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Sheriffs Elected 2019

On 24 June, fulfilling one of the Company’s aims: “to participate in and support the local government of the City of London through the traditional activities of Livery Companies”, the Master represented the Brewers’ Company at the Common Hall to elect the Sheriffs of the City of London for 2019-20.

Michael Mainelli and Christopher Hayward were elected and will take office on Friday 27 September. They succeed Alderman Vincent Keaveny and Elizabeth Green.

Born in the USA and educated at Harvard University, Trinity College Dublin, and the London School of Economics, Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli has worked in finance and technology in the City since 1984, was elected Alderman for the Ward of Broad Street in 2013, and is Immediate Past Master of the World Traders. His responsibilities have included serving as Trustee of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, Morden College, Christ’s Hospital, and Gresham College, where he is also Emeritus Professor of Commerce.

Christopher Hayward, who was elected to the City Corporation’s Common Council in 2013, is the former Chairman of the City Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee, and a member of the City Livery Committee and Court of the Guild of Freemen. He has business experience in property, infrastructure, and planning and strategic communication. His other responsibilities include Trustee of Barts Hospital Guild and Housing the Homeless Central Fund.

The office of Sheriff, a prerequisite to becoming Lord Mayor of the City of London, is one of the oldest in existence and dates back to the Middle Ages.

The Sheriffs’ modern-day duties include supporting the Lord Mayor in his or her civic duties and serving, both, at home and abroad, as ambassadors for the UK-based financial and professional services industry by promoting the UK as a place in which to do business.  They also support Her Majesty’s Judges at the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey) in promoting the importance of the English rule of law to businesses, schools, diplomats, charities, the City Livery, and leading arts figures.