The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of the City of London presides over its governing bodies, the Court of Aldermen and the Court of Common Council and within the City, only the Sovereign takes precedence.
Outside the City the Lord Mayor takes precedence with, but after, members of the Cabinet. On behalf of the Sovereign and the Government the Lord Mayor regularly acts as a host for hospitality provided by the City of London Corporation for visiting heads of state and foreign dignitaries.
A dedicated ambassador, the Lord Mayor supports and promotes the City as the world leader in international finance and business services. He travels extensively, in liaison with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and UK Trade & Investment, fostering goodwill and boosting British trade, particularly the markets and services of the City.
This year's Lord Mayor is Alderman the Lord Mountevans Jeffrey Evans
The Lord Mayor takes part in a series of international visits leading delegations of senior business representatives to meet those at the highest levels of government and industry in overseas countries. This is with the aim of selling the City as a place in which to do business and promoting its expertise. This can range from advice on raising capital for major infrastructure projects to private finance initiatives and government-industry co-funding arrangements.
A domestic programme of visits keeps the Lord Mayor in touch with regional economic activity and promotes the contribution the City can make in these areas.
The role is enhanced by the entirely non-party political nature of this office and of the City of London. The Lord Mayor's activities reflect not only a ceremonial and diplomatic importance, but also those of a trusted spokesperson for the business and financial community.
In promoting the City, the Lord Mayor acts in close collaboration with other leading members of the City of London including the Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee. Working with the Court of Common Council, the Lord Mayor ensures that the City's interests are reflected in London-wide and national policy and development.
The City Sheriffs
The Sheriffs support the Lord Mayor - this might be by advising him on matters that are important to the City or helping to host dinners for visiting dignitaries, and travel with him in his business visits. They also look after the Judges at the Old Bailey and make sure that the court’s business runs smoothly.
They are elected each year on Midsummer’s day by the City livery companies. One must be an Alderman - the senior representative of one of the City's Wards, and another elected position - and both Sheriffs need to be members of a livery company. Their tenure is one year and runs from September to September.
If you want to be Lord Mayor, you must have been an Aldermanic Sheriff first.
The Lord Mayor presides over Her Majesty's Commission of Lieutenancy for the City of London and also is
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The Lord Mayor’s Declarations of Gifts and Hospitality
For overseas hospitality see the relevant report and annex as detailed in the Court of Common Council papers.