Upper 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.
Renter Bailiff – Mr Paul Morris
Paul became a Liveryman of the Company in 1993 and joined the Court in 2015. He has a close family connection with the former Witney Blanket industry.
After gaining a degree in Economics from the University of Wales, Paul qualified as a Solicitor. He then joined the Central London firm of Winckworth Sherwood (previously Winckworth & Pemberton) becoming a Partner there, and initially specialising in property and trust law. Much of his work involved acting for various institutions of the Church of England, and he was soon immersed in the world of ecclesiastical law. In due course he became Registrar (legal adviser) to the two large Dioceses of Southwark and London and Legal Secretary to their respective Bishops. He was also appointed Chapter Clerk of Southwark Cathedral. From 2003 to 2010 he served as Senior Partner of Winckworth Sherwood, subsequently becoming a Consultant Partner. He is currently Chair of the Ecclesiastical Law Association.
With the Weavers, Paul has previously been a member of the Almshouses Committee and has carried out charitable grant assessments on behalf of the Company.
Paul has a particular interest in Westminster Abbey, having been a chorister there – his footsteps being followed several decades later by his two sons. For 18 years he was a Governor of Westminster Abbey Choir School, with which he retains close links. Music remains one of his abiding interests.
Paul is married to Rosemary, a Tribunal Judge. They live in Charlbury, Oxfordshire, and in London. One of their four children, Nicholas, is a Freeman of the Company.
Upper 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.
Renter Warden – Thomas Bacon
Thomas joined the Weavers’ Company via Patrimony in 2015 and has since served on its Warden’s Committee, the Primary Schools Committee, and most recently, the Almshouses Committee through his position as Renter Warden in 2019/20.
Through the Primary Schools Committee, Thomas has also become a School Governor at one of the Central London primary schools linked to the Company.
Thomas was brought up in Guernsey before he ‘escaped’ to the mainland UK to read History at Exeter University. Following 3 full years of tennis and hockey matches (and the odd mandatory History lecture), Thomas embarked on his work career as a journalist at Exeter’s then daily newspaper, The Express and Echo.
After a few years as a news journalist, Thomas decided to swap writers block for Sauvignon Blanc and, in 2005, duly joined the wine trade with Majestic Wine. Moving quickly to the On Trade, Thomas headed up the Majestic Commercial operation before, latterly, moving to another On Trade Wine Merchant, Enotria & Coe in 2017.
When not selling wine, Thomas is usually found playing and coaching hockey for Spencer Hockey club, playing tennis or skiing.