The President


Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli FCCA FCSI FBCS

Michael became President of the Club on election as Alderman for Broad Street Ward in 2013. Professor Mainelli is Executive Chairman of Z/Yen, the City of London’s leading commercial think-tank and venture firm, which he co-founded in 1994 to promote societal advance through better finance and technology. Alderman Mainelli is Emeritus Mercers' School Memorial Professor of Commerce at Gresham College, having held the chair from 2005 to 2009.

Michael served as Aldermanic Sheriff for the City of London 2019-2021

Honorary Secretary


Christine Cook

Christine had a long career in retail and the civil service, culminating in a senior position at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

She was Clerk to the Guild of Freemen of the City of London for four years and has now retired to Brightlingsea in Essex.

Honorary Treasurer


Judith Bingham, BA MA ACIS ACMA CGMA

Judy was born in the City of London at Saint Bartholomew's Hospital. She was educated at the Lady Eleanor Holles school in Hampton and took a BA in Modern Arts and an MA in Strategic Financial Management at Kingston University. Judy started her career in the translation sector before selling her business, Translagency Ltd, in 1988. Deciding on a career change she then trained as a Chartered Secretary and a Chartered Management Accountant. Since the 1990’s she has held a number of finance positions within the media sector, including BBC Worldwide. From 2007 to 2018 Judy was the Director of Finance for the Input Media Group. Married to John, she lives in Southall and is a keen National Trust supporter volunteering at their property in Osterley. 

Judy took over as Treasurer of Broad Street Ward Club in 2020

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The Club is managed by a Committee consisting of a Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Honorary Treasurer, Honorary Secretary,  the Immediate Past Chairman, 5 recent Chairmen (ex-officio), up to seven other members of the Club and the elected Common Councilmen for the Ward (ex-officio members). 

Click this button for a list of Past Chairmen since the Club's formation in 1976.

Ex Officio: Common Councilmen


Deputy John Bennett MBE

John graduated in biochemistry from Christ Church, Oxford.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a Fellow of the Securities & Investment Institute and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.  He spent 35 years in various roles in International Banking and during this time developed a keen interest in banking compliance and regulation. He retired in 2005.


John is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers and is a Past Chairman of the Broad Street Ward Club (2007-2008). His interests range from the visual and performing arts to bridge, tennis, keeping fit and travel. John was made MBE in the 2019 New Year Honours for services to the City of London and Education.

The Chairman is an annual appointment - elected at the Annual General Meeting in February each year. The Chairman is elected from the serving members of the Committee and, amongst other things, is primarily responsible for representing the Club at Civic functions within the City as well as organising the Club's calendar of annual events.

The Alderman for the Ward of Broad Street is automatically an ex officio member and is always President of the Club. Unlike the position of Chairman (see right), The President is not subject to annual election.

Nigel Mattinson
Nigel Mattinson
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Lisa Preuveneers
Lisa Preuveneers
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Richard Clay
Richard Clay
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Sarah Sturrock
Sarah Sturrock
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Joseph Robertson
Joseph Robertson
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Mike Bradly Russell
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Christopher Michael Hayward CC

Chris is married to Alexandra. They have two young children and live in Sarratt, Hertfordshire and the City of London. He is Deputy Leader of Hertfordshire County Council. In the City Chris is Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers, has been Churchwarden at St. Margaret Pattens and the Chairman of the Trustees of the Friends of St. Margaret Pattens.


Chris is a Past Chairman of the Broad Street Ward Club (2013-2014), a member of the Candlewick, Farringdon and Coleman Street Ward Clubs, Life Member and serves on the Council of the City of London Branch of the Royal Society of St. George and Life Member and Court Assistant of the Guild of Freemen. Chris is also a member of the Carlton Club, the City Livery Club and a member of the Leander Club, Henley-on-Thames.


Chris served as Non-Aldermanic Sheriff for the City of London 2019-2021. 

John George Stewart Scott CC

After graduating in History from the University of Stirling, John Scott emigrated from Scotland to work for Morgan Grenfell, rising to be a Director and, after the merger with Deutsche Bank, to be a Managing Director of the latter with responsibility for Public Sector Finance. He retired from banking in 2002 on reaching 55 years of age. Since then he and his wife have formed their own Company, Historystore Limited, which trades in antique documents and publishes historically-themed merchandise. He writes regularly for magazines.on the history of written communications.

John was first elected to the Court of Common Council for the Ward of Broad Street in 1999 and has served as Chairman of the Libraries, Archives & Art Gallery Committee, the Culture, Heritage & Libraries Committee and the Markets Committee. John served as Chief Commoner for the year 2018 to 2019. He is a Member of the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars and was Chairman of the Ward Club 1999-2000.

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Christine Cook

  • Nigel Mattinson

  • Lisa Preuveneers

  • Richard Clay

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Here is the Committee of 2019-2020 taken at Guildhall on the occasion of the 2019 Civic Luncheon.

