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 2018-2019 is Councillor Ross Grant.
Councillor Ross Grant was born in Ashby-De-La-Zouch and attended St John the Baptist and Lancaster Boys Schools before moving onto Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth 1 college. After completing his A-levels, he went to Aston University in Birmingham to study combined honours in Society and Government and Urban Policy and Management.
He was elected as a Member of the City Council at a by-election in 2004 and has served as the ward councillor for Knighton. As a member of the opposition he has sat on a number of committees, including Overview Scrutiny, Children’s Scrutiny and Planning and is currently a Governor at Overdale Infants School and Chair of Trustees of Oak Multi Academy Trust. He is also a keen rugby supporter and continues to play prop for the Oadby Wyggestonians Rugby Football Club.
Councillor Grant will be supported by his wife, Yasmin, as Lady Mayoress, as well as the Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Annette Byrne and the High Bailiff, Councillor Manjula Sood.
During his year in office he will be supporting the work of The Laura Centre, a local charity who provide bereavement counselling to parents who have lost a child and to children and young people who are bereaved of a parent or significant person.
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