The Farmers Company Structure

The Company's constitution follows the form of the older, more established, livery companies.

The Master: is elected from the Court and serves for one year. The annual installation of the Master is held at the conclusion of the Company's Harvest Festival Service.

The Court: the governing body sets overall strategy and takes all policy decisions. It comprises the Master, a Senior Warden and a Junior Warden elected from the Court, and twenty to twenty-four Assistants elected from the Livery. The majority of the Court of Assistants must be actively engaged in the farming industry.

The Clerk: manages the business of the Company and administers the Court.

The Livery: currently comprises up to 350 members, drawn from the Freedom of the Company and ‘clothed’ as Liverymen by the Master in the presence of the Court.

The Freedom: the entry level for the Company, from which the Livery is drawn.

The Charity Co-ordinator: focuses on income to the charitable fund.

Master’s Policy Committee: co-ordinates the work of the Company.

Finance Committee: monitors and controls all aspects of the finances and investments of the Company, including annual budgets.

Education Committee: identifies, develops and supports the education and research activities of the company.

Nominations Committee: advises on election to the Court, identifies Liverymen for appointment to committees and is responsible for nominations to other appointments.

Fellowship and Communications Committee: reviews the activities of the Company to ensure it promotes good fellowship and adheres to its objectives. Also has oversight of the Company’s communications.

Almoner’s Committee: furthers the Company’s charitable works by distributing funds.

Henman, Brooks Apprentices & Jubilee Committee: makes discretionary awards from these three funds.