Mayoralty

St Albans has had Mayors for over 450 years since the first Charter in 1553. The first Mayor was a man called John Lockey. Some Mayors have served for less than a year for a variety of reasons such as changes in local government arrangements, the outbreak of war or if they died in office. Others Mayors have served twice or even for three successive years as one mid-Victorian Mayor managed to do.

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The Charter also appointed 10 other men (Principal Burgesses) to assist the Mayor in running the City. The Mayor had both Executive and Judicial Roles. They were not elected democratically but were nominated for life by friends and contacts of the other existing Burgesses. The executive structure is similar to the situation today where we have an Executive Cabinet of 8 Senior Members, although the Cabinet and indeed all 58 Councillors are elected for 4 year terms. The Mayor's role is no longer Executive or Legal. It is ceremonial and is to represent the City and District Council locally, nationally and indeed internationally at important events.

Find out more about the history of the St Albans Mayoralty and see in detail what is on our crest on the District Council website.


The Mayor of St Albans

Councillor Rosemary Farmer was made the 475th Mayor of the City and District of St Albans for the year 2018/19 at the Annual Council meeting on 23 May 2018.

Rosemary’s theme for her year in office as Mayor is ‘Serving and caring for all in our community’. She cares deeply about mental health issues and has chosen Mind in Mid Herts as her charity for the year.

Her consort during in her year as Mayor is her sister-in-law, Susan Farmer.

Find out more about the Mayor's life, interests, and nominated charities on the District Council website.


Deputy Mayor

Councillor Brian Gibbard was made Deputy Mayor of the City and District of St Albans for 2018/19, at the Annual Council meeting on 23 May 2018. His wife Susan is his consort for the year, taking on the role of Deputy Mayoress.

Brian has served as a District Councillor for St Stephen’s ward since May 2012 and previously held the role of Deputy Mayor for the municipal year 2013/2014.

Find out more about the Deputy Mayor's life and interests on the District Council website.


The Mayor of Harpenden

Councillor David Heritage was re-elected as the Deputy Town Mayor for 2017/18. Councillor David Heritage was born in Yorkshire but during his early years lived all over the country, moving to St Albans in 1967 with his family. He moved to Harpenden in 1987 when he married Teresa, a local County and District Councillor.

This year, David has chosen to support two charities, Herts Young Homeless and Harpenden Mencap. David is very honoured to be serving the Town which has been such a large part of his life for the past 30 years.

Find out more about the Mayor's life, interests, and nominated charities on the Harpenden Town Council website.