At the Installation dinner held at Haberdashers’ Hall we welcomed…
Anne is an employment lawyer who was born in London and has lived in London all her life. As consort to the Master Currier in 2014-2015, she learned much about the work of the Corporation of London and of the livery movement. Although she has no connection with the hatting industry, she is a keen hat wearer. Educated at Mayfield School in Sussex, she gained a Masters Degree from the University of Edinburgh in Italian and Politics.
After law college, she became a solicitor with Simmons and Simmons. She took a career break in 1994-6 and travelled in Malawi following the elections there in May 1994. She also learned to scuba dive. On her return, she completed a Master’s degree in law at UCL and returned to the City as a solicitor with DLA, mainly advising companies and city institutions. After getting a partnership with DLA, she took a role in-house with American brokerage firm, Cantor Fitzgerald/BGC Partners, as their Head of Employment. Following a break from full time employment, Anne returned to a small employment law firm based in Birmingham and in London and continues to work in this area, dividing her time between London and Oxfordshire.
She is an enthusiastic gardener, dog owner/walker and skier and more recently, a regular open water swimmer.
Charles was educated at Oundle School in Northamptonshire after which he studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Magdalene College, Cambridge.
He worked as a research assistant for David Cameron at Conservative Central Office and then joined British Airways’ Graduate Finance Scheme. He qualified as a management accountant and spent the majority of his career working for the airline overseas. He spent two years in Damascus as Manager Syria followed by 18 months in Accra as Manager Ghana and Francophone West Africa. Then he returned to the UK, still with BA, and on to Johannesburg. He left BA to go to Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was a Sloan Fellow.
For the last three years he has worked as Communications Director of the Lucent Group, working in Winchester but based in London.
He stood unsuccessfully as a Conservative councillor in Hammersmith and Fulham, has been a governor at a local primary school and trustee of the Hammersmith and Fulham Volunteer Centre. He is unmarried.
Archie is the eldest son of Simon and Lucy Wood, with two younger sisters, Erica and Lizzie. For the first four years of his life he lived in Berlin, before his family moved back to England. He attended Westbrook Hay prep school followed by Berkhamstead School. ay HhhH At school he developed an interest in science and mathematics and went on to read Natural Sciences at Pembroke College, Cambridge, specialising in Physics. He then studied for a Masters in Physics culminating in a research project studying the epidemiology of Ash dieback in the UK.
At university, he was very keen on rowing and rowed for his college. He was elected Vice-President of the Junior Parlour Committee.
He became engaged to Jena in the summer of 2015, whose family are from New York. She is a writer, editor and talented dancer. After graduating, Jena and Archie spent 8 months traveling, first in the US, and then in the far East.
He now lives in Islington in London and works for a OC&C Strategy Consultants as a management consultant.
Commander Peter Laughton MBE RN
Peter Laughton joined the Royal Navy as a Midshipman in 1992. After initial training at Britannia Royal Naval College, he undertook Fleet Training in the Hong Kong Patrol Vessel, HMS STARLING, and in the Destroyer HMS SOUTHAMPTON while deployed to the Adriatic during the Bosnian crisis. Thereafter he enjoyed a brief and rather unique broadening appointment as the First Lieutenant and Supply Officer to Naval Party 2010 based in the Falkland Islands, before reading an in-service degree in Maritime Defence Management and Technology at the Royal Naval Engineering College, Manadon.
Post graduation in July 1966, he returned to the Falkland Islands to undertake his first complement sea appointment as the Diving Officer in the Frigate, HMS MONTROSE. Having them decided to sub-specialise, he successfully completed the Minewarfare and Clearance Diving Officers’ Course in 1999. His next two appointments were in minehunters, which included a rapid deployment to the Northern Arabian Gulf in January 2003 for Operation TELIC, a period for which he was appointed MBE in the Operational Honours List in October 2003.
From 2003 to 2005 he served in the Northern Ireland Squadron in command of HMS DULVERTON, a Hunt Class Minehunter. Promoted to Lieutenant Commander in 2004, and qualifying as a Principal Warfare Officer (Above Water) in 2006, he joined the Destroyer HMS EDINBURGH as the Gunnery Officer and then later as the Operations Officer.
He was selected for promotion to Commander in 2011 and gained an MA in Defence Studies.
He assumed command of HMS LANCASTER in November 2013.
Timothy was born in Keighley, a small town in the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1958, into a family of four children and brought up in a valley bisected by the River Worth whose soft water nurtured the textile industry in the area. His father was the last of four generations involved in this industry.
After attending the local grammar school he entered the Law Faculty of Liverpool University in 1977. He became President of the Legal Society and graduated in 1980 with a LLB(Hons) degree.
He was admitted to the Solicitors Roll in 1983 and joined Hong Kong law firm, Deacons and then in 1986, the corporate finance department of James Capel and Co, also in Hong Kong.
Whilst working for James Capel and Co in New York, he met Alexandra and they married in 1988. They returned to England in 1989. Their daughter Caroline was born in 1990. In that year he was elected to partnership at Withers and subsequently became a partner at Taylor Joynson Garrett which became Taylor Wissing.
His first book ‘Securities Legislation’ was followed by its sequel, ‘Corporate Finance Law and Practice’. Timothy has had a very successful career in this area, and after many years in private practice, he set up a new merchant bank, James Stock and Co. Ltd. He now lives in Harpenden.
At the Plough Monday dinner held at Cutlers’ Hall we welcomed…
(The Countess of Portland)
Judy trained as a textile designer in the 70’s then later became a costume designer and maker. In 2000 she retrained as a Milliner and runs her own business from her central London studio. She is a visiting tutor at Central St Martins, UAL.
Judy divides her time between London and North Norfolk. She is married to Timothy Bentinck, actor and the 12th Earl of Portland. They have 2 sons.
Anna was born in London and after leaving college worked in the Antiques business, married and moved to Cornwall where she lived for a number of years, running her own Delicatessen. She married again after her husband had died and moved to the Cotswolds, where she still lives and became Chairman of his company, which has now been sold. She loves living in Broadway but hopes to have a base in London in the near future.