The Master and Court

Our Master for 2022-2023 is Stephen Gilbert

Stephen has been a member of the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers since 1987 having been introduced to the company by his late uncle Jack Godfrey Gilbert who was Master of the company in 1974.

Alongside his time as a member of the Company’s Court of Assistants, Stephen has also served as a steward and on the both the Finance Committee and Investment Committee and for the past two years as Upper Warden.

Stephen was born in Sydney, Australia and lived there until he was 10 years old. He came to London in 1964 and grew up in North London.

After graduating in 1974 from Southampton University he did his articles at a firm of solicitors in EC4 and was admitted as a solicitor in October 1977.

He spent 23 years in the City and then moved to a firm in the West End but returned to the City, to his present firm, 6 years ago and continues to work full-time. He specialises in real estate.

During his year as Master, Stephen and his Consort, Vanessa will be promoting his charity Music Masters who provide specialist teacher training for teachers of violin and cello for primary school children in schools where music has not been part of the general curriculum.

Stephen likes to travel but he is yet to go abroad since the start of the pandemic. He is keen on most sports but particularly golf, rugby and tennis. In 1995 he qualified as an aerobics instructor.

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The Court 2022-23


The Court

Stephen Gilbert

Deputy Master
Margaret Coates

Upper Warden
Anthony Mitchell

Renter Warden
James Minett

Colonel Garth Manger OBE

Honorary Chaplain
The Very Revd Charles Taylor

Assistant Clerk
Ali Mackey

Jamie Wallis


Robert Dalrymple*
J Hubert Lacey*
Peter Baker*
Gary Morley*
De Bradshaw*
Michael Jones*
Bill Mahony*
Terence Wright*
Richard Hanney*
(Sheriff) Alderman Alison Gowman*
John Telling
David Botley
David Hill-Kelly
Jon Randall
Rohit Nathaniel
Adam Edwards
Heather Dix
Adam Edwards
Sue Spurling
Timothy Butcher
Jon Riley (Additional)
David Jarman (Additional)

*denotes Past Master

Past Masters Emeritus

Ronald Jordan*
Julian Dalrymple*
Hugh Kersey*
Bryan Lincoln*
Robert Faulkner*
Reginald Denby*
Christopher Towlson*
Peter Cook*
Alan Turner*
Robin Doran*
Michael Lepper*
Michael Hall*

*denotes Past Master

Assistants Emeritus
Graham Withers
John Mills
Phillip Holliday
Christopher Money
Andrew Popat CBE

Clerks Emeritus
Hilary Machtus
Nigel Bamping

Chief Steward
David Jarman

Stewards 2019-2023
Richard Walker
Bill Welch
Andrew York

Stewards 2020-2023
Chris Mackey

Stewards 2020-2024
Louise Laprun

Stewards 2022-2025
Zoe Boys
Charmaine Etienne
James Tapper

Richard Grove

Royal Liveryman
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall GCVO

Honorary Liverymen
Sir Francis McWilliams, GBE
Former Alderman of the Ward of Aldersgate
Sheriff of London 1989-90
Lord Mayor of London 1992-93

Nicholas Anstee
Alderman of the Ward of Aldersgate
Sheriff of London 2003-04
Lord Mayor of London 2009-10

Plaisterers Hall Limited

Robert Dalrymple (Chairman)
Tim Stokes
Timothy Cooke OBE
Adam Edwards
Rohit Nathaniel

Colonel Garth Manger OBE (Secretary)

From left to right:
MASTER Stephen Gilbert • UPPER WARDEN Anthony Mitchell • RENTER WARDEN James Minett • DEPUTY MASTER Margaret Coates