Roger Gifford

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Sir Roger Gifford
File:Roger Gifford at Chatham House.jpg
Gifford at Chatham House in 2013
Personal details
Born Michael Roger Gifford
(1955-08-03) 3 August 1955 (age 63)
St Andrews, Fife, Scotland
Nationality  United Kingdom
Spouse(s) Jane Lunzer (1983–2004);
Clare Taylor (now Lady Gifford)
Children Olivia (1985)
Fergus (1986)
Fred (1988)
Augusta (1989–1992)
Hector (1994)
Residence London
Alma mater Trinity College, Oxford
Occupation Merchant banker
Religion Christian (Anglican)

Sir Roger Gifford (born 3 August 1955) is a London banker and was 685th Lord Mayor of London (2012–13).

Gifford has been UK head of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB) since 2000 and is also a Patron of the financial and enterprise education charity "MyBnk".[1]

Early life

Gifford was born at St Andrews, Scotland to Douglas Gifford (of Argentinian and Lowland Scots descent) and Hazel Collingwood.[2] He was educated at Sedbergh[3] before going up to Trinity College, Oxford, graduating with an MA degree in Chemistry.


Gifford started his career in finance with SG Warburg (1978–82), working in international banking and capital markets. In 1982 he left to join a new merchant bank, Enskilda Securities, Skandinaviska Enskilda Bank and, from 1994 to 2000, he headed the bank's operations in Japan. Since 2000 he has been SEB's UK country manager.

A former chairman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce (UK) and of the Association of Foreign Banks (UK), he is a Trustee of St Paul's Cathedral Foundation, Chairman of the City Music Foundation,[4] the English Chamber Orchestra charity and the Tenebrae Choir among other Arts involvements. He is a liveryman of the Worshipful Companies of Musicians, Cordwainers and Security Professionals. He served as Master of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers (2010–11) and is sponsoring Alderman for the Guild of Public Relations Practitioners.

Sir Roger joined the Bank Workers Charity Trustee Board in 2011 and, following his term as Lord Mayor of London, was appointed its President on 1 March 2014. He believes there is a continuing need to support banking industry employees and to enhance the ethics and culture of the sector.

Civic service

Gifford was elected as Alderman for the City of London Ward of Cordwainer in 2004 and is a member of the City of London Corporation Culture Heritage and Libraries Committee; he served as Sheriff of London from 2008 to 2009.

In October 2012, he was elected Lord Mayor of London and took office on 9 November.[5] Speaking after his election, Gifford said: "Next month will mark exactly 30 years since I joined SEB and 35 years since I first started working in the City. During this time, London's Square Mile has become a truly global centre – and the focus of my year in office will be to underline that service is, and must be, at the heart of the financial services industry of the UK. In other words that the City must serve society – and be seen to do so."[6]

Gifford's Lord Mayoral charitable appeal, under the banner "The City in Society", focused on the City of London as a global centre for philanthropy and the Arts.

Personal life

Gifford and his wife, Dr Clare Taylor (now Lady Gifford), live in London.[7][8] A Freemason,[9] Sir Roger lists his recreations as chamber music, singing, opera, gardening and forestry.


In 2013, as Chancellor ex officio, Gifford received an Hon DSc from City University and was knighted in the 2014 New Year Honours for "services to international business, culture, and the City of London":.[10] He was awarded an Hon LLD by St Andrews University in the same year.


  2. Cuthbert Collingwood, 1st Baron Collingwood
  5. "City banker elected London Lord Mayor". Financial Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "The Queen's New Year's Honours list 2014". Freemasonary Today. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60728. p. 1. 31 December 2013.
  11. New Year Honours 2014: Prime Minister's List

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Civic offices
Preceded by
Sir David Wootton
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Lord Mayor of London

Succeeded by
Dame Fiona Woolf