The Thames Warden

The Thames Warden

Christine Jarvis B.Sc Econ (International Relations) has been a Freeman of the Company since 2014 and was appointed Walbrook Warden in July 2021. 

On leaving the London School of Economics, Christine began her career covering the accounts of the major oil companies in the American First National City Bank.   However, her interest in law and politics (rather than financial remuneration – OK we all make mistakes when young and idealistic!) moved her to switch to the Civil Service in Whitehall to draft Private Bills (including those of Water Companies) and take their passage through Parliament.    Following years saw her return to negotiating/ drafting/ promoting legislation and draft regulations both in the UK and Brussels.    This included the Water Privatisation Bill and more recently transposing EC Directives into UK law.

Other work in central Government included the Parliamentary Ombudsman’s Office, investigating claims of public maladministration, Deputy Director of the Joint DoE/DTI Environmental Markets Unit – promoting UK environmental technology in the world market – and Head of Construction Materials.   The latter was particularly interesting concerning the work being developed on sustainable construction and waste minimisation (including water resources).

During her career, Christine never gave up her interest in international affairs and she has also worked on the Afghanistan /Pakistan Desk in Overseas Development covering topics as varied as help for refugees displaced by war, the role of women in Islamic countries and the repair and maintenance of British-built dams in Pakistan. This was later followed by 2-year stint in Rome working for the United Nations as an economist at the International Fund for Agricultural Development.   Naturally, water (generally lack of) played a vital role in many of the projects undertaken by this part of the UN.

Since taking early retirement, Christine has developed her interest in history and architecture by training to become a London Blue Badge, City of London and Historic Royal Palaces Guide Lecturer. She also is a great theatre fan and has travelled extensively (including taking 30 tourists around the whole of India on the railways), but at the same time she is committed to environmental protection and bio-diversity and is a Fellow of the Zoological Society for London and a supporter of the Elephant Conservation Center in Laos and the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Sabah.

Annually, Christine and her husband David try to visit their son, Adam – also working in international development –  who now lives in Myanmar.