Lord Mayor biography
Lord Mayor of the City of London 2020-21
Married to Hilary with four children: Edward, Nicholas, Alistair and Helena
Eton College, Durham University
William Russell has over 30 years’ experience in the financial and business City including holding senior positions in the national and international banking sector. In 1987 he went to work for First Boston Corporation before joining Merrill Lynch in 1992 as an investment banker in Institutional Equity Sales, working in Asia, New York and London.
William is currently Chair of CDAM, a London based Asset Management business, and Senior Advisor to STJ Advisors. He was also on the Board of Innovate Finance, the industry body for the UK based FinTech community.
Previous/current professional involvement
William was elected as Alderman for the Ward of Bread Street in 2013 and served as Sheriff of the City of London in 2016-17.
He has a number of charitable interests. He has served as Chair of the Development Board of the Royal Court Theatre, he is a Board Member of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the Barbican Centre and is on the Council of the Royal Theatrical Support Trust. He is immediate past Chair of Prostate Cancer UK and is currently Deputy Chair of Place2Be, a children’s mental health charity. He is a Trustee of Morden College and a past member of the Development Board of the Charterhouse.
More about Alderman Russell
During his year as Lord Mayor, Alderman Russell will act as a spokesman for the City, leading overseas business delegations to key international markets on behalf of the UK financial and professional services industry.
In the role he will meet government representatives, alongside business leaders and policy makers both at home and abroad. He will look to strengthen economic ties with the UK, identify new business opportunities and promote the UK as a top global destination for foreign investment.
Alderman Russell will be reinforcing the message that the City of London is a national asset for the UK, accounting for billions of pounds in revenue and taxes and creating millions of jobs across the country – as well as being a unique, cultural and diverse institution.
The Lord Mayor will promote his theme of Global UK: Trade, Innovation & Culture with the ethos of connecting communities through these three elements.
Alderman Russell will use his mayoralty to:
- Grow global trade and investment opportunities for the City, London and the UK; strengthening our strategic city partnerships globally.
- Champion innovation to scale up our offer in FinTech and Green Finance within a secure, sustainable and green City.
- Promote a rich and vibrant cultural and creative economy, showcasing the City, London and the UK as a great place to live, learn, work and visit.
The Lord Mayor’s Appeal
Part of the Lord Mayor’s job is his Appeal. Entering the third year of its vision and ambition to create, through its pillars - Inclusive Healthy, Skilled and Fair - A Better City for All, the Appeal is now planning for its dynamic evolution and moving forward to a rolling programme.
The Appeal will continue to support their current charity partners, Place2Be, OnSide Youth Zones and Samaritans to deliver their ground breaking programmes and will begin a partnership with the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Development of their four existing initiatives – Power of Inclusion, This is Me, She Can Be and City Giving Day - and expanding their corporate relationships will continue.