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 Jean Fooks
  • The Deputy Lord Mayor is Councillor Christine Simm
  • The Sheriff of Oxford is Councillor Mohammed Altaf-Khan

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 Jean FooksLord Mayor of Oxford - Councillor Jean Fooks

Jean Fooks grew up in Reading and Bath. She studied physics at Somerville College in 1958-1961 and went on to work at the then Radio and Space Research station in Slough and at the European Space Data Centre in Darmstadt, Germany. She had two daughters and took up teaching maths and physics while they were growing up. Jean moved to Oxfordshire in 1982 to work in health service research, doing data analysis on mental and physical health records, leukaemia and in her last job on problems faced by premature babies.

She has been a city councillor since 1992 and a county councillor between 2001 and 2017, representing wards in North Oxford. She has always been interested in traffic problems and as a county councillor in services for children in care. She has been a school governor since 1992 and involved with both the Cutteslowe Community Association and the Wolvercote Young People’s Club. She has been a member of the County Council Pension Fund Committee off and on over many years and is a strong advocate of the importance of corporate governance and ethical and environmental issues being addressed. Ever since her election to the City Council, Jean has been taking part in the city’s twinning link with Bonn in Germany. She looks forward to welcoming people from all of Oxford’s twinning partners during her year in office.

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.

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)

Lord Mayor's Charities

The Lord Mayor of Oxford has chosen Response Giving, Mayday Trust and Wolvercote Young People's Club as her charities for 2017-18.

Response Giving

An organisation made up of volunteers who give up their time to raise funds for individuals living with mental health problems. The funds raised are focused on supporting people who are trying to rebuild their lives in the community in the face of enduring mental health issues.

Mayday Trust

A forward thinking organisation that thrives on finding better ways to work with people going through tough times such as experiencing homelessness, leaving care or coming out of prison.

Wolvercote Young People's Club

WYPC exists to promote the mental, physical and emotional well-being of young people in Wolvercote and Cutteslowe by providing a safe place where they can grow, learn and flourish under the guidance of qualified youth workers and trained volunteers.

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.

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 us.

Past Lord Mayors of Oxford

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