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The Council of Almoners

The Council of Almoners (which is the corporate Trustee of Christ’s Hospital Foundation*) currently consists of 13 Almoners, six being Old Blues (former pupils). They volunteer their time and expertise to run the charity, under the rules of a Scheme of Administration granted by the Charity Commission.

Guy Perricone is the Treasurer and Chairman of the Council of Almoners.  He is currently Chief Executive Officer and Under Treasurer of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple. He worked in the City of London as a solicitor and as an investment banker, before establishing a financial advisory firm in Central and Eastern Europe with three partners.  After this business was acquired by a major European financial institution, he embarked on a new career in the not-for-profit sector, initially at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, before taking up the position of Chief Executive of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, a role he held until April 2013. In May 2015, he was appointed Chairman of the Royal Academy of Dance.

Dominic Fry (Old Blue) is the Deputy Chairman of Council. He is Director of Communications & Investor Relations for a large retailer and has previously held posts as Communications Director for several household name companies and is a member of the Campaign Board.

James Arnell (Old Blue) is a partner in a private equity firm in the City. He is a member of the Assets and Liabilities Committee and the Campaign Board.

Jan de Walden (Old Blue) runs his own sugar brokerage/trading business.  He has worked in the agrochemical industry with Fisons and Shell Chemicals where he travelled globally and more recently for Tate & Lyle Plc and at Czarnilow Group as a senior executive.

Michael Hiard (Old Blue) is a former Investment Bank Managing Director and Hedge Fund CEO. He is Chairman of the Board of School Governors and member of the Campaign Board.

Michael Mainelli is the co-founder of a leading commercial think-tank which aims to promote societal advance through better finance and technology.  Previously he worked as a research scientist and accountancy firm partner. Michael has won several business awards including UK IT Director of the Year and has served on the board of Europe’s largest R&D organisation.

Catherine McGuinness works as a consultant in the financial sector and was for several years a partner in a City law firm. She is a member of the Court of Common Council of the City of London and a member of several City of London committees.

Lord Mountevans  A former Lord Mayor of London (2015/16), he is Managing Director, Gas, and a member of the Executive committee of Clarksons, shipbroker and shipping services provider. He is a member of the Baltic Exchange, and President of the City of London Sea Cadets.  He also sits as a Magistrate on the City of London Bench and is a Governor of the City of London Academy, Islington.

Robert Muir (Old Blue) is a retired solicitor. He has extensive contacts in a variety of Old Blue organisations. He Chairs the Property Investment Sub-Committee and is a member of the Assets & Liabilities Committee.

Delva Patman is a Chartered Surveyor. She worked in private practice for some years before establishing her own practice in 1980. She chairs the School Estate Sub-committee and is a member of the Assets & Liabilities Committee.

Henry Pollard has worked in London and internationally in the Financial Services industry all his working life. He is an elected Member of the City of London Corporation and serves on various committees including Police, Finance, Planning and Investments. He is a Liveryman of the Skinners’ Company.

Clare Tattersall (Old Blue) is an independent consultant not-for-profit and charities.

Alan Yarrow is the Executive Chairman of a leading banking institution. A former Lord Mayor (2014/15), he is a member of the Court of Aldermen of the City of London. He is a member of the Assets and Liabilities Committee.

In addition to Almoners, Council is also served by 14 further volunteers who provide their professional expertise to the Committees that Council has set up to drive forward its work.

* The Council of Almoners of Christ’s Hospital is also a company limited by guarantee. Registered in England and Wales as Company No. 5498489.

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