Alderman Peter Estlin
Lord Mayor of the City of London
Alderman Peter Estlin took office as the 691st Lord Mayor of the City of London on 9th November 2018. He served as a Sheriff of the City of London in 2016-17 and, in that capacity, supported the then Lord Mayor on visits and official functions.
His mayoral theme is “Shaping tomorrow’s City today”, promoting digital innovation and smart cities, alongside the importance of digital skills and lifelong learning, ensuring that we have the talent to support business and innovation into the future, as well as ensuring that no one is left behind.
Peter is a senior banker with over twenty-five years’ experience with Barclays and Citigroup in London, New York and Hong Kong. He trained as a Chartered Accountant, becoming a partner with Coopers & Lybrand in 1993 before joining Salomon Brothers Asia, as regional CFO. Following a series of acquisitions and mergers he then served as CFO for Citigroup’s Corporate and Investment Banking divisions in New York and London. In 2001, Peter led the recovery of Citigroup’s banking operations in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, helping to stabilise the US banking system in a time of great turbulence. He joined Barclays in 2008 as Group Financial Controller and has been CFO of the Retail & Business Banking and Non-Core divisions as well as Interim Group CFO. He is currently a Senior Advisor to Barclays in London. Over the past 15 years he has set up and overseen banking and finance operations in India and South Africa and has been instrumental in the digitisation of the retail banking industry.
He serves on the Audit Committee of HM Treasury and was latterly Chairman of the British Airways International Advisory Board. He served as a Commissioner on both the Royal Borough of Greenwich and pan-London Fairness Commissions, focusing on equality of opportunity in education and housing. He was elected Alderman for the Ward of Coleman Street in 2013. He is Master of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers (2017/18), a Court Assistant of the Worshipful Companies of Chartered Accountants, Educators, and Ironmongers, and sponsoring Alderman for the newly formed Guild of Human Resource Professionals. He is also a member of the Guild of Freemen and the City Livery Club.
Peter is actively involved with several education and financial inclusion charities, mainly in the UK. Specifically, he has been a governor of Bridewell Royal Hospital for the past 26 years, serving as Chairman for 10 years. He is an Ambassador for OnSide Youth Zones, a pioneering national charity developing 21st century youth facilities in areas of social deprivation. He also supports Teach First, London Youth, VSO and Create.
He was born in Portsmouth to a Royal Naval family and was educated at King Edward’s Witley and the University of Bristol, where he served on the Ethics Committee until last year. Peter has been married to Lindy for 30 years. They have three children, James 25, Victoria, 23 and Annabel 21. Peter enjoys cooking, is a chocoholic, and has interests in wine and flying, but not at the same time.