Membership of the Company consists of up to 185 Members of the Livery and approximately 140 Members of the Freedom. Total membership averages just over 300 members, comprised of both men and women. All positions are held on a voluntary basis.
Becoming a Member
Member of the Freedom
There are two ways in which it is possible to enter the Company as a Member of the Freedom:
- By Patrimony – this applies to those whose parents were Members of the Freedom or Livery at birth
- By Redemption – following recommendation by the Court & Livery Selection Sub-Committee
Members of the Livery
There are several steps to becoming a Member of the Livery:
This new level of membership applies to individuals who are aged 18-25 who are Salters’ prize-winners or Scholars. Each Apprentice is allocated an Apprentice Master.
Step One: Introduction & Nomination
The process begins with potential applicants being introduced to the Company by a Member of the Livery, interviewed by the Clerk and then a panel, then proposed and recommended for consideration by the Court & Livery Selection Sub-Committee. Applications are reviewed quarterly, and potential successful applicants have an opportunity to meet Members of the Company on a suitable informal occasion.
Step Two: Freedom of the Salters’ Company
Recommendations from the Court & Livery Selection Sub-Committee are considered by the Court and if the applicant is successful they will be sworn into the Freedom of the Company at the next convenient meeting of the Court of Assistants. Successful applicants become a Member of the Freedom of the Worshipful Company of Salters.
Step Three: Freedom of the City of London
A Member of the Freedom may then apply to become a member of the Freedom of the City of London, a prerequisite to becoming a Member of the Livery. This part of the process includes two visits to the Chamberlain’s Court in the Guildhall, the first taking place within three months of the Freedom ceremony. The second visit to the Guildhall, generally a month or so after the first, is for the Ceremony of Admission, which guests may attend.
Step Four: Admission to the Livery
The Member of the Freedom forwards to the Clerk evidence of admittance to the Freedom of the City of London. The Clerk then advises the Court that the Member of the Freedom is eligible to be elected to the Livery.
Election to the Livery is by invitation only and is therefore competitive. A Member of the Freedom who wishes to progress to the Livery must make clear to the Clerk and Court his or her interest in and willingness to become involved in Company activities. They must also have attended at least one Salters' Festival of Chemistry.
Court of Assistants
The Company is governed by the Court of Assistants (the "Board of Directors") which is headed by the Master (the "Chairman of the Board") and supported by the Upper Warden and Second Warden and consists of 24 Assistants who are senior members of the Livery who have served as Master (Past Master) and those who have not. The Court meets six times a year to determine policy and oversee Company affairs. The day to day administration is conducted by a small permanent staff headed up by the Clerk.
These positions are elected annually by the General Court, which consists of the Master, the two Wardens, the Court of Assistants and other Liverymen.
The Masters and Wardens
After a satisfactory period serving as an Assistant, a Court Member becomes eligible to be elected to the offices of Second Warden, Upper Warden and Master. Before being elected Second Warden, an Assistant must have served at least a year on the Company’s Management Board.
As Second Warden, he or she considers themselves available, if invited, to be Upper Warden. But by allowing himself or herself to be elected Upper Warden he or she morally commits themself to be becoming Master in 12 months' time for a term of 12 months from June to June.
Election Day takes place annually in June. For a year, the new Master commits himself or herself, with the Clerk's guidance, to the leadership of the Company.
The Company has 16 full time employees. The Clerk is the most senior permanent member of staff and is supported by the Assistant Clerk, who is effectively the Finance Director. The Clerk is the Chief Executive of the Company with overall responsibility for managing its assets and organising its various activities and initiatives – charitable, educational and those relating to the membership. The Company's business is conducted through a variety of committees.
As a Member of the Freedom or Livery, there are opportunities to become more involved in the Company and to sit on different committees.
Only Court Members may sit on the Management Board and The Salters' Institute Board.
Election of the Lord Mayor
Together with all other Livery Companies, The Salters' Company plays an important role in the governance of the City of London, including the election of the Lord Mayor of the City of London and the two Sheriffs who serve as their assistants. Livery Companies also participate in ceremonial occasions like The Lord Mayor's Show, a popular event held the day after the Lord Mayor takes office in November which includes a procession to Westminster where the new Lord Mayor is sworn in.