The Clerk today takes the role of chief executive and is responsible implementing the policy decisions of the Court of Assistants. The detailed work is done through the Executive committee who make recommendations for endorsement by the Court. Although The Master presides over the meetings of the Court and Executive, it is the Clerk who provides continuity and guidance thus ensuring the long term future of the Incorporation.

It is often said that Masters come and Masters go, but the Clerk is always there. Our present Clerk has been in post for 25 years and is becoming one of the longer serving although William William’s 58 years of service from 1730 will be hard to surpass. 

Previous Clerks of the Company

  • 1620 Humphrey Ash
  • 1634 Nicholas Trosse of Exeter, gentleman
  • 1658 Nathaniel Maddock of Exeter, merchant
  • 1671 William Heard of Exeter, yeoman [re-elected 1681]
  • 1680 John Maniton
  • 1681 William Heard of Exeter, yeoman
  • 1708 Henry Hobbs
  • 1717 - Broadmead
  • 1728 Roger Hallett
  • 1730 William Williams
  • 1788 John Williams, attorney
  • 1820 Harry James, attorney-at-law
  • 1844 Hugh Myddelton Ellicombe of Exeter, gentleman
  • 1857 Edmund William Paul of Exeter, gentleman
  • 1874 Henry Mountrick James of Exeter, gentleman
  • 1903 William Thomas Munby Snow of Exeter, solicitor
  • 1936 Arthur Snow of Exeter, solicitor
  • 1949 G E Madge
  • 1958 R H T Burgess, chartered accountant
  • 1973 J Michelmore, solicitor
  • 1991 A E Maynard, solicitor