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City of London introduces new Lord Mayor

Alan Yarrow has today become the 687th Lord Mayor of the City of London to serve as the global ambassador for UK-based financial and business services.

Yarrow served as Sheriff of the City of London in 2011/12 and has been an elected Alderman for the Ward of ‘Bridge & Bridge Without’ and a Magistrate in the City of London since 2007. He joined stockbrokers Grieveson Grant in 1972, becoming a partner in 1981. After becoming Head of UK Institutional Sales in 1989, and Head of Global Distribution in 1992, he became Managing Director of Kleinwort Benson Securities in 1994. He was appointed to the Kleinwort Benson Group Board in 1995 and left in 2009, after serving as Group Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the UK Bank. On Kleinwort Benson’s merger with RHJI, he was appointed Chairman of the Kleinwort Benson Holdings Board, later becoming Senior Advisor to the Group.

Lord Mayor Alan Yarrow is currently Chairman of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and a Non-executive Director of Turquoise Global Holdings Limited and Fixnetix Limited. He is also a Trustee of the Police Foundation.

Lord Mayor Alan Yarrow says:

“I want to encourage City workers to ‘create wealth, give time and support people’ and my fund-raising over the next 12 months will help the essential work of two main charities, Scope and Mencap, as well as the Royal Ballet School, the City & Guilds of London Art School and the Royal Academy of Arts.

“As Lord Mayor my role will be not only to speak for the based financial & business sector but also to it - and to encourage this key sector and all its workers to play their full part in wider society. The City thrives when it is part of society – and society thrives when commerce succeeds.”

Lord Mayor Alan Yarrow is married to Gilly, a former teacher.

Lord Mayor Yarrow’s charities

By giving a platform to these charities, the Lord Mayor’s Appeal will help to fund much -needed services and raise awareness of the issues that matter for disabled people and their families. The funds raised during this year’s Appeal will also enable Scope and Mencap to develop two exciting flagship programmes. Scope will create the ‘Scope Family Fund’ for parents of disabled children and Mencap will develop a helpline and advocacy service, providing essential support to families and carers.


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The City of London Corporation has three roles: we support London’s communities by working in partnership with neighbouring boroughs on economic regeneration and skills projects. The City of London Corporation’s charity, the City Bridge Trust, makes grants of more than £15 million annually to charitable projects across London and we also support education - with three independent schools and three City Academies – plus a primary school and the world-renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama. We also help look after key London heritage and green spaces including Tower Bridge, Museum of London, Barbican Arts Centre, City gardens, Hampstead Heath, Epping Forest, Burnham Beeches, and important ‘commons’ in south London. And – with its heart in London’s Square Mile - we also support and promote the ‘City’ as a world-leading financial and business hub, with outward and inward business delegations, high-profile civic events, research-driven policies and a long-term approach. See for much more on our uniquely diverse role, including the City of London Police, etc.