The Master & Wardens
Each year a new Master is elected to lead the Worshipful Company of Bakers. He is supported by four Wardens, from whose number future Masters will be elected, and his immediate predecessor, who serves for one year as Deputy Master.
Master: Simon Springett
Simon is from a baking family. His paternal great grandfather owned “Springett’s” a Bakery in East London. His paternal grandfather built a baking business from a single horse and cart round to a manufacturing business, based in Dagenham, producing 10,000 loaves a day under the Stafford brand. His uncle, Lionel, and his father, Derek, were both Masters of the Livery in 1991-2 and 1994-5 respectively.
Simon was educated at Felsted School Essex and followed his father, Derek, into the world of finance. His career started with the London Electricity Board, and he qualified as a Chartered Accountant whilst working for the Barclay Brothers at Ellerman Lines. After time spent at Tottenham Football Club and Fred Olsen, in 1995 Simon joined a startup international oil trading and supply business as the Finance Director. The Group rapidly grew and through its subsidiary Harvest Energy was arguably the largest private supplier of UK road fuels in the 2000’s with a market share of approximately 13%. In late 2007, the business was sold to Private equity and Simon left in 2009 to establish a financial consultancy business to the oil trading supply sector with clients in the UK, Luxembourg, and Turkey.
Simon is currently a part time Financial Director to an international trader of scrap metals and processor of catalytic converters based in Essex.
In his leisure time Simon is an enthusiastic sports fan, especially cricket, and has recently taken up golf. He is a member of Tower Ward, United Wards and the Royal Society of St George. He is a Freemason and is currently Secretary to the Bakers' affiliated Lodge, Laus Deo.
His wife, Sandra is a medical administrator with NELFT NHS Trust, and they have two children, James, who works in the City at QBE as a Senior Catastrophic Risk Manager and, Rebecca, who is employed as a Senior Consultant at Accenture UK.