Alan Willis (pictured far right) became the new Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers at the annual Election Banquet, held at the Mansion House in London last week.

Nearly 300 members and guests, many from the baking industry, saw the Beadle, Anthony White, remove the chain of office from past master Michael Bellis in readiness to present it to his successor. Mr Willis, formerly of National Westminster Bank, has been a prominent member of Baking Excellence since its inception several years ago.

The organisation helps raise funds and publicises the need for bursaries to bakery students, which in turn funds study tours.