The Master

Master 2018 – 2019

Born in 1952, Mike is the grandson of J. Kingsley Russell, Master Leatherseller in 1954-55 and son of Peter Bradly Russell, a Liveryman and a chamois leather manufacturer.

The family business, G.W. Russell & Son Limited, was taken over by James Garnar & Sons Limited and ultimately became part of Pittards. Educated at Hitchin Boys’ Grammar School, he took up articles with a City firm, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1975. He started his own practice in Hertfordshire in 1983 and in more recent years he was heavily involved in aviation businesses, all of which he retired from in 2013.

He remains involved in a number of small local property developments.

He remains a trustee to a few local charities, many of which he has served on for more than 30 years.

Mike was admitted to the Livery in 1987 and he became an assistant in 2008. He was Chairman of Colfe’s Leisure Services Limited and The National Leather Collection (Museum of Leathercraft) where he remains as a trustee together with the Leather Conservation Centre.

Mike was the founding Chairman of the Leathersellers’ Young Livery Committee. He has chaired the Student Grants Scheme for a number of years and chairs the new Small Grants Committee. He served as fourth warden in 2004/5.

He is married to Jayne and they have two sons (Oliver and Robert) and a daughter (Katie). Oliver is a liveryman. Mike has 7 grandchildren with ages ranging from twins of 13 to a 3 year old.

His interests include travel, classic motor cars, good wines and food and he is a collector of clocks manufactured by his great-grand-father. He follows tennis and motor sport and is an occasional golfer.

He now lives in an eco-house he built in 2015 in the garden of his previous home in Hertfordshire.

The Second Warden

Second Warden

Christopher was born in 1953, the son of Peter Barrow (Master 1981-82), grandson of Hugh Barrow (Master 1957-58) and great-grandson of Sir Samuel Barrow (Master 1931-32). He served as Third Warden in 2000-2001 and was elected to the Court in 2007. He has two brothers on the Court (Past Master Charles Barrow and IPM Antony Barrow) and a brother (James Barrow) who has served as Fourth Warden.

Christopher started employment life as a prep school teacher (1970-72). This was followed by 30 years in the financial industry. Initially working as an equity analyst researching UK companies in the City, he subsequently spent nearly 20 years in investment banking in Malaysia, Hong Kong and India. His final role in Asia was with Dresdner Kleinwort as country head in India.

He led the acquisition of Metropolitan Safe Deposits in London in 2007 and, as Chief Executive, oversees the group’s business with particular emphasis on strategic, shareholder and regulatory matters. Metropolitan is a private company and is one of the largest independent safe deposits businesses in the UK.

Christopher was a Foundation Governor of the Leathersellers’ Federation of Schools (2007-2017), Chair of the Finance Committee (2009-2013) and Chair of Governors (2013-2017). He currently chairs the Leathersellers’ Investment Sub-Committee.

He is married to Belinda and lives in Berkshire. They have three children, Liveryman Thomas (29), Liveryman Alexander (27) and Millie (23), all of whom live and work in London. They share Christopher’s interest in sport, travel, food and wine. In addition, he enjoys walking their two Labradors in the hills surrounding their home.

The Third Warden

Third Warden

Giles Lister was born in 1966 and is a man of Kent. He was educated at Cranbrook School, Kent, after which he went to the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, where he gained a Diploma in Rural Estate Management.

Giles qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1992. Having worked in the water sector for eight years, he joined the family business, with Past Master Anthony Lister, in 2000 which led to him setting up his own company in 2008. With his experience in the sector he joined Fisher German LLP as a partner in 2013. Fisher German LLP offer professional services and support in all aspects of land and property management across the UK. Giles is the Head of the Utilities and Infrastructure Sector within the business specializing in the provision of services, to include linear asset and property management, to the utility and infrastructure industry operating within a diverse range of sectors including electricity, gas, water, fibre optics, oil, chemicals and transport.

Giles is married to Suzanne and they live in Canterbury, Kent. They have three sons. His interests include golf, skiing, rugby union and shooting.

The Fourth Warden

Fourth Warden

Caspar Williams was born in 1966 and is the youngest son of Francis Williams who was on the court from 1972 until his death in 1981; grandson of Graham Williams (Master 1959-60) and great grandson of John Williams (Master 1922-23). He became a Freeman by Patrimony in 1987 and was admitted to the Livery in 1990. He was educated at Harrow School

He has been involved in a diverse range of business activities which have included setting up and operating a fast food Burger franchise, an agricultural spray nozzle salesman, working for the BBC, being a West End theatre impresario (All You Need Is Love!) and a practicing integrative psychotherapist. In addition, he is the co – owner and chairman of Aspace, an on-line children’s furniture retailer, where he has worked since 2012.

In 2010 he successfully graduated with a Masters Degree and Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy at Regents College, London. He continues to undertake private and pro-bono client work. This includes volunteering for Cruse, the national bereavement charity, where he provides one to one bereavement counselling, training and group supervision in the Newbury area.

In 2003 his son Rufus was born and he finally married his wife Gina in 2005. As a family, they combine their enjoyment of travel, sunny weather and wine between the vineyard studded hills of Piedmonte, Italy and the Cape in South Africa. Quality father and son time centres around skiing, trekking and bodysurfing.