Officers & Committees

The Master Ms Rosie Carne and Wardens, with the Clerk and Beadle
The Master - Rosie Carne, with Wardens David Bolton and Richard Whitlock the Beadle and Clerk

Governance

The Company is governed by a Court consisting of a Master, a Senior and a Junior Warden who are elected from the Court and between fifteen and twenty four Assistants. All members of the Court are elected from the Livery. The majority of the Court of Assistants must be engaged in the farming industry. Past Master Assistants, in descending order of time since passing the chair, leave the Court in turn.

The Clerk to the Company is responsible for carrying out the policies and instructions of the Court and for the efficient running of the Company involving the traditional work of a City Livery Company, servicing and attending Court Meetings and its principal Committees, organising Livery events and maintaining the Company's Administration and Accounts.

The following Honorary Officers of the Company are appointed annually by the Court:

  • The Honorary Solicitor
  • The Honorary Surveyor
  • The Master's Chaplain
  • The Honorary Archivist
  • Charity Co-Ordinator

There are five Company Stewards, appointed from amongst the Livery, to act as officials at Court and Livery lunches and also at social events.

The Company's Committees are as follows:

  • The Almoners Committee - charitable donations
  • The Education Committee - all charitable activities concerned with the advancement of agricultural education and research
  • The Finance Committee
  • The Henman, Brooks Apprentices and Jubilee Committee - travel awards to help students and young farmers gain practical experience overseas in agriculture, horticulture and associated careers
  • The Fellowship and Communications Committee - company events and the social programme
  • The Master's Committee
  • The Nominations Committee
  • The Affiliations Committee
  • WCF Alumni Committee

Officers for 2018/19

The Master - Miss R S N Carne
The Senior Warden - D J H Bolton
The Junior Warden
- R T Whitlock
The Deputy Master - J K Reynolds
The Immediate Past Master - J A Sayers
The Senior Past Master - C T Redman
The Clerk - G E Bamford
Assistant Clerk - D H Couper
The Master's Chaplain - The Reverend Dr Gordon Gatward OBE

Company Stewards

C J Day
R T Halhead
P D Strawson
H D Wykes

The Court of Assistants

Miss R S N Carne - Master
D J H Bolton - Senior Warden
R T Whitlock - Junior Warden
J A Sayers - Immediate Past Master
C T Redman - Senior Past Master
J F Thorpe OBE - Past Master Assistant
W F Balch - Past Master Assistant
J K Reynolds Past Master Assistant & Deputy Master
A J Alston - Past Master Assistant
T H Wheatley Hubbard - Past Master Assistant
P G Wynn - Past Master Assistant
G E Jessel
Mrs K J Mercer
Miss C L Ratcliff
Sir Bertie Ross KCVO
W R T Crane
R E Davies
G J Dodgson
J S Peck
J Boomers
R E Anscombe
G L Brogden - Hon Surveyor
S P Watkins
J G Burton
M P Hill

Archivist

J F Thorpe OBE - Past Master Assistant

Charity Co-Ordinator

R T Halhead

Honorary Surveyor

G L Brogden

Honorary Solicitor

Mrs A Phillips

Website and Newsletter Editor

R E Davies - Assistant

Committee Lists 2018/19

Master's Committee

Miss R S N Carne - Master, Chairman
D J H Bolton- Senior Warden
R T Whitlock - Junior Warden
J A Sayers - Immediate Past Master
W F Balch - Almoners Committee
W R T Crane - Finance Committee
J P G Finnis - Farmers & Fletcher's Hall Ltd
Mrs K J Mercer - Education Committee
J S Peck - Henman, Brooks, Jubilee Committee
R E Davies - Fellowship and Communications Committee
J K Reynolds - Nominations Committee, Deputy Master
G J Dodgson - Affiliations Committee

Finance Committee

W R T Crane - Chairman
M P Hill - Vice Chairman
G W Allen
Dr G J Birch
C T Redman - Senior Past Master
G L Brogden - Honorary Surveyor
Ms M I J Foster
T M C Green
A J R Jones
Mrs A Phillips - Honorary Solicitor

Investment Sub-Committee

W R T Crane - Chairman
Dr G J Birch
T J Gibbons
C T Redman - Senior Past Master

Property Sub-Committee

G L Brogden - Chairman, Honorary Surveyor
P R Faulkner - Past Master Assistant
L R Hickish

Funding Committee

R T Whitlock - Chairman
R E Anscombe
J Alston - Past Master
P C Bennett
C T Ratcliff
C C Denne
C R Percy
S R Rigden
K S Jones

Education Committee

Mrs K J Mercer - Chairman
S P Watkins - Vice Chairman (ACABM)
Ms R M Watkins - Vice Chairman (CRLC)
Mrs P J Corbett- Vice Chairman (HAU)
Prof Keith Goulding - Vice-Chairman (Research)
J A Sayers - Immediate Past Master
T A Copas - Past Master
E J Q Hitchcock
P C Bennett
J Boomaars
R H Derryman
B A Parker MBE
Sir Bertie Ross KCVO
R J Willey

Henman, Brooks Apprentices/Jubilee Committee

J S Peck - Chairman
T H Wheatley-Hubbard - Past Master Assistant
C T Ratcliff
A R W Bell
J G Burton
A E J Fowler
S J Norris
P D Strawson
Wiggins-Davies
M F Young

Fellowship and Communications Committee

R E Davies - Chairman
J A Sayer - Immediate Past Master
C J Day
G J Dodgson
M D Hall - Chairman WCF Alumni Association
A I Blenkiron
Mrs H A Russell
P G Wakeford
H D Wykes

Almoners Committee

W F Balch - Chairman, Past Master Assistant
Rev Dr S J Burgess CBE DD
R T Halhead - Charity Co-ordinator
C T Redman - Senior Past Master

Affiliations Committee

G J Dodgson - Chairman
Colonel D E King OBE - Navy, Clerk Emeritus
G E Jessel - Army
P G Wynn - RAF
Mrs M A Courtney - ATC
Mrs K E R Hall

The Master and Wardens are ex officio members of all the above committees

Nominations Committee

J K Reynolds - Chairman, Deputy Master
R S N Carne - Master
D J H Bolton - Senior Warden
J A Sayers - Immediate Past Master
A J Alston - Past Master Assistant
C T Redman - Senior Past Master
J F Thorpe OBE - Past Master Assistant
T H Wheatley-Hubbard - Past Master Assistant
P G Wynn - Past master Assistant

Charity Advisory Committee

J F Thorpe PBE - Past Master Assistant
C T Redman - Senior Past Master
J K Reynolds - Past Master Assistant, Deputy Master
R A Woof - Hon Freeman
G L Brogdon - Hon Surveyor

WCF Alumni Committee

M D Hall - Chairman
R E Davies - Assistant
C Day (Liveryman)
C Anyan
R Milligan-Manby
H Parry
T Isaac
J Hunter

Directors of Farmers & Fletchers' Hall

J P G Finnis - Chairman
D J H Bolton - Senior Warden
R T Whitlock - Junior Warden
W A Gemmill
G W Allen
P D M Greig

External Activity Representatives

Agrifoods Charity Partnership - Rev Dr S J Burgess & S J Norris
City Food Lecture - Mrs T M Wickham
City University - W F Balch
Health & Wellbeing Initiative - Rev Dr G Gatward
Lord Mayor's Show - J S Martin & A I Blenkiron
National Federation of Young Farmers - A R W Bell
Nuffield P W Wiggins-Davies
Surrey Docks Farm - E J Hitchcock
WCF Alumni Association M D Hall & D H Couper (Assistant Clerk)