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Past Masters

Gough, Georgina

2019 - 2020

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).

Viney, Paul

2018 - 2019

Paul Viney is former Chairman of Woolley and Wallis who have been holding auctions in Salisbury since 1884. They were the first regional auction house in the UK to sell a lot over £1m which they have now done eight times with an 18th century Chinese jade buffalo sold in 2009 heading the list at £4m.

Grossman, Loyd

2017 - 2018

Loyd Grossman was born in Boston in 1950. After starting a career in journalism with Harpers & Queen and the Sunday Times he was diverted into television where he was involved in a wide range of programmes including Through the Keyhole, MasterChef, Behind the Headlines, History of British Sculpture, Loyd on Location and Build Britain. Loyd has served on or lead a number of national arts or culture-based organisations.

Christopherson, Tom

2016 - 2017

Tom is a solicitor, Legal Consultant at Bonhams and Constantine Cannon LLP and a Consultant Lecturer at the Sotheby's Institute of Art. Tom previously worked for 19 years at Sotheby's as a Senior Director and European General Counsel. Tom sits on the Committees of the British Art Market Federation and the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers and is a member of the Professional Advisors in the Art Market (PAIAM).

Leslie, Alastair

2015 - 2016

Alastair is a lifelong collector of antiques, including Stevengraphs, treen, miniature furniture, snuff mulls and snuff rasps. He recently completed a scholarly monograph, 300 Years of Tobacco Stoppers - Fine Works of Art in Miniature, based on his own 1400-piece collection. He is currently collecting Scottish pottery. Alastair lives in Perthshire where his interests include fishing and other country pursuits.

Luder, Ian

2014 - 2015

Alderman Ian Luder was Lord Mayor in 2008-09 and was the Company's Sponsoring Alderman.

Somers, Nic

2013 - 2014

Nic Somers is an auctioneer and valuer with more than 40 years’ experience. He is the principal of Nicholas Somers and Company, a valuation and consultancy firm specialising in independent reports for Court relating to antiques and the fine and decorative arts. He frequently appears as an expert witness in Crown, County and High Courts.

Claxton Stevens, Christopher

2012 - 2013

Christopher Claxton Stevens was educated at Haileybury College and then read History at Christ Church, Oxford. After spending some years in the Furniture Department of the auctioneers Christie’s, King Street, in 1981 he joined the Knightsbridge-based Norman Adams Ltd, the long-established specialists in the finest 18th century British furniture. He was a Director from 1986 until its closure in 2009. Besides being a keen collector of antiques, he has a love of furniture of all periods, including commissioning modern pieces.

Glanville, Philippa

2011 - 2012

After reading history at Cambridge & training as an archivist, Philippa joined the Museum of London, where she planned the Tudor and Stuart Galleries, which opened in 1976. Becoming the silver specialist at the V&A, she served as Keeper of Metalwork from 1989 to 1999. She then went on to become the first Academic Director at Waddesdon Manor, the Rothschild Collection, before retiring in 2003. Philippa is now an independent adviser on the decorative arts.

Bridge, Mark

2010 - 2011

Mark is Editor-in-Chief of the weekly newspaper Antiques Trade Gazette and has over 30 years experience of reporting and commentating on the art and antiques market. He is a founder member of the Guild of Arts Scholars and has edited its newsletter since its inception in 2005. He was educated at University College School, Hampstead and Leeds University where he read English and French.

Egan, Geoff

2009 - 2010

Geoff Egan was a specialist in Medieval and Post Medieval archaeology, a material finds expert with a profound and practical knowledge of the medieval and later archaeology of London and north-west Europe. In October 2010 he gave the Company of Arts Scholars, Dealers and Collectors' annual lecture, Treasures from the Thames, drawing on his encylopaedic knowledge of finds from the London rivers.

Horne, Jonathan

2008 - 2009

Jonathan was a dealer for 40 years specialising in early English pottery.He was Chairman of the British Antique Dealer's Association 2001/4 and Vice-President of the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology. A President of St John Ambulance, Kingston Division, a Freeman of the City of London, a Liveryman of the Stationers' Company, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

Bond, Geoffrey

2007 - 2008

Geoffrey is a lawyer, businessman and broadcaster. He is a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers & Painters of Glass and was Sheriff of the City of London in 2003/4. He is the Founder and a Trustee of The Lord Mayor of the City of London Cultural Scholarship Scheme (now The Arts Scholars Cultural Scholarship Scheme). He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire.