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Company Officers


Upper Bailiff – Mr Alderman John Garbutt

John became a Freeman of the Weavers Company in 2004, a Liveryman in 2005 and joined the Court in 2012 becoming Renter Bailiff in 2016. Having obtained a BSc Econ Honours degree from the LSE, John entered the City to working for several of the leading City firms and became a Director at Kleinwort Benson in 1987. He then worked at HSBC from 1991, where he was head of various departments and retired as Director, Global Head of Corporate Governance in 2013. He is now a Non-Executive Director of the Stobart Group and Chairman of their Remuneration Committee.

Away from his career, John is Alderman for Walbrook Ward. He is also on the Court of the Joiners & Ceilers Livery and a Liveryman of the International Bankers. John is President of the Ward of Walbrook Ward Club as well as being Lay Chairman of the Parochial Church Council and a Church Warden at St Stephen Walbrook Church. He is also a Life Vice President of the British Red Cross and a Trustee of Asthma UK. He is a Justice of the Peace, and is an Honorary Visiting Professor at two Universities. John is also Chairman of International Students’ Trust, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the Royal Geographical Society, and President of the City Livery Club. Furthermore, John is a Council member of the Royal Society of St George (City branch) and a Court Assistant of the Guild of Freemen of the City of London.


Renter 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.


Upper Warden – Mr Mark Tubbs

Mark’s education at the Nottingham High School was supplemented by holiday work in his father’s narrow fabrics factory in Derby, making him one of the family’s fourth generation of textile manufacturers. After a year’s scholarship at Valdosta State College, Georgia, he started his career in banking and commerce, specialising in credit management and assessment, qualifying as an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and Member of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management. Living in the Vale of Belvoir, Mark works for Duncan & Toplis, a leading firm of Chartered Accountants in the East Midlands, and is a Director of his wife, Jane’s business, Service Charge Debt Recovery Ltd. Mark has two step-sons and four grandchildren, who accompany him and Jane on summer holidays to their cottage in Normandy. Joining in 1976 as an Apprentice, Mark has recently been pleased to represent the Company in their clay shooting team.


Renter 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.