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
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 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.