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 MayorBoris Johnson
Preceded bySir Michael Bear
Succeeded bySir Roger Gifford
Personal details
Born (1950-07-20) 20 July 1950 (age 69)
Bradford, Yorkshire
Spouse(s)Elizabeth (Liz, Lady Wootton)
Children4 children (Alexandra, James, Sophie and Christopher)
ResidenceSevenoaks, Kent
Alma materJesus College, Cambridge

Sir David Hugh Wootton (born 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.


From 1979 to 2015 Wootton was 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 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 chairs the Mayoral Visits Advisory Committee, which decides on and manages the programme of oversees visits by the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs, and serves on the Magistracy and Livery Sub Committee. He sits on the Policy & Resources Committee and the Resource Allocation and Public Relations and Economic Development Sub Committees, and is deputy chairman of the Courts Sub Committee, of the Policy & Resources Committee. He is chairman of the Freedom Applications Committee, which reviews applications for Freedom of the City of London.

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:

  • Member of the Board of TheCityUK and the City Corporation's lead representative on the TheCityUK Brexit Law Committee, which is made up of representatives of the principal institutions in the legal profession and, under the auspices of the Ministry of Justice, advises the government on the legal issues arising in relation to Brexit
  • Vice Chairman of the International Trade and Investment Group
  • Director of The International Dispute Resolution Centre
  • President of the City of London Branch of the Institute of Directors
  • Trustee of Cross-Sector Safety and Security Communications
  • Magistrate on the Central London Bench
  • Chairman of Local Partnerships LLP
  • Chairman of the Trustees of Morden College
  • Chairman of the Trustees of the King’s Fund[3] Staff Pension and Life Assurance Plan
  • Chairman of Northern Ballet
  • Member of the Board of Co-operation Ireland
  • Past President and serves on the Council of the City Livery Club
  • President of Langbourn Ward Club
  • Director of the Saudi British Joint Business Council UK
  • Trustee of the Jesus College Boat Club (Cambridge) Trust
  • Trustee of the Steve Fairbairn Memorial Trust
  • Trustee of the Oxford and Cambridge Rowing Foundation
  • Trustee of Jesus College Cambridge Society
  • Trustee of The Lord Mayor's 800th Anniversary Trust
  • Trustee of Gad's Hill Heritage Centre Trust
  • Member of the Institute of Cancer Research
  • Honorary Professor at London Metropolitan University Business School
  • Honorary Bencher of Grays Inn
  • Member of the Council of Royal Society of St George (City of London Branch)
  • Member of United Wards’ Club

Wootton is Governor of several institutions, including:

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

Wootton is a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta and a member of Leander and London Rowing Clubs, as well as the Athenaeum, the Oxford and Cambridge, East India 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, 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.

Personal life[edit]

Married to Elizabeth (Liz), they have two sons (James and Christopher), two daughters (Alexandra and Sophie) and seven grandchildren. Sir David and Lady Wootton live in 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 Archived 2 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ www.allenovery.com
  3. ^ "www.kingsfund.org.uk". Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2011.
  4. ^ "No. 60367". The London Gazette (Supplement). 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