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Richard Humphries MBE

Upper Bailiff – Mr. Richard Humphries MBE

Richard Humphries joined the Weavers' Company in 1987 and joined the Court in 2009 began his own silk weaving company in 1972 weaving on his old firm’s redundant machinery. Specialising in bespoke furnishings he has continued restoring important interiors for the past 44 years. His work at Hampton Court and the Royal Palaces, restoring the State Apartments was recognised in 1985 when he was awarded the MBE for his services to the textile trade. Although a furnishing cloth specialist, he has made structures as diverse as for gold smelting and pure silk hand velvet. Today the special weaving continues on the Essex Suffolk border at Sudbury, now the final outpost of the British Silk Industry. Richard spends all his hobby time restoring old textile machinery and playing the guitar. Richard is married to Michelle and together they have produced six children. Second Son Harry is a Freeman of the Company


Renter 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.

Philippa Ouvry-Johns

Upper Warden – Mrs. Philippa Ouvry-Johns

Philippa Ouvry-Johns has been a member of the Weavers’ Company since being apprenticed to her father Jonathan Ouvry in 1992. She has worked at the Victoria and Albert Museum since 2000, in the Marketing and Fundraising departments, focusing particularly on membership fundraising and, latterly, project management. Philippa is a trustee of the French Hospital, the Westminster French Protestant Schools Foundation, and the newly-opened Huguenot Museum. In 2013-4, Philippa was awarded a Fellowship by the prestigious Clore Cultural Leadership Programme. She is currently undertaking training and accreditation as a Relational Dynamics Coach. In her spare time, Philippa enjoys singing, and is an active member of Leicester Cathedral Choir (with whom she sang at the reinterment services for Richard III) and Pegasus, a London-based chamber choir. Philippa lives in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, with her husband Chris.


Renter 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.