Company Officers


Upper Bailiff – Mr Peter Towler

Peter joined the Livery in 1984 and the Court in 2014. He became Renter Bailiff in October 2017. He has an MA in law from Cambridge and was called to the Bar in 1974 as a Middle Temple Harmsworth Scholar. He practised as a barrister on the Western Circuit from chambers in Southampton until his retirement in 2016. He was Head of Chambers at 12 College Place from 2003-8 and continues to sit as a Crown Court Recorder (appointed 1993). He has served on several Circuit and local justice committees.

He is a former Legal Examiner for the Diocese of Winchester and currently he is a member of the Diocesan and Deanery Synods. He has served two 5-year terms as Churchwarden. He is the Winchester Diocesan President of The Children’s Society; a Trustee, Vice President and former Committee member of Hampshire County Cricket Club; and a member of MCC. He was the chairman of the Howzat Appeal (a Hampshire based forerunner of A Chance to Shine) 2003-4. He was also a founder member, initial chairman and later the President of a local Conservation Trust. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and of the Royal Society of Arts. He has a further MA in history (Open University: 2017).

He is married to Martha, a former Paediatrician and GP (now retired). They have two children - Rebecca (a Paediatrician) and Timothy (an Army Officer) - and three grandsons.


Renter Bailiff – Mr William Makower

William joined the Company as an Apprentice in 1980, joined as a Liveryman in 1991 and the Court in 2013.

William read Chinese at Edinburgh before joining the fabric and clothing division of Courtaulds in 1989. In 1992 he joined his family textile, M Makower and Co. Ltd) business becoming Managing Director in 1995. After an MBA in 1998 he ventured out on his own to start Panlogic, a digital engineering company which he now chairs. In 2012 William founded National Funding Scheme, a registered charity providing digital fundraising services to all UK charities. 

William is a trustee of National Funding Scheme and of Bishopsland; a silversmithing charity that nurtures young British talent. 

He is married to Imogen and they have three children. His interests include his allotment, skiing and alpine cycling. 




Upper Warden – Mr Anthony Turner

Anthony Turner joined the Weavers’ Company via Patrimony in 1976 and has since served on its Audit and Almshouses Committees.  Much of his working life has been spent in weaving words, initially as a copywriter with several London advertising agencies (including McCann-Erickson and Saatchi & Saatchi) and later as a freelance journalist writing magazine features for clients that included Royal Mail, the Motability scheme for disabled drivers and the Corporation of London’s ‘City View’.  More recently he worked in-house for Classic Cars as the magazine’s Archivist and Picture Researcher, while also writing regular features for Practical Classics and Classic Car Weekly, as well as acting as copy consultant for the Division of the Corporation that manages Hampstead Heath.

A member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, Anthony keeps his hand in by photographing various classic and vintage car events, at home and abroad. Nowadays a widower, he still has close ties with his late wife’s family in the Czech Republic, which he has come to regard as his second home.


Renter Warden – The Hon. Susan Barnes

Susan joined the Livery in 1993 following in her family’s footsteps.  Susan is active within the company organising The Weaver’s participation in the annual charity swimming event and assessing charitable organisations who apply for grant funding; she has also competed in the Inter-Livery annual ski event in Morzine.  She served on the Charitable Grants Committee and now joins the Court as Renter Warden for 2018-19.  Susan was brought up in Borneo and then Venezuela, where she attended the British School, and speaks Spanish.  She set up and ran a French cuisine restaurant with accommodation in Sussex in the 1990s, then became a pharmaceutical healthcare development manager for 10 years.  Following a brain injury in 2011 Susan now supports City University, London on the Service Users and Carers Advisory Board, the post-grad recruitment board and has presented to students on the effects of brain injury on speech.  Leisure pursuits include Aikido and a Ducati motorbike which she takes on tour to France, Italy and beyond annually.