Master & Wardens


On 24th November 2016 the Company’s new Master and Wardens were elected for the ensuing year.

They are:



Joff started his Haberdasher career at the tender age of 14, when he was apprenticed to his Painswick neighbour, Edward Last-Smith.  Last (as he was affectionately known) died during Joff’s apprenticeship and David Sime kindly came to the rescue and took him on.  Joff believes that he is probably the only Haberdasher who has been apprenticed to two Masters who have served as Master Haberdasher twice!

Joff became a Liveryman at the age of 22 and joined the Court in 1996.  Having been educated at Winchester College, he joined his firm, Payne Hicks Beach in Lincoln’s Inn as an articled clerk and progressed through all solicitorial stages until he was appointed as a Private Client partner.  Joff retired as a solicitor some 3 years ago, but still retains a number of trusteeships.

During his Haberdasher career, Joff played in a number of Company cricket matches and has also won the Florence Cup on 3 occasions, once many years ago and, more recently, both this year and last year.  He puts this success entirely down to his partners.

Joff was a governor at both Elstree and Monmouth before taking over as Chairman at Adams’ Grammar School just prior to its federation with Abraham Darby Academy, which he was proud to see through from its original design to its grand opening.





First Warden


Sheridan has been an Assistant since 1992. A former Governor of the Elstree and Monmouth Schools (Chairman), he has served on all the major Committees and been a Trustee of the Pension Fund – but never a member of the Wine Committee! He is a Chartered Accountant with four decades of experience in senior Finance Director roles. In 2000 he started his own practice, advising corporate clients, mainly SMEs, in UK and overseas, specialising in strategic advice, turnarounds, start-ups and special situations. Sheridan was educated at Radley and Magdalene College, Cambridge, and is married to Della. They have two children, Hereward and Louisa, both Freemen. He prefers to spend weekends outdoors, riding, gardening, fishing and hunting, and loves most forms of music (not Stockhausen).





Second Warden


James retired from the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards, as a Captain, in 1978, joining Lloyd’s and worked in the London insurance market as a broker and company director until 2014.  He continues to acts as a consultant and non-executive Director. He is also a Trustee and Director of City-based charities and other institutions

He has served as a Governor at Hatcham and Elstree and lives in Sussex with his wife Susie.  They have three adult children, one of whom, Harriet, is on the Livery.

James spends the summer looking forward to shooting and skiing in the winter.




Third Warden 


Chris attended Glenalmond in rural Perthshire before moving to warmer climes at Exeter University to read Economic History. He joined Price Waterhouse and qualified (CA), leaving to join a stockbroking firm (Grieveson Grant) which was subsequently taken over by Kleinwort Benson at the time of Big Bang. In 2005, he joined Arden Partners, a small quoted boutique investment bank where he is a Director of Corporate Finance. He has been married to Emma for 32 years and has two daughters and two sons ranging from 30 to 21, of which two (George and Hamish) are Freemen of the Company. Tennis elbow currently prevents much activity on the golf course or real tennis court but he is still able to shoot (badly) and cycle round West Sussex. He is a governor of Monmouth and member of the Finance and Foundation Committees.




Fourth Warden


Richard’s father was Master in 1986 and he entered the company via Patrimony. He was involved with many of the Haberdashers sporting activities in his youth especially Cricket and Golf but has now retired from the former, and struggles on with the later, finishing runner up to the new Master this year with great assistance from his partner.

He is an underwriter at Lloyds, London specialising in Fine art and Specie Insurance and has been lucky enough to travel world extensively working with some of the largest Museums and collections across the Globe.

Richard is married to Victoria, and they have 4 children and a black Labrador including 11 year old twins to keep them young, active and busy!!

He is currently Chairman of the Hall Committee and a Governor of Crayford Academy.