Former Lord Mayor of London, Sir Roger Gifford, has been appointed President of the London based Bank Workers Charity.

Sir Roger Gifford is a London banker and became the Lord Mayor of London in November 2012. He has been head of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken in the United Kingdom since 2000 and was knighted in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to international business, culture and the City.

Sir Roger was previously on the board of trustees for the charity, which supports current and former bank workers, providing information, advice and in some cases financial support. Fred Payne, Chief Executive of the Bank Workers Charity says: ‘We are extremely pleased that Sir Roger has agreed to be our President. I believe with his support we can raise more awareness around our work in the areas of wellbeing and mental health and the citizenship role that banks can play in society. We are sure that Sir Roger will play a key role in the Bank Workers Charity’s exciting future’.

This announcement was made after a unanimous approval by the Bank Workers Charity’s board of trustees and lasts for three years, beginning on 1st March 2014.

Regarding his new role, Sir Roger Gifford said: ‘It’s a pleasure to become the Bank Workers Charity’s President, I believe this is a great opportunity to support the banking industry’s employees and to enhance the ethics and culture this sector should embrace’.