William Russell (Lord Mayor)

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William Russell
Russell of Killowen Escutcheon.png
692nd Lord Mayor of London
In office
9 November 2019 – 13 November 2021
Preceded bySir Peter Estlin
Succeeded byVincent Keaveny
Personal details
William Anthony Bowater Russell

(1965-04-15) 15 April 1965 (age 57)
London, England
Hilary Ann, née Chaplin
(m. 1989)
Alma materDurham University
OccupationInvestment banker

Sir William Anthony Bowater Russell, KStJ (born 15 April 1965, London) is a British financier who served as the 692nd Lord Mayor of the City of London from 2019 to 2021.[1]


Educated at Eton and Durham University, graduating B.A., Russell started his career in financial services at First Boston in 1987, and joined Merrill Lynch in 1992,[2] working in Hong Kong, New York and London, before leaving in 2006 for public service.[3][4]

Sheriff of the City of London for 2016–17, Russell was then elected Lord Mayor on 1 October 2019, taking office on 9 November 2019.[5][6] In view of the global disruption to public life brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, Russell was re-elected, on 29 September 2020, as Lord Mayor of London to serve a second term for 2021,[7] the first Lord Mayor to serve more than one term since William Cubitt was re-elected in 1861.[8]

Russell represents Bread Street Ward as Alderman on the City of London Corporation since 2013.[9]

Russell is a Court Assistant to the Haberdashers' Company,[10] a Liveryman of the Feltmakers' and an Honorary Liveryman of the Paviors' Companies.[11]

He was knighted in the 2022 New Year Honours for services to "financial innovation, culture and wellbeing in the City of London, particularly during Covid-19".[12]

A keen cricketer, he is also a member of MCC,[13] and remains a member of the Advisory Board of Innovate Finance, an independent not-for-profit membership organisation serving the global FinTech community.[14]


The only son of Anthony Russell, a stockbroker, he is in remainder to the family baronetcy,[15] created for his great-great-uncle, Charles Russell, founder of the eponymous law firm.

Charlotte née Bowater, his mother, was from a Kentish family of paper packagers;[16] her father, Sir Ian Bowater GBE, was Lord Mayor of London for 1969–70, and his father Sir Frank Bowater, Lord Mayor for 1938–39.[5]

Damian Lewis is his maternal half-brother.[17][18]

In 1989, Russell married Hilary Chaplin: they have four children.



Coat of arms of William Russell
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A Goat passant Argent armed Or charged on the body with three Trefoils slipped fesswise Vert
That of a Knight
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Argent a Lion rampant Gules on a chief Sable three Escallops of the field the whole within a Bordure engrailed Vert
Che sera sera
(Eng: What will be, will be)
Behind the Shield, the badge of St John and suspended below, by a ribbon, the insignia of a Knight Bachelor:
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Other elements
As Lord Mayor, Russell could impale the City of London arms (dexter) with his family arms (sinister):
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See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Lord Mayor – City of London". Government of the United Kingdom. Archived from the original on 22 September 2019. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  2. ^ www.bloomberg.com
  3. ^ "CV" (PDF). William Russell. September 2019. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  4. ^ www.isaschools.org.uk
  5. ^ a b "Next Lord Mayor of the City elected". This is about: William Russell. 9 November 2019.
  6. ^ "The Lord Mayor-Elect". Lord Mayor's Show. 9 November 2019.
  7. ^ Pullman, Nigel (17 April 2020). "Guildhall last night confirmed that William Russell will now remain in office [as LM] until November 2021". liverycompanies.info. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  8. ^ "City of London plans 'back to work' week to revive Square Mile". Financial Times. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
  9. ^ "Member details – The Rt Hon. The Lord Mayor, Alderman William Anthony Bowater Russell". Government of the United Kingdom. 21 November 2019.
  10. ^ "Celebrating the Election of our Liveryman, Alderman William Russell, as Lord Mayor of London | The Haberdashers' Company". haberdashers.co.uk.
  11. ^ "Global UK: Trade, Innovation and Culture – City of London". Government of the United Kingdom.
  12. ^ "No. 63571". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 2022. p. N2.
  13. ^ www.cityam.com
  14. ^ "Innovate Finance – The Voice of Global FinTech". Innovate Finance – The Voice of Global FinTech.
  15. ^ Mosley, Charles (ed.) (2003). Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 107th edn. p. 3442 (RUSSELL, Bt). ISBN 0-9711966-2-1. {{cite book}}: |first= has generic name (help)
  16. ^ "Bio" (PDF).
  17. ^ "Damian Lewis". IMDb. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  18. ^ "Interview: Lord Mayor of London William Russell". London Evening Standard. 25 November 2019. Retrieved 13 January 2020.

Additional reading[edit]

Civic offices
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Lord Mayor of London

Succeeded by