Alderman The Lord Mountevans was elected Lord Mayor of the City of London on 29th September 2015 and took office as the 688th Lord Mayor on the 13th November. Alderman The Lord Mountevans was born and spent his early years in Gothenburg, Sweden, and was later educated at the Nautical College Pangbourne. Partly Norwegian, he studied at Pembroke College Cambridge where he read Economics.
His City career started in 1972 as a graduate trainee with the international shipbroker Clarksons, initially joining the Tanker Department, moving to the Gas Department in 1979. He was appointed to the Board in 1989 and served as Managing Director of the Gas Division 2001-2014. The Company is the world’s leading shipping services provider with 48 offices in 20 countries; it is headquartered in London and is quoted on the London Stock Exchange .
Alderman The Lord Mountevans is a Member of the Baltic Exchange, a Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and a Younger Brother of Trinity House. He recently (September 2015) stood down as Chairman of Maritime UK, which brings together the shipping, ports and maritime business services sectors in the UK to speak to government and other key audiences with a single voice on strategic and practical issues. He chairs Maritime London, the umbrella organisation promoting London and the UK’s maritime professional services. He recently chaired the ‘Maritime Growth Study: keeping the UK competitive in a global market’ for the UK government (published on 7th September 2015). In 2007 he was elected Alderman for the Ward of Cheap, serving as Sheriff of the City of London 2012-13. He has been heavily involved in schools that are closely related to the City and is an Almoner of Christ’s Hospital, and is Deputy Chairman of the City of London Academy Islington, as well as a Trustee of the St Paul’s Cathedral Chorister Trust, and a member of the Corporation’s Education Board.
Alderman The Lord Mountevans was Prime Warden of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights 2006-7. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and of the Worshipful Company of World Traders and is an Honorary Liveryman and Court Assistant of the Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights as well as an Honorary Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals. His other charity involvements have a distinctly maritime theme. He is a Council Member and Trustee of the White Ensign Association, which gives advice on personal, financial and employment matters to all ranks of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. He is a Trustee of Seafarers UK (King George’s Fund for Sailors), the leading national maritime charity, and President of the City of London Sea Cadets, based in HMS Belfast. He was recently appointed an Honorary Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve.
Jeffrey succeeded his brother in December 2014, to become Lord Mountevans. In July 2015 he was elected to sit as a Hereditary Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords. Jeffrey met Juliet at Cambridge. They have been married for 43 years. A Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners, Juliet is a former solicitor (maritime litigation) and more recently Adviser at Chelsea Citizens’ Advice Bureau. They have two sons.