The Lieutenants

Michael Mainelli

Michael Mainelli is the 695th Lord Mayor of London

Full bio to follow.

Sir John Bond

John Bond was born in Oxford in 1941 and was educated at Tonbridge School and Cate School, California. He joined The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation in 1961 and worked in Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and USA before becoming Chairman of HSBC Holdings PLC in London from 1998 to 2006. Subsequently, he became Chairman of Vodafone, then Chairman of Xstrata.

He has served on the Court of The Bank of England, the Boards of the London Stock Exchange, Ford Motor Company USA; AP Moller Maersk in Denmark; Northern Trust Co USA. He was on Mitsubishi Corporation’s International Advisory Committee, the Advisory Council of the UAE Central Bank and the Qatar Foundation Endowment Board. Currently he is Senior Advisor to KKR Asia and on the Board of Shui On Land Co Ltd in Hong Kong.

He has served in China as Chairman of the Mayor of Shanghai’s International Advisory Council, a member of Tsinghua University TSEM’s Advisory Board, Chairman of the China Development Forum and a member of China Banking Regulatory Commission’s International Advisory Board.

Sir John received a Knighthood in 1999, and was awarded the Magnolia Gold Award by Shanghai Government in 2003, and the Gold Medal from the Foreign Policy Association in New York.

Colonel John Barkshire CBE TD JP DL

John Barkshire did National Service in the Duke of Wellington's Regiment and then Territorial Army service in the Honourable Artillery Company as Regimental Colonel. He was also the Honorary Colonel of 6/7th King’s Regiment.

He was Chairman of the National Memorial Arboretum, South East Territorial and Volunteer Reserve Association (TAVRA), Reserve Forces Association, City TAVRA, and a Trustee of a range of Service Charities including the Army Benevolent Fund, SSAFA, and the Royal British legion 

Outside of Defence John was a Magistrate, Tax Commissioner and trustee of a wide variety of charities including schools, a hospital and the Church of England.

In his civilian career he was a banker and both chairman and a director of a range of financial and property companies.

Major General Keith Cima CB MA MBA

Major General Keith Cima was born in London, and grew up in Reading. After Oxford, he joined the Royal Engineers and stayed for 32 years in a wide variety of appointments – becoming a jack of all trades and master of none. On leaving the Army early he became the Resident Governor of the Tower of London for 4 years. After sudden ejection from that post, he spent nearly 5 years as a full-time Coxswain with the RNLI at Tower Lifeboat Station – which he regards as the best and most useful job he ever had; he finally retired (well over-age) from a subsequent volunteer crew role in December  201818. He relinquished as an active Colonel Commandant of the Royal Engineers after 16 years in January 2020, and holds the Gold Medal of the Institution of Royal Engineers.

In supposed retirement, he is the Chairman of SSAFA France, and a member (first aider, ambulance driver, trainer) with Protection Civile – a leading French civil security organisation. He is a director of a start-up seeking to produce hydrogen from redundant oil wells. He was awarded the CB in 2007, and is a Freeman of the City of London and the Worshipful Company of Carpenters.

Keith Cima has lived in France for 22 years, is married to Susie, and they have 6 children – all gainfully employed from Australia to the UK. Both Keith & Susie, and their youngest daughter, have taken French citizenship alongside their UK passports, which is both polite and makes life easier post-2016! He runs, manages too large a house and grounds, and is building a 7 ¼” gauge steam railway when time permits.

Alderman Sir Charles Bowman

Sir Charles Bowman is a Senior Partner in PwC, having joined Price Waterhouse in 1983, qualified in 1986 and was admitted to partnership in 1995. His areas of specialisation have included the delivery of audit, assurance and capital market transaction services to larger listed and multi-national companies. He has spent time on secondment to the PwC offices in Spain and has worked in many countries.

Sir Charles set up and led PwC’s Audit and Assurance practice looking after major listed clients; he served as the Non-Executive Lead of the firm’s Tax practice and led the firm’s Building Public Trust programme and Senior Networking Programme. He is Chairman of the UK firm’s China Business Group and leads the Government and Public Sector Assurance practice.

Outside PwC he has chaired the Assurance Panel and the Audit and Assurance Faculty of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) and has been a member of its governing body. Elected as the Alderman of the ward of Lime Street in the City of London in May 2013, he served as one of the two Sheriffs of the City of London in 2015/16 and as the 690th Lord Mayor of London in 2017/18. He was knighted in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to trust in business, international trade and the City of London. He has been a member of the Board of Trade, a JP, governor of the Park Side Primary School Academy Hackney, board member for the Uppingham School Foundation, Ambassador to the Samaritans, Trustee of The Lord Mayor’s Appeal and an Advisor to The Mansion House Scholarship Scheme.

Married to Samantha, a veterinary surgeon, they have two daughters, Grace and Charlotte and live in Suffolk, spending the working week in London. Other interests include golf, tennis, art and architecture and country matters – including helping, when allowed, to co-shepherd a small flock of sheep.

Dame Elizabeth Corley DBE

Elizabeth is Chair of the Impact Investing Institute and is a Non-Executive Director of BAE Systems plc. She was appointed Chair of Schroders plc in April 2022 having joined the Board in September 2021.

Elizabeth has extensive experience in the financial services industry having been CEO of Allianz Global Investors, initially for Europe and then globally, from 2005 to 2016. She continued to act as an advisor to the company until the end of 2019. Elizabeth was previously at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (formerly Mercury Asset Management), Coopers & Lybrand and Sun Alliance. Elizabeth is active in representing the investment industry and developing standards within it.

She is a director of the Green Finance Institute; serves on the investment committee of the Leverhulme Trust; is a member of the CFA Future of Finance Advisory Council, AQR Asset Management Institute, the Committee of 200 and the 300 Club.

