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Lord Mayors of the City of Oxford

1962–today


“Since 1963 [Oxford] has boasted a Lord Mayor, instead of a plain Mayor, a distinction which it shares with
18 other English cities and which means, pomp apart, nothing whatsoever” (James Morris, 1965)

Lord Mayor's Parade 2009

Above: New Lord Mayor of Oxford Mary Clarkson with outgoing Lord Mayor Susanna Pressel on her right parading through Queen Street on 25 May 2009. Behind them are the new Deputy Lord Mayor John Goddard and Sheriff of Oxford Elise Benjamin

Below: Three former Labour Lord Mayors at the Remembrance Day Parade in St Giles on 13 November 2005: Carol Roberts (1998/9), Maureen Christian (2000/1), and Gill Sanders (2002/3)

Three lady Lord Mayors

Bill BuckinghamBill Buckingham, Lord Mayor 1994/5


List of every Lord Mayor of Oxford from 1962 to the present

Their year of office started in May except for the first, Evan Roberts, who was elected plain Mayor in May 1962, but served as Lord Mayor from 23 October 1962 for the last five months of his year of office. The first to be elected Lord Mayor from the start was Alec Percivel Parker who served from May 1963.

The following is a list only, and there is no plan to add biographies. Where, however, the Lord Mayor in question happens to have an entry in Wikipedia, a link is provided; and a note is made if they have a full entry in the Oxford Dictionary for National Biography (ODNB).

Prior to 1962 only four women served as Mayor of Oxford, but since that date another 20 women (shown in red below) have served as Lord Mayor.

1962/1963

Evan Owen Roberts

Born 3 Mar 1898
Died 23 Jun 1979

 

1963/1964

Alec Percival Parker

Born 10 May 1896
Died 1973

A master fishmonger known as “Kipper Parker”. Information about his grandfather and father

1964/1965

John Leonard Norman Baker
(University Councillor)

Born 12 Dec 1893
Died 16 Dec 1971

Wikipedia and ODNB entry

1965/1966

Mrs Florence Kathleen Lower, OBE
née Coppard 

Wife of Marcus Lower (Mayor 1955/6)

Born 10 Jul 1905
Died 21 Jun1995

See her husband's biography

1966/1967

Air-Vice-Marshall William Foster
Macneece Foster

Born 21 Aug 1889
Died 28 Mar 1978

Wikipedia entry

1967/1968

Francis (Frank) Vincent Pickstock
(Labour)

Born 22 Aug 1910
Died 24 Feb 1985

 

1968/1969

Peter Spencer Spokes
(Conservative)
Father of Ann Spokes
(Lord Mayor in 1976/7)

Born 23 Dec 1893
Died 22 Jan 1976

Biography on “Oxford at War 1914–1918” website

1969/1970

Percy Dudley Bromley

Born 25 May 1908
Died 29 Jun 1986

 

1970/1971

Michael Maclagan
(Independent, University Councillor)

Born 14 April 1914
Died 13 Aug 2003

Wikipedia entry

1971/1972

Thomas James Meadows

Born 25 May 1916
Died 1982

 

1972/1973

Arthur Bernard Conners [sic]

Born 25 Aug 1907
Died 1977

 

1973/1974

Frederick George Ingram
(Conservative)

Born 1912
Died 20 Feb 2013

Oxford Mail obituary

1974/1975

Mrs Olive Frances Gibbs, née Cox
(Labour)
First of two terms

Born 17 Feb 1918
Died 28 Sep 1995

See her blue plaque
Wikipedia and
ODNB
entry

1975/1976

William George Robert Fagg
(Labour)

Honorary Alderman

Born 30 Jun 1920
Died 2000

Oxford Mail obituary

1976/1977

Miss Ann Hazel Spokes, later
Mrs Ann Hazel Spokes Symonds
(Conservative). Honorary Alderwoman.
Daughter of Peter Spokes
 (who was Lord Mayor 1968/9)


Wikipedia entry

1977/1978

Mrs Dora Minnie Carr, née Nipress

Born 8 Dec 1904
Died 14 Feb 1991

 

1978/1979

William Eaton (Bill) Simpson

Born 17 Jun 1919
Died 22 Jan 1981

 

1979/1980

John Arundell Hamilton
(Conservative)

Husband of Queenie Hamilton
(who would be Lord Mayor in 1990/1)

Born 21 Nov 1912
Died 1999

 

1980/1981

Gordon Woodward
(Conservative)

Born 11 Sep 1918
Died 12 July 2002

 

1981/1982

Henry Briskol Nicholson Myers Nimmo (Labour).
Died in office

Succeeded by Mrs Olive Frances Gibbs(Labour) from Dec 1981 to May 1982 only): see above

Born 14 Dec 1913
Died 12 Dec 1981

 

1982/1983

The Revd Canon Anthony William Williamson (Labour)
Honorary Alderman of Oxfordshire County Council

Born 2 Sep 1933
Died 12 Feb 2019

Oxford Mail obituary  
Guardian obituary

1983/1984

Mrs Janet Gillespie Todd
(Conservative)

Borm 9 Dec 1917
Died 17 May 2006

Oxford Mail obituary

1984/1985

Frank Arnold Garside
(Conservative)
Mathematician and teacher
at Magdalen College School

