Marshall Blaker was born and grew up in north London. His plans to become an architect were thwarted by family illness and he joined the family architectural metal fabrication company, Marshall Howard Limited which was established in 1948 and is now in its 69th year.
The business that he developed fully exemplifies the Fan Makers’ Company motto “Arts and Trade United”. He has worked with numerous leading architects including Lord Foster on projects such as the IBM Head Office in Portsmouth and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia; Sir Terry Farrell on TV AM, Camden Town and Limehouse Studios; Sir Terence Conran at Heathrow Airport and for many years with Chamberlin, Powell and Bon at the Barbican in the City of London.
Marshall was a pioneer in the design and production of metal and glass staircases and the design of display units for museums and galleries. His clients have included the Victoria and Albert Museum, The British Library and Buckingham Palace and he has also worked on various historic National Trust properties.
In his youth he was a keen equestrian and competitive show jumper in the south of England, jumping at Hickstead as well as riding to hounds. He has always been passionate about art and antiques with a particular interest in 19th and 20th century British art which he has collected over many years. History, the theatre, cigars, fine wines and travel are among his other interests. He also carries out voluntary work for charity.
He joined the Fan Makers’ Company in 1989 and became a Court Assistant in 2004
Marshall has been married to Philippa for nearly 50 years and they live in Radlett, Hertfordshire. They have two sons, Gary who is a Queen’s Counsel and also an Assistant on the Court and Ashley who is a television and radio comedy producer and writer. Marshall and Philippa very much enjoy spending time with their seven grandchildren.