The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London

Officers of the Company

Peter Rawlinson MA MSc – Master

Peter was installed as Master on 13 December 2016 having been clothed in the Livery in 1979, after serving his time as an Apprentice. He is a third generation Glass Seller, his father was Master in 1962/3 and grandfather in 1945/6.

Peter was born in north London and went to school at Merchant Taylors’ Northwood. He received an MA from Exeter College, Oxford and then joined the family printing firm. Whilst managing their factory in south London he gained an MSc in Management Studies from Henley.
In 1988 he joined British Airways where he worked for over 20 years until he took early retirement in 2008. Peter worked on many technology-led projects at BA, taking the lead on several high profile business change programmes across the airline.

Peter has lived in Brackley for over 10 years and is married to the Past Master, Gwen Rhys. In 2011 Peter was elected to both Brackley Town Council and South Northamptonshire Council and served as Mayor of Brackley 2013/14 and Chairman of the District Council for 2014/15.

John Poulten LLB MCI Arb – Prime Warden

John Poulten was elected as Prime Warden on 13 December 2016. He was Clothed in the Livery in 2006 and joined the Finance and General Purposes Committee in 2009. He was appointed Chairman of that Committee in 2011 and appointed a Lay Court Assistant at the same time. He remained Chairman until his election as Renter Warden.

Educated at Brentwood School and King’s College London, he practised as a Solicitor for nearly 40 years. Upon retirement he became more and more involved in the family glass making business. In fact he can trace a glass blower member of his family in successive generations going back to the mid 18th Century. His is Chairman of Poulten & Graf Limited of Barking, Essex and joint Chairman of Poulten & Graf Holding Gmbh of Wertheim Germany. The Group is the only Anglo-German manufacturer of technical and scientific glassware with manufacturing facilities in Barking and Wertheim. He is a Life Member of the Royal Society of St George City of London Branch and a member of the City Livery Company.

His two sons are married and living in the USA with his 4 (soon to be 5) grandchildren. John lives just outside Frinton on Sea, Essex with Sylvia, his partner of nearly 30 years. She has her own business interests and many grandchildren too.

Leigh Baildham – Renter Warden

Leigh was elected Renter Warden on 13 December 2016.

Lance Whitehouse – Clerk

Lance joined the Company as Honorary Clerk in December 2016. He is a Past Master and member of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards. A member of 3 City Wards and of the City Pickwick Club, he has completed the City Management course and is also a qualified guide for the City of London.

Lance is working with both the Sheriff and Recorders Fund and PAN (an organisation helping trafficked women and working to keep guns out of the hands of the youths of the City).

His commercial life has been involved, almost exclusively, with global steel trading. Having travelled a great deal for work he is now more than ready to bring his focus back to his roots in the City.  His main interests are photography, clay pigeon shooting and City history.