The Livery Companies Helping Us Pollinate London Together

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The Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers

The Wax Chandlers are one of the older established companies dating back over 650 years, their origins were in the regulation of beeswax candles, hence their motto “Truth is the light”. Their Hall is in Gresham Street where they have continuously occupied the same street corner since before Columbus set sail for America.  A couple of ‘incidents’ over the last 500 years, including the fire of London required the hall to be rebuilt! 


The Wax Chandlers through their interest in the bee are also now focusing on the health and well being of bee pollinators (bumble, honey and solitary bees) shows critical importance to our food security is increasingly being recognised. The Pollinating London Together group seeks to alert others to the danger and damage to the bee pollinators environment, raise funds and establish and support projects and behaviour that will help deliver a sustainable future for them.

The Worshipful Company of Gardeners

The Worshipful Company of Gardeners, first mentioned in City Corporation records in 1345, incorporated by Royal Charter in 1605.


The Company aims to promote the art, science and practice of horticulture and communicate the importance of horticulture to the economy, health and wellbeing, climate change adaptation and mitigation, clean air etc. It encourages and supports the education of horticulture and maintains its relevance to the horticultural industry


The Company supports charitable activities connected with horticulture, particularly in or around the London area, primarily through the company charity but also through other associated charities. It supports the Lord Mayor and the City of London and encourages the beautification of the City of London by encouraging the display of flowers and foliage through its Flowers in the City awards.

The Company is keen to work with similarly minded partners to increase its impact.

The Pollinating London Together Team

An eclectic but enthusiastic bunch, we pull from a range of backgrounds and areas of expertise, with one goal in mind - to make a difference to London and its precious pollinators. Here we are, in no particular order:

Rupert Ponsonby

Rupert Ponsonby has been a founder/director of drink and food specialist Public Relations firm R&R Teamwork for over 20 years. This career followed fifteen years working for metal recycling businesses all over Britain, adding value to discarded materials - an early ‘envirometalist’. And five years as a founder/director of dry cleaners Starchi and Starchi. He is also a founder director of Mr Trotter’s Great British Pork Crackling, transforming ‘waste’ pork rind into a luxury product, and is a Cotswold farmer growing arable crops and sheep.


He has a special interest in the future of farming in Britain, and has recently finished writing an illustrated poetry book on the romantic life of worms.

I am a Liveryman of the Wax Chandlers with a research degree in biology, a career in R&D management and an interest in ancient history. 


I know how critically important the well-being of the environment is to people’s health and society’s wealth.  Many great ancient civilisations collapsed under the onslaught of environmental change, often brought about unwittingly by the civilisation itself. Their ruins lie in the dust; we need to be smarter. That’s why we’re bringing together people who can drive change in London to improve the environment. Let’s start improving the world on our own doorstep !

Frank Cselik

Sherry Watson

I am a consultant providing effective sustainable advice on regulatory strategy, governance, conduct and risk.  Prior to this I was at Standard Chartered Bank and also the UK regulator and have worked in the City for most of my career. 


As a Wax Chandler I am passionate about bees and sustainability and how that fits with our long-term objective of corporate sustainability and investment. 

Andrew Blaxland

Andrew Blaxland is a chartered accountant and businessman. A longstanding Wax Chandler, and beekeeper from a beekeeping family. Andrew has been interested in environmental initiatives in the past, but now with PLT is delighted to take a more active role within the steering group and hopes to use his contacts and connections to expand support as PLT moves forward.

Dr Heather Barrett-Mold OBE Master of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners Heather has worked in Further and Higher Education and her last full—time post was Principal and Chief Executive of Pershore Group of Colleges; now a consultant. As a senior manager Heather developed her skills in leadership and management but her initial subject area is biology / ecology, specialising in the management of chalk grassland.


Heather is a Vice President of the Institution of Environmental Sciences, a Past President of the Institute of Horticulture and until July 2017 Vice Chair of the Science Council Board. Heather is one of the three UK representatives of the International Society of Horticultural Science. She is a Governor for Capel Manor and involved in two other horticulture charities.


She was an expert for the Commission for Sustainable London 2012 which had a quality assurance role in the sustainable development of the Olympic Games.

Heather Barrett-Mold OBE

John Burton

I am Chairman, Chief Executive and major shareholder of World Wise foods Ltd,

Our principal business is the supply of canned Pole and Line caught tuna (we only supply Pole and Line) to leading retailers in the UK and around the world.

The Pole and line catching method is the most responsible and sustainable way to catch tuna, I have been involved in these worldwide supply chains for more than 30 years.

My lifelong passion for equitable pole-and-line caught tuna has involved me in a number of sustainability initiatives with partner NGOs in the fisheries world, and engagements with Governments of developing coastal states.

I co-founded the International Pole & Line Foundation in  2011, a UK registered charity, As IPNLF Chairman since 2013, I have lead the Trustees, Staff, Special Advisors and the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee in developing, supporting and promoting socially and environmentally responsible pole-and-line and hand-line tuna fisheries around the world.

I am chairman of E-Cargobikes providers of cost effective zero emission services to retailers in the UK.

I became a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers in October 2019 year and am pleased to be involved with and support the work of  Pollinating London Together.

As Upper Warden Anthony will assume the role of ‘Master Wax Chandler’ in August 2021. Anthony joined the Wax Chandlers some 20 years ago because he kept bees at his home in Hertfordshire, and made candles from his surplus beeswax. He still enjoys keeping bees in his garden.


Anthony is a Chartered Surveyor who has worked in central London throughout his career. Over his career he has managed significant London Estates so appreciates the immense importance of the spaces between buildings and the need use these areas to create high quality environments as a part of creating a sustainable city where there is a transition from traffic dominated streets to ones with a greater pedestrian quality coupled with sustainable transport.

Anthony Bickmore

Wax Chandlers’ Charitable Trust - Charity Registration Number 278164

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