Sir David Wootton

Sir David Wootton was born in Yorkshire and educated at Bradford Grammar School before going to Jesus College, Cambridge, to study Classics and then Law. While at Cambridge, he was also able to captain his college’s boat club in 1972.

He became a partner at Allen & Overy in 1979 and advises on corporate transactions and corporate governance. He has served as President of the City of London Law Society and is Chairman of the City of London Branch of the Institute of Directors.

With a strong interest in the governance of the City of London, David stood for election to Common Council and was elected as Member for the Ward of Farringdon Within in 2002. In 2005 he was elected Alderman for the Ward of Langbourn.

David became Lord Mayor of the City of London in November 2011. Aside from his role in promoting British expertise in key export markets, the role required him to act as a global ambassador in a year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Games.

A passionate advocate of the Livery movement, David is a member of many Livery Companies. He has served as Master of the Worshipful Company of Fletchers and of the City of London Solicitors Company. He is a Warden of the Information Technologists; Court Assistant of the Glaziers and the Bowyers; Liveryman of the Clockmakers and the Woolmen; Honorary Liveryman of the Security Professionals; and a Freeman of the Watermen and Lightermen.

David’s extensive voluntary work reflects his lifelong interest in education and commitment to improve the lives of people in our communities. He has been a Governor of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and an Almoner of Christ’s Hospital. He is a Governor of King Edward’s School, Witley, and of the City of London Academy in Southwark; a Trustee of the St Paul’s Cathedral Chorister Trust; and Trustee and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the King’s Fund, Chairman of the Trustees of the Charles Dickens Museum, Chairman of Northern Ballet and has been member of the oversight committee of the Royal College of Surgeons.

David is celebrating his second award of 2013 having being knighted in the Queens New Year’s Honours List for his services to legal business, charity and the City of London.

The award of Honorary Doctor of Staffordshire University is bestowed upon David in recognition of his successful achievements in business and law. It also recognises David’s distinguished civic career culminating in his position as Lord Mayor of London in 2011.

He said: “I am both grateful and honoured for the award from Staffordshire University.”