Sir David Wootton has been a Trustee of the National Opera Studio since 2013. He was born and brought up in Bradford. He was educated at Bradford Grammar School and at Jesus College, Cambridge, reading Classics and Law. He was the 684th Lord Mayor of the City of London, serving from 2011-2012. He has been an Alderman of the City of London representing the Ward of Langbourn since 2005 and served as Sheriff of the City in 2009-2010. Sir David was a lawyer, a partner in Allen & Overy LLP, the international law firm, from 1979 to 2015, advising on corporate finance transactions and corporate governance. He was a Governor of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for nine years and is Chairman of the Board of Northern Ballet.