686th-lord-mayor

Fiona Woolf Lord Mayor of the City of London

Alderman Fiona Woolf is the 686th Lord Mayor of the City of London and serves as the global ambassador for UK-based financial and business services from Friday 8 November. Please click to download Fiona Woolf 686 Plan

She becomes only the second woman to hold the post in its 800-year history following in the footsteps of Mary Donaldson in 1983. Lord Mayor 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 Cameron McKenna since 1978, having been made the firm’s first female partner in 1981. She was President of the Law Society of England and Wales in 2006/2007. As an energy and infrastructure lawyer, Lord Mayor 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.

She becomes only the second woman to hold the post in its 800-year history following in the footsteps of Mary Donaldson in 1983

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. Her contribution to the UK knowledge economy and invisible earnings was recognised with a CBE in 2002. Lord Mayor Woolf is married to Nicholas.

Speaking after her election on 30 September, she 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.

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.

“One of the many reasons that the City has prospered over the centuries is its ability to adapt and plan for the future. This expertise and experience is in growing demand as countries around the globe are confronted with fast growing urban populations in resource-constrained circumstances. As a truly global city, London is uniquely placed to help deliver the infrastructure and financing needed to rise to the challenge of sustainable development. This is why the central theme to my Mayoralty will be ‘Tomorrow’s City’.”