Current Court Members

  • Bethan Vincent


    At 23 I founded my first company, Vincent’s Coffee, shortly after graduating from the University of York in the summer of 2013. Vincent’s was founded on the principles of excellent products combined with exemplary ethics; this early interest in ethical business has been a driving factor in my development as a young entrepreneur. My first few years in business proved to be a steep learning curve, however I am extremely grateful for the opportunities, resilience and skills I gained from this experience.

    In 2014 I became director of Bright Ethics (UK) Limited, an ambitious and growing company which delivers independent ethical certification to UK organisations in both the public and private sectors. Outside of "work" I am a keen writer and enjoy contributing to a number of publications and blogs. I also write on my own platform at

  • Grace Abell

    Deputy Master 2015-2017

    I’m Grace Abell — an independent graphic designer. I live and work in York with independent, environmental and eco businesses. High-profile brands I’ve worked with include Johnston Press, the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, the Royal Horticultural Society, Singletrack magazine, the Chartered Institute of Horticulture and Prospect magazine.

  • Claire Davies

    Marketing Director

    I provide support through copywriting and editing services, 121 mentoring and small group workshops and brand story packages. From attention grabbing website copy to inspirational speaker at a conference for thousands – we will unearth the stories that you can tell with confidence and authenticity.

  • Crispin Sinclair

    Court Member Without Portfolio

    My name is Crispin Sinclair and my main line of business is as a self-employed property investor. I started the business twenty years ago and have, over the years, bought and sold property in London, Tokyo, Shanghai, Berlin, Bucharest, Kuala Lumpur, Panama City, Bali, the United Arab Emirates, and York! Mostly they have proved profitable. I also run a second business, Babel Bikes, which is developing the ‘world’s safest bicycle’.

  • Cllr Ashley Mason

    Court Member Without Portfolio

    Ashley is local entrepreneur who was born and brought up in York. He has been involved in several businesses and is keen to offer advice and support to anyone interested in starting up. Ashley is a City of York Councillor, Trustee for several local charities and a Business Mentor for the Princes Trust. Outside of the Guild he enjoys baking and visiting the East Coast and Lake District.

  • Jay Sillence

    Court Member Without Portfolio

    Here at InkBlot Films, we’re movie nerds, art lovers and film makers, all rolled into one. We pride ourselves on our passion for movies, beautiful images and stories, which gives our video content an edge. From concepts and story boards to editing and post-production, we make sure that your happy every step of the way.

  • Mike Leigh Cooper

    Court Member Without Portfolio

    Through the use of video, audio and photography and with a broad awareness of the creative process, Mike strives to work with ambitious agencies, marketing managers and business owners to bolster their marketing offer with media production which adds value by showcasing services, businesses, events and productions in a positive light with a focus on generating the most value from each deliverable asset. Creativity and storytelling creates interest and elevates work to the next level, often benefitting from the advantages of mixed media for a balanced output that translates across different platforms.