Master and Wardens

Master Currier

His Honour Richard Hawkins, QC

Master Currier - Richard Hawkins

Richard has lived in London throughout his life. He was educated at Hendon County School and University College London. He was called to the bar in 1963 by Lord Devlin at Gray’s Inn in 1963 when he was 22 years old. He practiced at the criminal bar in London and on the South Eastern Circuit taking silk (appointed a QC) in 1984.

In 1989 he was appointed a Circuit Judge in 1989 sitting at the Inner London Crown Court. In 1992 he was transferred to the Old Bailey and sat there until his retirement in 2012. Part of the summer was also spent sitting on the Western Circuit. In 1992 he was elected a Bencher of Gray’s Inn.

As a young barrister working at the Old Bailey he became aware of the role of the City Corporation and the Livery Companies. On appointment to the Old Bailey he applied to become a Currier and was delighted to be accepted finding to be a friendly

And intimate Livery Company. He was elected after his retirement onto the Court of the Curriers and served for 4 years.

In retirement he took part in the University of The Third Age becoming Chairman of the Kingston on Thames U3A. He is part of a poetry group and leads a group studying Shakespeare. His wife Annie runs an Art Appreciation Group and Richard is a keen member. Leisure is spent in Dorset where Richard for many years sailed X Boats in Poole Harbour.

Richard and Annie have two children, Vickie who is the Director of Medecins sans Frontieres UK and Ben a Primary School Teacher in Jordan.

Elected 15th October 2021

Upper Warden

Mr Nicholas Bryant

Upper Warden - Nick Bryant

Nick was born near Tunbridge Wells and went to school 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 before starting his own development business 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 either spent playing golf at Oak Park Golf Club, cricket at Odiham Cricket Club, where Nick is membership secretary and captains one of the teams or walking that has included completing the 3 Peaks Challenge, climbing Kilimanjaro and trekking across Jordan.

He is also a member of the PCC at his local church of All Saints, Crondall.

Elected 15th October 2021

Renter Warden

Mr Ian Michel

Renter 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 Creative 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 Leather UK) 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 completed a 200-mile ride through France a few years ago in aid of Leather based charities, and more recently, Hadrian’s Wall from St Bees to Wallsend.

Elected 15th October 2021

Junior Warden

Mrs Bridget Rosewell, CBE

Junior Warden Bridget Rosewell

Bridget is an economist by background, initially teaching at Oxford University. Subsequently, she started several economic consultancies and grew them successfully before getting itchy feet and starting again. More recently, she has moved into non-executive roles and is currently a Commissioner for the National Infrastructure Commission in the UK, Chair of Atom Bank and of the M6 Toll Company and a non-executive for Northumbrian Water Group, as well as founder and Senior Adviser of Volterra Partners. She has been Senior Independent Director for Network Rail, Chair of Risk for Ulster Bank and for ten years, she was the Chief Economic Adviser to the Greater London Authority. Her book, ‘Reinventing London’ was published in 2014. She has a background too in major railway projects including HS1, Crossrail, Crossrail2 and HS2.

She was appointed CBE in December 2018 and is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Academy of Social Science and the Society of Professional Economists.

She continues to work because it is enjoyable and hopes that what she does helps improve decision making and makes it possible for people to have better lives. When not working, she takes her new puppy for walks, gets out in the garden, or knits and does needlepoint. She has been known to go trekking but at present the new house in Lincolnshire and the demands of planning improvements are taking all her remaining time.

Elected 15th October 2021