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1st October 2013
So the next Lord Mayor of London will be Fiona Woolf. This from the City of London‘s website…
Alderman Fiona Woolf was today (30 September) elected as the 686th Lord Mayor of the City of London to serve as the global ambassador for UK-based financial and business services from Friday 8 November.
She becomes only the second woman ever to hold the post in its 800-year history following in the footsteps of Mary Donaldson in 1983. Lord Mayor Elect Woolf, who served as Sheriff of the City in 2010/11, was elected Alderman for the Ward of Candlewick in the City of London in October 2007.
She has worked for CMS in London since 1978, having been made the firm’s first female partner in 1981. As an energy and infrastructure lawyer, Lord Mayor Elect Woolf led the legal team that delivered the restructuring and privatisation of the National Grid. She has worked in more than 40 countries on regulation, infrastructure projects and market implementation, particularly in the electricity sector.
Most recently, she worked with the World Bank on regional transmission line projects to enable post-conflict countries, such as Liberia and Sierra Leone, to import electricity and is a Past President of the Law Society of England and Wales. Her contribution to the UK knowledge economy and invisible earnings was recognised with a CBE in 2002. Lord Mayor Elect Woolf is married to Nicholas and stepmother to his two children.
Speaking after her election, Lord Mayor Elect Woolf said:
“Despite all the difficulties, the UK financial, business and professional services sectors continue to play a crucial role in driving jobs and growth in the UK and right across the world. The City makes an important contribution in exporting global expertise and attracting internationally mobile business to the UK by creating mutually beneficial relationships across the world. I have worked on energy and infrastructure reforms and projects that have done just that by delivering tangible benefits to local communities and bilateral trade.