THE WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF LORINERS
NICHOLAS (NICK) FRASER
MASTER LORINER 2012
Nick Fraser was born in Sussex in 1946 but grew up in Yorkshire. He was educated at Fettes College, Edinburgh, before
completing a one year diploma at Geneva University in French and International Institutions and graduating with an Economics
and Geography Honours degree from London University.
He was articled to Thomson McLintock and Co where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant before moving on through a
number of Financial Controllership and Directorship roles in a variety of privately owned and small quoted groups over some
dozen years in property construction, jewellery and office supply retailing, financial services as well as employment and estate
In 1978 he became a Non-Executive Director of Cardigan Mercantile Company, a family company formed in 1785, with many
activities over the centuries but now specialising in property investment and management. He became Chairman in 2005. In
1982 he became a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.
From the late eighties he worked for five years as a management consultant with estate agencies, in forensic accounting, in
jewellery retailing and in manufacturing and retailing top quality clothes, equestrian equipment and leather goods, with Swaine
Adeney Brigg, the royal warrant holder.
He finally served as the Financial and Personnel Officer of the Goldsmiths’ Company, its associated Charities, and the London
Assay Office for fifteen years until he retired in 2009. He was as a Member of the London Assay Office Committee and a
Trustee of the Goldsmiths Arts Trust Fund and the Silversmiths and Jewellers Charity. He was clothed with the livery of the
Goldsmiths’ Company in 2000. He chaired the Great Twelve Livery Company Finance Officers Committee from 2005 to 2007.
He was an Associate Member of the Charity Finance Directors Group and still maintains his membership of the Charities
Investors’ Group. He is also a member of the Ward of Cheap.
Nick was clothed with the livery of the Loriners’ Company in 1986, became an Assistant on the Court in 2002 and Master on
20th January 2012. He is a Trustee of the Loriners Charitable Trust and has served on the Loriners' Trade Liaison and Finance
Committees for a number of years.
He is a member of British Tennis, Campden Hill and Llechryd Tennis Clubs and the City Livery Tennis Club. He has variously
won the veterans’ singles, mens doubles and mixed doubles titles at Campden Hill over the last ten years. He has also captained
the Goldsmiths’ team in the Inter-Livery Tennis Tournament for fifteen years, being in the winning pair of the Plate Cup three
years running and runners up in the main competition in 2008.
Nick is also a member of Harrow School and Cardigan Golf Clubs and competed in the Great Twelve Golf Competition. He
plays bridge, competing in the Inter-Livery Bridge Tournament, finishing 5th pair out of 64 last year, winning the prize for the
highest pair containing a Court member, and 8th this year.
He is a member of the MCC, Yorkshire CCC, London Scottish RFC, RAC, RHS and Wine Society. He supports Leeds United
FC. In what spare time that remains he collects British stamps, thematic postcards and coins.
Nick and his wife Marilyn have lived in West London for over forty years and have a former coastguard cottage in the
Pembrokeshire National Park. Marilyn, a retired P.A. and Nursery School Teacher, will support him as Mistress Loriner in his
year in office. They have a daughter, Bryony, a photographic exhibition curator, and a son Edward, also a Chartered Accountant
and Loriner Liveryman.