Court of Assistants
The governing body of the Paviors Company is the Court of Assistants, which exercises general control, having regard to the objects of the Company and the Ordinances. The Court consists of the Master, the Upper Warden, the Renter Warden and 27 Assistants. Elevation to the Court is by election. Only candidates who have played an active part in the life of the Company will be considered. The aim is that persons of eminence, or those who have given special service to the Company, and who have the potential to become Master should be elected to the Court.
Master and Wardens
The Master for the year is supported by the two Wardens who, in normal circumstances, are expected to succeed to Master. Candidates for each position must be elected each year by secret ballot of the Court, each winning two-thirds of the votes cast. In addition, two Wardens-in-Nomination are elected.
The Court Committee acts as a cabinet. The Committee advises the Court and has a wide remit. It has particular duties in regard to accounts, trust funds and the Company’s programme. The Court Committee consists of the Master, Wardens, the three immediate Past Masters, the Wardens-in-Nomination, two Assistants elected annually and the Chairmen of the four committees which carry out the work of the Company: Finance, Charity, Admissions and Marketing. In addition, the Chairman of the Liverymen’s Committee is a non-voting member of the Committee.
The Finance, Charity, Admissions and Marketing Committees each has a Chairman, appointed by the Court, a Deputy Chairman and, generally, two members appointed for three years and one member appointed for one year; the Master and Wardens are also members. The Editor of the Company magazine The Pavior is co-opted to the Marketing Committee. The Liverymen’s Committee’s purpose is to enable all newer members of the Livery to have an opportunity to take an interest in the activity of the Company, the City and its civic duties. There are 20 members, five of whom retire annually. There is no qualifying period for membership, and any liverymen can put their name forward for election. The Committee appoints its own Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer for three years.
The Court appoints a Clerk, who is the Executive Officer, and a Beadle, who is the ceremonial officer. The Court also appoints an Almoner, an Archivist and Stewards to welcome guests at the Annual Banquet and other functions. A Cellarer is responsible for purchasing and managing the Company’s wines. A Chaplain is also appointed to provide spiritual guidance to the Company and its members.