Leadership of the Company

Leadership of the Company

The governing body of the Company is the Court, which comprises the Master (who presides), and the Senior and Junior Wardens (the three Officers of the Company), the Almoner, the most Senior Past Master who wishes to serve, recent Past Masters and a number of other Court Assistants. The Assistants include the President, the Deputy President and the Vice-President for the time being of the Institute (if they are Liverymen of the Company). The number of Assistants (including the Almoner, the Senior Past Master and other Past Masters but excluding the Institute officers) shall be "not less than 10, nor more than 24". All Court Members must be Liverymen.

Each of the Officers normally serves one year in his/her office, the Junior Warden usually proceeding to Senior Warden just before the annual Installation Dinner in October, when the Senior Warden is customarily installed as Master.

Court Assistants (other than the Senior Past Master and the Officers of the Institute) normally are initially appointed for a term of five years and normally serve for not more than two terms or for five years after being Master.

The Court meets quarterly takes all decisions affecting the Company, such as its activities, finances, membership and participation generally in the affairs of the City and support for the Lord Mayor and Corporation.

The Clerk and the Assistant Clerk are responsible for the administration affairs of the Company. The Charitable Trust, which is independent of the Company, is controlled by Trustees appointed from the membership, chaired by the Almoner. The Trustees appoint the Clerk to the Charity, who currently is also the Company's Assistant Clerk.  

Court 2015 - 2016


Officers 2015 - 2016


Mr D M Spofforth OBE

Mark Spofforth is widowed and has two children.  After graduating from Durham University and training in the City, he joined the family practice in Sussex where he has worked for 30 years, including two periods as Managing Partner.

He is the immediate Past President of the ICAEW having served on Council for 18 years and chairing various committees, and served on the Takeover Panel. Mark spent 6 years making weekly broadcasts on local BBC Radio on financial matters, wrote a monthly column for Accountancy Age on practice management, and has lectured internationally on accountancy topics, including at the 2010 World Congress of Accountants.

His international experience includes a 6 year period on the International Accounting Education Standards Board, a standard setting body of IFAC, and visits to regulators and other professional bodies on every continent. He is now a Technical Advisor to the IFAC Board.

Away from professional life Mark has a partner, Veronica, and a son and a daughter. Mark’s daughter Gemma has recently retired as an elite swimmer, having competed in the Beijing and London Olympics; in August 2009 she became World Champion and continues to hold the World Record for the 100m backstroke event.  His son, Peter works for a Corporate Finance company in the City.

Mark has been Master of another City Livery Company, the Horners, he is a governor of Sion School in Worthing, and is Trustee of the Thalidomide Trust.

Senior Warden: Mr M H V  Jeans MBE



Michael Jeans qualified with KPMG (then Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co) in 1967. He then spent two years with Blue Circle Cement and qualified as a CIMA member. He returned to KPMG in 1970 working for its management consultancy practice; by the time he left KPMG in 1994, he was Senior Consultancy Partner and a member of the firm wide Board. Since 1994, Michael has practised as an independent management consultant plus holding a variety of non-executive positions in the public, private and not for profit sectors.

Michael has been President of both the Institute of Management Consultancy and the Chartered institute of Management Accountants. He has been Master of two other Livery Companies, the Management Consultants and the Haberdashers.

Michael lives in central London and has also had a home in Italy for over 25 years and which he tries to visit very regularly. He has twin children (‘the Pair of Jeans’), James & Rebecca. Apart from Italy, his interests include opera, theatre, rowing (non-active!) and gardening



 Junior Warden:

Mr C A Parritt

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After a brief career as a professional actor, Clive trained with a small firm and subsequently became a partner in Touche Ross (now Deloitte). In 1982 he joined Baker Tilly, becoming the National Managing Partner in 1986 and then Chairman from 1996 until 2001. Subsequently he spent three years as chief executive of a corporate finance boutique.
He has acted as chairman or non-executive director for a number of public and private businesses including investment and venture capital companies. Currently he is a non-executive director of London and Associated Properties plc and Jupiter US Smaller Companies plc as well as a number of private companies.
For the last seven years he has also been group finance director of Audiotonix Limited -- a world leading manufacturer of sound mixing consoles and continues to be a consultant to the group.
He was a member of ICAEW Council for many years and was particularly involved with Communications, Member Services and Commercial activities. He was President in 2011-12 and is a past chairman of the London Society of Chartered Accountants.
He served as a panel auditor for the Corporation of London until he left practice in 2001. Joining the Livery in 1992 he has most recently been chairman of the communications committee
He is married to Deborah, has four children and is interested in theatre, gardening, food and international travel

Almoner:  Mr W M T Fowle CBE      Michael Fowle is married to Margaret and they have three children and five grandchildren. Educated at Rugby and Clare College, Cambridge, he qualified with Peats London. He worked at Peats / KPMG for 38 years, 22 as a partner. He was CEO then Chairman of KPMG London & South, having formerly been head of the UK audit practice and head of the worldwide banking practice.  He has been a director of ICICI Bank UK, Norwich & Peterborough Building Society and Vedanta Resources. Pro-bono trusteeships have included The Place2Be (Chairman), Rugby School (Chairman), The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, Sadler’s Wells Foundation, St John Ambulance (Chief Treasurer), The Prince's Drawing School and The Penguin Collectors Society. CBE 2000. His interests include England’s waterways, reading, collecting (furniture, prints and books), and travel – notably in India.    
Court of Assistants        
Mr W A Brooks
Mr C G Lucas

Mr C Bygrave – Master 2012

Mr J J Macnamara TD JP — Master 2010

Mr J K Cardnell

Professor R H Macve

Mr I R Davies
Mr S Maslin
Mr R G Dyson

Mr N D Parker

Alderman P K Estlin
 Mr K A H Parry
Mr W M T Fowle CBE - Master 2013
Mr A J Popham
Mr R J Green

Mr A N Ratcliffe

Mr G R Gordon
Sir David Rowe-Ham GBE — Senior Past Master, Master 1985

Mr J Grosvenor

Sir John Stuttard JP — Master 2011

Mr D J Illingworth - Master 2014

Mr N V Turnbull CVO

Mr M D M Izza

 Dr H F Lindsay



Clerk: Mr P H Dickinson
    Peter Dickinson is married to Sheila and they have four children. Educated at Dulwich College, he spent 35 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers and predecessor firms, 3 in South Africa, and 27 as a partner. He was on the Board of PwC’s Global Tax & Legal Services practice before becoming Head of Compliance for the UK firm. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. He was Chairman of South West London Society of Chartered Accountants in 1985/86 and for 20 years was the Secretary to the Institute’s Award for Outstanding Achievement. In addition to his work for the Company, he is Chairman of Governors at Combe Bank School in Sevenoaks and Independent Examiner for the Edenbridge CAB. He is a past Captain of Tandridge Golf Club and his interests include golf, travel, walking and watching all sport.    

Assistant Clerk and Clerk to the Charitable Trust 

Mr P A Lusty          
Honorary Chaplain: Rev’d Canon Philippa Boardman MBE           
Beadle: Mr S Barraclough           
Toastmaster: Mr J Wallis