24 May 2024, 16:57
By Furniture News May 11, 2023

Edward Tadros receives Lifetime Achievement Award 

Edward Tadros, long-time chairman of British manufacturer Ercol, has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and charity for the furnishing industry, in recognition of his 50-year career. 

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually to a leader who has devoted their life to the furtherment of the furnishing industry and left an indelible mark on the trade. 

After studying furniture design at Kingston, Edward joined the family furniture company, Ercol Furniture, in High Wycombe in 1973. Edward was appointed a director of Ercol in 1986, and then chairman in 1994, a position he held until July 2022, when his son, Henry, succeeded him. Today, Ercol remains a private and family-owned-and-managed company. 

A staunch supporter of The Furniture Makers’ Company, Edward joined the livery as a freeman in May 1979 and was elected to the court (board) in 1990. In 2005, he became the fourth member of his family to be master of the company. Edward is also a former chairman of the board of directors of the Furnishing Trades Benevolent Association (FTBA) and was in post at the time of the merger of the FTBA and the Furniture Makers’ Charitable Fund in 2012. He went on to be chairman of the trustees of The Furniture Makers’ Company for 12 years. 

Edward was presented the award by alderman Alison Gowman, who was representing the The Lord Mayor Nicholas Lyons, and Amanda Waring, master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, at the latter’s installation dinner at the Mansion House, London on Thursday 4th May. 

Edward collected the award to rapturous applause from the near-180 people who attended the dinner, including Edward’s wife, Tamsen, sons William and Henry, daughter Bea, their partners and the directors of Ercol. 

Amanda Waring says: “Edward joined Ercol in 1973, working his way up from the factory floor to MD, until he succeeded his uncle Lucian Ercolani as chairman. Edward was a careful and caring guardian of the family business, overseeing the legendary move to a new state-of-the-art factory at Princes Risborough in 2002, until he stepped aside in 2022. 

“Throughout his career he has been a champion of furnituremakers, designers and apprentices, and always maintained close links with local schools, colleges and universities to inspire people to join the industry and value craft. 

“Edward is widely known as a kind, warm and unassuming man whose commitment to our industry, livery and charity has been outstanding, and we are proud to recognise this by presenting a Lifetime Achievement Award to him.” 

Upon receiving the award, Edward said: “I am delighted and privileged to be receiving this Lifetime Achievement Award. Over 50 years in the business and the industry, you often wonder if you are doing the right things, so it is very rewarding and reassuring to be recognised by one’s peers. Of course, awards like this are not achieved on one’s own. It is the huge support of all the people around me, family, and colleagues, that has been so valuable and helped me make my contribution to the industry and to my company, Ercol.” 

Pictured: Alison Gowman, Edward Tadros and Amanda Waring

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