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.
Sir William 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.
“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.”