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Court & 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 followed a career in HR and for many years he was HR Director of Takeda Global R&D (Europe) Ltd. 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. 

His book “Imperial Legitimation: the iconography of the Golden Age myth on Roman Imperial Coinage of the third century AD” was published by Spink in 2020. He is working on his next book, on the rebel emperors Carausius and Allectus, with fellow Arts Scholar Dr Sam Moorhead from the British Museum.

Graham has a Law Degree from Durham University and in 2017 he was awarded an MA with Distinction in Classics and Ancient History by Warwick University.

Graham is Vice Lord Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire. He was High Sheriff of Berkshire in 2018 when his main focus was rehabilitation of offenders. In February 2022 Graham was appointed Chair of National Theatre Foundation. He is a Fellow of Society Antiquaries and a Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society.


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.

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

Alan C. Cook


After a short career in London’s antique jewellery and silver trade Alan joined Essex Police in 1987 and served with them for the next 30 years. During this time, he undertook many leadership roles, including forensics, staff development, training, force control room and executive support. His final posting was as district commander for Chelmsford and Maldon.

As a lifelong volunteer with St John Ambulance, he holds several positions, including Assistant Director of Ceremonies on the Priory of England’s ceremonial staff.

With a passion for the history of policing he is a renown collector of decorated truncheons and staves. He is a trustee of the Essex Police Museum and the Essex Police Memorial Trust. His other activities include being Justice of the Peace for Essex and Adjutant of the Light Cavalry, Honourable Artillery Company.



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

Neil Redcliffe JP

Anne Somers (Chair Communications Committee

Wynyard Wilkinson FSA Scot (Chair Membership Committee)

Sonya Zuckerman


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