The Lord Mayor is the first citizen of Nottingham and is elected in May at the Annual Council Meeting
The Lord Mayor of Nottingham is Councillor Michael Edwards.
Michael has lived in Nottingham since 1983 and was elected in 1993 as a Labour party member to Nottinghamshire County Council and as a City Councillor in 1998 and during this time held responsibility for finance, sustainability and transport.
He currently represents The Meadows, the (original) city centre and Castle Marina. Previously he has represented Mapperley Hills, Mapperley Park, The Wells, Thorneywood and East Sherwood and has served on many council committees and outside bodies including Planning, the Tram development board and Enviroenergy.
He has also been the Chair of the local secondary school for 12 years and of a welfare advice group for 2.
Michael worked for British Rail as a programmer, a system designer and project manager; has been a staff representative at work and a member of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association; he had a season playing football for Real Madrid, sorry Rail Madrid.
He studied physics at Birmingham University, and was then unemployed for 16 months.
He has run a blog for many years on news and political views.
During his civic year, he will be promoting historical stories of Nottingham and supporting the Nottingham Central Women’s Aid.
Michael was born in Hanwoodbank (near Shrewsbury) the son of Eddie, a locomotive engineer and Aud, a post office counter clerk. His father was a Rural District Councillor and Chair of the Parish Council.
Michael still supports Shrewsbury Town Football Club.
The Lord Mayor’s Charity
The Lord Mayor’s charity for the year is Nottingham Central Women's Aid, which has existed since the 1970s to support women and children fleeing domestic abuse. They provide safe temporary accommodation, with support for women with or without children, who are living with or have experienced any form of physical, sexual, emotional, psychological or economic abuse, including so called "honour" based violence and FGM.
They reopened in 2012 following a period of closure due to cuts in funding and are currently the only refuge within Nottingham that is not commissioned through the local authority and do not receive any statutory funding.
Over the years they have accommodated thousands of women and children supporting families to rebuild their lives free from fear. Their website can be found at http://www.centralwomensaid.btck.co.uk/
Registered charity no. 1146410
- Preside over the meetings of the Council (full Council) as prescribed in the Local Government Act 1972, schedule 12, paragraph 5
- Receive members of the Royal Family and other important visitors to the city
- To act as a symbolic figurehead for Core City activity and host visits by Lord Mayors, councillors and officers from those cities
- Represent the City Council at traditional civic events such as the Legal Service, Remembrance Sunday the Civic Service etc
- To host Civic Receptions in the Council House, these are held on a regular basis to celebrate the contribution of individuals and organisations to the life of the city of Nottingham
- Represent the City Council by attending external functions, which celebrate the contribution of organisations from all sectors to the life of the city of Nottingham
- To preside over Citizenship ceremonies to welcome new British citizens to the city of Nottingham
- Take salutes of military and voluntary organisations that either have the right to, or request the right to, march through the city
- To be the president of the Interfaith Council and visit places of worship for a range of faiths throughout the civic year
- To nominate a charity and help raise funds for that charity and the standing Lord Mayor's charities
- Quasi-judicial role of Lord Mayor to sign documents
The post of Lord Mayor's Chaplain is an honorary one, and as such is unpaid. The Chaplain's duties are to give spiritual guidance to the Lord Mayor and support on civic occasions.
The Lord Mayor’s Chaplain is Bishop James Stapleton of the Open Christian Fellowship.
For more information please contact the Civic Office:
Tel: 0115 876 5654Civic Dignitaries Engagements
Find out about engagements the Lord Mayor will be attending over the next 2 weeks.
Hosting the Lord Mayor
Find out about hosting the Lord Mayor for your event.
Previous Lord Mayors and Mayors - from year 1284 to present day
Find out about previous Lord Mayors of Nottingham.
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