Council and Democracy

Lord Mayor of Oxford

The Lord Mayor is the first Citizen of the City of Oxford. The first recorded Mayor of Oxford is Turchillus, 1122-1123, and mayors' names stretch in an unbroken line until 1962 when the dignity of Lord Mayor was granted to Oxford by Queen Elizabeth ll. 

Lord Mayor, Deputy Lord Mayor and Sheriff of Oxford

  • The Lord Mayor of Oxford is Councillor Rae Humberstone.
  • The Deputy Lord Mayor is Councillor Colin Cook.
  • The Sheriff of Oxford is Councillor Sajjad Malik.

What are the duties of the Lord Mayor?

The Lord Mayor represents the Council at civic and ceremonial events. He/she spends a great deal of time promoting the City, the key initiatives of the City Council and supporting a wide range of Oxford based voluntary and other organisations. 

The Lord Mayor generally carries out in excess of 300 engagements each year. These engagements cover a wide spectrum of events from high profile Royal visits and leading the City's annual Remembrance Sunday service, to small community group meetings and charity events. 

The Lord Mayor also chairs meetings of full council.

The post of Lord Mayor of Oxford is different to that of the Mayor of London in that it is a ceremonial post carrying no political power. The political head of the City Council is the Leader of the Council. 

How is the Lord Mayor Chosen?

The Lord Mayor is elected annually in May when all city councillors meet together at the Annual Meeting of Council. The Lord Mayor must be a councillor and is chosen on length of service. Each Lord Mayor's term of office is for one year, during which time he/she also continues their ward duties. 

Mayoral Invitations

The Lord Mayor welcomes invitations to attend events, no matter how small or large. If you have an event you would like the Lord Mayor to attend, please contact the Civic Office Holders' PA on 01865 252414 or use our Lord Mayor Civic Engagement Request online form.

Unfortunately, due to demand, it is not possible for the Lord Mayor to attend every event to which he/she is invited. In these circumstances, it is generally possible for the Deputy Lord Mayor or the Sheriff of Oxford to attend instead.

Please view our Civic Engagements page to see the Lord Mayor's upcoming events.

Lord Mayor's Charities

The new Lord Mayor of Oxford has chosen the Blackbird Leys Adventure Playground (BLAP), the Parasol Project and TRAX as his charities for 2015-16.

Contact Us

If you would like to help the Lord Mayor of Oxford in this work or get involved in either of these two charities or donate money to them please contact the Civic Office Holders' PA on 01865 252414 or Email us.

Page last updated 9 September 2015

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