David Wootton

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Sir David Wootton
David Wootton Nov 2011 waving from state coach.jpg
Wootton, as newly-elected Lord Mayor, waving to the crowds from the Lord Mayor's Coach
684th Lord Mayor of London
In office
11 November 2011 – 9 November 2012
Metropolitan Mayor Boris Johnson
Preceded by Sir Michael Bear
Succeeded by Sir Roger Gifford
Personal details
Born (1950-07-20) 20 July 1950 (age 66)
Bradford, Yorkshire
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Elizabeth (Liz, Lady Wootton)
Children 4 children (Alexandra, James, Sophie and Christopher)
Residence Sevenoaks, Kent
Alma mater Jesus College, Cambridge
Occupation Lawyer
Profession Solicitor
Religion Anglican

Sir David Hugh Wootton (born 20 July 1950 in Yorkshire) is a British lawyer and politician. He was the 684th Lord Mayor of London, from 2011 to 2012, and is the Alderman of the Ward of Langbourn.[1]

Early life[edit]

Wootton was educated at Bradford Grammar School before going up to Jesus College, Cambridge to read Classics and then Law. While at Cambridge he also captained his college’s boat club in 1972 and rowed in the First Boat which swept the board against all comers – and until he became Lord Mayor he endeavoured to row there once a year with his contemporaries.


In 1979 Wootton became a Partner at Allen & Overy,[2] the international law firm headquartered in London with offices in 30 countries, specialising in corporate transactions and best-practice compliance with law and regulation in corporate governance. This involves dealing with mergers and acquisitions, IPOs and joint ventures across various international markets.

Having a strong interest in the governance of the City of London, Wootton stood for election to Common Council and was elected as Commoncouncilman for the Ward of Farringdon Within in 2002. In 2005 he was elected Alderman for the Ward of Langbourn. He was Deputy Chairman of the Finance Committee and a member of the Policy and Resources and the City Lands and Bridge House Estates Committees. In 2009 he was elected Aldermanic Sheriff before serving as Lord Mayor of London for 2011-12.

Wootton has made time throughout his career to devote to charitable and community activities in promotion of education and sport. Away from the Corporation of London, he is:

Sir David is Governor of several institutions, including:

and, is a keen supporter of the Livery, being:

Wootton is a racing steward of Henley Royal Regatta and a member of Leander and London Rowing Clubs, as well as the Athenaeum, the Oxford and Cambridge, and City of London Clubs.

He has also been:

Wootton was knighted in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to legal business, charity and the City of London".[4]

Wootton was conferred Doctor of Laws honoris causa by the City University London in 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Married to Elizabeth (Liz), they have two sons (James and Christopher), two daughters (Alexandra and Sophie) and six grandchildren (Ellie, Lucy, Casper, Henry, Lawrence and George). Sir David and Lady Wootton live at Sevenoaks, Kent.


Wootton is a Freemason. In 2007, he served as Senior Grand Warden of the Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London and was Past Grand Sword Bearer in 2012.[5] Since March 2014, he has been Assistant Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England.[6]


  1. ^ www.cityoflondon.gov.uk
  2. ^ www.allenovery.com
  3. ^ www.kingsfund.org.uk
  4. ^ "(Supplement) no. 60367". The London Gazette. 29 December 2012. p. 1. 
  5. ^ "SIR DAVID WOOTTON". Who's who. United grand lodge of England. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Pro Grand Master's address - March 2014". Quarterly Communication. Freemasonry Today. 12 March 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 

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Civic offices
Preceded by
Sir Roger Gifford
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Sheriff of London

Succeeded by
Dame Fiona Woolf
Preceded by
Sir Michael Bear
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Lord Mayor of London

Succeeded by
Sir Roger Gifford