Michael Bear (Lord Mayor)

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Sir Michael Bear
The Lord Mayor of London Michael Bear.jpg
683rd Lord Mayor of London
In office
12 November 2010 – 11 November 2011
Preceded by Nick Anstee
Succeeded by David Wootton
Personal details
Born 1953
Nairobi
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Barbara née Sandler
Children Amy and Marc
Alma mater Witwatersrand
Cranfield
Profession Property & construction

Sir Michael David Bear HonFREng[1] (born 21 January 1953) was the 683rd Lord Mayor of London, whose one-year term began on 12 November 2010 and ended 11 November 2011. He is the Alderman of the ward of Portsoken and previously represented that Ward as Common Councilman and Deputy. In 2007 he was elected as one of two Sheriffs of the City of London (for a term of one year).

A liveryman of the Paviors' Company, he subsequently joined the Chartered Surveyors' and Engineers' Companies. Bear was a key figure in the redevelopment of Spitalfields Market, situated just to the northeast of the City in Tower Hamlets.

As Lord Mayor, Bear served in an ambassadorial role not just for the Square Mile, but for the whole of the UK-wide financial and professional services industry.[2] He was also the Chancellor of City University London during this term (2010-11).

Early life and education[edit]

Sir Michael was born in Nairobi, in Kenya, and grew up in Cyprus. Later he went to school at Clifton College in Bristol, before studying at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and Cranfield University in the UK.

Family[edit]

Married to Barbara Sandler, they have a son named Marc and a daughter named Amy.

Honours[edit]

Bear was honoured with opening the trading session at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange in July 2011.[3]

Bear was given an Award of Doctor of Science honoris causa by City University London in 2011.

Bear was knighted in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to regeneration, charity and the City of London.[4]

Bear was appointed a Honorary Fellow[5] of the Royal Academy of Engineering[6] in 2010.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Fellows". 
  2. ^ www.cityam.com
  3. ^ Shemer, Nadav (3 July 2011). "London lord mayor opens trading at TA stock exchange". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 4 July 2011. City of London Lord Mayor Michael Bear opened trading at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange on Sunday, ahead of a panel discussion on opportunities for cooperation between London and Tel Aviv. 
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60009. p. 1. 31 December 2011.
  5. ^ "List of Fellows". 
  6. ^ "List of Fellows". 

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Civic offices
Preceded by
Nick Anstee
Lord Mayor of the City of London
2010–2011
Succeeded by
David Wootton