The Prime Warden 2023/24
Hugh Taylor is delighted to have the opportunity to serve the Company as Prime Warden for 2023/24.
His theme of Entrepreneurship for the year, will encourage all ages to explore the opportunities entrepreneurship brings.
Saddlery training will be reviewed. As part of this, a Working Group has been assembled, including members outside of the Company, with the aim of developing a saddlery training proposal.
Hugh is keen to create even stronger ties with the City and fellow Livery Companies. Along with attending the normal inter-livery events (such as; golf, clay pigeon and tennis) Saddlers is keen to create and host its own inter livery sporting competition. This will be the Saddlers’ Inter-Livery Padel Tennis Tournament at the Lawn Tennis Association HQ in May 2024.
Grandson of Captain Medley who was both Clerk to the Company and a Court member. Hugh was made Free by Redemption in 1991 and was clothed with the Livery in 1996 and became a Court Assistant in 2015.
After graduating from Kingston with a business degree, Hugh went to work for Saatchi & Saatchi and ended up as CEO for a London based WPP agency. Hugh set up and eventually sold his own Digital Marketing Agency. In 2016 he set up Slurp Wine Company – an online wine business which he sold in December 2020. In April 2021 he then acquired Arthur Beale – the world’s oldest ship’s chandlery which was for generations located on Shaftesbury Avenue and counted Shackleton amongst its clients.
He was Chair of Governors of Ashfold School in Buckinghamshire from 2011-2021. From his mother he has inherited a fondness for eventing and racing – attending both regularly. Married to Charlotte with two daughters (Izzy became a Freeman of the Company in September 2023), he is a self-confessed Francophile, avid tennis and Padel player and not surprisingly from his 2 latest business ventures – a wine enthusiast and a keen sailor!
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