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Key councillors

The Lord Mayor

This year's Lord Mayor is William Russell

The Lord Mayor holds office for one year, covering a wide business role, working for Britain as a whole and supporting the City as a world leader in international finance and business services.

The position, as a trusted spokesperson for the business community, is enhanced by the entirely apolitical nature of this role. As head of the City of London the Lord Mayor presides over its governing bodies, the Court of Aldermen and the Court of Common Council.

The Lord Mayor is also involved in local government and London issues, ranging from work in the regeneration of neighbouring boroughs to transport and environmental issues which affect the City.

The Policy and Resources Committee chair

This year's Chair is Catherine McGuinness

The Chair is elected annually and leads Policy and Resources Committee in its development of policies to support the financial services industry in London and the UK. Through the Committee she helps the City provide first-class local services to the Square Mile's residents, workers, businesses and visitors, as well as:

  • representing the City and its views to Westminster, Whitehall and Brussels
  • working in neighbouring boroughs and wider London to help regeneration and economic development
  • working (with the Lord Mayor) in key overseas centres such as New York and Washington, China and India.

The Finance Committee chairman

This year's Chairman is Jeremy Mayhew

Elected annually, he supports the Lord Mayor and the Chairman of Policy and Resources in promoting the City by carrying out and implementing the overall strategies and policies of the City Corporation.

As Chairman of the Finance Committee, he provides careful stewardship of the City Corporation’s funds, maintaining overall control of its income and expenditure.

Each year the Chairman presents the Finance Committee's recommendations to the Court of Common Council seeking approval for the City Corporation's annual budget and the City’s non-domestic rate and Council Tax Levy.

The Chief Commoner

This year's Chief Commoner is Deputy Tom Hoffman.

The Chief Commoner holds office for one year and acts as a counsellor when required and takes the lead in relation to the scrutiny of training and development opportunities offered to councillors. He actively promotes the aims, values and responsibilities of the City of London Corporation internally - and externally in support of the Lord Mayor and the Policy Chairman and also takes the lead in relation to all matters of City Corporation hospitality.

The office of Chief Commoner, first established in 1444, is unique in that it is the only role now directly elected by the whole Court of Common Council and serves to recognise the contribution the office holder is likely to have made to the City Corporation over a number of years. The Chief Commoner is, therefore, the foremost representative of the elected councillors with regard to their rights and privileges - but equally, seeks to uphold the discipline and integrity of the Court.