In 2002, the traditional role of the Worshipful Mayor changed when the people of Middlesbrough were given the opportunity to elect a Mayor.
Because protocol won't allow two Mayors in one town, the traditional civic ceremonial Mayor with chains and robes was renamed the 'Chair of Middlesbrough Council'.
For the year 2019 to 2020 the Chair of the Council is Councillor John Hobson.
The role of the Chair of the Council
The Chair's role is to:
- act as the figurehead of the council
- work for the general wellbeing of the community, and in particular in relation to charitable fundraising activities
- develop links between the council and community groups, schools, the voluntary and charitable sector, etc.
- lead the community in civic duties such as Remembrance Sunday
- develop overseas links, especially in relation to 'Town Twinning' activities
- act as the representative of the community in relation to royal and other ceremonial visits and functions
- preside over full council meetings
How is the Chair elected?
The council's Elected Members (councillors), at their Annual Meeting, elect the Chair of the Council. The position is held for one year.
Who are the current Chair and Vice-Chair?
The current Chair of Middlesbrough Council is Councillor John Hobson, the ward councillor for Marton West Ward.
The Vice-Chair of Middlesbrough Council is Councillor Lee Garvey, the ward councillor for Berwick Hills and Pallister Ward.
How to get in touch with the Chair of Middlesbrough Council
If you'd like to get in touch with the Chair of Middlesbrough Council to invite him to an event, please contact him in one of the following ways:
The Chair of Middlesbrough Council
The Chair's Office