Lord Mayor of Bristol

Lord Mayor of Bristol

Find out about the Lord Mayor of Bristol, how they’re elected and what their duties are

The Lord Mayor must be a serving councillor and each of Bristol’s political groups take turns in holding the position each year. The Lord Mayor serves a one year term and when this is over they normally become the Deputy Lord Mayor.

The Lord Mayor is a different role to the Mayor of Bristol. Find out more about Bristol’s Mayor.

The Lord Mayor is the first Citizen of the City and County of Bristol. There have been Mayors in Bristol since 1216 and a Lord Mayor since 1899, following Queen Victoria's decision to grant Bristol this privilege.

Find out about upcoming public engagements in the Lord Mayor's diary (pdf, 21KB) (opens new window) .

The Lord Mayor, Lord Mayor’s Consort and Deputy Lord Mayor

The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Bristol is Councillor Jos Clark.

Read the Lord Mayor’s biography (pdf, 76KB) (opens new window)

The Lord Mayor’s Consort is Hugo Clark.

Read the Lord Mayor's Consort's biography (pdf, 17KB) (opens new window) .

The Deputy Lord Mayor is Councillor Cleo Lake.

Read the Deputy Lord Mayor’s biography (pdf, 58KB) (opens new window)

Invite the Lord Mayor to an event

Fill in the form to invite the Lord Mayor to an event. 

You can upload extra information when you fill in the form such as information about your organisation.  To do this you’ll need digital copies of images, pdfs or documents.

Invite the Lord Mayor to an event

Lord Mayor's medals

Nominations for the Lord Mayor’s medals are have now closed. 

If your application needs additional statements then you have until the end of Friday 31 January to contact us. You can contact us via:

Applications will be considered by a judging panel mid-February and nominees contacted by the end of February at the latest.

The medal ceremony for successful nominations will take place on March 12 2020 at the Mansion House.

The duties of the Lord Mayor

The Lord Mayor devotes most of their time to the promotion of the city, key initiatives of the council and supporting a wide range of Bristol based organisations.

The Lord Mayor carries out around 800 engagements a year covering a wide spectrum of events from major royal visits to small community group meetings and local charity events. They also chair the meeting of the full council when all councillors meet together.

The Lord Mayor, as first citizen of Bristol is the person that typically welcomes important visitors and dignitaries to the city. However, royal visitors to the city are organised and welcomed by the Queen's representative, The Lord Lieutenant.

Electing the Lord Mayor

The Lord Mayor is elected annually in May when all councillors meet together at the Annual Council Meeting.

The Lord Mayor has to be a councillor and is chosen by the other councillors who serve on the council. They continue to be a member of the council during their term of office.

Length of service

The term of office for the Lord Mayor is one year. It begins once the 'Mayor-making' ceremony has taken place at the Annual Council Meeting in mid-May. There is no limit for how many times somebody may serve as the Lord Mayor of Bristol.

The Lord Mayor's charities

The Lord Mayor is Patron of or connected with hundreds of charities within Bristol and assists them as much as possible.

Every year, the Lord Mayor's Christmas Appeal for Children helps hundreds of children in Bristol with vouchers for food, toys and clothing. The appeal is run by Rotary, Round Table and Lions Clubs with the Lord Mayor as the appeal's patron.

Contact the Lord Mayor's office

For all other enquiries email
For information about The Lord Mayors Chapel see the Lord Mayor's Chapel website

Contact information

The Lord Mayor's Office

City Hall

Bristol City Council

PO Box 3176

Bristol, BS3 9FS

Opening Hours

If you want to visit City Hall, you'll need to email us to arrange an appointment.