Sir Roger Gifford
Gifford at Chatham House in 2013
|685th Lord Mayor of London|
9 November 2012 – 8 November 2013
|Metropolitan Mayor||Boris Johnson|
|Preceded by||Sir David Wootton|
|Succeeded by||Dame Fiona Woolf|
|Born||Michael Roger Gifford|
3 August 1955
St Andrews, Fife, Scotland
|Spouse(s)||Jane Lunzer (1983–2004);|
Clare Taylor (now Lady Gifford)
|Children||Olivia (1985) |
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Oxford|
Sir Roger Gifford (born 3 August 1955) is a London banker and was 685th Lord Mayor of London (2012–13).
Gifford was born at St Andrews, Scotland to Douglas Gifford (of Argentinian and Lowland Scots descent) and Hazel Collingwood. He was educated at Sedbergh before going up to Trinity College, Oxford, graduating with an MA degree in Chemistry.
Gifford started his career in finance with SG Warburg (1978–82), working in international banking and capital markets. In 1982 he left to join a new merchant bank, Enskilda Securities, Skandinaviska Enskilda Bank and, from 1994 to 2000, he headed the bank's operations in Japan. Since 2000 he has been SEB's UK country manager.
A former chairman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce (UK) and of the Association of Foreign Banks (UK), he is a Trustee of St Paul's Cathedral Foundation, Chairman of the City Music Foundation, the English Chamber Orchestra charity and the Tenebrae Choir among other Arts involvements. He is a liveryman of the Worshipful Companies of Musicians, Cordwainers and Security Professionals. He served as Master of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers (2010–11) and is sponsoring Alderman for the Guild of Public Relations Practitioners.
Sir Roger joined the Bank Workers Charity Trustee Board in 2011 and, following his term as Lord Mayor of London, was appointed its President on 1 March 2014. He believes there is a continuing need to support banking industry employees and to enhance the ethics and culture of the sector.
Gifford was elected as Alderman for the City of London Ward of Cordwainer in 2004 and is a member of the City of London Corporation Culture Heritage and Libraries Committee; he served as Sheriff of London from 2008 to 2009.
In October 2012, he was elected Lord Mayor of London and took office on 9 November. Speaking after his election, Gifford said: "Next month will mark exactly 30 years since I joined SEB and 35 years since I first started working in the City. During this time, London's Square Mile has become a truly global centre – and the focus of my year in office will be to underline that service is, and must be, at the heart of the financial services industry of the UK. In other words that the City must serve society – and be seen to do so." While Lord Mayor, he carried the Mourning Sword at the funeral of Margaret Thatcher, leading the Queen and Prince Philip in and out of St Paul's Cathedral for the ceremony. The last time it had been used was at the state funeral of Sir Winston Churchill in 1965. Fortunately for the monarch, she narrowly missed being struck by the ceremonial sword as Mr. Gifford swirled around to go up the steps of the cathedral. The quick instincts of the Queen saved the day, and her consort seemed to have a good chuckle over the matter.
In 2013, as Chancellor ex officio, Gifford received an Hon DSc from City University and was knighted in the 2014 New Year Honours for "services to international business, culture, and the City of London":. He was awarded an Hon LLD by St Andrews University in the same year.
- 2014: Knight Bachelor
- 2012: Knight of the Most Venerable Order of St John
- 2007: Commander of the Order of the Polar Star (Sweden)
- 2011: Commander of the Order of the Lion of Finland
- 2012: Member 5th Class of the Order of Kuwait.
- Cuthbert Collingwood, 1st Baron Collingwood
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Sir David Wootton
Lord Mayor of London
Dame Fiona Woolf