The Mayor of Brighton & Hove
The current Mayor of Brighton & Hove is Councillor Brian Fitch. He was elected by the other councillors at the Annual Council Meeting on 15 May 2014. His term of office is for one year until the next Annual Council Meeting in May 2015. The Mayor will be supported during his mayoral year by his wife Norah.
The Mayor is the first citizen of Brighton & Hove and therefore undertakes an important ceremonial role both in and outside the city. However, this role is different from some mayors and lord mayors such as the Mayor of London because the mayor of Brighton & Hove is not directly elected by the people and therefore holds no direct power.
The mayor is politically neutral in carrying out all of his mayoral duties.
The Deputy Mayor for 2014-2015 is Councillor Denise Cobb. She was elected by the other councillors at the Annual Council Meeting on 15 May 2014. Her term of office is for one year until the next Annual Council Meeting in May 2015.
What does the Mayor do and what are his or her responsibilities?
The Mayor undertakes many different duties. He or she:
- chairs meetings of the Full Council making sure they are conducted properly and fairly
- supports the main aims of the council as it goes about its daily business
- represents the council at public, civic and ceremonial events both in and outside the city and welcomes important visitors and dignitaries.
- works actively with a wide range of local organisations and promotes the city of Brighton & Hove both at home and abroad
The Mayor attends on average 700 engagements throughout the year. These include:
- religious events of all denominations
- supporting local charities and community groups
- welcoming new businesses to the city
- visiting schools, day centres, hospitals and care homes
- opening fairs and fetes
- speaking at dinners and receptions
- greeting local, national and international guests
The Mayor's charities and events
Following tradition, the Mayor selects one or more charities to support during their term of office. This term the Mayor has selected three charities to support and throughout the year the Mayor and the charities will be working together to hold events across the city. If you want to take part or find out more please go to the Mayors charities and events page.