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William Russell

Lord Mayor

City of London

London, UK

William Russell
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William Russell’s Biography

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 City, including holding senior positions in the national and international Banking sectors, 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.

William Russell’s Newsfeed

The New Times Rwanda
The Commonwealth’s role in rebuilding a better and greener world

Alderman William Russell, the 692nd Lord Mayor of the City of London, said: “With its depth of expertise and global reach, the Commonwealth is exceptionally well placed to play a leadership role in speeding the recovery worldwide after the Covid-19 Pandemic. I look forward to attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting when it is able to go ahead, to further strengthen the strong links between the Commonwealth and the City as we build back better."

City AM
London comes together to #endthestigma

William Russell, The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of the City of London, represents The Lord Mayor’s Appeal in a video to emphasis the importance of kindness in support of 2020's Mental Health Awareness Week. William Russell is joined by the likes of Sadiq Kahn, the Mayor of London to offer support and solidarity to end the stigma surrounding mental health.

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William Russell’s Background

City of London
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.
Innovate Finance
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 Board Positions

UK Government
Adviser to the Board of Trade
Sep 2020 - Present
London, UK
The Board of Trade was created to deliver prosperity and economic growth across the United Kingdom by supporting exports, inward investment and outward direct investment.
Dukes Education
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 provides thought-leadership & guide innovation.
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Previous Board Positions

Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls logo Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls logo
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.
Haberdashers' Adams Grammar School
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

Durham University
General Arts
1984 - 1987
Eton College
1978 - 1983

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