The Society

The Society of Apothecaries was incorporated as a City Livery Company by royal charter from James I on 6 December 1617 in recognition of apothecaries' specialist skills in compounding and dispensing medicines. The Society received its Grant of Arms six days later.

The Society of Apothecaries is no.58 in order of precedence, and one of the largest, of the livery companies of the City of London. In addition to its traditional civic, ceremonial, social and charitable activities, the Society has been licensing doctors to practise Medicine since 1815.

The Apothecaries acquired their Hall in Blackfriars in 1632. Re-built on the same site immediately after its destruction in the Great Fire of 1666, it is the oldest extant livery company Hall in the City.

Charter and Grant of Arms

The Society's Coat of Arms, dated 12 December 1617, is signed by William Clarenceux King of Arms. It features Apollo (the god of healing) killing the dragon of disease, supported by two unicorns (from King James's royal arms), and a rhinoceros as the crest (the powdered horn was believed to be medicinal). The motto, from the first book of Ovid's 'Metamorphoses', translates: "I am spoken of all over the world as one who brings help"

Who We Are

Under its current constitution, 85 per cent of the Society's membership must have obtained a medical qualification registrable with the General Medical Council, or a pharmacist’s qualification registrable with the General Pharmaceutical Council

Membership of the Society's Faculty of the History and Philosophy of Medicine and Pharmacy (established 1959), and of its Faculty in Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine (established 2005), both of which are charities by constitution, is open to the general public.

Court of Assistants

Master:     Air Vice-Marshal Aroop K Mozumder CB MB BS MSc FRCGP FFPH DTM&H DAvMed DMCC

Senior Warden: Dr Julia Neild MB BS, FRCP, FFFLM

Junior Warden:  Dr David B Jefferys BSc MD DSc FRCP FFPM FRAPS LLM

and 21 Assistants

The Master and Wardens each serve a term of office of one year and are elected at the Court meeting in August.

Society and Hall Administrative Office

Clerk's Office

The Clerk: Nick Royle, Esq.

Vicki Longhurst, Deputy Clerk

Angie Poppit, Assistant Clerk
Telephone: 020 7236 1189

Beci Ryan, Events Officer

Roseanna Mulroe, Executive Assistant to the Clerk
(Members' Communication, Hall Tours and General Enquiries)
Telephone: 020 7236 1189

Peter Iwuoha, Communication & Engagement Officer
Telephone: 020 7236 1189

Venue Hire

Beci Ryan
Telephone: 020 7236 1189

Faculty of the History and Philosophy of Medicine and Pharmacy

Telephone: 0207 236 1180

Faculty of Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine

Telephone: 0207 236 1180

Examinations Office

Ms Liz Harriman, Head of Academic Department, Email:
Mrs Jasmine Tiwari Academic Executive Assistant, Email:
Mrs Jenny Pritchard, Academic Assessment Manager,
Mrs Ome Obodo, Academic Assessment Administrator,
Mr Matthew Scudder, Academic Training Officer,
Mr Milad Khodkameh, Academic Events Officer,

Archives and Collections

Contact: Janet Payne,
Contact: Nicholas Wood,


Bryan Saunders, The Porter. Email:
Jimmy Liu, Assistant Porter. Email:

Friends' of the Archives

Contact: Beci Ryan, Secretary

Livery Committee

Contact: Professor John Schofield