Born 1915
Died 25 Jan 1988


The Garside Element was named after him

1985/1986

Roger Alan Dudman
(Labour)

Born 15 Oct 1925
Died 12 Jun 1990

Wikipedia entry

1986/1987

John George William Parker
(Labour)

Born 22 Apr 1914
Died 16 Mar 1989

 

1987/1988

Councillor Bert Standingford (Labour)
died on 19 May 1987 when he was Lord Mayor Elect.
W. G. R. Fagg (see above) then acted as Lord Mayor 21 May–6 July 1987, when Mrs Standingford took her husband's place:

Mrs Elizabeth Florence Mary
Standingford, née Oliver

(Labour)

Born 28 Aug 1921
Died 24 Oct 2015

Oxford Mail obituary of Mrs Standingford

1988/1989

Mrs Nellie Dorothy (“Queenie”)
Whorley, née Allen
(later Mrs Comfort)
(Conservative)

Born 3 Nov 1929
Died 13 Dec 2017

Oxford Mail obituary

1989/1990

Patricia Anne Tempest Yardley,
née Olver, Lady Yardley

(Conservative)

Born 22 Jul 1933
Died 24 Jan 2018

Oxford Mail obituary

1990/1991

Mrs Queenie Lewingdon Hamilton, née Malin (Conservative)
Wife of John Hamilton
(who was Lord Mayor 1979/80)

Born 1918
Died 13 Nov 2016:

Oxford Mail obituary

1991/1992

Alan David Pope
(Labour)

   

1992/1993

Mrs Barbara May Gatehouse,
née Whyte

(Labour)

Born 21 Aug 1926
Died 12 Jan 2016

Report on her retirement

Oxford Mail obituary

1993/1994

John Gordon Power
(Labour)

   

1994/1995

William Walker Buckingham
(Labour)

Born 1921
Died 20 Jun 2017

Oxford Mail obituary

1995/1996

Joseph Charles (Joe) Blewitt
(Labour)

Born 17 Nov 1919
Died 7 Mar 2009

Oxford Mail obituary

1996/1997

Mrs Beryl Ivy Keen
(Labour)

Wife of Bryan Keen, Lord Mayor 2004/5

 

Report on her retirement

1997/1998

William John (Bill) Baker
(Labour)

Died 2014

Oxford Mail obituary

1998/1999

Mrs Carole Roberts
(Labour)

Died 2015

Oxford Mail obituary

1999/2000

Mrs Valerie (Val) Smith
(Labour)

Died 2015

Oxford Mail obituary

2000/2001

Mrs Maureen Christian, née Smith
(Labour)

Died 2009

Oxford Mail obituary

2001/2002

Peter Moss (Labour)

Died 2006

Oxford Mail obituary

2002/2003

Mrs Gillian Ann (Gill) Sanders
(Labour)
   
Honorary Alderwoman

 

 

2003/2004

Patrick (Pat) Stannard (Labour)

Born 6 Oct 1938
Died Mar 2018

Oxford Mail obituary

2004/2005

Bryan Keen (Labour)
Husband of Beryl Keen above
who was Lord Mayor 1996/7

 

 

2005/2006

Robert John (Bob) Price
(Labour)
Honorary Alderman

 

 

2006/2007

Jim Campbell
(LibDem)
  

   

2007/2008

John Tanner
(Labour)

   

2008/2009

Susanna Pressel
(Labour)

   

2009/2010

Mary Clarkson
(Labour)

 

Wikipedia entry

2010/2011

John Goddard (LibDem)

   

2011/2012

Elise Benjamin
(Green)

First ever Green Party Mayor/Lord Mayor

   

2012/2013

Alan Armitage
(LibDem)
.
Resigned 4 March 2012 (reason)

Mohammed Abbasi (Labour) elected Lord Mayor on 13 March 2013
to cover the final two months of mayoral year

   

2013/2014

Dee Sinclair
(Labour)

   

2014/2015

Mohammed Abbasi
(Labour)

First Asian Mayor/Lord Mayor

   

2015/2016

Rae Humberstone
(Labour)

   

2016/2017

Mohammed Altaf-Khan
(LibDem)

   

2017/2018

Mrs Jean Fooks (née Scott)
(LibDem)
Honorary Alderwoman

Born 1939
Died 28 Nov 2018

Oxford Mail obituary

2018/2019

Colin Cook (Labour)

   

2019/2020

Craig Simmons (Green)   

   

Queenie Whorley

Bill Fagg
Above: Bill Fagg, Lord Mayor 1975/6
(and also from 21 May to 6 July 1987)

Right: Queenie Whorley, Lord Mayor 1988/9



Lord Mayor’s Parade

This takes place in Oxford each year on the Bank Holiday Monday at the end of May,
soon after the new Lord Mayor starts his or her term of office.

Lord Mayor’s Parade 2007

Lord Mayor’s Parade 2008

Lord Mayor’s Parade 2009

Lord Mayor’s Parade 2010

The election of Lord Mayor usually takes place in May each year (immediately after any city council elections). Section 37 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 established the date of local elections throughout the country as the first Thursday in May (but this can be postponed by Statutory Instrument to June if it is necessary that the election coincides with those to the European Parliament)

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Last updated: 15 May, 2019

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