The Lord Mayor for the civic year 2017 to 2018 is Councillor Barbara Boyce.
Barbara Boyce was born in York to parents who were both brought up on Union Terrace (where the car and coach park is now). Her father was a self-employed builder and her mother worked at Thorpe Arch munitions factory during World War II.
Barbara attended Haxby Road Primary School and Mill Mount Grammar School, leaving after O Levels before working at the former York District Council in the Planning Department. Later she gained a BSc (Hons) in Social Sciences from the University of Bradford, a post-graduate teaching qualification from the University of Huddersfield and an MSc in Computer Science from Sheffield Hallam University.
Barbara then worked as a lecturer in Further Education colleges for many years, as well as for a software development company and later returning as an officer of City of York Council. She combined this with amateur theatre, volunteering for animal rescue charities and Labour Party politics. She was a parliamentary candidate in 1997 and is the widow of a Labour MP.
She was elected as Councillor for Heworth at a by-election in 2009 and re-elected in 2011 and 2015.
Outside of politics Barbara likes travel, theatre, art, nature and walking her Scottish Terrier, Maisie, who would also like to be invited to suitable events. Barbara feels very honoured to be the Lord Mayor of her home city and wants to meet people and organisations from all communities in the area. She is also very proud of her all-female civic party, who have each given much to York in their different ways and who share her wish to connect with all aspects of the city.
The Civic Party for 2017/18 is:
- The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Barbara Boyce
- Lady Mayoress, Mrs Valerie Clark
- Sheriff of York, Mrs Gillian Brian
- Sheriff’s Lady, Mrs Anne Bush