Officers of the Company
John Poulten LLB MCI Arb – Master
John Poulten was installed Master on 12 December 2017. He was Clothed in the Livery in 2006 and joined the Finance and General Purposes Committee in 2009. He was appointed Chairman of that Committee in 2011 and appointed a Lay Court Assistant at the same time. He remained Chairman until his election as Renter Warden in 2015.
Educated at Brentwood School and King’s College London, he practised as a Solicitor for nearly 40 years. Upon retirement he became more and more involved in the family glass making business. In fact he can trace a glass blower member of his family in successive generations going back to the mid 18th Century. His is Chairman of Poulten & Graf Limited of Barking, Essex and joint Chairman of Poulten & Graf Holding Gmbh of Wertheim Germany. The Group is the only Anglo-German manufacturer of technical and scientific glassware with manufacturing facilities in Barking and Wertheim. He is a Life Member of the Royal Society of St George City of London Branch and a member of the City Livery Company.
His two sons are married and living in the USA and Sydney Australia with his 5 grandchildren. John lives just outside Frinton on Sea, Essex with Sylvia, his partner of nearly 30 years. She has her own business interests and many grandchildren too.
Leigh Baildham – Prime Warden
Leigh was elected Prime Warden on 12 December 2017.
Richard Katz – Renter Warden
Richard was elected Renter Warden on 12 December 2017.
Lance Whitehouse – Clerk
Lance joined the Company as Honorary Clerk in December 2016. He is a Past Master and member of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards. A member of 3 City Wards and of the City Pickwick Club, he has completed the City Management course and is also a qualified guide for the City of London.
Lance is working with both the Sheriff and Recorders Fund and PAN (an organisation helping trafficked women and working to keep guns out of the hands of the youths of the City).
His commercial life has been involved, almost exclusively, with global steel trading. Having travelled a great deal for work he is now more than ready to bring his focus back to his roots in the City. His main interests are photography, clay pigeon shooting and City history.
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