Master and Wardens

Master Currier

Mr Jeremy Kean

Master Currier - Jeremy Kean

Jeremy was born in Buckinghamshire, and educated at Rugby School. He first worked on the floor of The Stock Exchange for Akroyd & Smithers in the early 1970’s before leaving the City to qualify as an accountant in 1981.

Jeremy's career included working in Insurance and banking, before becoming the Finance & IT Director at the Financial Ombudsman Service. During his career he spent time abroad working in Paris, which enabled him to learn to speak French and subsequently buy a holiday home in Northern France.

Retiring in 2010, he now spends his time as a Community First Responder with the South East Coast Ambulance Service, driving for a local charity that enables people to attend medical appointments, helping with a charity based in Malawi that aims to improve the lives of small farmers, and is a Trustee and Chairman of the Finance & Audit committee at the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.

For his leisure activities Jeremy enjoys golf, walking, and watching cricket and rugby. He is a member of the MCC. Travel is also high on his list of priorities and, as a member of the Wine Society, he enjoys visiting vineyards throughout the world.

Jeremy lives in Surrey with his wife Judy, a dentist and two children, one of whom, Natalie is a Freeman the Company.

Elected 12th October 2018

Upper Warden

Ms Mary McNeil

Upper Warden - Mary McNeil

Mary was born and raised in Hove, her father serving as Clerk to the Curriers throughout her upbringing, thus giving her an early schooling in the traditions of the Company. In 2001 she was the first woman to be clothed in the Livery of the Company and is both honoured and proud now to serve as a Warden for the Company.

Her University studies in languages led her to live and work in North Germany in the early 1980s, first taking a gap year as an au pair in Hamburg, then working as a language assistant in Aurich, Ostfriesland.

From language studies, Mary moved into the travel industry, working with the Thomson Travel Group for 15 years. Starting with a summer season as a holiday rep in Majorca in 1987, she then moved to Thomson Holidays’ head office in London in the Flight Planning department.

Reaching senior management after a few years, she became Head of Flight Planning, managing the routes, slots and scheduling for the largest fleet of charter aircraft in the UK. This expanded to include a fleet of Scandinavian aircraft after she transferred to Britannia Airways at Luton Airport and served as a key member of the Thomson Travel acquisition team through the years of big buyouts in the holiday industry.

Once Thomson itself had been bought out, Mary chose to leave the travel industry and moved to Kendal, enjoying rural life in the Lake District for 6 years before returning South in 2009 to run her own small business.

She now specialises in the fast moving field of online marketing, providing expert advice and hands-on marketing tech support for small businesses.

Mary sings with the Brighton Chamber Choir, follows Formula One and still gets a buzz from visiting airports and flying whenever she can. She lives in Sussex with her partner Nick and cat Jenson.

Elected 12th October 2018

Renter Warden

Mr Nick Bryant

Renter Warden - Nick Bryant

Nick was born in Tunbridge Wells and educated at Marlborough College. His Livery education began back in 1983 when his father, Jonathan, was Master Currier and Nick sampled his first cigar at the Livery Dinner. With Basil, his grandfather, also being Master in 1966, there is a strong family connection to the Curriers company.

Nick’s early career was in marketing, across different industries from insurance to wallpaper manufacturing to hotel reservations. In the early 1990s there was an abrupt change away from the cosy office life and into the hands-on world of property development in Fulham, West London, working on several residential refurbishment projects with friends before starting on his own in 1994. Since then Nick has taken on larger and more interesting residential challenges in Barnes, Notting Hill & Holland Park. Some of the projects have been recognised with industry awards for their quality and innovation.

Now living in Hampshire, very close to the 7 Squadron base at RAF Odiham, with whom the Curriers have a longstanding affiliation, Nick is married to Maria, who runs a local befriending service and they have four children, Rachel, Toby, Emma & Abbey who have all begun to enjoy the Curriers experience.

Nick has benefitted from his previous Curriers roles of Court Assistant, Junior Warden and being involved with the Charity & Events Committees as well as being the current organiser of the Curriers Golf commitments.

Weekends are spent playing golf at North Hants Golf Club and cricket at Odiham Cricket Club. Nick is also a keen walker, having completed the 3 Peaks Challenge, climbed Kilimanjaro and trekked across Jordan.

He is also a Churchwarden at his local church of St Andrews.

Elected 12th October 2018

Junior Warden

Mr Ian Michel

Junior Warden - Ian Michel

Ian was born in Northampton in1952, the son of a leather merchant, the family business of G L Michel & Sons, had been thriving in Northampton since 1858.

Ian attended Felsted School, in Essex and then went on to the National Leathersellers’ College in London plus a year at the Northampton College of Technology leather department. These two institutions have since joined forces, to become the Institute for Leather Technologies at the University of Northampton.

The family business was not the way he wished to go as he found the tanning and finishing of leather so enjoyable. Thirty years at H Goodman & Son in Kettering gave him huge experience in leather manufacturing. He soon went on to run the finishing department and then managing the whole technical side of the business becoming more involved over the last the last ten years with sales and all the business aspects.

In 2001 Ian set up Amandian Ltd, Leather Merchants based in Stanwick Northamptonshire, which was a return to the family roots. Amandian sources leathers from all over the world primarily for Men’s footwear but also many other areas.

Ian is a trustee of the Leather & Hide Trades’ Benevolent Institution of which he was President for two years. He has served as a Director of G L Michel & Sons and the British Leather Confederation, (now the UKLF) and spent time on the British Leather Fashion Council. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Leather Technologists and Chemists.

In his spare time Ian watches Rugby Football, particularly Northampton Saints where he has been watching since 1953. He played for Northampton for a few years in the 70’s, but never for the first team (Just not good enough). He went on to play for and captain Northampton Casuals, later becoming President and trustee of the club. Now he is a little older, he has taken up cycling and has recently completed a 200-mile ride through France in aid of Leather based charities.

Elected 12th October 2018