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The Company comprises Liverymen, Honorary Freeman, Freeman and Apprentices. Liverymen are the backbone of the company and are the people associated with the craft. In the 21st century the craft includes many of the advanced technologies that make our modern world work.

The Company is governed by the Court and this is chaired by the Master of the year. The Court comprises the Deputy Master, who is the immediate Past Master, the Senior and Junior Wardens (who are next in line to be Master), the Senior Past Master, other Past Masters, Assistants and Past Masters Emeritus. Past Masters Emeritus are those Past Masters who have chosen to retire from full participation in the Court. Assistants are those liverymen who have been elected by the Court with the expectation that they will become Master. The Court is limited to 23 people.
Stewards also attend the court but do not have voting rights. The Master, and Wardens each appoint a steward for their term in office. Stewards perform a hospitality role at official functions.

The day to day business of the Livery is managed by The Clerk.

The Livery also has an Honorary Chaplain - The Reverend Prebendary Jeremy Crossley, Rector of St Margaret Lothbury, an Honorary Solicitor - Roger Seaton and an Honorary Director of Music - Dr Richard Townend.


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    Niels Henrik David Bohr (1885-1962) Danish physicist.
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