Master and Wardens

Master Currier

Mr John Davies, OBE

Master Currier - John Davies

John was born in South Wales and educated at Lewis School, Pengam and Selwyn College, Cambridge. After graduating with an honours degree in Modern and Medieval Languages, he joined Barclays Bank in 1966 as a graduate trainee and remained at Barclays until 1998. Key positions held included Local Director for Essex, based at Chelmsford, Head of Graduate Recruitment and Management Development, Deputy General Manager and Director Personnel for Barclays UK. He was elected a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in 1989 and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in 1990.

Upon leaving Barclays he was appointed Chairman of the Civil Service Appeal Board, the intemal employment tribunal for the Civil Service, which position he held until December 2011- Between 1999 and2005, he was a member of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body and between 2008 and20l3, a member of the Prison Service Pay Review Body. He has also undertaken expert witness work and HR Consultancy in the UK and overseas.

John is Chairman of the Governors of Felsted School and a Lay Reader in the Chelmsford diocese of the Church of England. His hobbies include playing golf, tennis and bridge badly, walking, travel and music. Married with three sons. he lives in Essex with his wife. Helen.

Elected 14th October 2016

Upper Warden

Mr Maurice Blaber

Upper Warden - Maurice Blaber

Maurice joined a small Stockbroker in the late 1960’s and reviewed all departments before realising that he wanted to go to the “floor of the house” where he became a blue button, trainee dealer. From here he quickly discovered that the Jobber, market maker, held his admiration and he joined a specialist firm of North American Jobbers dealing in stocks and shares on Wall Street, America, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver Stock Exchanges. These were very busy and exciting times because of the political climate in England and then Europe and as a small firm in London they were the only organisation to own a New York Stock Broking firm they eventually merged with what was then the largest listed Jobbing Company in the United Kingdom.

Maurice became a Member of The Stock Exchange in 1975 and remains to this day a Member of The Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment Advisors, the successor in London. He also held the status of Registered Principle in the North American Stock Exchanges. In the early 1980’s he was offered the position of Managing Director of a Canadian based Stockbroker in London, which became the first Canadian firm to be a Member of The Stock Exchange in London and followed more exciting times but soon to be followed by the crash of 1987! 

Maurice having been at the sharp end of business for many years looked for a future career path which gave him the “adrenalin rush”. Being a competitive sailor and Private Pilot he decided to become in 1990 a Commercial Pilot, training in Australia and the Outback. 

Returning to business he became Duty Manager at Harrods, moving then to run a specialist security company in Derbyshire. He returned to flying however and became a Flight Instructor. He continued to instruct flying in Jerez de La Frontera, Spain for what had been BAE Systems in Prestwick, Scotland. The company eventually became a Spanish organisation. He returned to the UK as Head of Training at a Commercial School in Bournemouth.

Elected 14th October 2016

Renter Warden

Mr Jeremy Kean

Renter Warden - Jeremy Kean

Jeremy was born in Buckinghamshire, and educated at Rugby School. He first worked on the floor of The Stock Exchange before leaving 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. Retiring in 2010, he now spends his time as a Community First Responder, driving for a local charity, and helping with a charity based in Malawi that aims to improve the lives of small farmers.

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.

Jeremy lives in Surrey with his wife Judy and two children, one of whom has been apprenticed to the Company.

Elected 14th October 2016

Junior Warden

Mr Jason Herriott

Elected 14th October 2016