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Judy Tayler-Smith

(Chancelier and Maitre des Armes)

Being a City-born child, Judy established involvement with the Civic City in 1986 when she began employment with the City of London Corporation in Libraries and Archives. 
Judy is a well-known face throughout the City. Main roles have included: Foreman of the Guildable Manor of Southwark (2018-19) and Tithingman (2020 to date); Master of the Worshipful Company of Upholders (2017-18); Master of the Tanners Company of Bermondsey (2016-17); President of the City Livery Club (2012-13) and Company Director (2003-18); Master of Cripplegate Ward Club (2013-14); President of Farringdon Ward Club (2015-16); and a Warden of the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers.

She is also a member of the Great 13, Lady Masters, Prime Masters, Spitfire Masters and Apollo 19 Past Masters Associations, a life member of the Guild of Freemen, a member of the Royal Society of St. George (City of London), a Council Member for the Westminster Branch and a member of Bridge Ward Club. Former Archivist to the Worshipful Company of Upholders and the City Livery Club. She is also a Burgess and Free Sister of Glasgow through the Incorporation of Wrights.
Judy has always had an interest in wine, spirits and beer and studied at the Wine and Spirit Education Trust School. She joined the Confrérie du Sabre d'Or in 2004, becoming the Constable for the City of London and an Echevin in 2007. She held both these roles for 6 years, only stepping down after she was appointed Chancelier and Maître des Armes at the 2013 AGM. In 2016 she was made Dame Grand Commandeur of the Order. She is a Dame Officier of the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne. Past roles include, Chairman and Hon. Secretary, City Livery Wine Circle (Founder member 2000), Chairman of the International Wine and Food Society, London Branch and she has been an Ale Sizer and Ale Conner for the Guildable Manor.

Judy’s main interests include the City, collecting antiquities, jewellery, science fiction/fantasy films, Scotland, classical music/opera, fine dining, wine and champagne.

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