As well as being a trustee of the British Museum, Elizabeth is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is also a published author of crime thrillers. She was awarded a CBE in January 2015 and a DBE in June 2019 for services to the economy and financial services.
In 2016 Elizabeth received an honorary doctorate from the London Institute of Banking and Finance (formerly the IFS University College) and in June 2019 she was made an honorary fellow of the London Business School.

Paul Double Esq CVO

Paul Double has served as City Remembrancer since 2003 and Parliamentary Agent to the City of London and the Honourable The Irish Society since 2004. He was called to the bar in 1981 and he is a Bencher of the Middle Temple. Paul was made a Freeman of the City of London in 1985 and has served as one of His Majesty’s Commissioners of Lieutenancy for the City of London since 2018 and Under Sheriff of the City of London since 2017.

He was a Director of the Global Law Summit, held in London in 2015 to commemorate 800 years since the sealing of the Magna Carta. He was a member of the Agincourt 600 Organising Committee from 2014 to 2016 and is a trustee of the Magna Carta Trust.

Since 2003 Paul has served as Honorary Secretary of the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs’ Committee, has been Director of Lord Mayor’s Show Limited since 2004 and has been the City Corporation’s Patron of the Financial Markets Law Committee since 2009. He is also sponsor of the City of London Corporation’s Multi-Faith Network.

Between 1983 and 1998 Paul was a Visiting Lecturer in Law at the University of London. He was a Governor of the Charterhouse Foundation from 2007 to 2017, has been a Governor of Sion College since 2018 and a fellow of Goodenough College since 2019. He is married to Glynis (née Mycock), a medical consultant with whom he has three daughters and one son. In any free time, Paul enjoys sailing and leisure cycling.

Colonel Simon Duckworth OBE DL CC

Simon is Vice-Chairman of the Lieutenancy Standing Committee, having been appointed as a Lieutenant in 2010. He has been involved with the work of the City RFCA for nearly twenty years and is Vice-Chairman of its Executive Committee. Commissioned into the Royal Engineers (Army Reserve), Simon currently serves as a Colonel within 77 Brigade. He has been Honorary Colonel of the Royal Military Police since 2012. Simon was the Non- Executive Director of the Army’s Home Command from 2016-18.

Simon is a Cambridge graduate who was elected to the Court of Common Council in 2000. He has chaired a number of Committees and sub-Committees within the City Corporation including the City’s Police Authority and is Deputy Chairman of the Corporation’s Policy & Resources Committee. He is a Liveryman of the Skinners Company and a member of the Parish Clerks’ Company.

Simon has been a plc Non-Executive Director for 18 years and was the senior NED at the Serious Fraud Office until 2018. He chaired the National Olympics Security Oversight Group from 2009-12, helped oversee the creation of the National Crime Agency and was the founding Chairman of the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners, on whose Board of Directors he still sits. He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London in 2008.

Commissioner Ian Dyson QPM

Joining the Metropolitan Police in 1983, with service as Assistant Chief Constable in Surrey Police from 2008, Ian Dyson moved to the City of London Police as Commander in 2010. Leading on organisational change and Economic Crime, he also led the national rollout of the 101 non-emergency number. Assistant Commissioner from 2012 leading performance, cultural change, and leadership in the Force, he was promoted to Commissioner in January 2016 and awarded the King’s Police Medal in the New Year Honours.

From June 2016, Ian stepped up further from his Information Assurance portfolio and took National Policing Lead for Information Management and Information Technology.

Colonel Nigel Easton QVRM TD

Nigel Easton was educated at Churcher’s College, Petersfield; the Royal Air Force Officer Training Unit, Henlow and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

He joined 3rd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in 1976 in Colchester and served with the battalion in UK, Germany, and Berlin. He is a graduate of the Armour School Bovington in Fighting Vehicle design. Nigel left the Regular Army in 1985 to join his wife’s family company, Butser Rubber Ltd, in Hampshire, specialising in the manufacture of custom-made rubber components for Aerospace, Defence, Maritime and Formula One racing. Currently Managing Director, the business also allows Nigel to indulge his interests in engineering and vintage aircraft. He has been a business advisor for Young Enterprise in schools.

On giving up a Regular Army career, Nigel joined the Territorial Army and served with The King’s Fusiliers (City of London) before it was reformed into the London Regiment which he subsequently commanded. He was awarded the King’s Volunteer Reserves Medal in 2000.

Nigel’s links with the City are strong. He is a Commissioner of Lieutenancy for the City of London, sits on the City Executive for the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association, is a member of the Ward of Cordwainer Club and Liveryman of the Coachmakers’ Company. He took part in the Lord Mayor’s show for twenty-five years, both with his Regiment and as one of the Pageantmaster’s Marshals. He has been Honorary Colonel, South East London Army Cadet Force and, although retired from the Active List, remains a member of the Fusiliers Regimental Council.

Nigel is married to Nicky and has four children and two grandchildren. His daughter, Felicity, is a Freeman of the Cordwainers’ Company. They all live in Hampshire. Nigel’s interests are aviation, history and beekeeping.

Alderman Sir Peter Estlin

Peter Estlin is a Senior Advisor to Barclays plc as well as Chair of, a coalition of businesses and organisations working together to boost digital skills across the UK. He is also Chair of the Association of Apprentices, a national membership body for apprentices in the UK, as well as a trustee of Trust for London, Morden College and Bridewell Royal Hospital. He is a non-executive on HMT Audit Committee and Ambassador for Onside Youth Zones.

Peter was Lord Mayor of the City of London in 2018/19, having had a thirty-five year career with Barclays, Citigroup and Coopers & Lybrand in London, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore. He is married to Lindy and they have three adult children. Peter loves to cook, and has a passion for chocolate and wine.

