Master – Lady Yarrow
Gillian Yarrow (née Clarke) was born in the UK in 1950 to parents who had married in India during the war. Much of her childhood was spent in the Far East: Ceylon, Hong Kong and Singapore, although she attended New Hall Convent, a boarding school in the UK, from the age of 9 and only flew back to her family and 2 sisters in the summer holidays.
After leaving school at 18 she read history at Cardiff University attaining a 2:1 Honours degree before moving to King’s College London for her PGCE. She went on to teach history in London comprehensive schools.
Married to Alan Yarrow in 1975, they have 2 sons, Max and Guy. Once Max had been diagnosed with learning difficulties and epilepsy, she gave up her teaching career to look after the family but retained her interest in education by becoming a Governor of her local comprehensive school and Chairman of Governors of Finton House, a private preparatory school in Wandsworth. She is currently on the Board of Governors of the City of London Freemen’s School in Ashtead. For the last 15 years she has been involved in fundraising for Mencap, organising a Special Events committee and helping to ensure that, when her husband became Lord Mayor in 2014, Mencap as well as Scope were beneficiaries of his Lord Mayor’s Appeal. She was also actively involved in helping with the fundraising events during his year.
In 2008 Gilly was admitted to the Feltmakers’ Livery and in 2011 elected on Court, becoming Fourth Warden in 2016. Her hobbies include reading, swimming, tennis, golf and kitchen bridge! She is a member of the Hurlingham Club and the Royal Wimbledon and St Enodoc Golf Clubs.
The Upper Warden Nigel MacDonald
Nigel Colin Lock Macdonald is a former president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (“ICAS”). He retired from partnership in Ernst & Young in July 2003 after serving for 28 years in that position and continues to act professionally in a number of roles.
He is Chairman of James Lock & Co, the country’s oldest hatter, having been formed in 1676, and is a seventh-generation member of the Lock family. Nigel is a member of the Board of Coca-Cola Hellenic, a FTSE 100 company and one of the largest bottling companies in the world, operating in 28 countries, and is Chairman of its Audit Committee. He was a member of the Cadbury Committee, whose report is recognised throughout the world as the foundation for the establishment of best practice guidance in Corporate Governance. He then contributed to the OECD study and was a joint author of a study for the European Commission on this complex topic. Nigel is Chairman of the Royal Museums Greenwich Foundation and was formerly Senior Trustee of the National Maritime Museum from 2003 until 2012. He is currently Chairman of the Awareness Foundation, a charity concerned with building better relationships between Christians and followers of Islam.
He and his wife are Elders of their church and both are in active leadership roles there, with Nigel currently serving as Church Secretary. He is also a lay preacher and is an advisor to his denomination’s national trustee body. Nigel also chairs the ministerial deployment committee of his region within the denomination. In addition, he is Chairman of a pre-school owned by his local church and Vice Chairman of a housing charity for the elderly, based locally to his home
Renter Warden Neil Edwards
Neil Edwards joined the Livery in 1997. After 2 years as a Steward he was elected to join the Court in 2007 where his highlight has been proposing the toast to the guests at dinners for three Masters: Past Master Geoffrey Vero, Past Master Eda Rose Lawson and Past Master Peter Simeons. At the latter’s Installation Dinner in October 2015 he commenced his toast by blowing a referee’s whistle as it coincided with the start of the 2015 Rugby World Cup!
Neil is founder and chief executive of Green Parking, who offer boutique parking services to the property industry, and has built and operated two other parking businesses, one of which was sold to NCP in 2002. He initially qualified and trained as a Chartered Surveyor with Healey and Baker where the late Past Master Peter Winfield introduced him to the Livery. Seconded by Past Master Peter Keens, he was admitted at the Spring Dinner at Trinity House in 1996.
Educated at City of London School, Neil has had a long understanding of the Corporation of London and its traditions and events. He has also been on the Livery Society Committee and organised the Master’s Golf Day for a number of years previously.
Outside work and the Livery he is a committee member of the East India Club and has been a keen sportsman over the years, playing rugby for Harlequins, the Barbarians and Scotland, earning six caps during his playing career. These days are spent following Quins from the stands, as well as enjoying racing over the flat and jumps.
