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

Mimi Harker: Chairman of the Month

“It has been a privilege, a pleasure and an honour.”   That is how Mimi sums up her four years in chains.   I often hear people saying that their time in office has been a privilege and a pleasure. I get that, I really do, but it also misses the point. Wearing a chain

Darryn Causby

Lord Mayor of the Month   “I’m just a working-class lad from Portadown with very few qualifications, I shouldn’t be shaking hands with the President.”   But Darryn did shake hands with the president. And not the president of the local Rotary, Barrack Obama no less.   Best of all it wasn’t the highlight of

John Archer: Mayor of the Month

A very different mayor   When it became clear that John was to become Mayor of Battersea the speculation started. People started to ask about his origins. People started to wonder about his race.   But then it was 1914, maybe Britain wasn’t ready for a non white mayor.   Where is the mayor from?

Helen Pighills Mayor of the month

It is easy to spot the loud mayors   It’s easy to notice the ones that are great at self promotion.   Yet sometimes it is the calmer ones that can teach you a lot.   Helen Pighills is understated. She isn’t going to win any awards for egotistical publicity, but her quiet, assured style