Last month two highly influential organisations in the capital announced new women in business leaders. The City of London Corporation’s policy chairman, succeeding Mark Boleat, is Catherine McGuinness who assumes the role after serving 20 years as an elected member, latterly as deputy chairman. Across the river at London & Partners Laura Citron was announced as the new boss of the agency which promotes the city around the world for higher education, foreign direct investment, business and leisure tourism, and major sporting and cultural events.
At the City of London Corporation Catherine McGuinness will lead on all on policy issues affecting the UK’s financial and related professional services sector. Her role also covers the City Corporation’s responsibilities as a local authority, overseeing the City’s open spaces, educational commitments and cultural institutions.
McGuinness is committed to building on the strong ties with political representatives in the UK, EU and internationally, to ensure the City remains the leading global financial centre after Brexit.
Prior to becoming policy chairman, McGuinness spent several years practising as a solicitor, as a partner in a City law firm – advising a number of international financial institutions – and as head of legal in an international bank. She is also a member of the governing body for The City Academy, Hackney, which is co-sponsored by the City and by KPMG, as well as on the board of the Barbican Centre.
She said: “As chairman of the policy and resources committee my goal is a vibrant, thriving City contributing to the prosperity and well-being of the capital and the country.
“Assuming the role of policy chairman at such a critical time for the financial and related professional services sector is a significant task.
“I am keen to explore how the sector can benefit from leaving the EU, particularly in developing our relationships with new international partners such as China and India. But the City Corporation is about more than just financial and professional services.”
Laura Citron joins London & Partners from WPP where was managing director of the government and public sector practice, leading hubs in London, Beirut, Nairobi, Brussels, Singapore and Sydney.
Fluent in French and Russian, Citron has held roles at WPP in London and Moscow and also spent a number of years working as a public servant in London and Brussels.
Commenting on the appointment (which he agreed) Mayor Sadiq Khan, said: “As London and the rest of the United Kingdom enters such a significant period in our history, it has never been more important that we continue to tell the world that London is Open, that our city is the business capital of the world, and that we welcome people from all over the globe. I believe that Laura is well placed to help me tell London’s story and cement our standing as the world’s only truly global city.”
Laura Citron added: “There has never been a more crucial time to make sure London continues to be the greatest city in which to invest, study and visit. As a Londoner I can’t think of a better job than promoting the city I love and I am looking forward to working with the Mayor of London and my new team at London & Partners.”