New Court Assistants Elected to serve in 2019-20

On Thursday 19th September, the Court elected four Freemen to serve as Court Assistants from the Installation Court on 26th November 2019.

These are:

John Brewer – John was admitted as a Freeman in November 2018, and has been serving as a co-opted member of the Court since July 2019. He brings considerable Livery experience to the Court, having served as Master of the Worshipful Company of Woolmen. John studied Law at Oxford and qualified as a solicitor. He worked in investment banking for a number of years before founding and co-founding several businesses of his own, including a mussel farming business in Scotland and a financial planning business in London. John has wide-ranging financial and charitable experience.

Simon Fordham – Simon was admitted as a Freeman in June 2017, and has been serving as a co-opted member of the Court since July 2019. Simon has distinguished himself through service on the Guild’s Membership Committee and, earlier this year, he took part in a sponsored skydive to raise money for the Guild of Entrepreneurs Trust. He applied his entrepreneurial verve firstly to his family’s construction business, before venturing out to found and co-found a series of successful businesses in sports, catering and hospitality. He now devotes himself to consultancy as part of the highly successful Fordham-Henderson Partnership, as well as undertaking substantial charity and pro-bono work. The Court will benefit from his contributions on recruitment and retention in particular.

Colin Spiller – A Founder Freeman, Colin Spiller was admitted to the Guild of Entrepreneurs at its launch in November 2014. He has worked tirelessly in support of the Guild’s Membership and Events Committees. A Liveryman Information Technologist, he brings valuable experience of the foundation and growth of a nascent Livery Company to the Court. After decades in sales, and founding his own companies, Colin’s main business interests are now in training entrepreneurs and mentoring applicants for investments.

Barnaby Wynter – Barnaby was admitted as a Founder Freeman in January 2015, and has been, very publicly, the face of the Guild of Entrepreneurs at numerous Outreach and Educational events. His dedication to supporting the craft of Entrepreneurship has been inspiring and has driven both recruitment and engagement. He brings his experience, expertise and passion to the Court. A serial entrepreneur, marketing, branding and rebranding expert, Barnaby is also a published author and in demand as a business coach and speaker.

Additionally, the September Court co-opted four serving Court Assistants to serve for an additional 12 months from November. These are Judith Donovan CBE, Neil Fullbrook, Ian Taylor and Neil Partridge.

The Master, Mr Peter Hewitt, offered all the newly-elected Court Assistants hearty congratulations, and looked forward to the continued and very valuable service of those co-opted to the Court.


The Court is the governing body of the Guild of Entrepreneurs and meets five times a year. Up to five Past Masters, the Master, Wardens and Treasurer sit with a minimum of six and a maximum of twenty Court Assistants to receive reports and accounts and to determine the strategy and governance of the Guild. Court Assistants serve for five years. A small number of distinguished Freemen Entrepreneurs are elected to the Court each year. The Master and Wardens are elected annually from the Court.

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