Sir Roger Gifford, 685th Lord Mayor of London (2012-13)

Lord Mayor's Refections 2017

Sir Roger Gifford, 685th Lord Mayor of London (2012-13)

Theme: "Whisky Galore at the Mansion House"

Sir Roger Gifford, 685th Lord Mayor of London (2012-13)

Sir Roger Gifford was Lord Mayor of the City of London from November 2012 to November 2013, the 685th person to hold that office in an unbroken sequence going back to 1189, and only the 8th Scotsman, as far as records can tell.

A banker by background, Roger emphasised the City’s prodigious work in society as a force for good during his time in office, both in terms of wealth creation and in the creative arts which he promoted as a key part of the City’s philanthropic outreach initiatives.

As a musician, Roger – with his wife Clare formed the City Music Foundation, as part of his Mayoral Appeal, to bring the concept of apprenticeships and business training to aspiring professional musicians to assist their professional development.

For his Reflections – “Whiskey Galore at the Mansion House” - Sir Roger will share the more relevant experiences of his year as Lord Mayor, a year which saw few anniversaries but many events.

In numbers …

  • 62,000 YouTube hits (for a funeral)
  • 50 Churches
  • 32 Countries
  • 5 Scottish financial centres
  • 4 New books
  • 2 Live instrumental performances (one on Radio 4)
  • 1 Organ (for HM the Queen). 


Sir Roger, who is currently Chair of the City of London Green Finance Initiative, will also provide a personal perspective on the response from the City, Treasury and Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), among others, to the growing need for carbon-reducing assets for investment.  

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