The Master

Antony Andrew Barrow
Master 2017 – 2018

Born in 1953, Antony Barrow is the third son of Past Master Peter Barrow, grandson of Past Master Hugh Barrow and great-grandson of Past Master Sir Samuel Barrow. Antony was admitted to the Livery in 1977 and elected to the Court in 2006. He has four brothers, one of whom is Past Master and one on the Court.

Antony was educated at Wellington College, along with his four brothers. He then entered the insurance business at Lloyd’s in 1971 before spending six years in Milan (1974-1980), from where he travelled extensively around the globe, working as a reinsurance broker in no less than 40 countries. He also ended up as a fluent Italian speaker.

Returning to the UK, Antony became a director of a Lloyd’s Broker, Golding Collins Ltd before starting his own Lloyd’s broking firm in 1983. Cogent Resources Ltd is still independent today and handles wholesale insurance and reinsurance business in many Continents around the world.

Antony is an FSA approved person and a director of many companies in the field of insurance and reinsurance, including the Livery Companies’ Mutual in the UK and an indigenous Insurance Company in the Caribbean.

Antony is married to Imogen and has three children Francesca aged 21, Alexa aged 19 and Archie aged 16. They live in London during the week and try to escape to a cottage in Hampshire at week-ends.

His interests include skiing, wildlife photography, wine, sailing and shooting. He is President of the Lloyd’s Ski Club, currently captains three amateur ski teams and tries to keep as fit as possible, including running with the two labradors at week-ends and the odd game of cricket when time allows! He also enjoys watching sport especially rugby and cricket.

The Second Warden

Michael John Bradly Russell
Second Warden

Born on 24th January 1952, Mike is the grandson of J. Kingsley Russell, Master in 1954-55 and son of Peter Bradly Russell, a Liveryman and a chamois leather manufacturer. The family business, G.W. Russell & Son Limited, was taken over by James Garnar & Sons Limited and ultimately became part of Pittards.

Mike is related to Ian Russell, IPM. Educated at Hitchin Boys’ Grammar School, he took up articles with a City firm, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1975. He started his own practice in Hertfordshire in 1983 and in more recent years he was heavily involved in aviation businesses, all of which he retired from in 2013.

He remains involved in a number of small property developments and local charities.

Mike was Chairman of Colfe’s Leisure Services Limited and The Museum of Leathercraft and was the founding Chairman of the Young Livery Committee. He has chaired the University Grants Scheme for a number of years and chairs the Small Grants Committee. He served as fourth warden in 2004/5.

He is married to Jayne and they have two sons (Oliver and Robert) and a daughter (Katie). Oliver is a liveryman. Mike has 7 grandchildren with ages ranging from twins of 12 to a 2-year-old.

His interests include travel, classic motor cars, good wines and food and he is a collector of clocks manufactured by his great-grand-father.

He now lives in an eco-house he built in 2015 in the garden of this previous home.

The Third Warden

Jonathan Andrew Macfie Muirhead OBE DL
Third Warden

Jonathan Muirhead was born in 1951 and educated at Glenalmond College, Perth, after which he went to the National Leathersellers’ College, London, where he gained a Diploma in Leather Technology.

Jonathan is a sixth generation leather manufacturer, from a family which has been producing leather in Glasgow and the surrounding area since 1758. He has spent all his career (47 years to date) with his family business, Scottish Leather Group. Most of those years have been spent with its main subsidiary, Bridge of Weir Leather Company, the world’s oldest independent supplier of leather to the automotive industry. Today’s customers include Aston Martin, Volvo, Jaguar Land Rover, McLaren, Mercedes and Lincoln.

He is a Fellow of the Society of Leather Technologists and Chemists, was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Northampton in 2014, and an OBE for services to the leather industry in 2016. He is also a Deputy Lieutenant of the county of Renfrewshire.

Jonathan is married to Fiona and they live in Glasgow. They have two sons (continuing the family tradition, both are in the leather industry), three daughters and two grandchildren. His interests include golf, skiing, curling, jazz, cars, wine, rugby union (season ticket holder at Glasgow Warriors) – and dogs (two golden retrievers).

The Fourth Warden

Timothy Norman Bramham Lister 
Fourth Warden

Born in 1966, Tim was brought up in Kent and finished his schooling at Cranbrook. He then went on to complete a foundation course in accountancy at Hatfield Polytechnic before starting his articles in 1986 to train as a chartered accountant. Having qualified in 1991, Tim went on to work for various firms locally before becoming a partner in an accountancy practice in Longfield, Kent, where he stayed for a few years before setting out on his own and taking over a practice in 2002. Since then, Tim has expanded this practice to comprise three offices and 19 employees.

Tim became a Freeman of the Leathersellers’ Company in 1989 by patrimony, and then a Liveryman in 1990. Tim has recently become a governor of Colfe’s School, and has also represented the Company at golf in the Prince Arthur Cup.

Tim married Kathy in 2008 and they have two children: Kitty, seven, and Hugo, five. They now live in Tim’s family home in Westwell near Ashford, enjoying the activities and benefits this has to offer. Their family life is full and includes riding, ski-ing and other leisure pursuits associated with living in the country. In his younger days, Tim used to play rugby for Canterbury.