IAN RUSSELL MBE
Master 2016 – 2017
Ian was born in 1956, the son of Past Master Leatherseller Tony Russell. He was a pupil at Hitchin Boys Grammar School and went on to study Yacht & Boatyard Management at Southampton College (now Solent University) before moving to Norfolk. He was made free in 1979, admitted to the Livery in 1981, served as Fourth Warden in 2002/3 and joined the Court in 2006. He has served as a Governor of Colfe’s School since 2005 and as Chairman from 2006 to 2015.
His early career was spent both building and selling powerboats, clipper yachts and racing dinghies. In 1982 he undertook a career change, acquiring a derelict farm close to the Norfolk Broads and setting up a marketing and events agency.
The derelict farm became Wroxham Barns, now a highly successful visitor attraction welcoming 200,000 visitors each year. The marketing agency grew to be TRO Group (The Russell Organisation), now one of the largest international experiential marketing agencies in Europe, now owned by Omnicom.
Ian has also served as Chairman and Director of a number of regional tourism organisations over the past 30 years and his work in the tourism industry was recognised in 2002 when he was awarded the MBE. Currently he is a director of VisitEastAnglia and still owns and runs Wroxham Barns.
Ian is married to Sue (whose father was George Lunt, Past Master of the Founders Company). He has three children, Liveryman Katie Russell, Liveryman Alastair Russell and Phillipa Russell as well as two step children Liveryman Jessica Petrie and Freeman Harry Petrie (both members of the Founders Company).
When family, work and livery commitments allow, Ian and Sue enjoy sailing on their yacht in Croatia.
The Second Warden
Antony Andrew Barrow
Born in 1953, Antony Barrow is the third of five sons of Past Master Peter Barrow. His grandfather was Past Master Hugh Barrow and his great-grandfather was Past Master Sir Samuel Barrow. Antony was admitted to the Livery in 1977 and elected to the Court in 2006. His brothers include Past Master Charles Barrow, Assistant Christopher Barrow, and the retiring Fourth Warden, James Barrow.
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 re-insurance broker in no fewer 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 re-insurance business in many parts of the world. Antony also serves on various Boards, including the Livery Companies’ Mutual in the UK and an insurance company in the Caribbean.
Antony is married to Imogen and has three children: Francesca aged 20, Alexa aged 18 and Archie aged 15. They live in London during the week and try to escape to a cottage in Hampshire at week-ends.
His interests include ski-ing, 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! Depending on commitments, he also enjoys watching sport, especially rugby and cricket.
The Third Warden
Jasper Stephen Holmes
Jasper Holmes was born in 1962 and educated at Tiffin Boys’ School, Kingston-upon-Thames, after which he went to the University of East Anglia. His father was Richard Holmes (Third Warden 1982-83) and his grandfather, Sir Stephen Holmes, was Master in 1967-68. The family’s long association with the Leathersellers’ Company began with Jasper’s great-great-great-great grandfather (also named Jasper) in 1750.
He began his career as a bicycle messenger boy in an advertising agency in 1985. Quickly spotting that the creative department seemed to be having all the fun, he became a copywriter and has since worked in some of London’s most successful advertising agencies, responsible for campaigns for (amongst many others) News International, Carphone Warehouse, British Airways and the British Red Cross. He is currently working as a freelance copywriter on a wide variety of projects, from conventional ad campaigns to digital marketing. He also has a side-line as a second-hand bookdealer, specialising in Sport.
Jasper is married to Rosalind and they live in Putney with a 14-year old son, Daniel. A member of the MCC, he still plays (increasingly creaky) village cricket in Surrey and Sussex, and has turned out most years for the Leathersellers in their annual match at Colfe’s.
The Fourth Warden
Alistair Edward Tusting
Born in 1964, the son of Past Master John Tusting, Alistair attended Shrewsbury School and then went on to St John’s College, Cambridge, where he read Natural Sciences – and also rowed for his College. He spent a fourth year studying Production methods and management in the Engineering Department, visiting a wide range of factories around the country.
After leaving the academic world, Alistair took up a post as a Design Engineer with Black & Decker, in Durham in the ‘sunny north-east’, where he lived for three years and was able to continue his longstanding interest in rowing. He became a Freeman of the Leathersellers’ Company by Patrimony in 1985 and a Liveryman in 1989.
In 1990 he moved back south and joined the Tusting family business. Since then he has been largely engaged with building up the firm’s leather goods manufacturing operation (in what is a very tough sector), and diversified the business by also sourcing products from Asian factories to supplement the firm’s own products.
Alistair married Gillian in 1995 and they have two children, Finlay and Alice, aged 16 and 14. Their family life is full and includes sailing, ski-ing, walking and climbing, plus hockey, running, riding and mountain biking.
The Tustings have lived on a smallholding for twenty years and have spent considerable time renovating and extending their house. They live in a very small community and share in all its activities. Alistair was a parish councillor for eight years and subsequently became a trustee for Emmaus Village Carlton, helping with the commercial elements of their work and supporting this charity in whatever way he can.