Oxford to welcome new Lord Mayor of Oxford

Published: Monday, 14th May 2018

Councillor Colin Cook is set to be sworn in as the new Lord Mayor of Oxford at the annual mayor making ceremony at Oxford Town Hall on Tuesday 15 May 2018.

Guests and fellow councillors will watch the traditional ceremony as the retiring Lord Mayor of Oxford Councillor Jean Fooks, officially steps down and hands over her chains of office to Councillor Cook.

Councillor Sajjad Malik will be elected Deputy Lord Mayor and Councillor Craig Simmons will be appointed Sheriff.

Councillor Colin Cook said: “It is a great honour and privilege to have been chosen as Oxford's next Lord Mayor.  If someone had told me when I first arrived as a fresh-faced student thirty six years ago, that I would one day be the Lord Mayor of this city, I would not have believed them.  I am immensely proud to have the chance to be the Lord Mayor of the city in which I have made my home, and I am very much looking forward to my year in office representing the citizens of Oxford at events around the city and beyond.” 

Colin Cook came to Oxford in 1982 to read Biochemistry at Hertford College.  Following a PGCE in Cambridge he came back to Oxford to study and work at the Department of Physiology.  In 2002 he was appointed Chief Technician of the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre in the University Science area, where he continues to work to this day.

Colin became a City Councillor for West Ward in 1999 and after boundary changes now represents Jericho & Osney Ward.  He takes a keen interest in planning and licensing issues in his Council work and has previously been the Executive Board member responsible for Development Control.  He has recently served as Chair of the Licensing & Gambling Acts Committee and is the Heritage Champion for the City.  He is also a School Governor at West Oxford Community Primary School.

Colin is a keen cyclist and enjoys skiing, DIY and reading.  He married his wife Helen in 2011.  A former teacher, Helen now works in museum education and is a school governor in Blackbird Leys.

Colin has chosen two organisations to support in the coming year - the Oxford Samaritans and Oxford Nightline.  As a student he was a volunteer and trainer for Oxford Nightline and he is keen to raise awareness of mental health needs in the city.

The bells of Carfax Tower will be rung by the Oxford Society of Change Ringers to commemorate the ceremony.

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