General Sir James Everard KCB CBE

General Sir James Everard was born in 1962 in Leicestershire. He commissioned into the 17th/21st Lancers in 1983 and spent his formative years in the British Army on the Rhine (BAOR), on the Chieftain & Challenger Main Battle Tank, and the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance Tracked Scorpion. He served as a Captain at the US National Training Centre and Ministry of Defence before attending the Army Command and Staff Course in 1992. He returned to Germany as the Chief of Staff of the 4th Armoured Brigade in 1994. In this role, he deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1995 with the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR), and subsequently in 1996 with the NATO-led Implementation Force (IFOR). After two years as a Squadron Leader in Germany and Canada, he became the Military Assistant to the Commander, Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (HQ ARRC). He deployed to Kosovo as part of Kosovo Force (KFOR) for the implementation of Operation JOINT GUARDIAN. From 2000-2002 he commanded the King’s Royal Lancers in Germany, deploying with the Regiment as Commanding Officer (CO), Sector 2, of the United Nation Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) and then to Kosovo, as CO UK Battle-group North (KFOR). 

After two years at the UK Permanent Joint Headquarters as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff J5, responsible for Iraq and Afghanistan, he attended the UK Higher Command & Staff Course. This was followed in 2005 by a six-month deployment to the Pentagon as the UK Chief of Defence Staff Liaison Officer to the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff. He then commanded the 20th Armoured Brigade in Paderborn, Germany, taking the Brigade to Iraq in 2006. After a period as the Assistant Chief of Staff (Commitments) at Headquarters Land Forces, he moved to command the UK 3rd Division between 2009-2011 responsible for the preparation of UK brigades deploying to Afghanistan. He then served between 2011 – 2013 as the Assistant Chief of the General Staff in the Ministry of Defence, before promoting to Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Military Strategy and Operations). In 2014 he left the MOD to become Commander Field Army. He moved to the post of Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe in March 2017. 

He was awarded the King’s Commendation for Valuable Service in 1996 and 2007, appointed Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2000, Commander (CBE) in 2005, and was Knighted in 2015.  He is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and remains a strong advocated for diversity having served as the Patron of the Army LGBT Forum from 2010-2016.

An avid reader of military history, he also has a keen interest in military symbology and collects badges from around the world.  He enjoys walking his dogs, swimming, skiing and shooting.  He is married with three children.

Christopher Gardner-Thorpe MD FRCP FRCPE FACP

Christopher Gardner-Thorpe spent his early life in London and qualified in medicine at St Thomas’s Hospital in 1964 and after a serious of jobs settled in Exeter in 1974 as Consultant Neurologist where he continues to practice.

Christopher is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Barbers and also runs the courses in the history of medicine at the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries where he was President of the Faculty of the History of Medicine and Pharmacy and where he continues as an examiner for the Diploma in the History of Medicine. His commitment to the City of London is supported by significant involvement both by his late father and by his two sons, both of whom work in medicine.

Rear Admiral Sir Jeremy de Halpert KCVO CB

Sir Jeremy de Halpert joined the Royal Navy in 1966 for a full career as a warfare office and navigation specialist. In his career he commanded HM Ships SHERATON, APOLLO and CAMPBELTOWN; he served in the Falklands War of 1982 and enjoyed postings to USA and NATO HQ Belgium. He retired in 2002 when he was selected to be the Executive Chairman and Deputy Master of the Corporation of Trinity House.

Trinity House is responsible for navigation safety around England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar, providing buoys, beacons, lighthouses, GPS and pilotage to ensure the safety of ships in this country’s crowded waterways. Trinity House is also the country’s largest endowed maritime charity, providing real financial support to mariners, encouraging a maritime interest in today’s youth, and supporting maritime activities. He was appointed KCVO in 2009 for his leadership of Trinity House nationally and internationally, and retired from the post in 2011.

In 2016-17 he was Prime Warden of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, and is currently a Trustee of the Fishermen’s Mission, Veterans Outreach Support, and The Rosemary Foundation, and is a Vice President of the Marine Society and Sea Cadets. Married to Jane, he lives in Hampshire and enjoys skiing, royal tennis, and looking after 7 grandchildren.

Colonel (Retd) Mark Hatt-Cook OBE RD* RMR

Mark Hatt-Cook is a member of the Standing Committee of His Majesty’s Commission of Lieutenancy for the City of London. Between 1990 and 1992 he commanded Royal Marines Reserve City of London and from 1992 to 1995 was ADC to His Majesty the King.

He is a qualified solicitor, having served his articles with Hunters and Bischoffs and subsequently worked with Deacons in Hong Kong. He has recently retired from Wilsons LLP where he was the senior partner.

Mark has served as a Trustee of Salisbury Museum, Chairman of The Ulysses Trust and Chairman of the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) Pension Fund. He is currently President of the Salisbury Sea Cadets. In 1996 he was awarded an OBE for services to the Reserve Forces.

He is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Turners.

He is married to Susan (nee Kaulback) and has two daughters, both of whom are married.

Captain Paul Hill RD Royal Navy

Paul is currently employed on the staff of the Commander Maritime Reserves as DACOS Information Warfare, responsible for a range of operational capabilities and an ambitious change programme that will transform the way we deliver our outputs to the Navy and wider Defence. He also works within UK StratCom on a team working to increase the use of reservists within that part of Defence.

He joined the Royal Naval Reserve in 1984 whilst studying at King Mary College, London University. He qualified as a bridge watchkeeper and served as such in a number of mine countermeasures vessels. After the ‘Options for Change’ process in 1991 he transferred to the newly formed submarine operations specialisation. Having qualified as a member of a Submarine Advisory Team he has served within an embarked staff in a number of warships, including HM Ships’ INVINCIBLE, ILLUSTRIOUS and CORNWALL, the Spanish amphibious ship CASTILLA and 2 US Navy platforms, USS JOHN F KENNEDY and the destroyer MAHAN.

