
The Worshipful Company of Founders of the City of London was one of the early medieval guilds formed to promote the interests of its members and to ensure high standards of quality and workmanship in articles of bronze and brass. The Founders' Company was granted its formative Ordinances by the Court of Lord Mayor and Aldermen on 29 July 1365. Today, more than 650 years later, the Founders' Company continues to support research and education in related disciplines and in industry and fulfils its role in supporting the City of London.