The Lord Mayor

The Lord Mayor is Leicester's first citizen and is elected each year at the annual council meeting in May. The Lord Mayor for 2017-2018 is Councillor Rashmikant Joshi.

Further information

The role of the Lord Mayor is primarily a ceremonial one, maintaining and promoting the interests of the city and its citizens, and attending a variety of engagements during the year.

The Lord Mayor is an elected member who sits on Leicester City Council and is usually the longest serving councillor.

During their year in office, the Lord Mayor cannot be involved in any political decision-making or campaigning.

The Lord Mayor’s role is very different to that of our City Mayor, who is elected to run the council and make major decisions about how we provide our services.

The Lord Mayor attends and hosts many events during a year of office, a number of which are held every year, outlined below.


The mayormaking ceremony takes place at the annual meeting of the council every May. This is where the Lord Mayor, Deputy Lord Mayour and High Bailiff are officially appointed and begin their civic year.

Civic service

The civic service is held each year, shortly after the mayormaking ceremony, and is usually at Leicester Cathedral.

The service celebrates the inauguration of the new Lord Mayor and is attended by civic heads and all sections of Leicester's communities.

Remembrance Sunday

Leicester's Remembrance Day parade is held at Victoria Park, for citizens to pay tribute to everyone who has given their life in the service of this country.

The Lord Mayor, as first citizen of Leicester, takes the lead role in the proceedings.

Honoured Citizen of the Year Award

Nominations are received throughout the year for recognition of a devotion to voluntary work, an act of bravery or outstanding contributions to the local community by the Lord Mayor. At the end of the year, the honoured citizen of the year is chosen and is recognised at a ceremony host by the Lord Mayor.

Armed Forces Day parade

A parade of serving military personnel, veterans and cadets is held in the city centre to mark Armed Forces Day and the Lord Mayor joins the Lord-Lieutenant, the Chairman of the County Council and other dignitaries to witness the parade.