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  1. Rector
About City


The Rector of City, University of London is The Lord Mayor of London.

Lord Mayor of London 2016 to 2017 Alderman Dr Andrew ParmleyAlderman Dr Andrew Parmley was elected Lord Mayor of the City of London on 29th September 2016 and took office as the 689th Lord Mayor on the 11th November.
Andrew was born in Manchester and grew up in Lancashire. He was educated at Blackpool Grammar School, the Royal Academy of Music, at Manchester and London Universities and Jesus College, Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and Trinity College, London.

Dr Parmley has had a career in the business end of the education sector. He is the City Champion for the Prime Minister’s Apprenticeship Delivery Board (which will create three million apprenticeships over the next five years) and is the Principal of Senior School of The Harrodian School in West London. Andrew has interests in educational technology, particularly the creation of Virtual Learning Environments (VLE), in FinTech and in cybercrime, having spoken at the Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime.

Andrew is the London Symphony Orchestra’s International Ambassador, a Visiting Professor of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and he holds an Honorary Doctorate from Strathclyde University in recognition of his work for the City of London and the financial contribution of the arts. He has served as the Chairman of the City of London School for Girls and the Guildhall School of Music, both leading UK academic institutions. He was, until recently, the national Chairman of Montessori in the UK, representing some 700 schools. At the Harrodian School, Andrew has been instrumental in developing a multi-million pound business and recently opened two new schools - with a further three planned in the near future. He works closely with The Global Education and Leadership Foundation (tGELF), based in Delhi, and the Transcontinental Schools Innovation Alliance (TSIA).

Dr Parmley was elected a Common Councilman for Vintry Ward in 1992 and became its Alderman in 2001. He is a Past Master of both the Parish Clerks’ and Musicians’ Livery Companies and for over thirty years has been Honorary Organist of the Church of St James Garlickhythe in Vintry Ward. He was the Master Glass Seller and the Renter Warden of the Vintners’ Company and is an Honorary Liveryman of the Blacksmiths, Joiners and Ceilers, Horners, Water Conservators and Educators’ Companies. He is a member of the Royal Society of St George City Branch and the United Wards Club and is joint Patron of the Vintry and Dowgate Wards Club.

Beyond the City, Andrew is President of the National Coalition-Building Institute and Chairman of the Montessori St Nicholas Charity and a supporter of many other charities including the Leukaemia Research Fund and the Sons and Friends of the Clergy. Dr Parmley is married to Wendy, former Principal of a South London Technology College and founding partner of the Transcontinental School Innovation Alliance.

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City, University of London is an independent member institution of the University of London. Established by Royal Charter in 1836, the University of London consists of 18 independent member institutions with outstanding global reputations and several prestigious central academic bodies and activities.