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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.

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

A photo of the civic party 2023 to 2024

The Civic Party 2023 to 2024
Photo credit: Furmoto Photography

Our Civic Party for 2023 to 2024 is:

  • The Rt Hon Lord Mayor of York, Reverend Councillor Chris Cullwick
  • Lady Mayoress, Mrs Joy Cullwick
  • Sheriff of York, Ms Sue Hunter
  • Sheriff’s Consort, Mr Nigel Goodwin

Pictured: Sword Bearer, Lord Mayor of York, Sheriff of York, Mace Bearer (left to right, front), and The Lady Mayoress, CYC Chief Operating Officer Ian Floyd, Sheriff's Consort (left to right rear).

Read the biographies of our Civic Party members.

The Mansion House

View of York Mansion House from St Helen's Square

The Lord Mayor hosts formal and informal functions at the Mansion House.

Situated in St Helen's Square, in the heart of York city centre, the Mansion House is the official residence of the Lord Mayor of York 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

View of The Guildhall from across the River Ouse

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, YO1 6GA

York Mansion House

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

Telephone: 01904 553663