William Russell took office as Lord Mayor of the City of London in November 2019. To ensure continuity of leadership during the current COVID-19 pandemic, he will serve a second term and remain in office until November 2021.
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 is the 692nd Lord Mayor and 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.