We would like to pay tribute to Sir Roger Gifford, Lord Mayor of the City of London in 2012-13, who died at home on 25 May 2021 from myeloma.
Sir Roger, who was knighted in 2014 for services to international business, culture and the City, served as Chair of the AFB from 2007 to 2011 and was our current Deputy Chair.
For the City of London, Sir Roger was Alderman for the Ward of Cordwainer having first been elected in 2004. He was most recently Chair of the Green Finance Institute and a senior banker at SEB. Sir Roger was also previously Chair of the Green Finance Initiative, launched in London in 2016 to focus on growing the contribution of the financial sector to the G20 climate agenda, and chaired the UK Government’s Green Finance Taskforce.
Sir Roger was a Trustee of St Paul’s Cathedral Foundation, Chairman of the English Chamber Orchestra charity and the Tenebrae Choir and Co-Founder – with his wife Clare – of the City Music Foundation. He was also past master of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, Governor of Sedbergh School, Honorary Fellow of Trinity College Oxford and Honorary Consul of the Republic of Lithuania in the county of Dorset.
Roger was an enormous support to me personally and I will miss him. I know that many others across the City and beyond will be greatly saddened by the news of his death. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.