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.
Fred joined the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers in 2002 and was elected to Court in 2010. During his 21 years with the Company, he has played an active role on the Company’s committees and has strengthened its ties with the fishing industry.
Fred and his wife, Kitty, share their time between homes in Scotland and London, with their pack of very lively dogs! They have twin daughters and one son, all studying at university.
Fred enjoys farming and is a passionate fly fisherman.
Following a career in the City specialising in the medical sector, Charles now chairs several public and private companies and a government grant-giving body. He is Deputy Chair of the Royal Humane Society and served as High Sheriff of Greater London in 2018/9. Charles has chaired the Fishmongers’ Company Philanthropy and Grants Committee for the past four years and previously represented the Company as a governor of both Gresham’s School in Norfolk and Marion Richardson School in Stepney. He joined the Freedom of the Company by patrimony in 1986, the Livery in 1993, and was elected to Court in 2013.
Charles recently completed a PhD in History and his first book, Coffee with Hitler: The British Amateurs Who Tried to Civilise the Nazis, will be published in the UK and the US in September 2022.
Charles and his wife, Victoria, live in London and Suffolk and have two grown-up daughters, Lily and Grace.
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.
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 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.
Executive Director of CBRE’s Central London Investment team, specialising in advising international clients on their property investment strategy in the UK, Continental Europe and overseas. The family has a house in the French alps where both summer and winter sports are enjoyed and his interests include skiing, tennis, cricket and fishing. He is also on the Supervisory Board of a family pharmaceuticals concern based in Lyon, France.
A Life Sciences industry expert. She began her career as a PhD microbiologist and has become a life sciences industry specialist through consulting and working within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. Her interest in the Life Science industry comes from her passion for seeing the practical application of science for the greater good.
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.