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Consultant physician Charles Mackworth-Young becomes the 696th Prime Warden

  • Charles Mackworth-Young, a Consultant Physician specialising in Rheumatology, has become Prime Warden (chairs the Board) of the Goldsmiths’ Company.  
  • Charles is the 696th Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company – a new Prime Warden is elected every year.
  • Charles was Consultant Physician at Westminster and Charing Cross Hospitals and subsequently Professor of Practice at Imperial College, where his research focused on the origins of autoimmune diseases and the treatment of arthritis.
  • He became a Freeman of the Goldsmiths’ Company in 1995, a Liverymen in 2003 and joined the Company’s Court of Assistants (Board-equivalent) in 2011.

The Goldsmiths’ Company is delighted to announce that Charles Mackworth-Young has taken office as Prime Warden, in succession to Mark Bridges (Lord Bridges). A Consultant Physician specialising in rheumatology, Charles’ career spans practice and research in medicine, from exploring the origins of autoimmune diseases to developing a national benchmark for the independent peer review of medical research. He was appointed CVO (Commander of the Royal Victorian Order) in 2020 for his work as Medical Director of King Edward VII’s Hospital, a charity with a focus on the care of veterans.


One of Charles’ goals as Prime Warden is to make the Company more attractive to all parts of the goldsmithing trade – especially those who might not consider joining its membership. The Goldsmiths’ Company has over 1,900 members across the UK from silversmiths, designer-makers and diamond mounters to teachers and tea merchants. In 2012, it established the Goldsmiths’ Centre, the UK’s leading charity for the training of goldsmiths.


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Professor Charles Mackworth-Young, Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths' Company, 2023-24, Julia Skupny