The Worshipful
Company of Farriers

Promoting the welfare of the horse since 1356

The Master

Master 2019-2020 Steven Wilson FRSA FIoD FIED

Steven is a West Highlander, and hails from Lochaber, where his brother Iain farms Blackface sheep on Britain’s last true wilderness, the Knoydart peninsula. He is a son of the forge: his late father Bill Wilson was a farrier and crofter, covering a very wide geography alone at that time. Steven grew up with horses and they have always been a large part of his life, one riding holiday in the Camargue being especially memorable, as was hacking around the stunning South Hams in Devon and rural Herefordshire. He supports the Suffolk Punch Trust and other equine charities.

His career has seen him lead The British Prime Minister’s Initiative for Vocational Training in Russia for several years, and he spent many years in technology and knowledge transfer at Russell Group universities, and working in economic development around the UK. Recent roles have included Head of Innovation for a Regional Development Agency and then a Local Enterprise Partnership, promoting the key industry sectors of, and assisting foreign direct investment into, the East of England, his home since 2008. He led the regional Science & Innovation report for the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, published by BEIS in September 2017. From 2016-19 he was also a Non-Executive Director of Medtech Accelerator Ltd., a novel joint venture proof of concept fund to assist emerging devices and technologies to see the light of day into the marketplace and thus improve NHS patient care. 
He was clothed in the Livery in 2006 by distinguished Past Master David Short, and joined the Court in 2012 under the late, great Past Master and judge, Stephen Scott. In the past he has represented the Company on Livery Schools Link, City & Guilds and the Livery Company Skills Council. Having served as a Seaman Officer in the RNR for many years, he is also immensely proud of the Company’s strong affiliation to HMS Prince of Wales, our newest aircraft carrier, as well as those with the junior Services (HCMR, KTRA and 18(B) SQN RAF) and the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry. The Company’s long-standing links to St. Martin-in-the-Fields High School for Girls in Tulse Hill and the Ebony Horse Club in Brixton are also strong and rewarding.

Other interests include Labrador retrievers - his current “Canine Consort” Paddy a.k.a. Sandylands Sea Eagle of Crask (who succeeded the fox red Cricklecreek Rupert) is the Company’s mascot, and a stalwart of their annual foray to the Tay. Steven is the world’s worst fisherman, but relishes the relaxation. Further interests include art, music and books. Sailing and skiing have been eclipsed by Livery duties.
Steven lives on the very rural Croxton Park Estate, near St. Neots, Cambridgeshire. Most of his family lives in Canada and the Highlands. He will be supported by cousins and friends for his year, during which he will proudly carry a Clydesdale front horseshoe finely crafted in copper for him, on behalf of the Craft, by the eminent Scots farrier, Company examiner and judge Jim Ferrie FWCF.