James North


I am honoured by this chance to lead the dedicated team of staff who manage our historic building and provide services for our membership, now approaching 2,000. I join the Club after senior posts with Santander UK, helping to shape the bank’s international business offer and, most recently, with C|T Group, an international consultancy specialising in business intelligence and corporate research.

Most of my career, though, has been at the City of London Corporation, managing the Lord Mayor’s programme for nearly a decade till 2017 and latterly as the City’s ceremonial Swordbearer, helping to plan major royal and civic events at St Paul’s Cathedral, Guildhall and the Mansion House. Before that, I served as chief of staff at Birmingham City Council during the coalition leadership of the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.

Originally from Blackpool, I read History at the University of St Andrews before moving to London and becoming involved in ‘Clubland’ for more than a decade, as a member of several and Chair of the Lansdowne Club from 2017-19.

The founding Chair of the City of London Corporation’s LGBTQ network, City Pride, in 2016-17, I have also chaired a small London-based orchestra and choir, am a keen skier in winter, and a bad golfer in summer.

Matt Raven

email: matt.raven@nlc.org.uk

tel: 020 7930 9871

I grew up in rural Norfolk and Lincolnshire which developed a hunger for travel and city life, although I seemed to spend endless summer holidays working on family farms which I enjoyed enormously.

I soon found working more exciting than studying, which suited my personality and aspirations and still does. I trained at the Cumberland Hotel in London, starting at the age of 17, working as a chef, a waiter, and then moving finally into management.

My work has taken me from stunning boutique hotels in the Cotswolds to exclusive members’ golfing estates… from Calcot Manor through Luton Hoo to, most recently, Brocket Hall, where I worked alongside our new Head Chef, Jon Oates, for five years. My ambition for the NLC would be to enable our members and guests to enjoy the best of 2020s-style food and service while still remaining loyal to the values and traditions of this historic Club.

In my spare time, I have a passion for sports, especially Formula 1 and soccer, and for playing golf — though I have a high handicap! I also love travel, the Caribbean being a favourite area, and trying different culinary specialities in the process.

Jon Oates

Email: jonathan.oates@nlc.org.uk

Originally from Epping in Essex, I cut my culinary teeth in fine dining at a restaurant in the Peak District after graduating in History from Sheffield Hallam University. I was then fortunate to make rapid progress through the ranks, gaining my first head chef position at the age of 24 across three Michelin-rated restaurants.

I moved back to the south in 2010, where I worked across London and Hertfordshire, again retaining Michelin Guide recognition and winning Hertfordshire’s best restaurant awards two years running.

Most recently, I spent several years at the Brocket Hall estate in Hertfordshire, where I worked closely with our new Operations
Manager, Matt Raven. I was responsible for all the food-led outlets: the stately home, private members’ golf club & the Auberge du Laq restaurant.

My ambition for the Club: I would like our food to reflect our eclectic and diverse membership base, which in turn replicates my cooking style. I like to keep menus fresh, fluid & seasonal, evolving constantly throughout the year.

I live in rural Hertfordshire with my wife, Ashley, and two young children, Archie & Isla. When I’m not working, I enjoy, football and golf among other sports, and I’m a season ticket holder at Arsenal FC.