Livery Company Officers 2018

Professor Gillian Davies, DL, PhD, a Barrister in practice at Hogarth Chambers, Lincoln’s Inn, in London and Professor of International and EU Intellectual Property Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London, was installed as Master of the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales on 21 October 2017.

Professor Davies comes from the Lleyn Peninsula in Gwynedd, North Wales, where she has a house at Abersoch. Gillian received her PhD from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, where she was an Honorary Professor from 1994 - 2016. She is an international expert on intellectual property law and from 1991 – 2005 was a legal member of the Boards of Appeal at the European Patent Office in Munich, becoming the presiding judge of a Technical Board of Appeal and Permanent Member of the Enlarged Board of Appeal in 1996. Gillian is also the author or co-editor of a number of practitioners' books on intellectual property and was Chairman of the British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association (BLACA) from 2014 -2017. She is a member of the Council of Bangor University, Honorary Patron of Ensemble Cymru (the chamber music ensemble) and was a Director of the Snowdon Mountain Railway, with which her family had connections, for many years from 1972 -1999. In 2001 she was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for the preserved County of Gwynedd.

Gillian joined the Livery Company in 2008 and was appointed Court Assistant in 2009. As a member and former chairman of the North Wales Committee of WLCOW from 2010 – 2015 she has been very active in promoting the Company in the North, in the recruitment of new members from North Wales as well as in the awards programme in North Wales. During her year as Master 2017-2018, her ambition is to make the Livery Company’s Silver Jubilee Year 2018 a great success and to raise at least £100,000 in order to enable the Company to expand its annual awards programme in the future.

Geoff was born and raised in Usk and educated at Monmouth School. He has lived, intermittently, in Llansoy for 34 years. He was a teacher for nine years before joining HM Prison Service in 1981 spending 27 years working in over 100 prisons in England and Wales. He is a former Governor of HM Prison Belmarsh - the highest security prison in UK, a former Governor of Cardiff Prison and Drake Hall women’s prison and retired in 2008 as the Area Manager for public sector prisons in Wales. He also held posts in Prison Service Headquarters, including Head of Security.

Geoff spent four years on secondment to HM Inspectorate of Prisons and in 1999 was awarded a Sir Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to study prison inspection in Finland and Sweden and now travels extensively as a consultant in prison reform.

Geoff is married to Sue.

He is currently Chairman and independent member of the Standards Committee of South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, former independent member of the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner’s Audit Committee for Gwent and an independent member of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Gwent. He is a trustee of the Roger Edwards Educational Trust (Usk) and has also been a Council Member of the Royal London Society and is a Director of “Inside Time”. Geoff joined the Livery Company in 2011 and has been a Court Assistant, Chairman of the Awards Committee and Junior Warden.

Geoff’s extra curricula interests include Rugby (played for Newport, Pontypool, Cross Keys, Bath and Monmouthshire), skiing and travel. In September 2010 he climbed Mt Kilimanjaro with 15 former Welsh Rugby Captains to raise money for research into lung cancer at Velindre Hospital.

Peter was born and educated in Cardiff. Having joined the GPO in 1968 as an apprentice Peter qualified as an engineer. He was one of four engineers in a technical interchange with the Netherlands PTT. Upon returning to the UK Peter was successful in a rapid promotion competition and took on his first management post. After three years away he returned to Cardiff to take up the post of Inter-utility Network Planning and then Network Operations, before becoming responsible for external technical matters across Wales and subsequently nationally. In the mid-nineties Peter became involved in the development of a completely new technology, for what is now known as “Broadband”, prior to the launch by BT in June 2000.

In March 2001 Peter left BT and set up his own technical consultancy, becoming the UK Managing Director of a Swiss based company, specialising in the next generation broadband technology. This had extensive applications for Air Traffic Control at most UK airports. Peter also captured business in Africa and India and was appointed a regional director, having secured major contracts across the region.

Peter stepped down in 2013 and since then has advised young business set up and mentored school leavers. He was a Trustee of the Tall Ships Youth Trust and Managing Director of Tall Ships Ltd., before retiring in 2017.

Peter is married to Jen. They are now proud grandparents. He is Chairman of the Cardiff Lord Mayor Parade Committee, President of the Rotary Club of Cardiff St Davids and a member of MENSA.

Graeme Morgan was educated at St Edward’s School, Oxford, and at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. He joined the Royal Air Force in 1958 as a technical cadet and retired as a wing commander in 1992. His early career was involved with transport aircraft. He then became responsible for the engineering of the Harrier fleet over the time of the Falklands conflict, and finally he was involved with the deep maintenance of the RAF’s fixed wing aircraft.

Graeme and his wife, Elizabeth, had established a home in St Fagans, Cardiff, in 1989, and he became a Liveryman of the Welsh Livery Guild (now the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales) in 1995, becoming a Court Assistant the following year. He spent many years developing the Company’s awards programme before becoming Master in 2004. It was fitting that during his year the number of £1,000 travel scholarships was able to be increased from four to seven. Having retired to the ‘back benches’, he was roused by an invitation in January 2017 to take over as Master again in 2017 following a resignation for health reasons.

He served some years as a General Commissioner of Tax. In 2007, he was honoured to be appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of South Glamorgan

Graeme rowed and played rugby in his youth and now, perforce, follows those sports more leisurely as a spectator.

The Clerk is a native of Carmarthenshire. He was educated at Llandeilo Grammar School, the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. After graduating and securing his doctorate in Chemistry he taught at St Edward’s School, Oxford, Westminster School, London and was Warden of Llandovery College. He was also a Schoolmaster Fellow Commoner at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

He was formerly a Governor of the Welsh School in London, Secretary of the Welsh Dining Club in London and a Member of the Management Board of the London Welsh Trust and Association.

He was Co-Chairman of the Wales Regional Committee of the Universities and Colleges Admission Service and Director for Wales of the Independent Schools Information Service. He was a Council Member of the University of Wales College of Medicine and a member of the General Teaching Council for Wales.

He was formerly a Steward of Westminster Abbey and Churchwarden of St German’s Church, Roath, Cardiff.

He has been a Liveryman of the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales since April 1993 and was previously Clerk from 2000 to 2008.

Recently admitted as a Liveryman of our Company, Mrs Kathryn Houseley, from Penarth, has also been appointed as Treasurer to the Company and the Charitable Trust. This follows the retirement of Junior Warden (Elect) Peter Coleman.

After a career with Lloyds Bank, following obtaining qualifications in Finance and Leasing, Kate attended Chester University where she obtained a Diploma in Management and Leadership. In her career with Lloyds Bank, prior to her retirement, she managed a team of analysts which conducted research around the customer base and the asset finance industry.

On retirement, in July 2017, she accepted a post with Contact the Elderly as that organisation’s Support Officer, for the whole of Wales.

On admission she indicated that she was looking forward to working with the Company and the Charitable Trust.