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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 Wikpedia, 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

Died 1973

1963/1964

Alec Percival Parker

Died 1973

1964/1965

John Leonard Norman Baker
(University Councillor)

Died 1971
Has Wikipedia and ODNB entry

1965/1966

Mrs Florence Kathleen Lower, OBE

Wife of Marcus Lower (Mayor 1955/6)

1966/1967

Air-Vice-Marshall William
Foster Macneece Foster

Died 1978
Has Wikpedia entry

1967/1968

Francis (Frank) Vincent Pickstock
(Labour)

Died 1985

1968/1969

Peter Spencer Spokes
(Conservative)

Died 1978. Father of Ann Spokes (Lord Mayor in 1976/7).
Has biography on “Oxford at War 1914–1918” website

1969/1970

Percy Dudley Bromley

Died 1986

1970/1971

Michael Maclagan
(University Councillor)

Died 2003
Has Wikipedia entry

1971/1972

Thomas James Meadows

 

1972/1973

Arthur Bernard Connors

 

1973/1974

Frederick George Ingram
(Conservative)
.

Died 2003, aged 100
Report on his death

1974/1975

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

Died 1995. See her blue plaque
Has Wikipedia and ODNB entry

1975/1976

William George Robert Fagg
(Labour)

Died 2000
Report on his death

1976/1977

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

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

1977/1978

Mrs Dora Minnie Carr

Died 1991

1978/1979

William Eaton (Bill) Simpson

Died 1981

1979/1980

John Arundell Hamilton
(Conservative)

Died 1999
Husband of Queenie Hamilton (Lord Mayor 1990/1)

1980/1981

Gordon Woodward
(Conservative)

Died July 2002

1981/1982

Henry Briskol Nicholson Myers Nimmo
(Labour)

Died in office on 12 December 1981. Succeeded by   Mrs Olive Frances Gibbs (Labour), December 1981 to May 1982 only): see above

1982/1983

Anthony William (Tony) Williamson (Labour)

 

1983/1984

Mrs Janet Gillespie Todd
(Conservative)

Died 2006
Report on her death

1984/1985

Frank Arnold Garside
(Conservative)

Mathematician and teacher at Magdalen College School responsible for the Garside Theory. Died 1988

1985/1986

Roger Alan Dudman
(Labour)

Died 1990
Has Wikipedia entry

1986/1987

John George William Parker
(Labour)
.

Died 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
(Labour)

Died 2015
Report on her death  

1988/1989

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

Died 2017

1989/1990

Patricia Anne Tempest Yardley
(Conservative)

 

1990/1991

Mrs Queenie Lewingdon Hamilton
(Conservative)

Died 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
(Labour)

Died 2016
Reports on her retirement and death

1993/1994

John Gordon Power
(Labour)

 

1994/1995

William Walker Buckingham
(Labour)

Died 2017
Report on his death

1995/1996

Joseph Charles (Joe) Blewitt
(Labour)

 

1996/1997

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

Carol 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

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

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: 27 August, 2018

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