Fiona Woolf has been elected to be the next Lord Mayor for the city of London. She is only the second woman in 800 years to hold this office.
Before her, it was Mary Donaldson, who became the first woman to be elected to the post in 1983.
She will succeed Roger Gifford.
So what is a Lord Mayor?
Lord Mayor of London is an ancient ceremonial position and represents the commercial interests of the City of London, which is a small area that was once the ancient city before it expanded a great deal. Her responsibilities are far less than those of the Mayor of London, who is the elected Head of the London Assembly. The mayor governs a much larger.
As Lord Mayor, Fiona Woolf will be playing a predominantly ambassadorial role and will spend at least three months of the year promoting the UK financial services industry to overseas markets.
Here are 12 things to tell you more about the charismatic Fiona Woolf:
- She will officially start her role in November 2013 during the Silent Ceremony.
- She will be the 686th head of the City of London Corporation.
- Her first job was delivering the post for the Royal Mail during Christmas.
- The Square in Bruton Street, London, is her favorite restaurant.
- If Woolf wasn't a lawyer, she says she would have been an opera singer, “probably in a chorus.”
- She likes listening to opera.
- Neslson Mendela is her hero.
- She is a leading lawyer and partner at London-based law firm CMS Cameron McKenna.
- Woolf is an expert in electricity markets and infrastructure.
- She has worked extensively in Argentina, India and Turkey.
- She is a former president of the Law Society of England and Wales.
- She has worked with the World Bank tp bringing electricity infrastructure to countries recovering from war, including Liberia and Sierra Leone.