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William Russell

London, UK

Lord Mayor

City of London

William Russell


William Russell is Lord Mayor of the City of London. He is also an Alderman, where he represents the Ward of Bread Street and formerly he served as Sheriff of the City of London in 2016-17.

With over thirty years’ experience in the financial and business City, including holding senior positions in the national and international Banking sector, William started his career with First Boston before joining Merrill Lynch as an Investment Banker. He is currently Chair of CDAM, a London based Asset Management business and Senior Advisor to STJ Advisors.

William is on the Board of Innovate Finance, the industry body for the UK Fintech community. An educational entrepreneur, he is Co-Founder of Knightsbridge School and a Director of Knightsbridge School International. William is also a Director of Congham Hall Hotel and Red Savannah Travel. He is a member of the Campaign Board for the philanthropic campaign, Durham Inspired.

William has many current charitable interests including the Guildhall School of Music and Drama; the Royal Theatrical Support Trust; Place2Be, a children’s mental health charity; Charterhouse and Morden College.

William was elected Alderman for the Ward of Bread Street in 2013, has served on many of the City of London Corporation Committees and is currently a Governor of the City of London School for Girls.

William is a Court Assistant to the Haberdashers’ and Feltmakers’ Livery Companies and an Honorary Liveryman of the Paviors’ Company.

William will be the fifth member of his family to be Lord Mayor in the past 110 years. His grandfather, Sir Ian Bowater, was Lord Mayor from 1969 - 1970 and his great grandfather, Sir Frank Bowater, from 1938 - 1939.

William Russell’s Newsfeed

Lord Mayor heads to San Francisco to tout UK fintech

Newly elected Lord Mayor of London will embark on a three-day trip to San Francisco next week to showcase UK fintech companies to US venture capital investors. William Russell, a former Merrill Lynch banker who succeeded Peter Estlin as the 692nd Lord Mayor of London in October, will lead a delegation of early-stage UK-based fintech firms and venture capital companies. The news is the latest in a string of government-led initiatives aimed at bolstering the availability of venture capital for UK-based technology start-ups.

Lord Mayor of the City of London seeks NI firms for US venture capital mission

The Lord Mayor of London will arrive in Northern Ireland on Thursday in a bid to encourage fintech firms here to join his mission to bring back venture capital investment from the United States and elsewhere...But speaking to the Irish News, he said he understands the world of financial services is bigger than just the City of London. “It’s not all about London. We have fintech and financial services companies all over the UK and it would be great if some of the companies would be able to join me.”

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William Russell’s Background

Lord Mayor
Nov 2019 - Present
London, UK
The Lord Mayor of the City of London is an international ambassador for the UK’s professional and financial services sector. He also heads the City of London Corporation, an organisation which promotes and supports London as a place to live, work, study and be entertained.
Advisory Council Member
Apr 2015 - Present
London, UK
Innovate Finance is an independent membership association that represents the UK's global FinTech community. Founded in 2014, Innovate Finance is a not-for-profit aiming to accelerate the country's leading position in the global financial services sector by directly supporting the next era of technology-led financial services innovators, whether a young startup or an established industry player.
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Current Non-Executive Positions

Education Advisory Board Member
Sep 2018 - Present
London, UK
Dukes Education supports the development of academic excellence & prepares students for university. The EAB promotes best practice and provide thought-leadership & guide innovation.
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Morden College
Mar 2015 - Present
Blackheath, UK
An independent Charity based in Blackheath, London, governed by a Board of Trustees. Their purpose is to help older people by offering either a home where they can live independently, a home with some domestic support, or 24/7 residential care with nursing in their Care Home. They also grant limited direct financial support to non residents.
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Previous Non-Executive Positions

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Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls
Elstree, UK
Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls is an independent day school for girls aged 4-18, providing a challenging, positive, stimulating & secure community.
Newport, UK
Haberdashers’Adams is a selective state grammar school for boys aged 11-18 as day boys or boarders and day girls aged 16-18 located in the rural market town of Newport in Shropshire.
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Durham Inspired
Member of Campaign Board
Durham, UK
Durham Inspired is a landmark philanthropic campaign focused on ensuring Durham remains at the forefront of learning, research and education for generations to come.

William Russell’s Education

General Arts
1984 - 1987
1978 - 1983