Master and Wardens

The Master

John Franklin

Master of The Salters' Company 2022/23

John Franklin was born in Brisbane and read English at the University of Southern Queensland, where he met his wife Kim. Having worked in various schools in Australia and the UK, John was appointed Head of Ardingly College in 1998 and then Head Master of Christ’s Hospital in 2007. Since retiring in 2017, he has served as a governor of a number of independent schools and as an HMC mentor for new Heads.

John was elected to the Livery by redemption in 2016, became Renter in 2017 and joined Court in 2018. He has been a member of the Salters’ Institute Board since 2015, served on the Charities Committee in 2019/20 and became Chairman of the Members & Communications Committee in June 2020. He is also currently the editor of the Annual Review.

John and Kim live in Sussex with their two dogs. In their spare time, they enjoy gardening, walking, reading, cooking, travel and the theatre.

Elizabeth Nodder

Upper Warden

Jamie Wordie

Upper Warden of The Salters' Company 2022/23

Jamie has been a Liveryman in the Salters’ Company since 1980 and shortly afterwards gained an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh. He moved to Germany to execute the introduction of products into the “green field” market in the UK and Ireland, for four years, marketing plastic extrusions and oil-based timber finishes.  He says it is a great pleasure to see those start-up products still flourishing on the UK market. While in Münster he met his wife, Cordula, and they returned to the UK, where Jamie moved to Hoechst UK, progressing through UK and Ireland Sales Management, Project Management (five years in Frankfurt), Managing Director UK and Ireland and Regional Manager for Northern Europe within the technical and engineering polymers division. He then moved to ShawCor focusing on district heating/heat network insulated pipe products for Northern Europe and Head of Sales for Europe – Onshore.  Cordula is a German Teacher and is currently teaching at Shrewsbury School, Shropshire.

Jamie has been on the Court, as well as the Management Board of the Salters’ Institute, for 11 years and is hoping to follow both his Father and Brother as Master of the Company (pending election, of course).  He has three children, two are Liverymen (Tom and Joanna) and one following on in the Freedom (Antonia).  All are active in the Company and Livery Movement doing fund-raisers for Salters’ Charitable Foundation and most recently the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge for Young Minds, after the 626 Challenge that went to Samaritans during the Covid pandemic.

Covid Lockdown produced some interesting sole activities such as building a cold smoker and trying to build a 1/6 scale Tiger Moth (radio-controlled) aeroplane, with no firm estimate on final completion date!  Many hours have already been spent flying a simulator to avoid it becoming an expensive pile of scrap balsa wood on its maiden flight. "It is complex, but very therapeutic, and a chance to achieve my childhood dream!"

Timandra Nichols

Second Warden


Piers Vacher

Second Warden of The Salters' Company 2022/23

Piers tells us:  "I have been a Salter by Patrimony since 1990, and was Renter once before in 2014. Col Woodd wished me "better luck this time", which I took as general encouragement.

Born in Sevenoaks, I studied for a degree in Banking and Finance at Cardiff University. A career first in the City and latterly in Bermuda engaged in reinsurance underwriting, is now behind me, appreciated by my three children who have found my love of cooking - spurred on by the Beadle's recent virtual cooking classes - of use over the last decade or so.

Being on the Charity Committee for a while, with Charities Manager Kate Priest, and her two wonderful predecessors, Vicky Chant and Diane Bundock, under the last three Charity Committee Chairmen, together with other shorter spells on Fundraising and the Young Livery & Freedom Committees have been a wonderful way to meet fellow Salters.  I also actively but ineptly served under Barge Master John Previte in most of the early Company events on the Thames, culminating in almost failing to deliver Master Salter at the time, Giles de Margary, to the Lord Mayor's Show and scaring Past Master, Richard Callingham, by leaping on to the barge and spilling his lunch! Other joys have included failing to hit a barn door in the Inter-Livery Clay Pigeon competition, hitting the net in the Salters' tennis team at the Inter-Livery Tennis Competition at Queen's Club, and being an inadequately able supporter in Morzine for the Inter-Livery Skiing Competition.

Most people lucky enough to face my bowling, or indeed bowl at me, find the idle pastime of cricket much improved by so doing."

John Franklin

Renter Warden

Andrew McMurtrie

Renter Warden of The Salters' Company 2022/23

Andrew McMurtrie was born in Burton on Trent, where his father took advantage of the fine river water to brew beer for Allied Breweries. The oldest of four brothers, he remains competitive with his Vintner brother Simon.  After school at Caldicott and Radley, Andrew came to South East London, where he studied English and Drama at Goldsmiths.  During these years he ran Huge Entertainments, a party planning business, when he was known as the DJ with the DJ.  His grandmother Jan Bateson (nee Cancellor) brought him to a number of Salters’ events but was unable to introduce him to the Company, as women were not permitted to propose new members at that time.

Andrew then swapped record decks for stocks and shares, having a successful 25 year career as an Investment Manager at Smith & Williamson. He was then elected to the City’s Common Council in 2013 and was appointed as a Magistrate in the City and Westminster. He is currently Deputy Chair of the City’s Open Spaces committee, having Chaired the City of London Academies Trust in its formative years.  He and Julie continue to live in Forest Hill, where they brought up their three daughters.  They are keen gardeners. Andrew is currently Chair of the Salters’ Charities Committee.