Promotion to Commander came in 2008 and he was appointed Commanding Officer of HMS PRESIDENT, the largest Maritime Reserve unit and the only naval establishment in central London. In parallel with this command appointment, he was responsible for the naval contribution to national resilience in Eastern England and as a Staff Officer working to the 2* Flag Officer Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland (FOSNNI). On relinquishing command of HMS PRESIDENT he moved to the strategy team within the Naval Staff based in the MOD in Whitehall. He provided the lead for RN Reserve issues during the Strategic Defence and Security Review during 2010 and during the Future Reserves review in 2011.

Promoted Captain in 2011 he worked on the implementation of the Reserve Forces expansion and was responsible for the design and delivery of an Employer Recognition Scheme, launched by the Prime Minister, focused on private and public sector organisations supporting Defence personnel. In 2014 he was the Navy lead in the 3* Review of the Cadet Forces and in 2018 he provided a similar function in the team that reviewed the Defence Operating Model through extensive senior stakeholder engagement. More recently he has worked within the MOD team delivering the Defence response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Paul is Chairman of the City of London Reserve Forces and Cadets Association which acts as a strategic link between the Armed Forces and the City, delivers a range of influence related events within the ‘Square Mile’ and has the serving Lord Mayor as its President. On Christmas Day 2017 he was appointed as a Lieutenant within her Majesty’s Commission of Lieutenancy for the City of London. In civilian life Captain Hill has worked in the electronics industry as a Director with responsibility for a global business within the test and measurement sector; he currently operates as a consultant. Born in Yorkshire, he currently lives in Bedfordshire and enjoys keeping fit through running and is a keen Saturday morning Parkrunner. At home, pastimes include playing the guitar, cooking and reading.

Major William Hunt TD BA

William Hunt was Financial Controller and Partnership Secretary of an international law firm before being appointed one of His Majesty’s Officers of Arms at the College of Arms in 1992. He has now retired as Windsor Herald, but continues to work at the College as Research Assistant to his successor. He was Clerk to the City Lieutenancy from 1990 to 2013, retiring soon after being appointed a Lieutenant himself.

William is a founder member of the Society (now Guild) of Young Freemen and was its second Chairman. A Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, he was its Master in 2000. He represented the Ward of Castle Baynard on the Court of Common Council from 2004-13 and was a Governor of the City of London School.

He served in the Honourable Artillery Company for 26 years on the Active List and 12 on the Court. A member of the City Association of the RFCA since 1990, he was a member of its Executive Committee 2007-15. William lives in London with his wife, Michaela, and their two sons.

Colonel Brian Kay OBE TD DL

Brian Kay, on leaving Whitgift School enlisted as a Regular Soldier in the Parachute Regiment. On being commissioned he returned to the Parachute Brigade and was on Active Service in Cyprus in 1956. After a return to the UK, he was given a posting to the Far East (Malaya) and took part in Air Despatch duties.

At the expiry of his short service commission, he immediately joined the 10th Battalion, Parachute Regiment and in 1966, resigned his commission to enlist as a private soldier in the HAC. Brian was a Commanding Officer of the HAC 1976 to 1978, during which period the Regiment was declared to be fit for operational duties by the Regular Army. In 1978 to 1981 Brian was Master Gunner at His Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress The Tower of London. He then served for 7 years with the 1st Infantry Brigade and after 3 tours, served a further 7 years with the RAF Harrier Force in Germany. In 1993 Brian had completed 39 years on the Army Active List. Brian has commanded the HAC Detachment of Special Constables and the HAC Light Cavalry. He was also a member of the Company of Pikemen & Musketeers for over 36 years.

Brian has been a member of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers since 1987 and was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Islington in 1993 and after 19 years’ service, he stood down at the age of 75 and was appointed, by Islington Council, to be their Sheriff. He has held a number of appointments as Chairman or Committee Member of more than 14 organisations within the City, Islington and Hackney. Brian was also a Director of the Victory Services Club for over 21 years.

Alderman Vincent Keaveny CBE

Vincent is a Senior Adviser in the international law firm, DLA Piper. Until 2019 he was International Co-Chair of the Financial Services Sector at DLA Piper. In 2014/15 he served as President of the City of London Law Society. He is an Honorary Bencher of Gray's Inn.

Vincent has served on many City of London Corporation Committees, currently including Policy & Resources and Epping Forest & Commons. He chairs the Samuel Wilson’s Loan Trust, is a Governor of the City of London School and took office as Governor of The Honourable The Irish Society in March 2024.

Vincent served as Sheriff of the City of London in 2018/19 and was the 693rd Lord Mayor of the City of London in 2021/22, when his Mayoral theme - People and Purpose - championed a purpose led and people focused UK FPS sector. He co-chaired the HMT & BEIS sponsored Socio-Economic Diversity Taskforce and is Chair of Progress Together, the financial services membership body promoting greater socio-economic diversity in the financial services industry.

He is the senior independent trustee of the Sir John Soane's Museum, chairs the board of the vocal ensemble, Exaudi, is a director of Actors Touring Company and a Council member of Gresham College.

Vincent was Master Solicitor in 2014/15 and Master Woolman in 2023/24. He is also a Liveryman of the Distillers', Spectacle Makers’, Stationers’, Framework Knitters’, Upholders’ and Security Professionals Companies.

Vincent is a graduate of University College Dublin (BCL) and Trinity College, Dublin (MLitt). He holds a Doctorate of Science (honoris causa) from City, University of London.

Vincent was awarded a CBE and honoured by the Vatican as a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great in 2023.

Dr Roy Leighton

Dr Roy Leighton is a Scottish Chartered Accountant having been articled to Ernst & Young and studied at the University of Glasgow. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers. He was the Senior Independent Director of the Dubai Mercantile Exchange and nowadays is Chair of the UAE campus of City, University of London and a Director of the Cass Business School in London. He is Past Chairman of the FSA’s Practitioner Panel and a Member of the CFTC’s International Advisory Committee in Washington DC. He chaired the European Derivatives Trade Association for 8 years.

