Alderman Alan Yarrow became the 687th Lord Mayor of the City of London and Chancellor of City University London on Friday 7th November 2014.
Alan was born in Jahor Bahru, Malaysia in 1951 and educated at Harrow. He went to Paris to work in a graphic design studio in 1969.
He joined Grieveson Grant, stockbrokers, in 1972 and was elected a member of the Stock Exchange in 1978. He studied International Corporate Finance at Manchester Business School 1981 and on his return was made a partner of the firm the same year. Following the merger of Grieveson Grant and Kleinwort Benson, Alan became Head of UK Institutional Sales in 1989, Head of Global Distribution in 1992, and Managing Director of Kleinwort Benson Securities in 1994. He was appointed to the Kleinwort Benson Group Board in 1995.
He represented the bank as Chairman of the London Investment Banking Association, a member of the Take-over Panel, Vice-Chairman of the Financial Services Authority Practitioner Panel, and Vice-President of the British Bankers' Association.
Alan left the group in December 2009 after 37 years, latterly as Group Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the UK Bank. On Kleinwort Benson's merger with RHJI, Alan was appointed Chairman of the Kleinwort Benson Holdings Board until recently stepping down to become Senior Advisor to the group.
Alderman Yarrow is currently Chairman of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and is also a Non-executive Director of Turquoise Global Holdings Limited (subsidiary of the London Stock Exchange) and Fixnetix Limited (low latency data communications). He is also a Trustee of the Police Foundation.
Alan has been Alderman for the Ward of Bridge and Bridge Without and a Magistrate of the City of London since 2007. He has served on the City of London Markets, Guildhall Library and Art Gallery, Port Health and Environmental Services, Finance and Planning and Transportation Committees, and as a Governor of the City of London Freemen's School. He is currently a member of the Policy & Resources and Establishment Committees and an Almoner of Christ's Hospital. He is a Liveryman of the Fishmongers' Company (and member of its Court), the Glaziers' Company and of the International Bankers' Company, and an honorary Liveryman of the Launderers' Company, the Security Professionals Company and the Scientific Instrument Makers' Company. He served as Sheriff of the City of London from September 2011 to September 2012.
Alan is married to Gilly and they have two sons, one of whom has special needs and learning difficulties. He plans to give particular attention to organisations helping children with special needs and learning difficulties in his charitable work as Lord Mayor. His interests are tennis, bridge, golf and art, and he is a member of the Hurlingham Club, Royal Wimbledon Golf Club, Boodles and the City Club.