The Guilds and Incorporation have existed in Exeter for nearly 600 years and have occupied Tuckers Hall since 1471. Both the Incorporation and the Hall have a remarkable story with a glorious and continuous history.

The wealth of Exeter in the mid 17th and early 18th centuries was created as a direct result of the woollen cloth trade in the city, controlled by the members of the Incorporation. On the back of this prosperity, many became Merchant Venturers and later Bankers.

With mechanisation and loss of overseas trade, Exeter's affluence waned along with the Incorporation's membership, declining significantly almost to the point of extinction. However, by adapting to the changing climate the Incorporation survived and since the Second World War has prospered with membership once again increasing and playing its part in the Civic life of Exeter.

The Incorporation is recognised as one of the few surviving established provincial Guilds with strong links to associated City of London Guilds.

Stephen Hindley CBE DL  Master : May 2017 - May 2018                                                                                                      Read more ...

 Steve grew up in the West Midlands, attended St Philips Grammar School in Birmingham and subsequently graduated from Salford University in Civil Engineering. 
He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Chartered Institute of Building and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.More recently he has been awarded degrees of Doctor of Engineering by Exeter University and Doctor of Business by Plymouth University.
 
Steve has worked in the design and construction of significant civil engineering and building projects across the UK. He became Managing Director of E Thomas, a well known Westcountry firm in 1989 and in 1998 led a management buy-in at the Midas Group Ltd where he is now Chairman. Steve is also Chairman of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership; Chairman of Devon Community Foundation and a Trustee of the Children’s Hospice South West; a Board Member of the Focus Training Group and a former Chairman of the CBI’s South West Council and Construction Council.

 
Steve was awarded the CBE in the 2006 New Years Honours list for services to the Construction Industry and appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Devon in 2009. Steve is married to Moira, a teacher and they have two daughters, Emma, also a teacher and Laura, who is a doctor. 
His interests include hill walking, classic cars and travel – he ran the London Marathon in 2005.

The Master became a member of the Incorporation in 2002 and his chosen charity this year is Devon Community Foundation