Roy was European Chairman of Credit Lyonnais and Chair of the World Bank’s International Task Force. Nowadays he is a non-executive director of parts of the London Stock Exchange Group and chairs the Advisory Board of British Expertise International the body which promotes internationally the UK’s non-financial services. He is Chairman of Institutional Protection a Private Equity Company which advises some of the world’s largest Wealth Funds.

Roy is a Freeman of the City of London and a Founder Member and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers. He is a Fellow of Alzheimer’s Research UK and Vice President of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in the City of London. He spends parts of each year in London, France and Morocco and enjoys sailing and classical choral music wherever he is.

The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor Alderman Nicholas Lyons

694th Lord Mayor of the City of London

​Alderman Nicholas Lyons took office as one of the Sheriffs of the City of London on 28 September 2021. Nicholas was born in Ireland, the son of Dr FSL Lyons, the Irish historian and Provost of Trinity College, Dublin. He went to school in Canterbury, attending the King’s School as a King’s Scholar before going to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he read history and won a Senior Exhibition.

After time as a political research assistant in London and with the Directorate General for External Relations at the EEC Commission, Nicholas joined Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York in London. He worked in NYC and London for 12 years, then at Salomon Brothers from 1994 to 1995 and then moved with the whole Financial Institutions Group (FIG) to Lehman Brothers where he worked from 1995 until 2003. Having always promised his wife that he would stop investment banking by the age of 45, he retired from Lehman Brothers in 2003 and began a plural career, sitting on the boards of many financial institutions and numerous charities. He has done that for the last 18 years and is currently Chairman of Phoenix Group Holdings, the largest player in the UK retirement and long-term savings industry and a FTSE 100 company administering over £300 billion of policyholder money for 14 million customers.

Nicholas is a Court Assistant both at the Merchant Taylors’ Company, where he sits on the Charities committee, and also at the Bakers’ Company. He is a Freeman of the Insurers’ and the Educators’ Companies. Nicholas was elected Alderman for Tower Ward in September 2017. He sits on the Education Board and the Epping Forest and Commons Committee at the City of London Corporation. He has also sat on Planning and Transportation and the Finance Committee. He is President of the Tower Ward Club, a member of the Guild of Freemen, the City Livery Club and the City of London Club. He is a director of the Lord Mayor‘s Show Ltd.

Nicholas is married to Felicity who was until recently the Chair of Trustees of Tapping House, the Norfolk Hospice. She is a Freeman of the Musicians’ Company. They have four children, two daughters-in-law, one son-in-law and three granddaughters. Nicholas is a keen golfer and has just completed his year as Captain of The Royal West Norfolk Golf Club which, thanks to Covid, involved rather less golf than expected and rather more administration! He still plays golf for the Norfolk Seniors County team with limited success.

His Honour Judge Richard Marks QC

Richard Marks was born in 1953 and was educated at Clifton College and University of Manchester (LLB Hons). He was called to the Bar, Gray’s Inn, 1975 and became a Bencher of Gray’s Inn in 2008. Richard practised as a criminal barrister from 1975 to 2012 and was appointed QC in 1999. He was leader of the Northern Circuit from 2008 to 2010 and was appointed as Senior Circuit Judge at the Old Bailey 2012. He was Common Serjeant of London in 2015.

Sir Clive Martin OBE TD MSc

Sir Clive Martin was born in London and lived in the City throughout the Blitz during the Second World War. He has had a broad background in business, working as an international book publisher, a chartered management accountant and as a chartered secretary and administrator.

Sir Clive has had a long military career starting as a cadet where he qualified as a weapons training instructor in Chester at age fifteen. At nineteen he joined the Army Emergency Reserve as a Royal Engineer and was then conscripted into National Service where he was posted to the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR). He subsequently joined the Territorial Army where he ultimately commanded the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC), was an ADC to His Majesty the King and Master Gunner with HM Tower of London. He was Honorary Colonel of both The London Regiment and 135 Independent Topographic Squadron Royal Engineers.

Between 1996 and 1997 Sir Clive was King’s Sheriff and was the Lord Mayor of the City of London from 1999 to 2000. He has been the Master of both the Stationers and Newspaper Makers’ Company and the Chartered Secretaries and Administrators’ Company plus The Guild of Freemen of the City of London.

Sir Clive enjoys ocean and single-handed yacht sailing, cycling, trekking, swimming and survival.

Air Vice-Marshall Ranald Munro CBE TD VR DL

AVM Ranald Munro was appointed as Commandant General Royal Auxiliary Air Force on 23 Sep 19. A career Reservist, he joined the 10th Battalion The Parachute Regiment in December 1986 and having served for a year as a private soldier was commissioned into the Battalion from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1988.  Having served in several appointments at Regimental Duty he was appointed Battalion Second in Command in 1996 and subsequently attended the TA Command and Staff Course in 1997. Promoted to Lt Col in 1998, he was posted as Chief Instructor to the London District Specialist Training Team (LDSTT). AVM Munro received his Territorial Decoration in 1999.  He was awarded the Volunteer Reserves Service Medal (VRSM) in 2009 and Clasp in 2014.

Having completed his tour at the LDSTT he was posted to Headquarters London District for a year as SO1 Operations and Training TA and commanded Bristol University Officers' Training Corps between April 2002 and August 2004. Prior to his promotion to Colonel and taking up his appointment in October 2005 as Col TA at the Directorate of Individual Training (Army), AVM Munro served as the Chief of Military Operations (Op Law) in the Multi-National Coalition HQ's Office of the Staff Judge Advocate in Baghdad, Iraq on OP TELIC 6 between May 2005 and October 2005. 

