The Foreman of The Guildable Manor (2018-2019)
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Judy S.Tayler-Smith, BA, DipEgy, FSA Scot.
Judy was born and grew up in the City of London and now lives close to the Barbican with her husband, Simon. Her education was at the University of London and the Institute of Archaeology UCL. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. She also studied at the WSET School, where she obtained advanced qualifications in Wines, Spirits and Other Beverages.
Being a City-born child, Judy established involvement with the Civic City 33 years ago when she began employment with the City of London Corporation. She has worked in a variety of capacities in the Libraries and Archives Department, both at the City Business Library and the Guildhall Library. She has written many articles for City newsletters and magazines both on food and wine, but mainly on the City and its history.
Judy is a well-known face throughout the City, having chaired/sat on numerous committees and governing bodies. Recent roles include: Master of the Worshipful Company of Upholders (2017- 18), President of the City Livery Club (2012-13; and a Company Director of the Club from 2003-18); Master of Cripplegate Ward Club (2013-14), President of Farringdon Ward Club (2015 - 16), Master of the Tanners Company of Bermondsey (2016-17; and the first lady Master since it’s Royal Charter in 1703 ), Court Assistant of the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers, Council Member of The Royal Society of St. George Westminster Branch, Dame Grand Commandeur, Chancelier & Maître des Armes, for the Confrérie du Sabre d’Or, and Dame Officier of the Ordres des Coteaux de Champagne.
She is also on the Committee of ‘Women in the Livery’ who participate annually in ‘City Giving Day’, a Committee Member of the ‘Spitfire Masters’ Past Master’s Association; a member of ‘Great 13’ Past Master’s Association, the ‘Prime Masters’ Past Master’s Association and the Lady Masters’ Association. She is also a life member of the Guild of Freemen; a member of the Royal Society of St. George, City of London Branch and a member of the United Wards’ Club. In recent years she has also sat on six Shrieval Campaign Committees.
Other past roles include, Chairman (2006-08) and Hon. Secretary (2002-2011), City Livery Wine Circle (Founder member 1999), Chairman of the International Wine and Food Society, London Branch (2008-10); Hon. Archivist of the Worshipful Company of Upholders (2009 - 17); Hon Archivist of the City Livery Club (2010 -15), Constable for the City of London for the Confrérie du Sabre d’Or (2007 -13).
Judy’s main interests include the City, collecting antiquities, jewellery, science fiction/fantasy films and books, classical music/opera, fine dining, wine and champagne.