My invitation to join the Innholders' Company came through the Master Innholders. The Mi's were first established by the Company in 1977 to re-forge their links with the hospitality industry. My training was traditional: after leaving school I spent five years as a Management Trainee at the Savoy Hotel which included a year at Le Bristol in Paris.
Annual Review 2016-2017
My introduction to the Company came while I was articled at Druces & Attlee - the "Attlee" being my great grandfather, Henry - around the time that John Edwardes Jones took over as Clerk from John Bentley.After qualifying as a solicitor, I stayed at the firm until 1999 including a stint as its first Managing Partner.
Annual Review 2015-2016
With both parents and their respective families being so heavily ‘involved in the law’, apparently my sister and I announced from a very early age, that neither of us would ever want to become lawyers! Let me explain.
Annual Review 2014-2015
The extraordinary privilege of election to the Chair in the Quincentennial Year of our Charter came about entirely by serendipity. First, and most important, it is Anne’s family, not mine, with historic links to Innholding, and to the Company
Annual Review 2013-2014
Educated at Wilsons Grammar School in Camberwell London I followed the family tradition of entering the world of insurance, joining Bevington Vaisey and Foster, a very traditional firm of Lloyd’s Brokers. After a spell brokering in the “room” (the underwriting room at Lloyds) I broadened my horizons, becoming an Institute Registered Insurance Broker and taking on responsibility for the whole insurance portfolios of a number of clients.
Annual Review 2012-2013
I was born overlooking Poole Harbour in Dorset, so it is not surprising that I grew up with an affinity for the sea and still live in the area with a love of the Harbour and the spectacular Purbeck Hills. I was educated in Dorset and after leaving Milton Abbey School had a year on a building site constructing houses which, rather surprisingly, are still standing. Not only did I learn about building, but the physical work built up my strength and fitness which enabled me to crew on an off-shore racing yacht. I was lucky enough to compete in the Admiral’s Cup and the Fastnet Race, where I learnt how to navigate - which led to a later career in offshore powerboats.
Annual Review 2011-2012
Ian was elected to the Livery in 1984 and to the Court in 2008, at which date he simultaneously became Renter Warden. Ian lives in Lindfield in West Sussex with his wife Julie. Unashamedly family centric, Ian and Julie have two of their three children living abroad, Samantha in Adelaide and Justine in Perth.
Annual Review 2010-2011
Peter was born in Lichfield in Staffordshire in 1949 and he spent his childhood years partly in and around Lichfield and later near Maidstone in Kent. He returned to Lichfield for his secondary education at King Edward VI School where, in his final year, as school captain, he was invited to address the City of Lichfield’s Johnson Society dedicated to the school’s most famous
Annual Review 2009-2010
I first came to the City of London in 1963 when he was apprenticed to my uncle, John Ferrar, as an Articled Clerk in the solicitor’s !rm Monro Pennefather of Cannon Street. We were all paid £5 a week with a li"le extra for lunch; great ingenuity was needed to !nd our lunch venues, either in Southwark or in the labyrinth of lanes in and around Cannon Street. #us started my City career and they were happy times.
Annual Review 2008-09
Jeremy Pope was introduced to the Innholders by Horace Mellery-Pratt. The first function je attended was as Horace's guest at a Grouse Club Dinner some time during the 1980's. Subsequently, when his oldest son, Rory, was apprenticed to Horace, Jeremy was invited to join both the Freedom and Livery of WCI.
Annual Review 2007-2008
Hugh was introduced to the Innholders by his uncle, George Russell, and he became Norman Hall’s apprentice. Soon after this, Hugh joined the Royal Navy and his attendance at Company events became less frequent than he would have liked. Having joined the Livery in 1979, he was unable to attend a single event in1982 when his uncle was Master.
Annual Review 2006-2007
Peter was introduced to the Worshipful Company of Innholders' by his wife's father, Russell Chiesman, and was sponsored by Ray Appleyard, being admitted to the Livery on a cold Frebruary day in 1977. Peter is fiercely proud of the Company, its heritage and the traditions and loyalty that binds the Company together.
Annual Review 2005-2006
Anthony Mellery-Pratt is the second generation of his family to be an Innholder, following his father Horace, who is the Father of the Company. Anthony became a Freeman in 1965 and joined the Livery in 1973 on his return from three years' working in Durban, South Africa.
Annual Review 2004-2005
My father, Alec Spouse was invited to join the Livery in 1935 but was too old to join the Court. He much regretted this and ensured that the same would not happen to me by making me his apprentice at 14. So I became a Freeman at 21 and was invited to join the Livery in 1973.
Annual Review 2003-2004
I was born in Hong Kong after my mother took a three day trip in a gunboat down the Pearl river from Woochow, where my father was working, so that I would be born in a British territory. The passengers, the crew, the engine and steering gear were all encased in a cage to protect them from the river pirates.
Annual Review 2002-2003
My father, Colin Wood, was invited to join the livery in 1927 by Douglas Mathews (son of PM Maj. Henry Edmund Mathews) his friend and partner in their firm of solicitors. He was Master in 1957 and remained active in the Company throughout his life. I became his apprentice in 1956, and I was invited to join the Livery in 1967.