The Mayor

Who is the Mayor of Brighton & Hove?

Mayor Denise Cobb

The current Mayor of Brighton & Hove is Councillor Denise Cobb. She was elected by the other councillors at the Annual Council Meeting on 23 May 2013. Her term of office is for one year until the next Annual Council Meeting in May 2014. The Mayor will be supported during her mayoral year by her granddaughter, Luna-Rose Cobb.

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 her mayoral duties.

The Deputy Mayor for 2013-2014 is Councillor Bill Randall. He was elected by the other councillors at the Annual Council Meeting on 23 May 2013.  His term of office is for one year until the next Annual Council Meeting in May 2014.

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.

Fly the Flag for the Commonwealth

Members of the public are invited to attend the raising of the Commonwealth Flag on Monday 10th March at 10 a.m. outside Hove Town Hall.  Anyone wishing to stay for refreshments afterwards must call the office to have their name added to the guest list no later than Thursday 6th March.

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