Between April 2008 and January 2009, he served as Deputy Commander 43 (Wessex) Brigade followed by a posting to the MOD as Colonel (Reserves) on the General Staff in January 2009.

On promotion to Brigadier he became Assistant Commander of 4th Division in November 2009, and subsequently Assistant Commander Support Command upon its formation.  He is a member of The Royal College of Defence Studies, having attended the 2010 course.  He was appointed Deputy Commander Land Forces (Reserves) in October 2012 – at that time the British Army Reserve's most senior appointment, serving until October 2015.  He was awarded his CBE in 2014. In April 2016 he was appointed Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Reserves and Cadets), a tri-service appointment – Defence’s senior Reserve appointment.

He is a Trustee of the Airborne Forces Security Fund, an Elder of the Parachute Regiment, a former Honorary Colonel 4 PARA, currently Honorary Colonel of Bristol University Officers Training Corps, Honorary Colonel of SE Sector Army Cadet Force, a member of the Greater London Reserve Forces and Cadet Association (RFCA), a member of the Surrey Committee of SE RFCA.  He is a Freeman of the City of London, Lieutenant of the City of London, a Trustee of the First Aid and Nursing Yeomanry (FANY), an ambassador of the Defence Medical Welfare Services, and is a Vice President (past Chairman) of The Caledonian Club in Belgravia, London. He was appointed DL for Greater London in January 2019.

AVM Munro is a barrister in civilian life and is a General Counsel and Company Secretary for a financial services companies in the City of London.  He is married to Louise and they have two children.  His main recreational interests are golf, tennis and flying.  He is a holder of both a single engine and multi-engine fixed wing private pilot's licence.  He has recently taken up freefall parachuting!

Major Tony O'Hagan, TD DL FCA

Tony O'Hagan was born in Kenya during the Second World War.  Both sides of his family were pioneer coffee growers from 1912 in the fledgling colony of Kenya. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand in the City of London and spent the majority of his career with St Martins Property Corporation, where he was Group Finance Director from 1986 until his retirement in 2001. He was a representative partner on the Pool of London Partnership, a national government investment agency, from 1997 to 2001.

Tony served in the Territorial Army from 1961 to 1991.  He joined the Honourable Artillery Company and was commissioned as a Lieutenant in 1967. He was promoted to Captain in 1975 and later commanded the HAC Gun Troop as a Major. He then served as a TA Watch-keeper with 3rd Armoured Division in Germany from 1984 to 1991. He joined the Company of Pikemen and Musketeers, the Lord Mayor's Bodyguard, as a pikeman in 1984 and was Captain Commanding from 2005 to 2008, retiring as a pikeman in 2015. He was elected to the Court of the Honourable Artillery Company in 1978 and was Treasurer from 1987 to 1990 and Vice-President from 1990 to 1992, retiring in 2008.

After retiring from business in the City, Tony became a trustee of a number of charities, which included Vitalise and the London Bridge Museum and Educational Trust. He was Clerk to the Ward of Bridge from 1996 to 2005.  He joined St John Ambulance as a volunteer First Aider in 1997 and later served as an Area President and then Treasurer of St John Ambulance London from 2007 to 2013.  He was Chairman of the Civilian Committee of London Wing of the Air Training Corps from 2004 to 2009.   He is a Freeman of the City of London. He has been a Liveryman of the Fan Makers Company since 1982 and was Master from 2006 to 2007.

Tony was appointed as the Representative Deputy Lieutenant of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham in 2004 and retired on his 75th birthday in 2017. He was appointed a Commissioner of Lieutenancy for the City of London in 2007. He is married to Julia and has a son and a daughter and 5 grandchildren. He enjoys gardening, walking, swimming and staying at his home on the coffee farm in Kenya.


Paul Orchart Esq MA

Paul Orchart is a highly experienced banking professional whose work has brought him into contact with a great range of sectors, products, people and geographies.  His career began with blue-chip financial institutions including S G Warburg and later Barclays.  He became a specialist in advising financial institutions and worked with major insurance companies such as Prudential and Sun Life of Canada, and banks including HSBC and Santander.

From 2014 to 2019 Paul was General Manager, Institutional Banking, responsible for Europe and the Middle East, with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA).  There he led the CBA’s business in five key sectors: financial institutions; infrastructure; natural resources; transport; and defence.

Alderman Dr Sir Andrew Parmley

Alderman Dr Sir Andrew Parmley was elected as the 689th Lord Mayor of London for the year 2016-2017 and was knighted in the 2018 New Year’s honours list for services to music, education and civic engagement.

Born in Manchester, Sir Andrew was educated at Blackpool Grammar School, the Royal Academy of Music, at Manchester and London Universities and Jesus College, Cambridge.  He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and Trinity College London, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, an Honorary Fellow and Visiting Professor of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and holds several more awards, including sole honorary playing member of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Sir Andrew’s career began in theatre music then moved into education culminating as Principal of The Harrodian School.  Post-mayoralty, he was appointed Chief Executive of the Royal College of Organists.

As a northerner, Sir Andrew champions the Corporation of London’s Regional Strategy and celebrates the contribution of British regions to the national economy.  He is Chairman of the National Advisory Board for the Regeneration of Seaside Towns and is Trustee of the new National Museum of Entertainment in Blackpool.

For almost forty years, Sir Andrew has been Honorary Organist at St James Garlickhythe, EC4. He is a member of 23 City Livery Companies and has been Master of four.  He is an Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple, Governor of The Honourable The Irish Society, and holds the Order of St John and the Lieutenancy of the City of London.

Air Commodore Delva Patman FRICS ACIArb FRSA

Qualifying in 1969, Delva moved from the Greater London Council into private practice, including spending 10 years with a City firm of architects during which time she opened and managed offices in Paris, Cairo and Dubai. In 1980 she founded Delva Patman Associates, now Delva Patman Redler LLP, stepping down as Senior Partner in 2015 but maintaining links with the practice as a consultant. She is a director of Pennycrest Consultancy Limited.

