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.
David was elected Prime Warden of the Fishmongers’ Company in June 2019 and will serve for a year. His career is in global equities investment, working in both the City and the United States. His non-executive roles are concerned with education (Chairman of New Model School Company, Governor of Gresham’s School) and youth crime (a Trustee of National Crimebeat and a member of the Council of the High Sheriffs’ Association). He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London.
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.
As Chairman of the Fish & Fisheries Committee, Nigel Bankes leads the Committee to oversee the Company’s fisheries strategy and decision-making process. He is also Chairman of the Seafood School at Billingsgate. His whole working life has been spent undertaking numerous senior roles in the brewing and pub owning business. He served as Prime Warden in 2016-17.
HRH The Princess Royal was elected to the Court in 2012 and served as Prime Warden from 2017-2018.
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.
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.
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.