Episode number eight

It’s time to get your voice heard. It’s time for More Than a Chain, the podcast for civic leaders that aren’t just in it for the buffet. This episode includes all these great features: Network News Media Mayor The BIG BIG interview Mayor of the Month   This month’s episode is all about getting your

Thikra Alwash: Mayor of the Month

When Thikra took office in 2015, she became the first female Mayor of Baghdad. In fact, she became the first female leader of any capital city in the Arabic world, quite an achievement.   The downside is that she became mayor of one of the most dangerous cities in the world with one of the

Marion Barry: Mayor of the Month

He was the first prominent civil rights activist to become mayor of a large American city. That is impressive. Yet there is a lot more to Marion Barry than that. Boy is there a lot more to him.   In many ways Marion Barry is not a great candidate for Mayor of the Month. He

Toby Eliot: Mayor of the Month

Toby Elliot did things differently.   But that shouldn’t surprise anyone because he’s from Frome. They do things differently in Frome.   Frome is home to Independents for Frome. In 2015 they took control of the town council by winning every seat.   They did that by doing things differently.   Flat Pack Politics  

Garath Keating: Lord Mayor of the Month

A new breed of mayor   “We had to start from scratch building our own brand identity. “   As soon as Garath said that I knew we were going to get on.   It is great to hear civic leaders talking about brand awareness and brand loyalty. It shows that they are approaching the

Civic Class of 2017

As 2017 draws to a close it is undoubtedly a time for reflection. That means media outlets across the globe will be summing up 2017 in a weird and wonderful selection of countdowns and roundups.   As Mayor of the Month has now run for a full calendar year I can finally indulge you with

Carl Austin-Behan: Lord Mayor of the Month

Redefine your role   It takes a special person to drag a job into the 21st century kicking and screaming.   Carl Austin-Behan is one of those people.     Yes, Carl you did. And that’s why you’re the Lord Mayor of the Month.   Carl brought a fresh, new approach to the office. He

Mary Donaldson: Mayor of the Month

A significant first   Mary Donaldson was the first woman to navigate the treacherous path to becoming Lord Mayor of the City of London. Yet she was disdainful of anyone who saw her as a trail blazing pioneer of women’s rights.   However you view her it was an interesting journey.   The long and

Alex Maskey: Mayor of the Month

Doing it the right way.   Alex Maskey used his chain to unite his community. That’s what all civic leaders should do, they should bring their communities together. So maybe we should be surprised that’s what he did. But then again, for Alex bring his community together was a matter of life or death.  

Takeshi Araki: Mayor of the Month

August is Mayors for Peace month. At the start of the month we marked the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Sadly, some politicians failed to notice this as they were too busy posturing about their nuclear prowess.   I can only hope they see some sense and learn some lessons from