Rokill Managing Director Alec McQuin appointed National President of Royal Warrant Holders Association
Ringwood based Rokill pest control’s Managing Director Alec McQuin was appointed National President of the Royal Warrant Holders Association on Wednesday 26th March. Outgoing President Jenifer Emery handed the chain of office to Alec at the Association’s AGM at St James Palace. This year the Association celebrates its 174th year.
Royal Warrants are issued by The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales to companies providing goods or services to the Royal Household. Suppliers must demonstrate excellence, service and a track record of supply for a minimum of 5 years, 850 companies hold Royal Warrants. Companies holding a Royal Warrant can display the Royal coat of arms and use the words ‘by Royal appointment’. The earliest recorded award was made in 1155 by Henry II.
The Association represents a very diverse range of Royal Warrant holding companies ranging from multinational companies to single person businesses. Members include household names Austin Reed, Land Rover, Bentley, GSK, and The Ritz, to the Queen’s pest controller, dressmaker and chimney sweep.
Last summer the Association organised the Coronation festival at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee and to promote the RWHA to a wider audience. This was an event attended by over 60,000 visitors and watched by 3.2 million people on the BBC. The event was front page news in the U.K. and further afield. Two hundred Warrant holders including Rokill exhibited at the 4 day event. In the evening the Royal family and visitors were entertained at a gala concert set on a stage in the palace gardens with artists including Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson, Laura Wright and Katie Melua.
Alec McQuin was instrumental in the formation of the local Highgrove Royal Warrant Holders Association and was president for two years in 2012-13. He was also treasurer of The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust – the premier charity supporting excellence in British craftsmanship. The charity has awarded £2.3 million to 319 craftsmen and women to help them further their careers.
Alec will have a busy year ahead representing the Association at events ranging from a President’s reception at Westminster Abbey and numerous business development and environmental training events for Association members around the U.K. A trip to China to support UK companies looking to export, and the flagship event: a white tie and tails banquet at the Grosvenor House hotel attended by around 800 people.
Rokill holds the Queen’s Royal Warrant for pest control services. It was awarded in 2000. Alec confirmed that “I am very proud that Rokill have worked with the Royal Household since 1984, being awarded the Queen’s Royal Warrant is one of the company’s greatest achievements. My appointment as National President of the Royal Warrant Holders Association is a privilege and an honour and I am looking forward to representing the Association in an exciting year ahead”.