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

David Atwell: Mayor of the Month

One of the joys of my job is that I meet a lot of interesting people with interesting stories.   I think David tops them all.   David had a brain tumour while he was Mayor of Newport. Most people would wave a little white flag and hand back the chain. Not David.   Six

Sebastian Field: Mayor of the Month

The Singing Mayor.   Some called him The Singing Mayor because he’s a professional singer. Some called him that because he sang at many of his charity events.   Not me. I call him The Singing Mayor because he spent the year singing Gloucester’s praises.   With his wife Vicki, also a professional singer, as

Elizabeth Garret Anderson: Mayor of the Month

As the new cohort of mayors and council chairs take office I am pleased to see what a diverse bunch they are.   We’ve come a long way since 1908 when the first female mayor took office in Aldeburgh. Her name was Elizabeth Garret Anderson and it is high time she featured as Mayor of