The Worshipful Company of Woolmen Lecture
Alderman Sir David Wootton
‘Why the Lord Mayor of London is really all about wool’
Sir David Wootton was educated at Bradford Grammar School before going to Jesus College, Cambridge to study Classics and then Law.
In 1979 he became a Partner in an international law firm specialising in corporate transactions and best-practice compliance with law and regulation in corporate governance. This involves dealing with mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures across various international markets.
Having a strong interest in the governance of the City of London, he stood for and was elected as Member for the Ward of Farringdon Within in 2002. In 2005 he was elected Alderman for the Ward of Langbourn and in 2009 he was elected Sheriff of the City of London.
Wootton served as Lord Mayor of London for 2011-12. During his year in office he raised the profile of Britain’s wool industry, both for apparel and furnishing, with among other things, displays of British products in the Mansion House.
He is a Freemason. In 2007, he served as Senior Grand Warden of the Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London and was Past Grand Sword Bearer in 2012. Since March 2014, he has been Assistant Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England.
He has made time throughout his career to devote to charitable and community activities in promotion of education and sport, and he is a keen supporter of Livery companies and a member of several, including the Worshipful Company of Woolmen.