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"The core of the Livery's ethos is timeless: fellowship, welfare, ​​​​​education, supporting trade and at all times working in the best interest of the communities in which they operate". ​​​​

Master and Wardens​​

The Master of the Company is elected annually and serves for one year from the Thursday before Michaelmas.
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Administration​​

The Pewterers’ Company is governed by Royal Charter, the first being granted by King Edward IV in 1473.
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COMPANY HISTORY
PEWTERERS' REVIEW
​The Pewterers' Company's first charter was granted by King Edward IV in 1473.  It is number sixteen in the order of  civic precedence among over a hundred livery companies. The Company has an active, involved and diverse membership of individuals drawn from a wide range of backgrounds. The Company’s principal activities are the support of the pewter trade in this country, the management of its charities, supporting the government of the City of London and the Armed Forces of the Crown and maintaining a lively and enjoyable corporate social life.  
Today the Company maintains strong links with the pewter trade and promotes pewter via its annual design competition Pewter Live.  Pewterers' Hall has a large collection of modern & antique pewter and continuously commissions pieces from new designers. There is a Gallery of Manufacturers on this website. The Company also has links with The Association of British Pewter Craftsmen (ABPC). For more information go to: About Pewter.
Armed Forces of the Crown
The City livery companies have a long standing tradition of support for the Armed Forces of the Crown.  In former times the Pewterers’ Company was required to raise and equip detachments of men for the army in time of war.  A store of armour was kept at the Hall and the services of an armourer employed to keep it good condition. Today the Company has warm and close affiliations with HMS Daring, a Type 45 destroyer, with the Royal Scots 
Dragoon Guards, Scotland's only regular cavalry unit, the regiment is a light Cavalry Unit, based at Leuchars in Fife, with 3(Fighter) Squadron, Royal Air Force, the first operational squadron to fly Typhoon fighter jets, based at RAF Coningsby Lincolnshire and with the Middlesex and North West London Army Cadet Force www.armycadets.com, which has over 1000 cadets in 34 detachments all over North West London.   
Master and Wardens
The Master of the Company is elected annually and serves for one year from the Thursday before Michaelmas. Apart from being the chairman of the Court of Assistants, in effect the law of the Company, the Master represents the Company at a wide range of events during their year in office.
There are two Wardens, the Upper Warden, who has responsibility for ceremonial, and the Renter Warden, responsibile for financial matters and menus. They are prospective Masters for the following two years. An Assistant has to have served as Warden in order to be eligible to serve as Master.
Mr Richard Parsons
Upper Warden
Mr John Gallagher 
Renter Warden


2017 - 2018
Master - Mrs Ann Buxton
Upper Warden - Mr Richard Parsons
Renter Warden - Mr John Gallagher
Clerk - Captain Paddy Watson Royal Navy
Beadle - Mr Nicholas Gilbert

Mrs Ann Buxton - MASTER
Crowned 28th September 2017

Administration
Charter: The Pewterers’ Company is governed by Royal Charter, the first being granted by King Edward IV in 1473. Additional charters were granted in successive reigns, up yo our Queen Anne charter in 1702. This was amended by a Supplemental Charter in 1982. The Charter is given effect by Standing Orders, which are kept under regular review. A new Charter was granted in 2016.

The Freedom:
The first step in joining a Livery Company is normally by becoming a Freeman by one of four means:

  • Servitude (Apprenticeship): still welcomed by many Livery Companies, including the Pewterers, although difficult to achieve in today's training environment.
  • Patrimony: if either parent was Free of the Company at the time of the birth of the candidate.
  • Redemption: if sponsored by a member of the Court and found acceptable.
  • Presentation: in very special circumstances.
  • Apart from Freedom by Presentation, there is a fine (entry fee) to be paid at this stage and at each following stage in progression through the Company: to Liveryman, Steward and Court Assistant.


The Livery:  The Livery comprises the more senior members of the Company, from whom the Court of Assistants are elected. Liverymen also have a role in City government, by being entitled to vote for the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs at Common Hall.

The Court of Assistants: The governing body of the Company is known as the Court of Assistants, which forms the Board of the corporate body of Pewterers. The Court is headed by the Master and comprises 2 Wardens and up to 30 Assistants. They are comparable to the chairman, deputy chairmen and non-executive directors of the Company. The work of the Court is assisted by 4 main committees which report to Court. (Membership and General Purposes, Finance, Hall and Pewter Promotion. There are also two Charitable Trusts).
Annual Company Events:
February: Livery Dinner, Mistress Pewterers lunch
March: United Guilds Service, Dinner to the Lord Mayor.
May: Pewter Live (Design Exhibition)
June: Common Hall - Election of Sheriffs.
July: Election Court, Church Service and dinner.
September: Crowning Court - New Master takes office, Common Hall - Election of Lord Mayor.
November: Livery Dinner, Lord Mayor's Show.
December: Carol Service and festive supper.
Download the Pewterers' Social Diary July17 - Dec17 (pdf)
EVENTS
In addition, the Livery and Freedom Committee organises informal social, sports and educational events, as well as a programme of regional visits.

Company Officers and Staff:  The Clerk, Captain Paddy Watson RN acts as chief executive of the Company and is responsible for the management of its day to day business.  He is assisted by a small staff.  On the administrative side there is the Secretary, Julie Gray, who deals with Court, committee, programme and membership matters, the Events and Marketing Co-ordinator, Eleanor Mason Brown, who deals with pewter, marketing and charity matters and a part time Accountant.  The Beadle, Nick Gilbert and  the Housekeeper deals with Events and Hall Management.

Captain Paddy Watson RN 
The Clerk  

Captain Watson joined the Company in July 2006 after 37 years in the Royal Navy. His sea appointmentsincluded 2 years as second in command of a fast patrol boat in the Royal Danish  Navy and command of a patrol boat squadron in Oman, where he was awarded the Sultan's Distinguished Service Medal. He saw war service in the Falklands as operations officer of HMS ACTIVE. Subsequently, he served as second in command of the frigate HMS APOLLO and, later, in command of HMS AMAZON. Promoted Captain in 1996, he spent 3 years as Head of Maritime Intelligence on the Defence Intelligence Staff. He then served as Chief of Maritime Operations, NATO Headquarters, Naples. His final appointment was UK Defence Adviser in Brunei, where he was responsible for the UK/Brunei defence relationship.

  
Married to Fitty, a teacher, he lives in Norfolk.  They have three grown-up children.

  1. Nick Gilbert
    Nick Gilbert
    Beadle
  2. Nick Gilbert
    Nick Gilbert
    Beadle
  3. Nick Gilbert
    Nick Gilbert
    Beadle
  4. Julie Gray
    Julie Gray
    deals with Court, committee, programme and membership matters.
  5. Eleanor Mason Brown
    Eleanor Mason Brown
    deals with pewter, marketing and charity matters
  6. Tony Gilbert
    Tony Gilbert
    Houseman
  1. Julie Gray
    Julie Gray
    deals with Court, committee, programme and membership matters.
  1. Eleanor Mason Brown
    Eleanor Mason Brown
    deals with pewter, marketing and charity matters
  1. Tony Gilbert
    Tony Gilbert
    Houseman
Nicholas Gilbert
Beadle
Julie Gray ​​
PA to the Clerk 
Eleanor Mason Brown
Events and Marketing
Co-ordinator
Tony Gilbert
Houseman
The Pewterers' Annual Review