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Council elects Lord Mayor and approves the appointment of City Director
Release date: Wed, 22/05/2013
Bristol City Council has elected its Lord Mayor and approved the appointment of its new City Director, at the annual meeting of the Full Council.
Cllr Faruk Choudhury has been elected as Lord Mayor for the year ahead, succeeding Peter Main who becomes Deputy Lord Mayor. The appointment of Nicola Yates as new City Director and Statutory Head of Paid Service was also approved.
Cllr Choudhury has served Easton as Labour councillor for six years. At 38 he will be the youngest person to hold the office as well as being the first Asian and first Muslim Lord Mayor. He is married to Shilpi Choudhury who will be the Lady Mayoress. They have three children.
Lord Mayor Cllr Choudhury said:
“I am thrilled to be serving Bristol as Lord Mayor. During my first year I want to reach out to as many communities as possible and meet those people who work so hard for their communities and enrich the life of the city. I will also be raising money for The Lord Mayor’s Children’s Appeal for disadvantaged children and encouraging people to give blood and become organ donors, an issue that I am passionate about. In particular I will be going out to the BME communities in our city since amongst ethnic minorities the numbers of donors are disproportionately low.”
The Lord Mayor is a ceremonial post dating back to 1216. The Lord Mayor represents the city at major events, chairs full council meetings attended by all of the city's 70 councillors and must remain politically neutral.