Charles Bowman (accountant)

Sir Charles Edward Beck Bowman KStJ JP (born 1961) is a British accountant who served as the 690th Lord Mayor of London.[1][2][3]

Sir Charles Bowman
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690th Lord Mayor of London
In office
10 November 2017 – 9 November 2018
Preceded bySir Andrew Parmley
Succeeded byPeter Estlin
Personal details
Charles Edward Beck Bowman

1961 (age 61–62)
SpouseSamantha Bowman
Alma materUniversity of Bristol
OccupationChartered accountant


Bowman was born in Essex and educated at Old Buckenham Hall School from 1970 to 1975 and Uppingham School from 1975 to 1979.[4][5][6] He gained a degree in architecture from the University of Bristol.[7]

Bowman joined Price Waterhouse in 1983 and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1986. He was a partner in Price Waterhouse and PwC from 1995 to 2020 and has been an adviser to the firm since then.[8]

He specialised in delivering audit, assurance and capital market transaction services to larger listed and multi-national companies. Amongst many leadership roles in PwC, Charles led the firm’s Building Public Trust programme.[9]

Outside of PwC, he has chaired the Assurance Panel and the Audit and Assurance Faculty of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales ICAEW and was a member of its governing body. He chaired the Audit Quality Forum. Charles has also served as a member of the Advisory Council of the Prince of Wales’s Accounting for Sustainability Project, a member of the Board of Trade, a JP, governor of a primary school academy in Hackney, board member of a School Foundation, Ambassador to the Samaritans, Trustee and Chairman of The Lord Mayor’s Appeal and an Adviser to The Mansion House Scholarship Scheme. He is a member of the Trade Advisory Group for Professional Advisory Services a board member of the China-Britain Business Council, RedCat Pub Company and The Nurture Landscapes Group, and Honorary Air Commodore of No. 2623 Squadron RAuxAF Regiment.

Bowman is a member of the Court of the Worshipful Company of Grocers and a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.[10]

He was knighted in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to trust in business, international trade and the City of London.[11]

City of LondonEdit

He was elected as an Alderman of the city of London corporation – where he represents the Lime Street Ward – in May 2013. He served as one of the two Sheriffs of the City of London in 2015/16 and as Lord Mayor of London in 2017/18. As Lord Mayor, Charles launched the City of London corporation's Business of Trust programme with its aims of helping to create "a lasting legacy of better business, trusted by society".

Personal lifeEdit

Charles is married to Samantha, a veterinary surgeon. They have two daughters, Grace and Charlotte and live in Suffolk although he has spent the working week in London. Other interests include golf, tennis, art and architecture and country matters – including helping, when allowed, to co-shepherd a small flock of sheep.[2]


  1. ^ Haslett, Emma (29 September 2017). "The City of London has elected its 690th Lord Mayor". City A.M. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Biography". City of London. Archived from the original on 20 August 2020. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  3. ^ Waller, Martin (11 November 2017). "The man who must shepherd the City through some of its most testing times". The Times. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  4. ^ Admin. "Alderman Charles Bowman". Faiths Forum. Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  5. ^ "The Buckaneer" (PDF). Old Buckenham Hall School. 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "School pupils take part in Lord Mayor's Show". Stamford Mercury. 2017. Archived from the original on 19 November 2017. Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  7. ^ Waller, Martin (11 November 2017). "The man who must shepherd the City through some of its most testing times". The Times. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  8. ^ "Charles Bowman". PWC. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Trust matters". PWC. Retrieved 23 January 2018. Contacts | Charles Bowman | Partner
  10. ^ "The Rt. Hon. the Lord Mayor, Charles Edward Beck Bowman (Alderman)". City of London. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  11. ^ "No. 62666". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 June 2019. p. B2.
Civic offices
Preceded by Lord Mayor of London
Succeeded by