The Court

The Master

Mr Huntly Taylor FBDO

The Master

Mr Huntly Taylor FBDO

Background: retired dispensing optician and practice owner

Mr Huntly Taylor FBDO took up office as Master on Wednesday 2 October 2019

Upper Warden

Mr Nigel Haig-Brown FCA

Upper Warden

Mr Nigel Haig-Brown FCA

Background: multi-sector experience as an accountant and business consultant

Renter Warden

Mr Ian Davies BSc, MCOptom, Dip.CL, FAAO

Renter Warden

Mr Ian Davies BSc, MCOptom, Dip.CL, FAAO

Background: optometrist by training; senior roles with a major multi-national optical business

The Deputy Master

Mr John McGregor OBE

The Deputy Master

Mr John McGregor OBE

Background: polymer manufacturing. Founder and Chairman of Contamac Ltd.

The Deputy Master is the Immediate Past Master.

Past Master Assistant

Dr Robert Chappell OBE

Past Master Assistant

Dr Robert Chappell OBE

Background: optometry in practice and at national and international levels. Long involvement in European optical education

Past Master Assistant

Professor John Marshall MBE

Past Master Assistant

Professor John Marshall MBE

Background: vision science and innovation; pioneer of laser eye surgery.

Past Master Assistant

Mr Chris Hunt

Past Master Assistant

Mr Chris Hunt

Background: dispensing optician; career in optical manufacturing & leadership

Past Master Assistant

Mr Don Grocott TD

Past Master Assistant

Mr Don Grocott TD

Background: business and management consultancy.

Senior Assistant

Mr Michael Harris

Senior Assistant

Mr Michael Harris

Background: optometrist and practice owner

Senior Assistant

Mrs Liz Shilling (Liz Tomlin)

Senior Assistant

Mrs Liz Shilling (Liz Tomlin)

Background: lead orthoptist at major London NHS teaching hospital

Court Assistant

Ms Karen Sparrow

Court Assistant

Ms Karen Sparrow

Background: optometrist; international volunteer and global technology training manager

Court Assistant

Dr Natalie Briggs

Court Assistant

Dr Natalie Briggs

Background: leadership roles in vision charities and education

Court Assistant

Mrs Rupal Lovell-Patel

Court Assistant

Mrs Rupal Lovell-Patel

Background: optometrist, university academic lead for vision sciences

Court Assistant

Mr Marc Bennett

Court Assistant

Mr Marc Bennett

Background: accountant; financial and business adviser to optical practices

Court Assistant

Ms Hayley Wainer

Court Assistant

Ms Hayley Wainer

Background: optometrist and practice owner based in the heart of the City of London

Court Assistant

Mrs Fiona Anderson

Court Assistant

Mrs Fiona Anderson

Background: dispensing optician and SMC(Tech) qualified technician, ABDO tutor and examiner

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 Assistant to the Clerk is Mr Michael Bray.

 

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.

 

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