Alderman Woolf is a solicitor having studied Law at the Universities of Keele and Strasbourg. She worked in the corporate and banking fields at Clifford Chance for 5 years, before moving to CMS Cameron McKenna. She ran its banking and project finance practice in Bahrain for 3 years and negotiated the Treaty and the Concession Agreement for the Channel Tunnel on her return.
Having played key roles in the water and electricity privatisations, Fiona Woolf built an innovative energy and major projects practice. Her career has taken her to 40 jurisdictions, advising over 25 governments and multi-lateral agencies such as the World Bank on attracting investment in infrastructure and energy reforms. Her focus has been on regulation, market design and implementation and major projects in the electricity, gas, transportation and water industries – culminating in a CBE for her contribution to the UK knowledge economy and invisible earnings. She is a Member of the Competition Commission and a non-executive director of Veolia Water Central Ltd. She was awarded a senior fellowship at Harvard University in 2001/2 and honorary doctorates by Keele University and the College of Law.
Fiona Woolf was Chairman of the International Committee of the Law Society and a WTO negotiator, in which capacity she supported Lord Mayor’s overseas visits in the 1990s. She rose to be President of the Law Society in 2006/7.
Fiona Woolf was elected as Alderman for the Ward of Candlewick in 2007 and is President of its Ward Club. Alderman Fiona Woolf served as Sheriff of the City of London for 2010/11. An enthusiastic supporter of the Livery movement, she is a Court Assistant of the City of London Solicitors’ Company, the Worshipful Company of Plumbers and of the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers and an Honorary Court Assistant of the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants, She was clothed in the Livery of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators earlier this year.
Alderman Woolf has served on the Planning & Transportation, Community & Children’s Services, Finance and City Lands & Bridge House Estates Committees of the City of London Corporation and is a member of the Energy & Sustainability Sub-Committee.
The London Regiment of the Territorial Army has recently appointed Alderman Woolf to serve on its Council. Her charitable work includes being a Trustee of Raleigh International, a charity that enables young people to volunteer in developing countries. She is Chairman of the Chelsea Opera Group that provides a platform for young professional singers and conductors as well as amateurs to perform opera in concert.
Fiona Woolf is married to Nicholas, a chartered accountant and tax adviser who is a past Master of the Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers. They have a daughter and a son. Her outside interests include music, fine art, furniture history and wine.
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