‘Twas a very good year, 2021-22! Birthday Honours announced

The Livery Committee is delighted to congratulate both Sheriffs who served during the year September 2021 to 2022 on their recent awards in His Majesty The King’s Birthday Honours List.

Former Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Nicholas Lyons, has been appointed a Knight Batchelor. Sir Nicholas was honoured for services to the financial sector, to the growth economy, and to financial literacy.

Having been Sheriff 2021-22, he then served as the 694th Lord Mayor of the City of London, acting as a global ambassador for the UK financial and professional services industry, in 2022-2023.

During his Mayoral year, Sir Nicholas, who is Chairman of Phoenix Group Holdings, championed his ‘Financing our Future’ theme, culminating in The Mansion House Compact. The scheme commits some of the UK’s largest pension firms to allocate a minimum of 5% of defined contribution funds to unlisted equities by 2030, with the aim of unlocking over £50 billion of new capital by the end of the decade.

Sir Nicholas has been involved in other significant initiatives, including promoting financial literacy, and fundraising in support of schools and community outreach in education.

The other Aldermanic Sheriff during 2021-22, Alderman Canon Alison Gowman has been awarded a CBE for public and voluntary services and sustainability.

Alison is the elected Alderman for the Ward of Dowgate and is a long-serving City Corporation Member, having first been elected in 1991.
She has fulfilled several significant roles for the City Corporation, including chairing the City Bridge Foundation from 2016-2019, is a member of the Livery Committeee and is also the City Corporation’s lead Member for Climate Action.

Alison is a passionate advocate of sustainability and public service, having spent ten years as a trustee of the Museum of London, and is an Alumna and Honorary Doctor at the University of Durham. She is also a Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral and has worked in the City for 40 years as a solicitor. She became the first female partner at DLA Piper UK, where she is now a consultant.

Hearty congratulations to them both.

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