The Court

The Master

Mr Nigel Haig-Brown

The Master

Mr Nigel Haig-Brown

Background: retired Chartered Accountant
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Upper Warden

Mrs Elizabeth (Liz) Shilling (professionally Liz Tomlin)

Lady with bouncy blonde hair, smiling and wearing green Company gown

Upper Warden

Mrs Elizabeth (Liz) Shilling (professionally Liz Tomlin)

Background: lead orthoptist at major London NHS teaching hospital, where she is known professionally as Liz Tomlin
MIke has grey hair and thin black framed squarish glasses.

Renter Warden

Mr Michael Harris

MIke has grey hair and thin black framed squarish glasses.

Renter Warden

Mr Michael Harris

Background: optometrist and owner of Michael Harris Opticians, a family practice in Coventry
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The Deputy Master

Mr Ian Davies

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The Deputy Master

Mr Ian Davies

Background: optometrist by training; now an optical consultant and keynote speaker following a long career with with a major multi-national contact lens business.

Mr Ian Davies took office as Master on 6 October 2021

Past Master Assistant

Mr Don Grocott TD

Past Master Assistant

Mr Don Grocott TD

Background: business and management consultancy. Master of the Company 2016-17

Past Master Assistant

Mr Edward Middleton

Past Master Assistant

Mr Edward Middleton

Background: chartered accountant and non-executive director. Master of the Company 2015-16.
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Past Master Assistant

Dr Christine Tomkins

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Past Master Assistant

Dr Christine Tomkins

Ophthalmologist by training; recently retired as CEO of the Medical Defence Union, for whom she remains a consultant

Senior Assistant

Mrs Fiona Anderson

Senior Assistant

Mrs Fiona Anderson

Background: dispensing optician and SMC(Tech) qualified technician, ABDO tutor and examiner; director of Ythan Opticians in Aberdeenshire; Past President of ABDO and current President of the International Opticians' Association.
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Senior Assistant

Mr David Baker

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Senior Assistant

Mr David Baker

David is an optometrist and writer, based in North London, the father of two sports-mad sons.

Court Assistant

Professor Mandeep Sagoo

Court Assistant

Professor Mandeep Sagoo

Background: Professor of Ophthalmology and Ocular Oncology, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital

Court Assistant

Professor Susie Downes

Court Assistant

Professor Susie Downes

Background: Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Oxford & Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, also Clinical Research Network lead for Thames Valley and South Midlands. Her main research interests include inherited retinal dystrophies and macular disease. Susie is Chair of the Medical Advisory Board for national charity Retina UK

Court Assistant

Mr Peter Reeve

Court Assistant

Mr Peter Reeve

Background: Managing Director, Stepper (UK) and member of the Management Board of Stepper, a leading international eyewear design and manufacturing brand.

Court Assistant

Mr Mark Bateman

Court Assistant

Mr Mark Bateman

Background: Chartered Surveyor and property consultant; 4th generation Spectacle Maker

Court Assistant

Ms Lisa Hopkins

Court Assistant

Ms Lisa Hopkins

Background: CEO of SeeAbility, a 220-year old charity which today supports people with sight loss and multiple disabilities.

Court Assistant

Mr Clive Marchant

Court Assistant

Mr Clive Marchant

Background: Dispensing Optician, immediate past president of ABDO and director and co-owner of Colin Lee opticians, with practices in the West Midlands and Staffordshire

Court Assistant

Ms Gwen Rhys

Court Assistant

Ms Gwen Rhys

Founder of Women in the City, an organisation supporting the progress of women working in professional services. Gwen is also Past Master (2015) of the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers and is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Needlemakers and a Court member of the Livery Company of Wales. She is also a member of the Ward of Cheap, Broad Street, Aldgate and Queenhithe Ward Clubs.
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Court Assistant

Mr George Budden

Image of George wearing the green Assistant's gown

Court Assistant

Mr George Budden

Partner in the Post Merger Integration team at Deloitte; George was introduced the Company by his late father, Richard.

The Clerk

The Clerk, Mrs Helen Perkins, is at the centre of the Livery Company and acts as its Chief Executive Officer, providing continuity and support for each Master of the Company.

The Clerk took office in June 2015 following a 25-year career as a Company Secretary and qualified Chartered Governance Professional.

The Clerk’s duties include the management of admissions to membership, day to day administration of the Company’s office and compliance with legal and accounting requirements, organisation and minuting of Court and Committee meetings, relationships with members, other optical bodies and organisations and the City of London, PR, event management and maintenance of the Company’s current and past records.

 

The Beadle

The Beadle was traditionally the Company’s constable and enforcer.  Today the Beadle’s duties are more ceremonial.  He plays a leading part in the admission and clothing of new Liverymen, conducts major events such as the Company’s Court Luncheons and Dinners, acts as our Toastmaster and advises the Master and the Clerk on matters of protocol.  Our Beadle is Mr Peter Thompson.

The Beadle is dressed in a dark suit with red and silver tie and carries a silver mace, his symbol of authority

 

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