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Lord Mayor

Lord Mayor

The Lord Mayor is Chairman of City of York Council and the first citizen of the city. It's an appointment made by the council each year in May, at the same time appointing a Sheriff, the city's other civic head. York's Lord Mayor is second only to the Lord Mayor of London in precedence and its Sheriff holds the oldest office of Sheriff in England and Wales.

The Lord Mayor chairs meetings of full council and together with the Sheriff, represents the city on ceremonial occasions, welcomes international visitors and attends events organised by local people and community groups.

The civic party welcome invitations to events in the city.  If you would like to invite the Lord Mayor and members of the civic party to an event you are planning, please contact the civic office. You can download a Civic engagement questionnaire for your event.

The Lord Mayor also hosts formal and informal functions at the Mansion House which is the Lord Mayor's residence during their year of office. The Mansion House is also available for tours and private hire.


Lord Mayor GilliesLord Mayor

Lord Mayor is Cllr Ian Gillies

Mansion HouseYork Mansion House

The Mansion House is the city's premier building and home to the Lord Mayor of York during his or her term of office

Freemen gild crestFreemen of the City of York

It is usual to claim freemanship through hereditary right, and records can be traced as far back as 1272.

Sherriff KennySheriff of York

The Sheriff of York is Mr John Kenny

Lord Mayors charitiesLord Mayor's charities

During the year of office the Lord Mayor supports two local charities. This year's charities are 'The York Teaching Hospital Charity and York Against Cancer'.

Heroes Welcome in the UKHeroes welcome

The Heroes Welcome logo shows support for British Armed Forces Personnel and indicates a warm welcome, service up grade, special acknowledgement or even a little discount as appropriate.


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