The Governance of the Fishmongers’ Company is directed by a Court of 34 Assistants, similar to a board of trustees/directors, from which six Wardens are selected to serve for a period of six years. The Wardens are the governing body of the Company, comprising of the Prime Warden, equivalent to a Chairman of a board of trustees/directors, elected/appointed each year, and five further Wardens.
Sir Alan is Chairman of Turquoise, on the Board of Arbuthnot Latham Group, James Hambro and Partners, IPS Group, and Advisor to Zeamo. Recently Chairman of the CISI and Chairman of Kleinwort Benson Group. A past Lord Mayor of London (2014-15), Sir Alan is also an Alderman, a Magistrate and HM Lieutenant of the City of London. He is Vice President of the Royal Mencap Society, previously an Almoner of Christ’s Hospital and Trustee of the Police Foundation.
David worked in the City for 26 years for S.G. Warburg/UBS in international equity investment. He is currently a partner of the international investment firm Oldfield Partners. His non-executive roles are concerned with education (Chairman of New Model School Company, Governor of Gresham’s) and youth (Trustee National Crimebeat). He was High Sheriff of Greater London in 2013/14 and is a member of the Council of the High Sheriffs’ Association. Married with three children, his interests include the arts, gardening, sculling, wine and current affairs.
David retired in 2015 after spending 40 years working in the financial services sector, for such well-known firms as Binder Hamlyn, Panmure Gordon, Morgan Grenfell, Williams de Broe and Mirabaud. He served as Prime Warden in 2018-19.
Fred is the founder of New England Seafood International Limited. He is a trustee of the Seafood School at Billingsgate and served as Chairman from 2014-19.
As Chairman of the Philanthropy and Grants Committee, Charles leads the Committee in overseeing the philanthropic strategy for both the Company and the FCCT. Following a career in the City, Charles now works as chairman of several public companies and a government grant-giving body and is Deputy Chairman of the Royal Humane Society. He is married with two daughters.
After a short service limited commission in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, he has practised as a barrister since 1983 and specialises in commercial law as well as civil recovery of the proceeds of crime. He sits as a recorder in Middlesbrough and deputy high court judge in Leeds and the Chancery Division in London. He is chairman of a family hotel company and trustee of the Zebra Trust, a charity for overseas students. His home is on the North York Moors where he is vice-president of the Blackface Sheep Breeders Association.
The Company has six Committees which provide specialist knowledge in key areas of the Company’s management/business, assisting Court. Committees are made up of Wardens, Court Assistants and co-opted Liverymen.
The Executive is led by Clerk Toby Williamson and assisted by Deputy Clerk and Chief Operating Officer Joanna Allinson. They lead a team of 30+ staff at the Company who enable the Company to meet its core purpose of making a difference in today’s society.
Toby Williamson joined the Company in February 2017 after 34 years of Naval service. This has taken him to many parts of the world, often distant and sometimes dangerous. By specialisation he is a Sea King helicopter navigator and he will forever savour the thrill of the flight deck before launch. The highlight of his time in the Fleet Air Arm was command of the Royal Naval Air Station at Culdrose, with some 75 aircraft and 3000 people.
In keeping his sea legs, he also commanded HMS SHETLAND, a ship charged with fishery protection duties. This invoked many an hour on trawlers, measuring nets or weighing the catch, and gave good exposure to the challenge of making a livelihood through fishing whilst bound by the imperative of conservation.
Nowadays, he likes chatting to people, discovering their life story, listening to the wise and encouraging the young. He is also the Clerk.
Joanna joined the Company in March 2017. She began her career with Lukoil, one of the world’s largest integrated oil and gas companies, where she held the position of Group Finance Director for the Black Sea Region, before taking up the role of Finance Director at Petrotel Oil Refinery and later, Odessa Oil Refiner. Joanna went on to project manage several key infrastructure projects in Eastern Europe, including Ukraine’s first LPG plant and a Dry Port Container Terminal in collaboration with the EBRD. She later founded and ran as CEO, a private equity Family Office in London. In recent years, Joanna has worked closely with multiple major aerospace defence companies on sustainability projects across the globe, including Lockheed Martin and Saab Technologies, before joining the Fishmongers’ Company in her current role as COO and Deputy Clerk.
Among Jo’s many roles and responsibilities, she is the Executive lead for Philanthropy and Grants.
Andrew has overall responsibility for managing the fisheries programme but has particular experience in the area of freshwater fisheries and catchment management, a field in which he has worked for over 20 years. He has previously played a key role in Scottish fisheries management through his work as director of the Association of Salmon Fishery Boards and, latterly, as Chairman of Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland. He then assumed the chairmanship of The Rivers Trust (2015-2019) which represents 65 rivers trusts operating in England, Wales and Ireland. He is vice-president of the Atlantic Salmon Trust and a director of the Tweed Forum. He has also held board positions on the Freshwater Biological Association and FishLegal.
Steve joined the Company in 2010 as Finance Manager, having previously spent several years in the charity sector. Over time he accumulated new responsibilities and was eventually made Finance Director in 2017, taking on overall responsibility for developing and delivering the long term financial plan of the Company and its related charities. He is Executive Lead to the Property and Investment, Risk and Audit and Wine Committees but is inevitably involved at some level in most of the Company’s and charities’ activities. This variety is one of the main attractions of the job: one day he might be advising on a major property transaction; the next on charity governance; and the next on VAT. Outside of work, Steve is a keen hiker and has also started to take his running more seriously. In what he says is definitely not a mid-life crisis, he is working hard towards an 18 minute 5k, having recently beaten the 20 minute mark.