Court and Officers

The Court of Assistants comprises the Master, Wardens, Immediate Past Master, Past Masters who have not taken Emeritus Status, and Assistants.

Assistants are drawn from within the Livery and reflect in its membership those disciplines needed for the Court to advise and help the Officers of the company to run the affairs of the company.

Appointment to Court is for an unlimited period, Emeritus status is available to Court Members who wish to take a less active role.


Company Officers:

Nicholas Jones BA ACA


Renter Warden

Immediate Past Master:



Past Masters:

David Thomson: Master 1980/81
John Rae: Master 1982/83
Peter Brunner: Master 1997/98
John Lockyer: Master 2005/06
David Alexander: Master 2007/08
Prof Rodney Cartwright: Master 2008/09
David Hamilton: Master 2009/10
Chris Sneath MBE: Master 2001/11
Lt Col Antony Paterson-Fox: Master 2011/12
Charles Yuill: Master 2012/13
Nick Gale: Master 2013/14
Stephen Hodkinson: Master 2014/15
Erica Stary: Master 2015/16
Brian Wadsworth: Master 2016/17
Robert Burgon: Master 2017/18
Dame Fiona Woolf DBE DL: Master 2018/19

Emeritus Past Masters:

Geoff Marsh MBE: Master 1986/87
George Banks: Master 1993/94
Edward Hopkinson: Master 1998/99
John Mayfield: Master 1999/2000
Alec Moir: Master 2000/01
Michael Swallow: Master 2003/04 and 2006/07
Mike Samuel: Master 2004/05

Senior Court Assistant:

Charles Brooks: Appointed 2015

Court Assistants:

Paul Flatt: Appointed 2012
Richard Soper CBE: Appointed 2015
Prof Mala Rao OBE: Appointed 2017
Janet Rivers: Appointed 2017
Sandra Raine: Appointed 2017
Martin Shouler: Appointed 2018
Kingsley Poulton: Appointed 2019
Mark Wheeler: Appointed 2019
Gary Wingrove: Appointed 2020
Michael Cooper: Appointed 2021


Senior Steward:

Damon Reynolds

The Stewards:

Malvern Tipping
Stephen Walsh
Mark Nicoll
Chris Saunders
Philippa Stary
Tony Lockwood

Immediate Past Senior Steward:

Clive Sofaer


Philippa Stary


The Clerk and Staff:

Clerk: Adrian Mumford MA MMus ARCM FLCM


Beadle: Peter Thompson

Clerk’s Assistant: Sharon Sibthorpe

Company Finance: Debbie Abergil