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Court and Officers

Since the 12th century craft guilds (or "Livery Companies", as they came to be known when Royal Charters had been obtained and from their ceremonial uniforms), were formed to protect and regulate the City’s many trades and crafts. Over the centuries, their roles became more focused on the charitable roles which had always been a part of their purpose, and upon the ceremonial aspects of their city lives.

The Master

John Spanner TD


John worked at Standard Chartered Bank for 37 years and was an Infantry officer in the Territorial Army from 1966 to 1999. John has chaired the Broad Street Ward Club and was elected to the Court of Common Council 1984 to 2013 for the Ward of Broad Street and then the Ward of Farringdon Without. John was Master of the Worshipful Company of Glovers 2002-03, and is now chairman of that year's Past Masters' Association.


The Deputy Master

Georgina Gough


Georgina has worked at the V&A, the Royal Opera House and selling Chelsea properties before joining the family firm of Ronald A Lee Fine Arts and then silver dealer Brand Inglis and subsequently Stair & Co. In 2004 Georgina was persuaded by Jonathan Horne to assist him with the establishment of the Guild of Arts Professionals (now the Company).


Upper Warden

Alan S. Cook


Alan deals in antique weapons and is a Liveryman of the Gunmakers and the Turners. He is also a member of the Guild of Freemen, the Ward of Cheap, the City Livery Club, the Royal Society of St George and a Freemason. Alan Initially worked for BEA, then Trusthouse Forte, helping to open the first duty-free shops at Heathrow and Gatwick. He was a manager with Tesco for ten years, managing its largest stores. He then left to work in South Africa, but due to the unrest in Soweto he never actually went. As a stop-gap he became a minicab driver where he met Mr Don Donald, an antiques dealer who changed his path and introduced him to the world of antique weapons. After six years together Mr Donald died, and Alan took over the business. Alan has dealt in antique weapons for over 30 years and has no thoughts of retirement. He continues to attend arms fairs both here and abroad.

Middle Warden

Graham Barker DL FSA


Graham’s career has been in HR and for many years he was HR Director of Takeda Global R&D (Europe) Ltd based in London. His chief passion is numismatics and he has collected Roman coins from the age of ten. He specialises in the coins of the usurper emperor Carausius who ruled Britain from 286 – 293 AD and has published several articles on this intriguing emperor. Graham has a Law Degree from Durham University and in 2017 he was awarded an MA in Classics and Ancient History by Warwick University where his subject was iconography of Roman Imperial coins of the third century AD relating to the Golden Age – including the coins of Carausius.
Graham has just completed a year as High Sheriff of the Royal County of Berkshire where his main focus was rehabilitation of offenders. He is also a member of the Development Board of the Royal National Theatre, a volunteer at the British Museum and became a Fellow of Society Antiquaries in 2018.


Renter Warden

Roy Sully


Roy worked in the City for Phoenix Assurance and Royal Insurance before becoming Head of the Development Office at The British Library. He is a Chartered Secretary. He first came into close contact with the livery world as Charities Manager for the Worshipful Company of Butchers. He is now Clerk to The Strand Parishes Trust and continues to work part time for the Westminster Almshouses Foundation where has previously served as The Clerk.
He is a Churchwarden of the Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great, the oldest in London, and is the nominee of the parish in the Worshipful Company of Parish Clerks.
He lives with his wife Shirley in The Barbican where he is a committee member of The Aldersgate Ward Club.


The Clerk

Lt Col (Retd) Chris Booth


Following Regimental service with the Light Infantry, Chris served at the Supreme HQ Allied Powers Europe, and NATO posts in Rome, Verona and then Milan. Following this, Chris became Chief of Staff at the Joint Arms Control Implementation Group and then Royal Military School of Music at Kneller Hall. On retirement from the Army in 2010, he became Deputy Chief Executive at South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association.
He became Clerk of the Arts Scholars in early 2017.


Honorary Chaplain

Rev Canon Roger Hall MBE QHC


The Reverend Canon Roger Hall is a chaplain to the Queen and Chaplain to HM Tower of London, having served as chaplain to the Household Division and the Guards Chapel and as Assistant Chaplain General. He is also Chaplain to Bacon's College, five livery companies and the East India Club, and a Trustee of Chapter 1 - a City of London housing trust.



John Benjamin FGA DGA
Roddy Caxton-Spencer

Deborah Charles (Chair Events Committee)
Mark Dennis FSA (Chair Education Committee)
James Drabble

Mary Foster (Hon Treasurer & Chair Finance & GP Committee)
Anne Rogers Haley

Jill Makepeace-Warne (Chair Charity Committee)

Neil Redcliffe JP

Anne Somers
Wynyard Wilkinson FSA Scot (Chair Membership Committee)
Sonya Zuckerman



Geoffrey Fairfax MBE.