Prime Warden: Dr Robin Michael Cox McNEILL LOVE DL

Prime Warden: Dr Robin Michael Cox McNEILL LOVE DL

Elected to the Livery: 2006
Elected to the Court: 2012
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Career Summary

• Consultant Occupational Physician, City of London (2015 to date).

• Member, Medical Group, ‘The HALO Trust’ (2018 to date).

• Vice President, International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC), Bern, Switzerland (2017 to date).

• Trustee, The Officers’ Association (2015 to 2018).

• Surgeon Commodore RN, QHP, Head of the Royal Naval Medical Service (2013 to 2014).

• Service in the Royal Navy (1981 to 2014).


Dr Robin McNeill Love was born in 1959 in London and served in the Royal Navy from June 1981. He graduated from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, University of London, in 1984. Having qualified in General Practice with Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 1993, he has additional Royal College Diplomas which include Anaesthetics and Aviation Medicine. He was honoured with Fellowship of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of London in 2014. Since January 2015, he has worked as a Consultant Occupational Physician in the City of London, advising employers and consulting with their employees.

Robin McNeill Love has served at sea on a global basis in a number of Royal Navy ships which have included service as Principal Medical Officer in the Royal Yacht, HMY BRITANNIA (1992-4), and the Aircraft Carrier HMS ILLUSTRIOUS (1995-7). Subsequent appointments included being Commanding Officer of the Royal Naval Hospital (RNH) in Gibraltar (2002-6). Promoted to Surgeon Captain in 2006 as President of the Naval Service Medical Board of Survey, he presided over medical employability, or invaliding, of significantly ill or injured Royal Navy and Royal Marine personnel. This was followed by appointment as Deputy Defence Postgraduate Medical Dean (2009-10). In 2011, Surgeon Captain McNeill Love attended the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) in London. He was then appointed as Assistant Head of Medical Policy at the HQ of the UK’s Surgeon General (2011-13) during which he was the UK Delegate to the NATO Military Healthcare Committee.

In 2013, Robin McNeill Love was privileged to be appointed an Honorary Physician to HM The Queen (QHP) and promoted to the 1* rank of Surgeon Commodore as Head of the Royal Naval Medical Service, an organisation of 1600 medical personnel working on a global basis to support 33000 Royal Navy and Royal Marine personnel. Surgeon Commodore Robin McNeill Love left the Royal Navy to enter new professional civilian arenas on 11 December 2014.

On 26 March 2015, he was appointed by HM The Queen as an ‘Officer’ in the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem (OStJ) in recognition of his achievements in the Royal Naval Medical Service and Defence Medicine.

Nominated by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) as the UK’s candidate for the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC), Dr McNeill Love was elected in December 2016 and then in February 2017 sworn into the IHFFC as a Commissioner and subsequently a Vice President. The IHFFC is a unique international treaty-based organisation whose purpose is implementation of, and respect for, International Humanitarian Law (IHL), which includes the Geneva Conventions, in situations of international armed conflict. This privileged role is a result of Dr McNeill Love’s dual career portfolio of medicine within the military context.

Robin McNeill Love’s involvement with the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths began when the Father of the Company, the late Past Prime Warden Dr John Beale, suggested that the Worshipful Company commission a ‘Millennium Project’ in collaboration with the Medical Research Council (MRC) which examined the increased risk to welders of Pneumococcal Pneumonia. Robin conducted this research project at HM Naval Base Portsmouth and the successful outcome was published in the European Respiratory Journal in 2006. Dr McNeill Love become a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths in 2006. Have served on the Court of Assistants since 2012, he was elected as Craft Warden (2016), then Renter Warden (2017) and now Prime Warden in July 2018. The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths is a vibrant City of London Livery Company and strongly values its very close links to the craft of the Blacksmith. Robin views being elected as Prime Warden to be an immense honour and privilege.

Robin is married to Penelope (“Poppy”), a practicing Travel Health Nurse working in London. Poppy trained at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and the City University in London, graduating in 1985. She also worked as long-haul British Airways Cabin Crew from 1997 to 2014. They have four children: Charlie, Matthew, Olivia, and Hugo.

Renter Warden: Dr Nicholas Mark LAND

Renter Warden: Dr Nicholas Mark LAND

Elected to the Livery: 1982
Elected to the Court: 2009

Craft Warden: Alderman Alastair KING

Craft Warden: Alderman Alastair KING

Elected to the Livery: 1991
Elected to the Court: 2015

Third Warden (Immediate Past Prime Warden):  Jashvantrai Balwantrai JOSHI

Third Warden (Immediate Past Prime Warden): Jashvantrai Balwantrai JOSHI

Elected to the Livery: 2004
Elected to the Court: 2009
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Jashvantrai Joshi BSc (Hons) (known as Jash) was born in Blantyre, Malawi and settled in London with his family after being forcibly ejected from Malawi in 1970. He is married to Pravina and has a son and two grandchildren.

Having graduated in Chemistry, Jash went on to establish an export business in London with his father in 1972. After a difficult start and following the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, the business expanded into Eastern Europe – in particular Romania, where he set up offices in Bucharest. He went on to install off-shore oil platforms for the oil industry of Romania and accomplished other major projects. Subsequently he branched out in business in the United States of America with an enterprise renting and sterilising surgical instruments for the health industry.

Jash served as the Secretary-General of an organisation representing the Gujarati community of Britain, the NCGO, at a time of great sensitivity for this community, liaising on their behalf with embassies, and arranging for the Chief Police Commissioner and local MPs to address delegates at NCGO conferences. He brought in the Indian High Commissioner to help with visa problems for British Indians travelling to India. He was also instrumental in setting up the Federation of Brahmin Associations of Europe. Jash is also a member of the Society of London Ragamuffins which helps provide financial and other support to those from a poor background mainly in the City of London.

Jash is an active committee member of Coleman Street Ward Club; he travels extensively, reads, swims and is an avid cricket fan and member at Surrey CCC.

Father of the Company: Rodney LYONS

Father of the Company: Rodney LYONS

Elected to the Livery: 1960
Elected to the Court: 1989
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The Role and its History

The Father is the only title to be held in perpetuity (those of the Prime Warden, Wardens, the Clerk and the Beadle are elected annually.) With its suggestion of English monasticism, the title is embued with the authority of antiquity. It is always given to the senior Past Prime Warden, who perhaps can be said to compare with the “elders” of other bodies or professions such as “The Father of the House of Commons” and “The Father of the bench.” King Henry IV – in whose reign so much of the nucleus of the Company’s ordinance seems to have been shaped – also became known as “The Father and Friend of the People”. Many and varied are the duties and responsibilities of the Father of a Livery Company. He does, of course, defer to the Prime Warden: who in turn feels secure in the knowledge that the oldest member – with a wealth of experience – is at his side to assist with official formulae or advise on matters unusually difficult which could arise during his term in office. This was particularly so in the earliest days, when the other past Prime Wardens only continued to serve on the Court for a limited period. It is the prerogative of the Father to attend not only the Quarterly Courts, but every other meeting of Wardens. Furthermore, he is automatically invited to “take the Chair” in the absence of the Prime Warden.