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.
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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Deborah Charles (Chair Events Committee)
Mark Dennis FSA (Chair Education Committee)
Mary Foster (Hon Treasurer & Chair Finance & GP Committee)
Anne Rogers Haley
Neil Redcliffe JP
Anne Somers (Chair Communications Committee
Wynyard Wilkinson FSA Scot (Chair Membership Committee)
Geoffrey Fairfax MBE.