New Lord Mayor takes office
Published on 19 May 2016
LEICESTER’S new Lord Mayor has been elected at a ceremony in the city’s Town Hall.
Councillor Stephen Corrall has taken on the role from outgoing Lord Mayor Councillor Ted Cassidy MBE, at a ceremony on Thursday, 19 May.
City-born Cllr Corrall, a former Coldstream Guard, now works at Glenfield Hospital and becomes the first member of the University Hospitals staff to be made Lord Mayor.
He has been a councillor since 2003 when he was elected in New Parks and is currently ward councillor for Braunstone Park and Rowley Fields.
He has held numerous roles within the city council, as well as being a member of the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Combined Fire Authority.
Cllr Corrall is currently the Armed Forces Champion for Leicester, as well as being a member of the East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association on behalf of Leicester City Council. He will continue these important roles during his year as Lord Mayor.
His charity for the year will be Leicester Children’s Holiday Centre (Mablethorpe), which is now over 100 years old and provides disadvantaged children from Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland with a free holiday, which they might otherwise never have the opportunity to experience.
The children stay at the holiday centre in Mablethorpe where they can interact with other young people, engage in a variety of activities and enjoy the experience of a holiday by the sea.
Cllr Corrall said: “I’m honoured to be the new Lord Mayor of Leicester and am very much looking forward to my term in office. Leicester is a very special place and I hope to serve the city well.
“I went to Mablethorpe myself as a child and understand the importance of the valuable work the charity carries out for the young people of Leicester."
Cllr Corrall was proposed as Lord Mayor by City Mayor Peter Soulsby, and seconded by the Chief Whip, Cllr Paul Westley.
He will be joined in his role by his Lady Mayoress, Mrs Lynne Dixon and his Consort, Councillor Dawn Alfonso.
Deputy Lord Mayor is Humberstone and Hamilton ward councillor Rashmikant Joshi.
Cllr Manjula Sood, the assistant city mayor for communities and equalities, and the city's first Asian female Lord Mayor in 2008, was also elected as High Bailiff for a record third time.