Master & Wardens Election 2020

On 19th November 2020 the Company’s new Master and Wardens were elected for the forthcoming year.

They are:


The Master

Daniel Hochberg

Daniel became a Haberdasher fifty years ago in February 1970 when he passed the entrance exam for the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, Elstree.  His parents were both schoolteachers. He greatly enjoyed his school career, which gave him opportunities to learn to play the organ and to get involved in debating.  He was School Captain in 1977, and became an apprentice to the Master of the Haberdashers’ Company, David Sime, in the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Year with the other head boys and girls of the Haberdashers’ senior schools.

From Haberdashers’ Aske’s he went on to University College, Oxford, where he read law.  After graduating, he qualified as a barrister and was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn.  He also taught law at Oxford University. At the Bar, his practice principally involved property, trusts and professional liability.  He retired from legal practice in 2015 but remains a Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn.

Daniel joined the Court of Assistants of the Haberdashers’ Company in 2000, and became a governor at the Elstree schools.  He is a member of the Charities Committee, the former St Catherine’s Committee, and the Wine Committee, where he is now the Wine Warden.

His other interests include music, in particular, playing the harpsichord; going to the theatre, concerts and the opera; foreign languages, particularly Italian, as he visits Tuscany each year; food and wine; motoring, and travel; recent trips included Laos, Thailand, Namibia, South Africa, and driving from Los Angeles to Seattle in a Ford Mustang.

He is married to Tamasin, who practised in the City of London as a solicitor specialising in financial regulation until she retired in 2018.  She is a freeman of the City of London Solicitors’ Company.


First Warden

James Power

James is an Old Monmothian who joined the Company as one of the late Past Master David Sime’s “Jubilee Apprentices”. He read Chemistry at the University of Nottingham and Theology at the University of Leeds and King’s College, London. He was ordained in the Church in Wales before becoming Chaplain to Harrow School in 1989; since 2015 he has combined that role with being Vicar of St Mary’s Harrow on the Hill.

He has chaired the Charities Committee and he has been a governor at Adams, Newport and the Hatcham Federation. Last year, he “captained” the victorious Company shooting team at the recent 7 Rifles Range Day. He is serving as Chaplain to the Lord Mayor, Alderman William Russell and he will continue to fulfil that role as the Lord Mayor serves a second year.

Outside the Company, he has chaired the School Chaplains’ Conference and the Harrow Club W10 which played a major role in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Interests include art, theatre, riding (occasionally) and walking in the Welsh and Irish mountains. Married to Fiona, a teacher who is on the Livery of the Cutlers' Company, they have two adult children, both Freemen, Huw who is an army officer and Kitty, working in community drama.


Second Warden

Chris Hardie

Chris was educated at Glenalmond, in rural Perthshire, before a move to sunnier parts at Exeter to read Economic History. After qualifying with Price Waterhouse he joined a broking firm which was taken over by Kleinwort Benson at the time of Big Bang (mid 80’s). He’s currently a Director of Corporate Finance at WH Ireland, a boutique investment bank/wealth manager. Chris has been married to Emma for 36 years and has two daughters and a son ranging from 34 to 25. 

He’s now Chairman of Governors at Crayford Academy, part of the Aske Federation, having previously been a Governor at Monmouth, where he chaired the Finance & Estates committee. Chris is an enthusiastic if poor golfer and real tennis player, and occasional cyclist around (but not up) the South Downs in West Sussex.


Third Warden

Roddy Barrow

Roddy is a Chartered Accountant who qualified with KPMG. He has worked in various sectors from life sciences, glass manufacturing, media with Panasonic, publishing with The Book People, in welfare-to-work and for the last five years recruitment with HR GO plc, which he joined as CFO in 2014 and of which he is now Group Managing Director. During the Covid lockdown his company has been supplying essential services staff across the country.

Roddy joined the Haberdashers after introductions as the Late Clerk Captain Barrow’s son. He was a Governor of Haberdashers’ Adams and Haberdashers’ Abraham Darby for over five years and joined the Finance Committee in 2018. Roddy has played cricket, croquet and golf, has sailed and skied for the Haberdashers. He has a wife, Dawn (retired surveyor and Parish clerk) and three children: Charlie (Freeman/Wealth Manager), Katie (PE Teacher) and George (Apprentice/Recruiter).


Fourth Warden

Julian Gregory

Julian’s early career was at the Confederation of British Industry where he ran their commercial activities before moving into publishing with a fast growing start up.  In 2005 he started his own media business with offices in a number of international cities publishing magazines, websites, events, inflight TV and conducting research in the travel and meetings sectors. More often to be found on a plane, he has been rather grounded since COVID-19.  

He is also a director of private property investment company in SE London. He is a Governor at Elstree and member of the Foundation Sub-Committee. He is married to Caroline and lives in Weybridge with his four daughters. Before family life got rather busy he served for 23 years in the Army Reserve and enjoyed diving, shooting, sailing and tennis.