City of London elects two new Sheriffs

The annual election of two Sheriffs for the City of London took place on (Friday 24 June) at Guildhall.

Alderman Peter Estlin (Ward of Coleman Street) and Alderman William Russell (Ward of Bread Street) were elected.

The new Sheriffs will be admitted into office on 28 September. ready to preside at the Election of the Lord Mayor in November. They will hold the position for one year.

The office of Sheriff, a pre-requisite to becoming Lord Mayor, is one of the oldest in existence and dates back to the Middle Ages. Their duties today include attending the Lord Mayor in carrying out his official duties, attending the sessions at the Central Criminal Court in the Old Bailey and presenting petitions from the City to Parliament at the Bar at the House of Commons.

Alderman Peter Estlin was elected the Alderman of Coleman Street in November 2013 and has served on the City’s Education Board and several other Committees. He is a Senior Advisor to Barclays plc and has recently a Commissioner for the London Fairness Commission.

He is an active Liveryman, being Middle Warden of the International Bankers, Court Assistant to the Chartered Accountants and Educators, an Ironmonger and the sponsoring Alderman for the Guild of Human Resource Professionals. And is also a member of the Guild of Freemen and City Livery Club.

Alderman Russell was elected the Alderman of Bread Street in March 2013, succeeding Sir Michael Savory.

He has served on a number of Committees including the Education Board, the Board of Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Planning and Transportation Committee, the Culture, Heritage and Libraries Committee as well as serving as a Governor of the City of London School for Girls.

He is an active Liveryman, being on the Court of both the Haberdashers’ Company and the Feltmakers’ Company, as well as an Honorary Liveryman of the Paviors’ Company.