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William Russell

Innovate Finance

London, UK

Advisory Council Member

Innovate Finance

William Russell


William Russell is an Alderman of the City of London where he represents the Ward of Bread Street. Having served as Sheriff of the City of London in 2016-17, he is in line to be Lord Mayor of the City of London in 2019-20.

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.

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National Recognition for London Village Network’s App for Social Change

London Village Network’s message is being heard and making an impact. Alderman William Russell (who subject to election) is the next Lord Mayor of the City of London, comments: “I am delighted London Village Network has been shortlisted for the Tech4Good Awards. I met founder Rachael Box recently and was inspired by both her passion and purpose and am happy that her work has been recognised in this way...

UK FinTech Body Launches FinTech For Schools Initiative

Innovate Finance, the independent industry body for UK FinTech, today launches its FinTech for Schools Initiative...Featured speakers at the school event include City of London Corporation’s Alderman William Russell...

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William Russell’s Background

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.
Sheriff and Alderman
Mar 2013 - Present
London, UK
William was elected Alderman in 2013, served as Sheriff in 2016-17 and has served on several Corporation Committees including: Culture, Heritage & Libraries, Planning & Transportation, Finance, the Education Board, Policy & Resources and the Livery Committee. The City of London is also known as the Square Mile, the financial district & historic centre of London.
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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