Alderman Roger Gifford became the 685th Lord Mayor of the City of London and Chancellor of City University London on 9th November 2012 and was welcomed as Chancellor of the University on 24th January 2013.
Alderman Gifford was born in St Andrews, Scotland and was educated at Sedbergh and Trinity College, Oxford, reading Chemistry. He has headed merchant bank Skandinaviska Enskilda Bank (SEB) in the UK since 2000.
Roger began his career in the financial sector at S.G. Warburg & Co in the 1970s, leaving to join SEB in 1982. Prior to his appointment as Head of SEB London, Roger headed the bank's operations in Japan. He is Vice Chairman of the Association of Foreign Banks and was previously Chairman from 2007 to 2011. His business interests lie in raising finance for companies in the London capital markets.
In 2004, Roger was elected as Alderman for the Ward of Cordwainer in the City of London. He is a member of a variety of companies and clubs, including the Worshipful Company of International Bankers (where he was Master in 2010 - 2011), the Cordwainers and Security Professionals, the Cordwainer and Bread Street Ward Clubs, the Royal Society of St George, the Cook Society, the United Wards Club, the City Livery Club, the Royal Perth and the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
Alderman Gifford's interests in music and education are reflected in his voluntary work as a Trustee of charitable foundations and schools. He also chairs the English Chamber Orchestra charity and the Tenebrae Choir, and is a member of the Advisory Council of TheCityUK. As is apparent from his work, Roger is a strong supporter of and believer in the City's contribution to the economic and social fabric of the United Kingdom.
Roger is married to Dr Clare Gifford, a consultant haematologist, with whom he has six children.