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The Master & Wardens

Each year a new Master is elected to lead the Worshipful Company of Bakers. He is supported by four Wardens, from whose number future Masters will be elected, and his immediate predecessor, who serves for one year as Deputy Master.

Master:
Christopher Freeman

Christopher was born in Enfield, Middlesex in 1952 and has lived almost all his life in North London but on his retirement in 2017 he moved to Saffron Walden with his wife Christina. Christopher was educated at Mill Hill School and National Bakery School, now part of London South Bank University.

 

Christopher joined the family firm Dunns Bakers in Crouch End in 1973 becoming the fifth generation baker in the Freeman family. Apart from running the artesan craft bakers he has been heavily involved in all aspects of the baking trade. He has been President of the National Association of Master Bakers (now Craft Bakers Association) in 2012 and also President of the Alliance of Bakery Students and Trainees and Chair of the British Confectioners Association.

 

Christopher set up National Doughnut Week in 1993 and has raised over £950,000 for childrens’ charities. The beneficiary is The Children’s Trust which is the UK leading charity for brain injured children.

 

Christopher joined the Worshipful Company of Bakers in 1994 and was elected to Court some years later. He has Chaired the Bakers Livery Society and the Trade Liaison Committee which sends bakers on European bakery courses each year.

 

Christopher has three grown up children; Joanne is a licensed conveyancer, Roxy is a history teacher in a secondary school and Lewis became the 6th generation to be a baker when he took over Dunns Bakery on Christopher’s retirement. 

 

Christopher has been visually impaired since he was in his twenties and is registered blind. On occasions, he fails to recognise people he knows well so please do not be offended if this happens to you. 

Upper Warden:
Peter Baker

Second Warden:
Simon Springett

Third Warden:
Stephen Fenton

Under Warden:
Charles Joseph

Deputy Master:
Paul Morrow

Clerk to the Company:
Lance Whitehouse

Beadle:
Tim Gutteridge

Hon. Chaplain:
The Rev’d Katherine Hedderly