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New Lord Mayor elected for City of London

The City today elected John Stuttard as the 679th Lord Mayor of the City of London, to serve from Friday 10 November (Lord Mayor's Show and fireworks Saturday 11 November).

John Stuttard, who served as Sheriff of the City 2005-2006, is an eminent accountant and City businessman who advised government in the 1980s, and has spent most of his career helping global businesses access global markets.

His appeal will be "Sharing Skills - Changing Lives" which will focus on the international personnel exchange programmes of VSO (for whom he worked in Borneo in 1966/67), plus the cross-border education work of King Edward's School, Witley, the international Mansion House Scholarship Scheme and the Guild of Educators.

Speaking after his election, Lord Mayor Elect Stuttard said: "Globalisation means we have to be ever more competitive and the Lord Mayor's job of promoting the UK-based financial services industry has never been more important. "Hundreds of thousands of highly-skilled, well-paid jobs across the UK and Europe depend on the City of London's success, as well as billions in taxes."

After Shrewsbury School and Churchill College, Cambridge, Lancashire-born John Stuttard joined Cooper Brothers (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) in the City in 1967, becoming a partner in 1975. John Stuttard has worked in many countries, for example serving as Executive Chairman of his firm in China for five years. He is Chairman of the Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce and until recently a director of the China Britain Business Council.

As a professional accountant he advised widely on London Stock Exchange listings, acquisitions, corporate governance, financial reporting, accounting and compliance and has worked in many countries. Elected Alderman for the Ward of Lime Street in 2001 and re-elected in 2006, John Stuttard has served on several City of London Corporation Committees and is a senior member of the Worshipful Companies of Glaziers, of the Chartered Accountants and of the Plumbers, as well as of the Guild of Educators.

John Stuttard was a member of the Cambridge University Appointments Board 1977-81. He is now a Governor of King Edward's School Witley (the Royal Bridewell Foundation) where he chairs its 450th Anniversary Appeal. His charitable work has also included acting as trustee for New Horizon Youth Centre (in the West End) and Charities Aid Foundation.

John Stuttard married Lesley in 1970 and they have two sons, both of whom work in London in the financial services industry. Lesley takes an active interest in the City and in charitable work. She is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners. In 2003, they jointly chaired the City of London Christmas Market at Guildhall in aid of the Red Cross. In their spare time they enjoy travelling, including rallying vintage cars.

The Lord Mayor Elect, as he is known after the election, does not take office until the Silent Ceremony, which is held in Great Hall, Guildhall on Friday 10 November at 3.00pm, the day preceding the Lord Mayor's Show (Saturday 11 November). The Lord Mayor's Banquet, at which the Prime Minister speaks, follows on Monday 13 November at Guildhall.