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 Mark Lygo
  • The Deputy Lord Mayor is Councillor Steve Goddard
  • The Sheriff of Oxford is Councillor Dick Wolff

Lord Mayor of Oxford - Councillor Mark Lygo, Deputy Lord Mayor of Oxford - Councillor Steve Goddard, Sheriff of Oxford - Councillor Dick Wolff

Lord Mayor of Oxford - Councillor Mark Lygo, Deputy Lord Mayor of Oxford - Councillor Steve Goddard, Sheriff of Oxford - Councillor Dick Wolff

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 must be a serving councillor and is chosen on length of service. The Lord Mayor is usually elected annually in May when all city councillors meet together at the Annual Meeting of Council. Their term of office is for one year, during which time he/she also continues their ward duties. Councillors can only serve as Lord Mayor once.

Due to the impact of the pandemic, the annual ceremony in May 2020 was cancelled. It was then agreed by full council that the terms of both the outgoing and incoming Lord Mayors would be extended to 18 months.

Lord Mayor of Oxford - Councillor Mark Lygo

Councillor Mark Lygo is Oxford born and bred. He lives in Headington with his wife and two teenage children. Mark was first elected to Oxford City Council in 2008 representing Churchill ward. He has served as a Board Member for Sports, Parks & Events for five years and is the council’s Sports Champion. He has sat on a number of committees including Planning, Licensing and Scrutiny and currently sits on two outside bodies, Bullingdon Community Association and Oxford Sports Council. Mark is also a serving County Councillor and has represented Marston and Northway ward since his election in 2013.

Away from council duties, Mark is a keen supporter of grassroots sports and culture; he is currently Chairman of Quarry Rovers FC, a local referee and a dedicated supporter of Oxford United FC. He is a keen runner and fitness enthusiast, an interest he nurtures as part of the GoodGym project.

During his term in office, Mark will champion well-being initiatives and hopes to encourage local people to embrace a more active and healthy lifestyle. 

Move WIth Mayor Mark

The Lord Mayor of Oxford has launched #MoveWithMayorMark to help encourage Oxford residents to move more in their everyday lives. Lord Mayor Councillor Mark Lygo will be filmed taking part in a variety of physical activities around the city to show some of the ways that we can all move more often and stay COVID safe whilst doing so. Visit our Move With Mayor Mark page to get involved.

Deputy Lord Mayor of Oxford - Councillor Steve Goddard

Councillor Steve Goddard came to Oxford in 1987 and lives in Wolvercote with his family. He has served on the City Council, representing Wolvercote Ward, for twelve years, from 1996-2002 and 2014-present. He has a particular interest in environmental issues and, as a keen cyclist, in transport issues. He works as a lecturer in French, and in his spare time enjoys birdwatching and natural history, reading and travel.

Sheriff of Oxford - Councillor Dick Wolff

After a graduate career in underground mining, Dick became a United Reformed Church minister by way of youth work in Liverpool, serving in North London and Coventry Cathedral, then Oxford from 1995. Married to Karen, he has a son and a daughter in their thirties. 

He has a lifelong passion for cycling, photography and music, especially traditional folk music and dance, playing many different instruments. He has served St Marys Ward in East Oxford since 2010.

Mayoral Invitations

The Lord Mayor of Oxford is very keen to visit all aspects of the community during his term of office. Whilst the pandemic may limit our ability to be together in person, our community spirit is stronger than ever and people are discovering innovative ways to collaborate and celebrate. If you have an event you would like the Lord Mayor to attend, please contact the Civic Office Holders' Executive Assistant or use the form below.

Send an 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.

Please note we require a minimum of four weeks notice of your event. Invitations received at short notice may not be considered. Thank you for your cooperation.

Lord Mayor's Engagements 

Civic Engagements Calendar (PDF)

The Lord Mayor’s Supported Organisations for 2020-22

Oxfordshire Mind

Oxfordshire Mind is here to make sure anyone in Oxfordshire with a mental health problem has somewhere to turn for advice and support. Their services include housing, talking therapies, benefits advice, a confidential and free information line, courses, physical activity programmes, volunteering opportunities, and peer-support groups. They won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect.

Ark-T

Ark-T Centre is home to a whole range of ventures; creative workshops, dance workshops & music classes. There’s a recording studio for young musicians, rehearsal space for theatre and dance, performance and concert area and studios for a group of resident artists. Camarados and the Living Room Café provides space for people to meet each other and enjoy delicious home cooked food, or just relax with a cup of coffee.

Wood Farm Youth Centre

Wood Farm Youth Centre opened in 2002 and aims to provide a safe space for young people and a range of recreational and creative activities. The Centre is run by local residents and volunteers and is based in a portacabin in the grounds of the Wood Farm Primary School. The centre usually runs 3 youth sessions per week and is also used by the Wood Farm Parent and Toddler Group and other local community groups

Make a Donation

Donations towards the Lord Mayor’s fundraising efforts are always welcomed and there are many ways you can pledge your support.

Text to Donate

Text the word LORDMAYOR followed by the amount you wish to give to 70085 e.g. ‘LORDMAYOR 10’ to donate £10.

Texts cost your donation amount plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to donate but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text LORDMAYORNOINFO followed by your donation amount to 70085.

Donate via BACS

Donations can be made via bank transfer to Account Number 61173455, Sort Code 08-90-38.

Send us a Cheque

Cheques should be made payable to Lord Mayor of Oxford Charity Trust and can be posted to Civic Office, St Aldate’s Chambers, St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1DS.

Thank you for your support.

Contact Us

If you would like to help the Lord Mayor of Oxford in this work or get involved in any of these charities or donate money to them please contact us.

By Email - [email protected]

By Phone - 01865 252414

By Post - Civic Office, St Aldate’s Chambers, St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1DS, UK

Past Lord Mayors of Oxford

For a full list of past Lord Mayors of Oxford, please visit Wikipedia.