Coat of ArmsThe Worshipful Company of SaddlersThe Saddlers Company
The Wardens

The positions of Master, Wardens and Officers of the Worshipful Company of Saddlers are currently held by the following people:

The Master:
Prime Warden:
Key Warden:
Quarter Warden:
Renter Warden:
Clerk:
Beadle/Hall Manager:
Chaplain:

HRH The Princess Royal GCVO
Mr. E. Hugh Thomas
Mr. James D.G. Welch
Mr. Nicholas W.d'A. Mason
The Hon Mark Maffey
Brigadier Philip M.L. Napier, OBE
Mr. Keith Marsh
The Revd. Christopher Mulholland

 

The Prime Warden and Wardens,
July 2017

Officers of the Company

The three officers of the Company were established by the Charters as the need for them arose.

The Chaplain: Although reference is made to "N the chaplain" in the 12th century document recording the agreement between the Saddlers and the Canons of St. Martin-le-Grand, the office was authorised in the Charter of Richard II in 1395. The Chaplain's principal duties today are to conduct informal prayers prior to each Livery Quarter Court and to preach the Election Day sermon. The Chaplain's appointment is an honorary one to which he or she is nominated by the Master.

 

The Chaplain's Badge
The Chaplain's Badge

The Beadle: The office of Beadle appeared not long after that of the Chaplain, when the Wardens required a tipstaff to execute their orders to the members and to maintain discipline among the sometimes unruly Freemen and Liverymen. Today the Beadle is the Company's ceremonial officer, responsible for administering aspects of the Freedom and Livery, liasing with Guildhall and the Chamberlain's Court, and for the day to day administration and running of Saddlers' Hall, not least the hiring out of the Hall to outside organisations.

The Clerk: The office of Clerk was established in the 15th century when the Court found it necessary to keep accounts and records of the Company's business. The Clerk is the Company's principal officer and Chief Executive, responsible for the conduct of all aspects of the Company's business and the management of its affairs. He is the adviser on precedent, protocol and ceremonial. He acts as secretary to the Court, its committees and working groups. His staff are responsible to him for the efficient conduct of those aspects of the Company's administration which are delegated to them.

 

 
Prime Warden -
Hugh Thomas
 
Key Warden -
James Welch
 
Quarter Warden -
Nicholas Mason
Renter Warden -
Mark Maffey