Former Lord Mayor receives knighthood in New Year’s Honours list 2022

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Former Lord Mayor William Russell was knighted in the New Year's Honours list 2022

Three City of London Corporation representatives have been included in the New Year’s Honours list 2022.

Former Lord Mayor of the City of London, William Russell, has been awarded a knighthood for services to financial innovation, culture and well-being in the City of London, particularly during COVID-19.

He was commended for his work as Lord Mayor between 2019 and 2021. He was the first Lord Mayor in 150 years to serve two terms, to ensure continuity of leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. The last time a Lord Mayor served a second year in office was in 1861 with the re-election of William Cubitt.

Russell was also recognised for his efforts to support the charitable and voluntary sectors, including his Lord Mayor’s Appeal and for strengthening ties with other cities across the country as part of the City of London Corporation’s UK strategy.

Russell said: “It was a great privilege to promote the UK financial services sector across the globe in my role as Lord Mayor of London, particularly during testing times for the City, London and the UK.

“I am deeply honoured to receive a knighthood and would like to thank all those who have supported me.”

Meanwhile, Jeremy Mayhew – who represents the ward of Aldersgate – has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list 2022 for public and voluntary service. Amongst other roles, he has previously served as Chairman of the City Corporation’s Finance Committee, the City Bridge Trust, and the Barbican Centre Board – as well as on a number of other public bodies, including a Member of the Government’s Regulatory Policy Committee.

Jeremy Mayhew said: “I am honoured to receive an OBE in recognition of my work to support people across the City of London, as well as on a number of public bodies.

“It has been a privilege to serve, for five years, as Chairman of the City’s Finance Committee, especially during the pandemic when we have supported City businesses, whilst maintaining strong financial disciplines.

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“I am proud to have helped to fund hundreds of London’s charities, supporting multiple fantastic organisations, benefitting local communities across the whole capital. With the impact of COVID-19 on people’s lives, jobs and the wider economy, their work has never been more vital.

“It was also a privilege to lead the Board of one of the UK’s most important and innovative arts centres, which is central to the City’s extraordinary contribution to our country’s creative sector.

“I would like to thank the numerous people in the City and beyond who have helped me in all the roles I have been lucky to play.”

Meanwhile Sharon McLaughlin, Business Support Manager at the Department for Community & Children’s Services, has also been awarded a BEM for services to the community in the City of London.

Sharon McLaughlin said: “I am thrilled to have been awarded a BEM for my contribution to the community in the City of London.

“These past few months have been challenging for everyone, but we’ve always done what we can to support our residents throughout this time. This honour is only possible thanks to the support of colleagues, friends and my family.”

Jeremy Wall, who is Duty Operations Manager for Transport for London and Special Inspector at the City of London Police was also included on the 2022 OBE list.

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