PwC partner Charles Bowman has been elected as the next Lord Mayor of the City of London. As the elected head of the City of London Corporation, he will serve as a global ambassador for the UK-based financial and professional services industry from 10 November 2017 for a one year term.
Bowman will succeed the current Lord Mayor, Dr Andrew Parmley, and become the 690th person to hold the position. In the role, he will meet government representatives from around the world, look to strengthen economic ties with the UK, identify new business opportunities and position the UK as a top global destination for foreign investment.
During the year, Bowman will look to promote a ‘Business of Trust’ agenda, which aims to build a more trustworthy financial and professional services sector. The programme is underpinned by research, including citizens’ juries held across the UK, the development of guiding principles for business, and the convening of a leaders of tomorrow group. It will aim to challenge and encourage City businesses to connect with their communities, operate responsibly and have a positive impact on society and the environment.
Charles Bowman said:
“The City of London is a national asset for the UK, accounting for billions of pounds in revenue and taxes and creating millions of jobs across the UK. It is also a unique, cultural and diverse institution and it will be an honour to become the 690th Lord Mayor. I am immensely looking forward to taking office later this year.
“During my mayoralty I will champion a Brexit that works for City businesses and communities and I will be speaking to government regularly to help ensure this happens. We are clear that we want to see mutual access to EU markets continue, ensure early agreement on a transitional deal, and make sure we continue to allow the brightest and best to find jobs in the UK.
“We also need to do more to demonstrate the value and integrity of the City to the public. During my year in office, through the ‘Business of Trust’ programme, I will be challenging business to raise its game - better business trusted by society. All too often business is scored poorly when the public is asked about its role in society. I will look to develop a progressive and lasting legacy to help the City tackle this issue over the coming years.”
Notes for editors.
Charles Bowman joined PwC in September 1983, qualified as a chartered accountant in 1986 and was admitted to partnership in 1995. During that time he has led the firm’s Building Public Trust programme.
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