2007 - 2008
Past Master for
Geoffrey Bond OBE OStJ DL FSA
Geoffrey - lawyer, businessman and broadcaster, has brought a wide range of experience to the Company. 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.
In professional life Geoffrey is a former senior partner of law firm Ashton Bond Gigg, specialising in corporate and heritage law and as a broadcaster on radio and television, he had his own series on heritage for ITV in the 1980s and was an original expert on the Antiques Roadshow. He has lectured extensively on heritage, Byron and related matters, and has written books about the poet.
In the world of business Geoffrey is a former Director of Central Independent Television plc and former Chair of Impact Packaging plc and other companies, and non-executive Director of the Charles Lawrence Group plc.
Geoffrey is active in the museum and heritage sector, chairing a number of bodies including the Museums and Libraries Association (London) (also a member of the MLA national board), the Group for Education in Museums and the Papplewick Pumping Station Trust. He is a Founder and Trustee of the Rolls Building Art & Education Trust and was Deputy Chair of the National Justice Museum. He is also a former Chair of Arts & Business East Midlands and a number of learned societies.
For many years he was Consul for Norway in the Midlands (a recipient of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit) and founder of the City of London Bridge Ward Club, Norwegian Business Scholars Trust and City of London representative of Seed Forum International. He has done extensive pro bono charity work, mostly for heritage organisations, and sponsored a number of educational initiatives, particularly The Acceptance in Lieu Committee, where he sat as a member for 6 years.