The Master

The current Master

Jonathan Bewes

Master, Worshipful Company of Fan Makers

17.2.2022 – 16.2.2023

After graduation from Durham University, Jonathan qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, before embarking on a 25-year career in corporate finance and investment banking, with Robert Fleming, UBS and finally Bank of America Merrill Lynch. As a banker he focussed on advising the Boards and Senior Management of large, predominantly U.K., public companies across a wide range of financial and strategic issues.

In 2016, with a view to developing more of a portfolio career, he left BAML to join the Board of the U.K. retailer, Next plc, as a Non – executive Director, where he is now the senior independent director and chairs the Audit Committee. Other current business roles include being Vice Chairman of Corporate and Institutional Banking at Standard Chartered Bank, and a non-executive director at the software services company, Sage Group plc, where he chairs the Audit and Risk Committee.

He has been a Governor of Stowe School (his old school) for 16 years, where he is also a Trustee of the Stowe School Foundation and is a Council member and Trustee of Durham University. He also sits on the Board of the China Britain Business Council and the U.K. India Business Council and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council.

He joined the Fan Makers’ Company in 1990, and was admitted to the Court in 2006, following in the footsteps of his great grandfather who was Master Fan Maker in 1911. He is also a Liveryman of the Chartered Accountants’ Company and is a member of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal Fundraising Board.

Jonathan is married to Caroline, a teacher, and they have 4 children, 2 of whom are at university and 2 at school. They have lived in London for over 25 years and also have a home on the south coast of Devon, where Jonathan amuses himself by hacking round the golf course and messing around in his boat!