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Jonathan Hindle
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Neil Hitchens
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Martin Samuel
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Derek Morley
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  • Sarah Sturrock

  • Joseph Alan Robertson

  • Michael Bradly Russell

Ex Officio: Recent Past Chairmen

  • Roger Walsh

  • Jonathan Hindle

  • Neil Hitchens

  • Martin Samuel

  • Derek Morley

The Honorary Auditor


Robin V Darbyshire FCA

Born in 1955, Robin qualified as a chartered accountant in 1979. After several years as an auditor, he joined the Bank of England and spent 19 years responsible for its accounts. While there, he served on the committee of the European System of Central Banks. Since then Robin has worked independently in Central Bank finances and working for the IMF in various countries and on projects for the European Central Bank.  He lectures and writes on Central Bank issues. For 9 years Robin was the honorary accountant of St Paul’s Cathedral Foundation which raised funds for the refurbishment of the Cathedral. He is a member of the Guild of Freeman and the Worshipful Company of International Bankers.

Immediate Past Chairman

Michael Kemsley FCA FCMI MBIFM DipPMI

Mike was born in Bromley in 1955, now lives in Twickenham and is married with two children to Diana Fieldwick. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1980, Mike spent 10 years in commercial banking and 16 years as CFO of Sweett Group plc. Today, Mike is Finance Director of Indigo Planning Limited.

From 2006 to 2014 he was a governor of Esher College and since 2008 Treasurer of Enhance Able, a disabled services charity in Kingston. Mike was Master of the Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers (2016-17), is a member of the Guild of Freemen, the Bonnetmakers and Dyers of Glasgow, the Oriental Club and a Life Fellow of the RSA. Mike was Treasurer of Broad Street Ward Club from 2013 until 2020.


Commander James Nisbet VR RN

James was born in Northumberland and educated in Yorkshire, moving to London in 1990 to study for an MA in Modern History. He began a finance career in 1994 as a graduate trainee at NatWest Bank in the City, becoming a Chartered Banker in 1996. Moving on to work for a number of international banks over the next 15 years he also served as a Reservist in the Royal Navy. Having decided on a career change in 2015 James took up a full time role in the Royal Navy looking after 45 Sea Cadet units in Greater London and Essex. He became a Freeman of the City of London in 2002 and is now a Liveryman of the International Bankers and Shipwrights Companies. James is a member of the Guild of Freemen and sits on the Council of the Royal Society of St George. Married with two daughters, he lives in the Chiltern Hills and enjoys gardening, skiing and the occasional game of golf.

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Deputy Chairman


Judith Rich OBE

Judith worked in the charity sector for over 45 years, initiating and building up Cards for Good Causes (nationally selling over £7million worth of charity Christmas cards annually). She is a Fellow of the Institute of Fundraising, being a founding member, and currently is Chairman of Charity Appointments and until recently of the Diabetes Foundation. Additionally, she is a Vice President of Diabetes UK and of REACH and a Trustee of the City of Winchester Trust and St. John's Winchester, one of the oldest alms house charities in country. She now spends her time advising on governance and good management in the charity sector and in various voluntary appointments in the City of London and Winchester.

In 2006 the Individual Lifetime Award of the charity sector as well as the Services to Humanity Award from the International Red Cross marked her continuing voluntary contribution, as did in 2009 the Award of the Silver Swan by her Mother Livery Company, the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

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1977 - Deputy Alec Coulson

1978 - David Mizen

1979 - Denis Huggons

1980 - Alderman Sir Michael Savory

1981 - John Fell

1982 - Stella Currie MBE

1983 - Mervyn Temple-Richards

1984 - Richard Ratner

1985 - Archie Galloway OBE

1986 - John Spanner CC TD

1987 - Cyril Dashwood

1988 - Peter Vermulen

1989 - Paul Kennerley

1990 - Mary Spanner

1991 - Claire Cross

1992 - John Talbot

1993 - Derek Larcombe

1994 - Oliver Holme

1995 - Keith Baker

1996 - Martin Payne

1997 - Geoff Beaven

1998 - Peter Holmes

1999 - John Scott CC

2000 - Stephen Clark

2001 - Claire Angier

2002 - Hugh Harris CBE

2003 - Kathryn Vagneur

2004 - Alderman Michael Mainelli

2005 - Vincent Mercer

2006 - Robert Barnes

2007 - Deputy John Bennett MBE

2008 - Valika Foundoulakis

2009 - Mary Haynes

2010 - Elisabeth McMahon

2011 - Frank Moxon

2012 - Gerald Ashley

2013 - Christopher Hayward CC

2014 - Keith Bottomley CC

2015 - Derek Morley

2016 - Martin Samuel

2017 - Neil Hitchens

2018 - Jonathan Hindle

2019 - Roger Walsh

2020 - Michael Kemsley


Photograph taken in 2007:

Click on the image right to download a picture taken at the Civic Luncheon in 2007.

List of Past Chairmen (Date is that of their Installation):