The first female Master of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors [1999-2000], she established the Education Committee and School initiative supporting 4 Inner London Comprehensive Schools, providing mentoring, bursaries and work opportunities to students interested in property as a career. She was Vice President of the RICS [2006-2009], former chairman of the Chartered Surveyors Youth Training Trust and, significantly, Chairman of the University College of Estate Management [2008-2015] when the College achieved University status and taught degree awarding powers. Other significant appointments include chairman of Redbridge & Waltham Forest Health Authority.

She has a wide range of external appointments aligned to property and education, including Vice-chair of Roedean School; member of the Greater London RFCA Property Advisory Board; Executive Committee Member of the City RFCA Association; Trustee of St Clement Danes, the Central Church of the RAF; and former Governor and Estate Committee Chair of Christ’s Hospital School and Channing School and member of the National Employers Advisory Board.

Delva was the first Honorary Air Commodore of 7010 Sqn RAuxAF, holding the post for 15 years and is now an Honorary Group Captain in 601 (County of London) Sqn RAuxAF.

Major John Phipson TD

John Phipson was educated at Rugby School and upon leaving, being too young for National Service, joined the Infantry Battalion of the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC).  He served with the HAC for sixteen years, six years as a private soldier before being commissioned, earning the Territorial Decoration and eventually retiring with the rank of Major.  His appointments included recruits’ and officers’ training, and for several years he captained the regimental ski team, competing inter alia in the Army Alpine Championships in St Moritz.

He qualified as a solicitor in 1963 and served his entire career with Linklaters & Paines (now Linklaters), becoming a partner in 1970.  He served in the firm’s Moscow office for nine months in 1995-6 and retired in 1999. He was a trustee of the Honourable Artillery Company (elected annually) for 43 years, serving as Treasurer for three years and then as Vice-President, in which capacity he led the HAC delegation to Boston to participate in the 350th anniversary celebrations of the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts.

He is the East Sussex chairman of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, and was for nine years a trustee of SSAFA, and of United Response.  He has also served as a school governor and as chairman of his local parish council. He is married with four children.

Colonel Nigel Pullman

Nigel Pullman was born in 1947, he was educated at Sherborne School and the RMA Sandhurst, and commissioned into the Royal Signals.  He transferred to the Territorial Army in 1979, and served in the Inns of Court and City Yeomanry, completing 20 years in uniform.  On leaving the Regular Army he joined the Financial Times and 20 years later became Clerk to the Worshipful Company of World Traders.

In the City of London he served as Sheriff 2012-2013.  He was Master Leatherseller 2010 - 2011, having been apprenticed in 1964 and made Free in 1969. He was appointed to His Majesty’s Commission of Lieutenancy for the City of London in 2014, and as the Honorary Colonel of the Inns of Court & City Yeomanry in 2016.

Nigel was Chairman of the City’s Livery Committee in 2013-2016, and created the livery companies website. He is involved with many City and charitable activities, including Clerk to the City and Metropolitan Welfare Charity and Patron of the Benefice of a parish in Bath & Wells.  In 1982 he was appointed a Justice of the Peace in the City of London, before transferring to the Supplemental List.

He keeps his ketch on the Beaulieu River.  For 20 years he led opera groups to European festivals, and is a long-time supporter (Envoy) of Opera Holland Park. He lives in London.  His journalist daughter, Laura, became a liveryman by patrimony of the Leathersellers' in 2011.

Sir William Purves CBE DSO

Willie Purves was born in Kelso, Scotland in 1931.  He attended the local high school before commencing an apprenticeship with the National Bank of Scotland Ltd.  This was interrupted by National Service during which he was commissioned into The King’s Own Borderers and served with the Commonwealth Division in Korea.

In 1954 he joined The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, serving in various countries before becoming Group Chief Executive in 1986 and subsequently Group Chairman of HSBC Holdings Plc from which position he retired in 1998. He served as a Non-executive Director of Shell Transport and Trading, Alstom SA, and a number of private companies.

He was a Trustee of the National Museums of Scotland, a Vice-president of the National Trust for Scotland and Deputy Chairman of the Imperial War Museum. He is a Freeman of the City of London and a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers.

Colonel Dominic Reid OBE

Dominic Reid is a member of the Standing Committee of His Majesty's Commission of Lieutenancy for the City of London and is a former Honorary Colonel of City of London and North East Sector, Army Cadet Force.  He served a Short Service Limited Commission in the Royal Artillery followed by reserve service in the Honourable Artillery Company and the Royal Engineers.

Dominic is the Pageantmaster of the Lord Mayor’s Show, CEO of the Invictus Games Foundation, a founding partner of Sequitur and a Mentor with Mentore LLP.  He has run a successful portfolio career leading national and international cultural, sporting and scientific projects from conception to implementation.  Full executive responsibility for the Lord Mayor’s Show has always been the backbone of this portfolio.  Concurrently he has held the roles of London Film Commissioner, Executive Director of the Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race and Director of the 2010 Anniversary Programme of the Royal Society.

Dominic trained and practised as an architect.  He holds an MA in architecture from Cambridge University, a postgraduate diploma from the Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL, and is a chartered member of the RIBA.  He is the managing partner of John & Sylvia Reid LLP and has recently reissued their seminal S-Range dining furniture.

He was appointed OBE in the 2003 New Year’s Honours List for services to the City of London and The King’s Golden Jubilee.  He is a Liveryman of the Grocers’ Company, an Honorary Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers and Serjeant-at-Mace of the Royal Society.

Alderman William Russell

Alderman William Russell took office as the 692nd Lord Mayor of the City of London on 8th November 2019. He served as a Sheriff of the City of London in 2016-17 and, in that capacity, supported the then Lord Mayor, undertaking numerous visits and official functions.

