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 Mohammed Altaf-Khan
  • The Deputy Lord Mayor is Councillor Rae Humberstone
  • The Sheriff of Oxford is Councillor Susan Brown

Lord Mayor's duties

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 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 the Lord Mayor is 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. 

Lord Mayor of Oxford - Cllr Mohammed Altaf-Khan

Born in Kashmir, South Asia, Cllr Mohammed Altaf-Khan came to the UK in the late 1980's to join his family, who had settled in Oxford in the 1960's. He has now lived and worked in the Headington and Marston areas for more than two decades. His children were born in Oxford and are schooled locally. Picture of Oxford's Lord Mayor, Councillor Mohammed Altaf-Khan

He was employed as a manual worker at Royal Mail for 19 years until the closure of Oxford Mail Centre. He is now self-employed.

He developed an interest in local politics at young age, inspired by his father who was a local councillor. He was first elected in 2005 as a Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Headington and Marston Division and served for two consecutive terms.

In 2006 he was elected as a Liberal Democrat City Councillor for the Headington Hill and Northway Ward and served for two consecutive terms. In 2014 he was elected to represent the Headington Ward. 

As a County and City Councillor he has held various portfolios including Education, Community Development and Safety, Planning and Transport. 

His aim for his Mayoral year is to ensure that every resident has access to the opportunities that the city has given him and his family. The theme of his year in office is education and so he has chosen to nominate three education-focused charities to fundraise for over the coming year.

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' Executive Assistant.

Send invitation to the Lord Mayor

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.

Lord Mayor's Engagements 

Civic Engagements Calendar (PDF)

Lord Mayor's Charities

The Lord Mayor of Oxford has chosen Crisis Sky Light OxfordQuest for Learning and Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (to enable them to create a Lord Mayor Scholarship) as his charities for 2016-17.

Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OXCIS) was established in 1985 and is a Recognised Independent Centre of the University of Oxford. It aims to encourage the academic study of Islam and the Muslim World. The Lord Mayor will be fundraising to support OXCIS to launch a new scholarship programme for disadvantaged students.

Crisis Skylight Oxford

Based in the Old Fire Station, Crisis Skylight Oxford aims to end homelessness in Oxford. It offers a wide range of workshops and accredited courses as well as advice and training opportunities to the vulnerably housed and homeless within the city. It also operates a social enterprise café, open to the general public, which provides experience and accredited on-the-job training for Crisis Skylight members. 

Quest for Learning

Quest for Learning is a teaching and training education charity whose mission is to inspire young minds and promote enjoyment in literacy and numeracy. Working within schools, the organisation offers individual and group programmes to extend and grow children’s confidence and professional development opportunities to empower teachers and teaching assistants. 

Donations towards the Lord Mayor’s fundraising efforts are always welcomed. Donations can be made via cheque (made payable to Lord Mayor of Oxford Charity Trust) or via BACS (Account Number 61173455, Sort Code 08-90-38). Thank you for your support.

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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 us.