Lord Sutherland of Houndwood’s first duty is opening gold exhibition.

The Goldsmiths’ Company has announced its new Prime Warden as Lord Sutherland of Houndwood, one of the longest serving members of its education committee.

Lord Sutherland’s first official duty as Prime Warden will be the opening of the Goldsmiths’ Company’s free summer exhibition, Gold: Power and Allure – 4500 years of gold treasures from across Britain, at the Goldsmiths’ Hall on May 31.


He said of his appointment: “I am looking forward to my year as Prime Warden. We live in challenging times which makes the Company’s educational and charitable initiatives even more pertinent.

“In addition the Company’s commitment and responsibility towards its trade and industry remain at its core, as has been demonstrated by the considerable investment in the new Goldsmiths’ Centre which was officially opened in April. While demanding, this is nonetheless an exciting time to be Prime Warden of such an august and proactive company.”

Lord Sutherland is one of the country’s preeminent philosophers of religion and has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in academia. In recognition of his commitment to education he received a Knighthood in 1994 and was subsequently invested with the Order of the Thistle in 2003.

Now aged 71, Sutherland was born in Aberdeen and grew up in the city where he studied a philosophy degree before completing an MA at Cambridge University.

He has since been the chair of philosophy of religion at King’s College London, later becoming its principle, before moving to the role of vice-chancellorship of the University of London in the early 1990s.

Sutherland also helped set up Ofsted and in 1994 became principal and vice-chancellor of Edinburgh University.

He joined the Goldsmiths’ Company in 1987, was elected to the Livery in 1991 and to the Court of Assistants in 2000 and has been a long serving member of the Goldsmiths’ Company’s Education Committee.