Vincent Keaveny has been sworn in as the 693rd Lord Mayor of the City of London, serving as the elected head of the City of London Corporation and a global ambassador for the UK-based financial and professional services industry until November 2022.
Keaveny, 56, and his wife Amanda have taken up residence in the Mansion House, right in the heart of the City of London.
He is the latest in a line of lord mayors – all but two of them men – stretching back to 1189, and the first Irishman to take up the role.
During his one-year term, Keaveny is set to lead business delegations to key international markets on behalf of the UK’s financial and professional services industry.
In the role, he will meet government representatives from around the world, as well as business leaders and policymakers both at home and abroad.
The City Lord Mayor will also look to strengthen economic ties with the UK, identify new business opportunities and promote the UK as a top global destination for foreign investment.
“The Square Mile has constantly reinvented itself throughout history to remain a world-leading business hub,” Keaven said.
“We must rise to this challenge once again in the face of changing economic and social trends brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, while also seizing new opportunities following the UK’s exit from the European Union.”