Alderman Sir David Wootton

MASTER, WOOLMEN’S COMPANY 2020-2021

(INSTALLED 23rd April 2020)

Alderman Sir David Wootton was born and brought up in Bradford. He was educated at Bradford Grammar School and at Jesus College, Cambridge reading Classics and Law

Sir David was a lawyer from 1979 to 2015, a partner in Allen & Overy LLP, the international law firm, where he advised on corporate finance transactions.

Sir David was elected to Common Council of the City of London in 2002. He has been an Alderman representing the Ward of Langbourn since 2005 and served as Sheriff in 2009-2010. He was the 684th Lord Mayor of the City of London, serving from 2011-2012.

Sir David is a keen supporter of the Livery and is very proud to become Master of the Woolmen. He has a wide range of positions including Governor of Bradford Grammar School and Chairman of Leeds-based Northern Ballet. His other interests include opera, ballet and rowing. He captained his college rowing club at Cambridge, the last time Jesus College was Head of the River, and is a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta.

He is married to Liz and they have four children and seven grandchildren. Liz is half Australian, was a teacher and is a member of the Educators and Masons companies. Alex, who manages his diary, lives in Chicago. Jamie is also a corporate lawyer in London, Sophie is a gemologist and artist, and Chris is a theatre producer turned train driver!