Your council

Lord Mayor of York

The Lord Mayor of York is the 'first citizen' of the city; appointment to this position is made each year, in May. At the same time each year, the Sheriff of York is appointed.

See messages from the virtual visitors book when the Civic Party were sworn in at Annual Council on 27 May 2021.

The Lord Mayor chairs meetings of 'full council' and, together with the Sheriff:

  • represents the city on ceremonial occasions
  • welcomes international visitors
  • attends events organised by local people and community groups

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 Civic Party

The Civic Party 2021 to 2022, gathered in front of the entrance to the Mansion House

The Civic Party 2021 to 2022
Photo credit: City of York Council - Charlotte Graham

Our Civic Party for 2021 to 2022 is:

  • The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of York, Reverend Councillor Chris Cullwick
  • Lord Mayor’s Consort, Joy Cullwick
  • Sheriff of York, Councillor Ashley Mason JP
  • Sheriff's Consort, Danielle Mason

Read the biographies of our Civic Party members.

Invite the Civic Party to your event

Find out how to invite the Lord Mayor, Sheriff, and/or Civic party to attend an event virtually or in person (subject to government guidance relating to coronavirus at the time).

The Mansion House

The Lord Mayor hosts formal and informal functions at the Mansion House, the Lord Mayor's residence during their year of office.

The Mansion House is also available for tours and private hire - see further information on The Mansion House website.

The Guildhall

The Guildhall was built in the 15th century and is situated on the River Ouse (behind the Mansion House). We hold full council meetings, chaired by the Lord Mayor, in the council chambers within the Guildhall.

Also see

The Civic Office

Civic Services, City of York Council, West Offices, Station Rise, York, Y01 6GA

York Mansion House

Mansion House, St Helen’s Square, York, YO1 9QL

Telephone: 01904 553663