Mr Alderman Ian Luder served as the 681st Lord Mayor of the City of London , and has recently been elected as Governor of The Honourable The Irish Society. 2013 will mark the 400th anniversary of the Plantations in Co Londonderry, by the Corporation and a large number of Livery Companies.
Alderman Luder was born in London and educated at Haberdashers' Aske's School and University College London where he studied Economics and Economic History. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant and as a Chartered Tax Adviser with Arthur Andersen and is a tax and financial planning specialist. He was a partner in Arthur Andersen from 1989 to 2002, heading their Private Client Practice for over a decade. From 2002 to 2009 he was a partner with Grant Thornton UK LLP, specialising in the tax affairs of professional partnerships and their partners, professional Institutions and Charities, as well as internationally mobile executives. His client base has included many global partnerships.
Ian has always been interested in tax policy issues and served on the Council of the Chartered Institute of Taxation from 1983 to 1997. He had a period chairing its Technical Committee, which is responsible for the formulation of technical representations to Government, and was President in 1994-95, the year it was awarded its Royal Charter.
Ian has recently been appointed Chairman of the Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and serves as a non executive director or independent member of their audit committees, of a number of organisations, including The House of Lords, and The Local Government Association. He is a City Magistrate, and a Chairman of a Fitness to practice Panel of the Nursing & Midwifery Council.
Alderman Luder has been an elected Member of a local authority since he was 25. He was elected to the Court of Common Council for the Ward of Farringdon Without in 1998, and, following boundary changes in 2003, for the Ward of Castle Baynard, for which he was elected as Alderman in May 2005. He was Chairman of the Corporation's Finance Committee from January 2003 to April 2006 and now serves on the Police, Port Health and Open Spaces Committees.
Alderman Luder is on the Court of his mother Livery, the Worshipful Company of Coopers and is a founder member and Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers. He is also the Sponsoring Alderman of the Company of Arts Scholars, Dealers and Collectors. He is a member of the MCC, the City Livery Club, the Royal Society of St George and the Guild of Freemen.
Alderman Luder is associated with many charities, and was Chairman of the Trustees of TaxAid, the charity which provides tax advice to those unable to afford representation. He was one of the City appointed Trustees of the City Parochial Foundation from 1999 to 2007 and is a Governor of the Royal Veterinary College.
Alderman Luder's wife Lin is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Companies of Fletchers and Carmen. She was Chairman of her Ward Club, Coleman Street, in 2005/06.