Sir David Wootton Alderman, City of London

Alderman, City of London

Sir David Wootton was born and brought up in Bradford. He was educated at Bradford Grammar School, and at Jesus College, Cambridge, reading Classics and Law. He was a corporate lawyer, a partner in Allen & Overy LLP, the international law firm, from 1979 to 2015.

Sir David was the 684th Lord Mayor of the City of London, serving from 2011-2012, during the year of HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 London Summer Olympics. He has been an Alderman of the City of London representing the Ward of Langbourn since 2005 and served as Sheriff of the City in 2009-2010. He is Chairman of the General Purposes Committee of Aldermen, which oversees the work of the Lord Mayor, the Sheriffs and the Court of Aldermen and the operations of Mansion House.

He is Chairman of Local Partnerships LLP, on the Board of TheCityUK and Vice Chairman of the International Trade and Investment Group. He was Co-Chairman of the Board organising the Global Law Summit in London in February 2015. He is Chairman of Northern Ballet and was Chairman of the Board of the Charles Dickens Museum and a trustee the National Opera Studio. He is a Governor of Bradford Grammar School and Chairman of the Trustees of Morden College.

Sir David is involved in the City of London Livery movement and is a member of several Livery companies. He is currently Master Woolman.
Sir David was made Knight Bachelor in 2013. He is Honorary Doctor of Laws City University London, Honorary Doctor Staffordshire University, Honorary Fellow Jesus College Cambridge, Honorary Fellow Guildhall School of Music and Drama (“HonFGS”), one of her Majesty’s Lieutenants for the City of London and Knight of Grace of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem.

He is married to Lady (Elizabeth) Wootton and they have four children and eight grandchildren. His other interests include opera, ballet and rowing. He is a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta.

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