John Garbutt (Alderman)

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Title: Alderman

Ward: Walbrook

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Correspondence address: 
Members' Room
PO Box 270


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Having obtained a BSc Econ Honours degree from the LSE, John Garbutt entered the City in 1975 to work for Rowe & Pitman. He was subsequently employed by ICI, Touche Remnant, Schroders and became a Director at Kleinwort Benson in 1987. He then worked at HSBC from 1991, where he was head of various departments and retired as Director, Global Head of Corporate Governance in 2013.  He was a Non-Executive Director of the Stobart Group and Chairman of their Remuneration Committee between 2014 - 2018.  He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (FCSI) and a member of the CFA Institute. 


John is the elected Alderman for Walbrook Ward; a member of the Court of Aldermen and the Court of Common Council and various City Corporation Committees. He was Upper Bailiff (equivalent to Master) and is currently a Court Assistant of the Weavers Livery Company, the oldest Livery Company; is Honorary Court Assistant of the Joiners & Ceilers Livery Company, is a Liveryman of the International Bankers Livery company and is Sponsoring Alderman and Court Assistant of the Guild of Investment Managers, the newest Guild in the City. He is President of the Ward of Walbrook Ward Club and a member of two others, Cheap and Coleman Street, as well as being Lay Chairman of the Parochial Church Council and a Church Warden and Parish Clerk at St Stephen Walbrook Church.  He is also involved in numerous UK and international charitable organisations, including being a Life Vice President of the British Red Cross. John is a Justice of the Peace (JP), and an Honorary Visiting Professor of both the London Metropolitan University and the University of West London.  He is also a Governor of International Students’ House, and past Chairman of International Students’ Trust, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS); and Past President and currently a Council member of the City Livery Club, Past Chairman and now Vice President of the Royal Society of St George (City branch) and Senior Warden of the Guild of Freemen of the City of London. John is a member of the Incorporation of Wrights of Glasgow and the Incorporation of Candlemakers of Edinburgh. He is honoured to have been given the Freedom of the City of Glasgow; to be made a Knight of the Order of Francis I and was appointed High Sheriff of Greater London by Her Majesty the Queen for 2020/21.