26 June

City of London elects Sheriffs

Alderwoman Dame Susan Langley and Alderman Bronek Masojada have been elected as the next Sheriffs of the City of London at Guildhall’s Common Hall today. They will take office on 28 September, holding the position for one year. They take over from Alderman Alastair King and Andrew Marsden. The office of Sheriff, a pre-requisite to becoming Lord Mayor of the City of London, is one of the oldest in existence and dates back to the Middle Ages.

The Sheriffs’ modern-day duties include supporting the Lord Mayor in his or her civic duties and serving, both at home and abroad, as ambassadors for the UK-based financial and professional services industry by promoting the UK as a place in which to do business. They also work to promote the work of the Judges of the Old Bailey and the rule of law.

Alderwoman Dame Susan Langley is Non-Executive Chair of Gallagher UK, and Senior Independent Director of UKAR. She has held several senior roles at the Home Office, Macmillan Cancer Support, and the Department for International Trade. She was Executive Director North America and Market Development for Lloyd's of London, Director of Lloyd’s Asia, and Chairman of Lloyd’s Japan.

Elected in 2018, Dame Susan is the Alderwoman for the City of London’s Aldgate Ward. She has served on a number of City of London Corporation Committees including Finance, Planning and Transportation, Corporate Services, Port Health and Environmental Services, City Bridge Trust, and Gresham.

Alderman Bronek Masojada is Chair at the East End Community Foundation. Beginning his career with management consultants, McKinsey & Company, he worked for 21 years as Chief Executive of insurance giant Hiscox, holding numerous industry roles, including as Deputy Chair of Lloyd’s, the board of the Association of British Insurers, and Pool Re.  

Elected as Alderman of the Billingsgate ward in 2019, he has served on several City Corporation committees including Planning & Transportation, Community and Children’s Services, Fraud and Cyber Crime, and Audit and Risk.

Sheriff Elect Alderwoman Dame Susan Langley said: 

“Being Sheriff is a huge opportunity to support the City of London’s residents and businesses and ensure it’s open and accessible for all. I’m looking forward to working with our partners to ensure the Square Mile remains not only the world’s leading financial hub, but also a sustainable City with social mobility at its core.”

Sheriff Elect Alderman Bronek Masojada said: 

“I believe that a strong City, with good regulation and a sound legal system, is critical to the success of its residents, workers and businesses. As Sheriff I will promote our City effectively – both at home and abroad – and help enhance the vibrancy of the Square Mile by supporting our Destination City ambitions and promoting the City as a place for the ambitious and talented.”

The Sheriffs of the City of London play a key role in supporting His Majesty’s Judges at the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey), by promoting the importance of the English rule of law to businesses, schools, diplomats, charities, the City Livery, and leading arts figures. The Central Criminal Court, where the Sheriffs work and reside, is recognised as the most famous criminal court in the world and is owned and managed by the City of London Corporation. 

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