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Date updated: 20/01/2023

Nicholas Lyons
694th Lord Mayor of the City of London

During his year as Lord Mayor, Alderman Lyons 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.

During his year as Lord Mayor, Alderman Lyons will champion Financing our Future promoting a resilient, resourceful and responsible city, deploying capital and expertise to supercharge economic growth nationwide and grow our global competitiveness.

Financing our Future will focus on driving growth and investment especially in the areas of long-term infrastructure lending, green and sustainable finance, boosting the early stage growth economy by mobilising private savings and pension funds and attracting international asset owners to have more of their money managed by asset managers in the UK. All of which will be underpinned by a commitment to financial inclusion for all.

The Lord Mayor: Nicholas Lyons


Name Nicholas Lyons
Born Ireland
Family Felicity
Education The King’s School, Canterbury Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

Business career

Nicholas joined Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York in London in 1982 then worked at Salomon Brothers and Lehman Brothers. He specialised in advising banks and insurance companies on mergers and acquisitions and raising capital.

He is currently taking a sabbatical as Chairman of Phoenix Group, the largest player in the UK retirement and long term savings industry. He sits on the boards of Convex Group, a specialty insurance underwriter and Miller Insurance Services, a London market insurance broker. He is a member of the Leadership Council of The CityUK, the Advisory Board of the International Business & Diplomatic Exchange, the Association of British Insurers and the Chartered Insurance Institute. His City career has spanned over 40 years.

Previous/current professional involvement

Nicholas was elected as Alderman for the Ward of Tower in 2017 and served as Sheriff of the City of London in 2021-22. He sits on the City Corporation’s Education Board and the Epping Forest and Commons Committee and been a previous member of the Planning and Transportation and Finance Committees.

He is a Court Assistant at the Merchant Taylors’ and Baker’s Companies and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Companies of Insurers and Educators.