The Clerk’s Office

The Clerk, James Bryan

James Bryan

James Bryan has spent 30 years working in vocational and professional education for public services and charities. He joined Capel Manor College, London’s only specialist environmental college of further and higher education, in early 2021 as Executive Director HR & Central Services and continues in that role part-time alongside being Clerk to the Worshipful Company of Distillers which he took up in April 2024.

James has qualifications in law, education, and human resource management and became a Freeman of the City of London in 2014. He is a liveryman or freeman of the Worshipful Company of Educators, the Company of Watermen & Lightermen, and the newly formed Company of HR Professionals. James was admitted to the Order of St John in 2022 for services to ceremonial and young people in London.


The Assistant Clerk, Kim Lyons

Kim Lyons
Kim Lyons

Kim was appointed Clerk’s Assistant in 2009 and was promoted to Assistant Clerk with effect from 2nd February 2012.

A legal secretary and charity grants administrator by background, Kim has worked with the Learned Clerk for over 25 years, firstly at Brown Cooper (which she joined in 1981 when it was co-founded by Liveryman Nigel Urwin) then Brown Cooper Monier-Williams and subsequently Lee Bolton Monier-Williams. Since April 2022, she has been employed by the Distillers directly.


The Beadle, Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith

Jeremy graduated in Economics and Accountancy from Birmingham City University and started his career as an Auditor at Coopers and Lybrand (now PWC). Following a move to London, he spent over 40 years in the Contract Furniture Industry in various roles, eventually ending up as the UK MD of a large Spanish Office Furniture Manufacturer. He is a member of The City of London Beadles’ Guild and has been employed as the Company’s Beadle since 1st January 2024.


Counsel to the Clerk’s Office, Edward Macey-Dare

Having recently stepped down from being Clerk after 15 years, Ed is currently providing legal, procedural and strategic advice to the Clerk’s office, together with a handover to the new Clerk, whilst a new structure is put in place. He will remain employed by the Company until the end of August 2024.

Previously Ed was appointed Assistant Clerk in 2008, before becoming Clerk in February 2009.