Mr Alderman Nick Anstee took office as the 682nd Lord Mayor of the City of London on Friday 13th November 2009. As Lord Mayor he promoted the Square Mile as the world's leading international financial and business centre, and his project was sponsoring the spread of financial literacy.
Brought up in the UK, Cyprus and the United States of America, Nick was educated at Stamford School and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1982. He completed an Executive Education Programme at INSEAD, the international business school in Fontainebleau, in 2000 and was awarded an honorary Corporate Finance qualification by the ICAEW in November 2006. Through a series of mergers, he joined the global professional services firm Arthur Andersen in 1994, becoming a Partner in its Corporate Finance practice and was responsible for the development of its private equity activity in the UK. He transferred to Deloitte when Andersen was acquired in 2002 and is now a Senior Director at the international law firm SJ Berwin.
After initially specialising in corporate turnaround he has spent the majority of his career advising domestic and global companies on IPOs, mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions, in both Europe and North America. In 1995, he was seconded to the Department of Transport advising on its privatisation programme.
Nick was elected Alderman for the Ward of Aldersgate in 1996 having represented that ward as a Common Councilman since 1987. He has served on many of the City of London Corporation's key committees, including three years as Chairman of its Central Markets Committee. He is on the Court of the Butchers' Company, an Honorary Liveryman of the Plaisterers' Company and served as Sheriff of the City of London in 2003/04.
In addition to service on the Boards of the City of London School for Girls and the Sir John Cass Foundation Primary School, his voluntary work includes being a director of the London Marathon, a special advisor to the Barts and The London Charity and supporting a number of other charities, including Wellchild and Chance to Shine. His charitable appeal for his year was called Pitch Perfect and was in aid of musical and sporting opportunities for London's young people.