The Master for 2019/2020, the 453rd recorded, is Mr Anthony Green.
The Master oversees the Company’s activities, as well as representing us at a variety of charity, trade, ceremonial and social events. He or she is usually a long-serving Tallow Chandler.
Each Master serves for one year. The Master’s election has to take place on or within twenty days of the Feast of St. John the Baptist, reflecting our ancient links with the Brotherhood of St John. We usually hold the election on the first Tuesday in July.
This year’s Master, Anthony Green, who lives in Cheshire, is a widower and has one son, Andrew, who is married to Kate.
After prep school in Eastbourne, Anthony was educated at Westminster School.
He initially worked for a small firm of accountants in London in the early 1970’s before joining what is now PZ Cussons Plc in 1975. Over the course of a 35 year career there he has lived and worked in Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Kenya and Indonesia.
He succeeded his uncle, Sir John Zochonis, former 4th Warden and Liveryman of the Tallow Chandlers’, as Group Chairman in 1993 and finally retired in 2010.
Between 2010-2012, Anthony attended Reaseheath College where he obtained a Diploma in Countryside Management. This greatly assisted in the foundation and development of his charity, the ALA Green Charitable Trust. The Charity provides bursaries for young people from deprived backgrounds seeking a career in such environmental fields as forestry and conservation. It also works with other charities who make possible holidays for youngsters and young carers in distressed circumstances.
Recreationally, Anthony has always loved travelling all over the world. Other interests include wine, history, reading, music and the theatre. Watching most forms of sport, especially cricket, is a passion sadly paralleled by an inability to play any of them well. Shooting lessons are now underway to enable the wearing of the Musketeers’ tie without feeling like a fraud!
Anthony feels deeply privileged to have been elected Master and is looking forward to representing the Tallow Chandlers’ during the forthcoming year.