Alderman the Lord Mountevans, 688th Lord Mayor of London (2015-16)LORD MAYOR'S REFECTIONS 2018
Theme: “Innovation and Resilience”
Lord Mountevans (Jeffrey) was Lord Mayor of London from November 2015 to November 2016, the 688th person, and the first hereditary peer to hold the office. His Lord Mayor’s Show on Saturday 14th November 2015 represented a landmark for the City and the Mayoralty, celebrating 800 years since the first Lord Mayor’s Show and the right, granted by King John in Magna Carta, for the citizens of London to elect their own Lord Mayor, an office which had originated in 1189.
Lord Mountevans, a career shipbroker, was the first Maritime Lord Mayor for over 40 years and had chaired the government’s ‘Maritime Growth Study: keeping Britain competitive in a global market’ (published September 2015). In his Reflections he highlights the growing importance and contribution of this major national sector, estimated (in 2015) directly to support just over £40 billion in business turnover, £14.5 billion in GVA and 185,700 UK employees, and where Britain is a key global player. His choice of Trinity House as the location to present his Reflections is therefore most appropriate.
A charity dedicated to safeguarding shipping and seafarers, and providing education, support and welfare to the seafaring community, Trinity House also has a statutory duty as a General Lighthouse Authority to deliver reliable, efficient and cost-effective aids to navigation for the benefit and safety of all mariners. Lord Mountevans’ passion for maritime is also demonstrated in his wish that the charitable proceeds from the evening should go to the Sea Cadets, a principal beneficiary of his own Lord Mayor’s Appeal. He is President of the City of London Sea Cadets, based in HMS Belfast.
The biggest element of the mayoralty is business: acting as ambassador and spokesman, in the UK and around the world, for “the City”, for financial and related professional services, for the City as a force for good, and as a provider of education and a centre of culture (the City Corporation is the largest promoter of the arts in the UK after the Arts Council, the BBC and the Lottery), for all sectors of the UK economy, for the City itself but also for London and the entire UK.