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.
Councillor Joshi was born in Mwanza, Tanzania and moved to Leicester with his mother and sisters when he was 16. He studied business management at Melton Mowbray College of Further Education and has worked in the retail industry and with a number of voluntary organisations, including the Savera Resource Centre and the Adhar Project, a voluntary organisation supporting ethnic minorities with mental health difficulties.
He is President of The National Council of Hindu Temples, is a Trustee of the Leicestershire Bhrama Samaj, a member of Leicester Council of Faiths and the Leicester Faith Forum. He is also a Governor at Abbey Primary School and hosts a weekday morning show on Sanskar/Sabras Radio.
He was elected as a Councillor in 2005 and currently represents the Humberstone and Hamilton Ward.
Councillor Joshi will be supported by his wife, Mita, as Lady Mayoress, as well as the Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Ross Grant and the High Bailiff, Councillor Manjula Sood.
The Lord Mayor will be focusing on organisations and charities supporting health and mental health issues and particularly wishes to support the work of the Alzheimer’s Society.
Role of the Lord Mayor
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 city councillor. Throughout their civic year of office, they must remain impartial and are unable to be involved in any political or contentious events/issues. In this respect the Lord Mayor’s role differs from that of the Elected City Mayor, which is a political role and is responsible for the executive decision making of the council.
The Lord Mayor attends and hosts many events within the city, a number of which are held every year, including the Remembrance Service and Parade, the Armed Forces Service and Parade, the Damask Rose Ceremony, Civic Service and Annual Council.
Inviting the Lord Mayor to an event