The governing body of the Company is called the Court of Assistants.
This Court has four Officers, who change annually. Currently, they are:
Michael C. Thatcher
The Second Master
Mark A. Grove
Lt Colonel Marcus R. Appleton
The Renter Warden
Commodore David A.H.M. Smith CBE
The remainder of the Court consists of Past Masters and several senior Liverymen, who serve on the Court as Assistants.
The Court of Assistants, and Livery as a whole, is supported in its smooth running by a Clerk and Beadle. They are:
Peter J Wilkinson CB CVO
Mr C.John Cash MBE
The Worshipful Company of Cooks is the only Livery Company to appoint two Masters. Some say this reflected the merger of its two founding guilds. Others say it resolved the problem of both Sovereign and Lord Mayor requiring Master Cook’s services on the same day. In order to ensure that both received food of the highest quality, two Masters were necessary. This latter rationale is the more accepted version. However, the historical evidence remains inconclusive and there are even more strange suggestions that if a Master became poisoned the Second Master would take over!