The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), the charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association (RWHA), funds the education of talented craftspeople through traditional college courses, apprenticeships or one-on-one training with masters of their craft.

THE QEST AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE, kindly inspired and donated by Royal Warrant holder and goldsmith Thomas Fattorini Ltd, is awarded to a QEST scholar who has made the most significant contribution to their craft. Presented with a cheque for £1000 (£500 from Thomas Fattorini Ltd and £500 from QEST). It has been generously donated to QEST as an annual award for the next four years. This year it has been awarded to Liveryman and Turner, Joey Richardson.

”I feel very honoured and thrilled to receive the QEST Award of Excellence especially knowing there are over 350 other QEST scholars who are equally deserving.
I would like to thank QEST for all their help and support, The Royal Warrant Holders Association (RWHA) for hosting the ceremony at their annual lunch and to Thomas Fattorini for the exquisite special struck silver and gold medal. Tom who initiated this award gained the inspiration from Japans Living Legends.
An award like this is a reflection of the many supportive people who have influenced me, special thanks go to QEST Chairman Nick Farrow, QEST trustee Steve Macleod and fellow liveryman Penrose Halson, I am eternally grateful for their continued support.
I am extremely proud to be part of the QEST family and feel a very strong responsibility to live up to the prestige of the award, this I feel is just the beginning, my best work is yet to come. ”
Joey Richardson

Joey is an artist/wood turner and a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Turners. Her QEST scholarship allowed her to Travel to America to cast her wooden forms in glass. Joey is so successful that she now sells work, demonstrates and talks around the world, including the United States of America, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.
Joey is now working on combining wood with glass, metal and photography. This she feels allows her to expose wood as an art form to a whole new collector base. And to this end is planning a large international wood exhibition in London for 2017.
A very proud day for Joey, the field of wood, the Worshipful Company of Carpenters (who cosponsored her QEST scholarship) and her Livery company the Worshipful Company of Turners.

Sir Charlie Mayfield
Tom Fattorini, Nick Farrow QEST Chairman
Robin Wodehouse RWHA President
Tom Fattorini
Robin Wodehouse RWHA President,
Joey, Nick Farrow QEST Chairman
Tom Fattorini, Joey, Sir Charlie Mayfield
Photographs by Paul Burns, www.paulburns.co.uk