Loyd Grossman to present the Natural Stone Awards 2018 this Friday (7 December)
Loyd Grossman is this year’s high profile guest presenter of Stone Federation Great Britain’s Natural Stone Awards.
The Awards are being presented on Friday, 7 December, at The Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, London. Seats at the Awards lunch are sold out, with more than 360 people filling them.
Loyd Grossman will be familiar to many for his distinctive accent (he was born in Massachusetts, USA, and moved to England in 1975) from his various television appearances on programmes such as ‘Through the Keyhole’ and ‘MasterChef’.
Others might know him for his range of food sauces or his association with the heritage sector – he is Chairman of The Heritage Alliance (of which Stone Federation is a member), Vice President of the Churches Conservation Trust and Chairman of The Royal Parks. He was involved in the launch of Stone Federation’s Stone Heritage Register in May last year.
His love of history was evident early in his life when he became a Batchelor of Arts in History from Boston University before coming to the UK. He later gained a Master’s in Economic History from the London School of Economics and later still a Master’s in Art and a Doctorate in Philosophy from Cambridge.
Some readers might even remember him as a Punk Rock guitarist, especially as he resumed his guitar playing at Glastonbury in 2015 with a band he called Loyd Grossman and the New Forbidden (a reference to the 1970s band he was part of called Jet Bronx and the Forbidden).
Loyd is a strong advocate for the role of the private sector in heritage and promotes the interests and concerns of members of The Heritage Alliance with key influencers and decision makers in Whitehall and Westminster and with the business community.
With his diverse background, wide range of interests and lively presentation style, you can be sure his contribution to the Natural Stone Awards will be amusing and memorable for all the right reasons.
The Natural Stone Awards ceremony is a two-yearly highlight for the natural stone industry, bringing together a full house of architects, designers, contractors and natural stone firms who have played their part in creating and preserving the built heritage of the British Isles. It is recognition and a celebration of the very best that design and construction has to offer in natural stone new build and conservation, interiors and landscaping.