Neil is married to Nicki with a son Jamie, 20, studying Film Studies at Kingston University, and a daughter Jody, 18, who herself is enjoying a successful sporting life and awaiting a year of travel before going to Leeds Beckett university in 2018.
Third Warden – Simon Wilkinson
Simon Wilkinson was born and bred in Buckinghamshire. Following his father John, he joined the Livery in 2000 and the Court in 2006. His association with the hat trade dates back to his great grandfather who owned hat factories in Luton from the late 1880s to the 1920s, where he was also Lord Mayor.
Over the years, Simon has been an active participant in many Livery events including swimming, shooting and tennis.
Simon’s formative years were spent at boarding school where he excelled at shooting and other sporting activities. He progressed to the local Comprehensive and ultimately, Aylesbury College, where he was Chair of the Students’ Union, while pursuing his Business Studies course.
In 1980, he joined the Royal Green Jackets TA, which was an action-packed experience, involving intensive running around carrying heavy kit and lots of fun and adventure. By 2003, Simon was compulsorily mobilised for six months as a Lieutenant Colonel and was Chief of Staff for all the Humanitarian Operations across Iraq. This high-profile position lead to some incredible experiences that most only read about. More recently, he has held key posts in the Army Reserve in a variety of disciplines and travelled the world.
Simon is Principal of the family owned, award-winning Land and Estate Agency practice, focusing on Strategic Development Land in the Oxford to Cambridge arc. He sits on a Government ‘Working Group’, recommending changes to the process of house buying and selling and he also sits on a Bank of England panel. Simon is Chairman of Trustees for the Buckinghamshire Military Museum Trust, and Chairman of the County Reserve Forces and Cadets Association. He was appointed by Her Majesty, The Queen, as a Deputy Lieutenant in 2007 and is actively involved in a wide variety of events, activities and charity work. This interesting and varied role has enabled him to put his fluent French to good use during his extensive involvement in the WW1 Commemorations. In addition, he is representative County Colonel for The Rifles in Buckinghamshire and County President of Buckinghamshire Royal British Legion.
For his R&R, Simon enjoys country pursuits, good rations and entertaining company.
Fourth Warden – Jeremy Bedford
Jeremy Bedford joined the Feltmakers in 2000, following in the footsteps of his father, who was Master in 2004/5. After taking a degree in Political Science at the University of North Carolina, Jeremy joined the Corporate Finance department of Salomon Brothers in 1991 and then worked at Morgan Stanley from 1997 on the UK Equity Desk, after which he ran the Equities team at Investec in London, New York, Johannesburg and Cape Town from 2003.
In 2006 Jeremy joined the then recently founded Fulcrum Asset Management, where he became a Partner, and helped build the business to become a major institutional asset manager before setting up his own capital raising and consultancy business in 2018.
Jeremy is a Governor of Sedbergh School and is also Chairman of the Sedbergh School Foundation.
Immediate Past Master William D Gammell
After leaving school in 1962 Master William D Gammel commenced working at his family property business in North London dealing mainly with estate agency and property management matters. After approximately 2 years he moved on to start working for Henry Butcher & Co, a City firm specialising in the letting and disposal of industrial premises and the auction sale of industrial plant and machinery. He remained there for some 2½ years dealing with the letting and sale of industrial property in the Commercial Department.
Upon leaving Henry Butcher & Co., he took some 18 months out to travel and to pursue other interests. Returning and keen to set up his own practice, Master Gammell went back to the family firm where he set up a department specialising in the industrial property market. This led him eventually to undertake new development and refurbishment projects, acting as a principal, in both the industrial and wider commercial sectors of the property market operating and dealing mainly in the general M25 area around London. This he did until 1997 and since then having mainly concentrated on the running of the family property interests.
Master Gammell’s outside interests include shooting and skiing, skiing being a great family activity and relaxation. He have three children, a daughter Philipa and two sons Edward and Charlie. Philipa is a qualified acupuncturist and massage therapist, whilst Ned works in the technology industry in New York. His youngest son Charlie is a linguist specialising in the Middle East area as well as being an historian, his speciality being in that part of the world