Prime Warden:  Jashvantrai Balwantrai JOSHI

Prime Warden: Jashvantrai Balwantrai JOSHI

Elected to the Livery: 2004
Elected to the Court: 2009
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Jashvantrai Joshi BSc (Hons) (known as Jash) was born in Blantyre, Malawi and settled in London with his family after being forcibly ejected from Malawi in 1970. He is married to Pravina and has a son and two grandchildren.

Having graduated in Chemistry, Jash went on to establish an export business in London with his father in 1972. After a difficult start and following the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, the business expanded into Eastern Europe – in particular Romania, where he set up offices in Bucharest. He went on to install off-shore oil platforms for the oil industry of Romania and accomplished other major projects. Subsequently he branched out in business in the United States of America with an enterprise renting and sterilising surgical instruments for the health industry.

Jash served as the Secretary-General of an organisation representing the Gujarati community of Britain, the NCGO, at a time of great sensitivity for this community, liaising on their behalf with embassies, and arranging for the Chief Police Commissioner and local MPs to address delegates at NCGO conferences. He brought in the Indian High Commissioner to help with visa problems for British Indians travelling to India. He was also instrumental in setting up the Federation of Brahmin Associations of Europe. Jash is also a member of the Society of London Ragamuffins which helps provide financial and other support to those from a poor background mainly in the City of London.

Jash is an active committee member of Coleman Street Ward Club; he travels extensively, reads, swims and is an avid cricket fan and member at Surrey CCC.

Renter Warden: Dr Robin Michael Cox McNEILL LOVE

Renter Warden: Dr Robin Michael Cox McNEILL LOVE

Elected to the Livery: 2006
Elected to the Court: 2012

Third Warden (Immediate Past Prime Warden): Richard David REGAN OBE

Third Warden (Immediate Past Prime Warden): Richard David REGAN OBE

Elected to the Livery: 2007
Elected to the Court: 2009
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Born 21 June 1938. Educated at Wimbledon College. Married to Anne and has 1 daughter and 3 sons.

Career

  • 1960 1965: Fund Management Prudential Assurance Co. Ltd
  • 1965: Appointed to Association of British Insurers (ABI) Investment Committee
  • 1972: ABI Assistant Secretary
  • 1987: ABI Head of Investments and Secretary Investment Committee
  • 1993: ABI Head of Investments and Senior Manager

ABI represented 680 members, managing c£850 billion of investments. The ICGN represented investors from 30 countries managing c $9.5 Trillion.

Until his retirement he was also:

  • Director, International Board, Paris Bourse
  • Bank of England Capital Markets Committee
  • DTI Company Law Review Committee
  • Stock Exchange Pre-emption Group
  • Stock Exchange Listing Rules and Appeals Committees
  • CBI Companies Committee:
  • Company Law Review Committee
  • Institutional Shareholders
  • Committee Member, Share Schemes Advanced Study Group
  • Chairman, International Corporate Governance Organisation

City and Livery Interests

He is a Member of the Court of Common Council of the City of London serving as -:

  • Member of the Police Committee,
  • Police Standards Committee and Economic Fraud Office Board,
  • Governor City of London School for Girls,
  • D/Chairman King Edward’s School Witley,
  • Past Governor Christ’s Hospital
  • Governor of Barrow Hills School
  • Governor Guildhall School of Music
  • Member Livery Committee
  • Trustee City Alms Houses
  • Member Establishment Committee
  • Adviser to the Royal College of Surgeons Surgical Awards Committee
  • Past Master of The Worshipful Company of Cutlers (2002/03)
  • Past Sheriff of the City of London Past
  • Chief Commoner of the City

He lists his interests as music, skiing, village cricket, good conversation and classic MG cars.

Craft Warden: Dr Nicholas Mark LAND

Craft Warden: Dr Nicholas Mark LAND

Elected to the Livery: 1982
Elected to the Court: 2009

Father of the Company: Rodney LYONS

Father of the Company: Rodney LYONS

Elected to the Livery: 1960
Elected to the Court: 1989
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The Role and its History

The Father is the only title to be held in perpetuity (those of the Prime Warden, Wardens, the Clerk and the Beadle are elected annually.) With its suggestion of English monasticism, the title is embued with the authority of antiquity. It is always given to the senior Past Prime Warden, who perhaps can be said to compare with the “elders” of other bodies or professions such as “The Father of the House of Commons” and “The Father of the bench.” King Henry IV – in whose reign so much of the nucleus of the Company’s ordinance seems to have been shaped – also became known as “The Father and Friend of the People”. Many and varied are the duties and responsibilities of the Father of a Livery Company. He does, of course, defer to the Prime Warden: who in turn feels secure in the knowledge that the oldest member – with a wealth of experience – is at his side to assist with official formulae or advise on matters unusually difficult which could arise during his term in office. This was particularly so in the earliest days, when the other past Prime Wardens only continued to serve on the Court for a limited period. It is the prerogative of the Father to attend not only the Quarterly Courts, but every other meeting of Wardens. Furthermore, he is automatically invited to “take the Chair” in the absence of the Prime Warden.