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 Delia Sinclair.

Lord Mayor of Oxford Dee Sinclair

The Deputy Lord Mayor is Councillor Tony Brett.

Deputy Lord Mayor of Oxford Tony Brett

The Sheriff of Oxford is Councillor Mohammed Abbasi.

Sheriff of Oxford Mohammed Abbasi

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 Email us.

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 of Oxford Biography - Dee Sinclair

Dee Sinclair has lived in Oxford for most of her life.  She was born in the Quarry which forms part of her city ward. She was educated at Milham Ford grammar school.  With a young family she emigrated to South Africa and lived in Durban for a number of years.  Dee has returned to South Africa, post apartheid years and has a great respect and love for the country. On returning to live in Oxford she trained as a teacher and completed a thirty year career in Oxford City schools, mainly in Blackbird Leys.

She became a Labour city councillor in 2002 whilst living in Risinghurst representing the Quarry and Risinghurst ward, so has lived in both parts of her ward.  She has taken on several roles on the Council including chair of north east area committee, scrutiny and more recently has become the City Council's representative on the police and crime panel as part of her executive board role on crime and community safety.

Dee has three children the youngest Katie will be her official escort.  She has three grandsons and loves to spend time with family and friends.  Gardening, walking and cycling are all favourite activities. 

  • Lord Mayor 2013/14
  • Sheriff of Oxford 2012/13
  • Deputy Lord Mayor 2010/11

Help Raise Money for Lord Mayor's Charities

Maggie's Oxford

Maggie's is provides emotional, practical and social support for anyone affected by cancer, including friends and family, and at any stage (from diagnosis, undergoing treatment to bereavement).

Maggies provide a peaceful space to absorb the information and help to relieve the stress of having cancer.  There are no harsh lights in a Maggie’s Centre, no signs on doors, no appointment times and or forms to fill in.  All of its services are free.

Maggie's interim Centre has been operating in temporary accommodation at the Churchill Hospital for the last eight years. In that time the interim Centre has seen thousands of visitors and offered them a range of support from nutrition, to benefits advice to group support and one to one psychological support. The purpose built Centre in the grounds of the Churchill will open by the Spring 2014. 

Maggie's Oxford works alongside the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, which serves over a million people.

Visit the Maggie's Oxford website.

Crisis Skylight - 16-19 year olds project

Crisis Skylight Oxford, part of the national homeless charity Crisis, Lord Mayor, Councillor Dee Sinclair will be supporting it's recently started pilot project focussing on young people aged 16 – 19 during her year in office.

This project focuses on young people aged 16-19, reaching them before they fall into a life of homelessness. The centre offers a mix of educational and fun activities, and personal support to give these young people the skills, qualifications and confidence they need to secure a better future.

Crisis Skylight Oxford opened in November 2011, and offers a huge range of free classes and activities for homeless people. Everything on offer is designed to boost people's confidence and skills, and help them move on with their lives.

To date more than 500 homeless people have taken part in an activity at Crisis Skylight Oxford. Those activities range from sitting a numeracy exam through to performing in a play.

Visit the Crisis Skylight Oxford website.

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 21 May 2013

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