Oxford History: Mayors & Lord Mayors

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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

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).

Only four women served as Mayor up to 1962, but since that date there have been another eighteen women, shown in red below. Elise Benjamin was Oxford’s first Green Party Lord Mayor.

Bill Buckingham
Bill Buckingham, Lord Mayor 1994/5

List of every Lord Mayor of Oxford

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.

1962/1963

Evan Owen Roberts

Born 3 Mar 1898, died 23 Jun 1979

1963/1964

Alec Percival Parker

Born 10 May 1896, died 1973

1964/1965

John Leonard Norman Baker
(University Councillor)

Born 12 Dec 1893, died 16 Dec 1971
Has Wikipedia and ODNB entry

1965/1966

Mrs Florence Kathleen Lower,
  née Coppard,  OBE

Born 10 Jul 1905, died 21 Jun1995
Wife of Marcus Lower (Mayor 1955/6)

1966/1967

Air-Vice-Marshall William
Foster Macneece Foster

Born 21 Aug 1889, died 28 Mar 1978
Has Wikipedia entry

1967/1968

Francis (Frank) Vincent Pickstock
(Labour)

Born 22 Aug 1910, died 24 Feb 1985

1968/1969

Peter Spencer Spokes
(Conservative)

Born 23 Dec 1893, died 22 Jan 1976
Father of Ann Spokes (Lord Mayor in 1976/7).
Has biography on “Oxford at War 1914–1918” website

1969/1970

Percy Dudley Bromley

Born 25 May 1908, died 29 June 1986

1970/1971

Michael Maclagan
(University Councillor)

Born 14 April 1914, died 13 Aug 2003
Has Wikipedia entry

1971/1972

Thomas James Meadows

Born 25 May 1916, died 1982

1972/1973

Arthur Bernard Conners

Born 25 Aug 1907, died 1977

1973/1974

Frederick George Ingram
(Conservative)
.

Born 1912, died 20 Feb 2013
Report on his death, aged 100

1974/1975

Mrs Olive Frances Gibbs, née Cox
(Labour, 1st of two terms)

Born 17 Feb 1918, died 28 Sep 1995.
See her blue plaque
Has Wikipedia and ODNB entry

1975/1976

William George Robert Fagg
(Labour)

Born 30 Jun 1920, died 2000
Report on his death

1976/1977

Miss Ann Hazel Spokes, later
Mrs Ann Hazel Spokes Symonds
(Conservative).

Daughter of Peter Spokes
    (Lord Mayor 1968/9)
Has 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)

Born 21 Nov 1912, died 1999
Husband of Queenie Hamilton
    (Lord Mayor 1990/1)

1980/1981

Gordon Woodward
(Conservative)

Born 11 Sep 1918, died 12 July 2002

1981/1982

Henry Briskol Nicholson Myers Nimmo
(Labour)

Born 14 Dec 1913, died 12 Dec 1981
Died in office: succeeded by   Mrs Olive Frances Gibbs (Labour), Dec 1981 to May 1982 only): see above

1982/1983

Anthony William Williamson (Labour)

 

1983/1984

Mrs Janet Gillespie Todd
(Conservative)

Borm 9 Dec 1917, died 17 May 2006
Report on her death

1984/1985

Frank Arnold Garside
(Conservative)

Born 1915, died 25 Jan 1988
Mathematician and teacher at Magdalen College School: see Garside Theory

1985/1986

Roger Alan Dudman
(Labour)

Born 15 Oct 1925, died 12 Jun 1990
Has 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) acted as Lord Mayor 21 May–6 July 1987, and then Mrs Standingford took her husband's place:

Mrs Elizabeth Florence Mary Standingford,
née Oliver
(Labour)

Born 28 Aug 1921, died 24 Oct 2015
Report on her death  

1988/1989

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

Born 3 Nov 1929, died 13 Dec 2017

1989/1990

Patricia Anne Tempest Yardley
(Conservative)

 

1990/1991

Mrs Queenie Lewingdon Hamilton, née Malin
(Conservative)

Born 1918, died 13 Nov 2016:
Report on her death.
Wife of John Hamilton (Lord Mayor 1979/80)

1991/1992

Alan David Pope
(Labour)

 

1992/1993

Mrs Barbara May Gatehouse, née Whyte
(Labour)

Born 21 Aug 1926, died 12 Jan 2016
Reports on her retirement and death

1993/1994

John Gordon Power
(Labour)

 

1994/1995

William Walker Buckingham
(Labour)

Born 1921, died 20 Jun 2017
Report on his death

1995/1996

Joseph Charles (Joe) Blewitt
(Labour)

Born 17 Nov 1919, died 7 Mar 2009
Report on his death

1996/1997

Mrs Beryl Ivy Keen
(Labour)

Wife of Bryan Keen below.
Report on her retirement

1997/1998

William John (Bill) Baker
(Labour)

Died 2014
Report on his death

1998/1999

Mrs Carole Roberts
(Labour)

Died 2015.
Report on her death

1999/2000

Mrs Valerie (Val) Smith
(Labour)

Died 2015
Report on her death

2000/2001

Mrs Maureen Christian
(Labour)

Died 2009
Report on her death

2001/2002

Peter Moss
(Labour)

Died 2006
Report on his death

2002/2003

Mrs Gillian Ann (Gill) Sanders
(Labour)   

 

2003/2004

Patrick (Pat) Stannard
(Labour)

Died March 2018

2004/2005

Bryan Keen (Labour)

Husband of Beryl Keen above

2005/2006

Robert John (Bob) Price
(Labour)

 

2006/2007

Jim Campbell
(LibDem)  

 

2007/2008

John Tanner
(Labour)

 

2008/2009

Susanna Pressel
(Labour)

 

2009/2010

Mrs Mary Clarkson
(Labour)

Has Wikipedia entry

2010/2011

John Goddard
(LibDem)

 

2011/2012

Elise Benjamin
(Green)

 

2012/2013

Alan Armitage (LibDem). Resigned 4 March 2012 (report on reasons for resignation)

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)

 

2015/2016

Rae Humberstone
(Labour)

 

2016/2017

Mohammed Altaf-Khan
(LibDem)

 

2017/2018

Mrs Jean Fooks
(LibDem)

 

2018/2019

Colin Cook
(Labour)

 

Queenie Whorley

Bill Fagg
Above: Bill Fagg, Lord Mayor 1975/6
(plus 21 May–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: 28 September, 2018

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