Lunch with the Lord Mayor of London

July 10, 2018 12:00 - 14:00


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BCCJ members and guests are invited to have lunch with the Lord Mayor of London, Charles Bowman, on July 10.

As part of a wider Asia tour, the Lord Mayor will be visiting Japan to enhance collaboration in the areas of Fintech, Green Finance, Insurance, Asset Management, Legal Services and Cyber.

With the topic of Brexit never far from our minds, the Lord Mayor will provide his views on future of the City and the wider UK financial services industry as the gateway to global capital markets. 

Following a three-course lunch and short presentation, our audience will have the opportunity to ask questions of the Lord Mayor during a 45 minute Q&A.

Lord Mayor of London - Charles Bowman

Alderman Charles Bowman is the 690th Lord Mayor. He is a senior partner with PwC and Alderman of the Lime Street Ward and served as Sheriff of the City of London in 2015/16. Charles was born in Essex in 1961, educated at Uppingham School (where he is a member of the school’s Foundation Board) and graduated from Bristol University with a degree in Architecture.

Business career

He joined Price Waterhouse in September 1983, qualified as a chartered accountant in 1986 and was admitted to partnership in 1995. His main area of specialism has been delivering audit and capital market transaction services to large listed and multi-national companies – acting as Lead Partner and Global Relationship Partner for a number of PwC’s key clients. Partnership roles have included setting up and leading PwC’s audit and assurance practice looking after the firm’s FTSE 100 and larger listed clients. Other leadership roles have included Non-Executive Director of PwC’s Tax Practice, leading the firm’s Building Public Trust programme and acting as the partner responsible for the firm’s Senior Networking Programme.


Role of the Lord Mayor

The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of the City of London is an international ambassador for the UK’s financial and professional services sector.

The UK is the leading exporter of financial services across the world, with a trade surplus of £72bn. London houses more foreign banks, and accounts for more international bank lending, than any other centre. The UK also offers exceptional maritime services, Islamic finance, legal services, insurance, education, and infrastructure financing and delivery. Together, financial and professional services employ over 2.2m people across the UK, including 1.4m outside London. There are plenty of good stories to tell and it is the Lord Mayor’s job to tell them, at home and abroad.

The Lord Mayor also heads the City of London Corporation, a uniquely diverse organisation that supports and promotes London as a place to live, work, study and be entertained. Together with other leading members of the City Corporation he makes sure that the City’s interests are reflected in local and national policy.

Within the City only the Sovereign takes precedence, and outside the City the Lord Mayor’s status is on a par with that of a cabinet minister. He hosts hospitality for visiting heads of state and foreign dignitaries on behalf of the Sovereign and the government.

The Lord Mayor works closely with the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, although they have distinct and separate responsibilities.



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Cancellation policy: Paid reservation by July 2 12:00 after which there can be no refunds on cancellations. No-shows will be charged.  We can not accept cash at the door.

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Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo
27F Pavilion Room -> changed to 27F Conway Room

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Member Cost: ¥6,800

Non-Members Cost: ¥9,000