William has over thirty 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.

William served on the Board of Innovate Finance, the industry body for the UK-based Fintech community and is also an educational entrepreneur, as the co-Founder and Chair of Knightsbridge School and a Director of Knightsbridge School International (KSI). William is also a member of the Campaign Board for Durham Inspired.

Alderman Russell 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 and Drama; he is also 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. Since July 2019 he is a member of the Barbican Centre Board.

William was elected Alderman for the Ward of Bread Street in March 2013 and has served on a number of the City of London Corporation Committees including the Policy & Resources Committee and the Education Board. William is also a Governor of the City of London School for Girls and is a past Governor of the Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls, Adams Grammar School and Abraham Darby Academy. William is a Court Assistant to both the Haberdashers’ and the Feltmakers’ Livery Companies, as well as an Honorary Liveryman of the Paviors’ Company.

The Rt. Hon. Lord Sterling of Plaistow GCVO CBE

Now Life President of P&O, Lord Sterling was executive Chairman of the P&O shipping line from 1983 to 2005.  In 1977 he founded Motability, the charity providing cars for people with disabilities, and was Chairman until 2020. He is now Lifetime President.

Ennobled in Mrs Thatcher’s resignation honours list in 1991, he speaks in the House of Lords on defence and learning disability issues.  He was a member of the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy from 2010 to 2014.  He holds an honorary commission in the Royal Naval Reserve and is Senior Honorary Officer and Honorary Commodore of HMS President, London Division of the Royal Naval Reserve.  He was appointed Vice Admiral in 2015.

In 2002 he served as Chairman of the Golden Jubilee Weekend Trust, commemorating The King’s 50 years as Sovereign.  In 2012 he led the initiative to build The King’s row barge, to mark the sixtieth anniversary of Her reign, which serves as a lasting legacy of the King’s Diamond Jubilee.

Viscount Trenchard DL

Lord Trenchard is a member of the House of Lords and of its European Union Financial Affairs Sub-Committee.  He is an investment banker specialising in corporate finance and has worked for Kleinwort Benson, Robert Fleming & Co, Prudential Financial and Mizuho.  He lived in Japan for 11 years and visits that country regularly.

He currently serves as a Senior Adviser to His Majesty’s Government on Japanese Financial Services.  He is also a Consultant to Japan Bank for International Co-operation and a Director of a number of investment companies and serves as a Vice-Chairman of the British-Japanese Parliamentary Group.  He was Joint Chairman of The Japan Society from 2000-2004.  He was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, in 2014, for his contribution to UK-Japan relations.

He was commissioned into 4th (Volunteer) Battalion, The Royal Green Jackets through the Cambridge University Officers’ Training Corps in 1972 and served until he moved to Japan in 1980.  He is Honorary Air Commodore, 600 (City of London) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force and Deputy Chairman of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, having served as Chairman from 2006 – 2013.  He is a Freemen of the City of London and a Deputy Lieutenant of Hertfordshire.

Sir Brian Williamson CBE MA

Sir Brian Williamson has held a number of Chairmanships and Directorships in Banking, Exchanges, Funds & Investment Trusts, Private Equity and Insurance. In Banking, he was Chairman and Chief Executive of Gerrard Group PLC, a member of the Court of the Bank of Ireland, and a director of HSBC Holdings PLC.

He was one of the four founders of the London International Financial Futures Exchange and twice Chairman. He has been a director of both Nasdaq and the New York Stock Exchange as well as The Climate Exchange. He has served on regulatory bodies in both the USA and UK - the National Association of Securities Dealers and The Financial Services Authority.

He was the first Chairman of the Armed Forces Common Investment Fund. He was a Trustee of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and on various boards of Windsor Castle and is an Honorary Bencher of the Inner Temple. He is a past President of the St Moritz Tobogganing Club (the Cresta Run). He is a past director of the London International Vintners Exchange. He is also currently Chairman of RJ Fleming & Co Ltd, and a director of Poletia - the UK Forum for Social and Economic and Social Thinking.

Dame Fiona Woolf DBE DL

Dame Fiona Woolf chairs the Standing Committee of His Majesty’s Commission of Lieutenancy for the City of London. She served on the Council of the London Regiment and is a supporter of cadet units. She is also a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London.

Dame Fiona was Lord Mayor of London in 2013/14 and continues to participate in the Power of Inclusion programme which she started at that time. She is a member of 11 City Livery Companies, all of which have military and cadet affiliations. She has been Master of the Solicitors’ and Plumbers’ Companies and was Master of the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants.

She led an energy and infrastructure practice as a partner with CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang and has advised over 28 governments and the World Bank on energy reforms and infrastructure. She was awarded a CBE in 2002 for contribution to the UK knowledge economy and invisible earnings.

Dame Fiona was President of the Law Society of England and Wales in 2006/7, a Member of the Competition Commission and a non-executive director of Affinity Water Ltd. She was a Trustee of the Science Museum Group, Honorary President of the Aldersgate Group, and was the first Chancellor of the University of Law. She is an Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple.

Colonel Michael Upson OBE TD MA MSc

Michael Upson was born in 1926 and educated at Westcliff on Sea High School. He completed National Service between 1955 and 1957 in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers before university where he read an MA Natural Sciences at Cambridge Downing College. In 1961 he joined Government Service including a period as ADC to the Governor of British Guiana ADC. From 1972 to 74 he completed an MSc in Statistics at City University.

Michael Upton has held a number of Territorial Army appointments. He was the Commanding Officer of 39 City of London Signal Regiment, the Deputy Commander 12 Signal Brigade and TA Colonel London District. In 1997he was awarded the OBE.

Other Lieutenants

Major Barney Cockcroft LVO DL

Andrew Bailey

Larry Davis

Mark Lucraft