The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Janet Looker

Lord Mayor's Consort, Mrs Patricia Castle

Sheriff of York, Mrs Jo Trythall



Lord Mayor of York 2020/2021

This year, following the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic, it's been agreed that Councillor Janet Looker will continue as caretaker Lord Mayor and the first resident of York for another year. For the first time in over 80 years The Lord Mayor of York and her consort will stay in position for a second term, thereby covering municipal years 2019/21.


Find out more here.


The Lord Mayor is Chair of City of York Council and the first citizen of the city.

The appointment is made by the council each year in May, at the same time as a Sheriff - the city's other civic head – is appointed.

York's Lord Mayor is second only to the Lord Mayor of London in precedence and its Sheriff holds the oldest office of Sheriff in England and Wales.

The Lord Mayor chairs meetings of full council and together with the Sheriff, represents the city on ceremonial occasions, welcomes international visitors and attends events organised by local people and community groups.

If you would like to invite the Lord Mayor of York or the civic party to an event then please complete the civic engagement questionnaire, or if you prefer, you can download a form to invite the Lord Mayor to your event.

The Lord Mayor's charities

Every year the Lord Mayor selects charities which they will support through out the year. This year the charities are:

York Citizen's Advice

Home Start York

York Shakespeare Project