Lord Mayor

Lord Mayor of Plymouth

The Lord Mayor and the Lord Mayor’s Office are the council’s chief custodians of civic pride and its champions of community cohesion.  We also support others in the council and the community to celebrate all that is good about life in Plymouth.

The Office of Lord Mayor is representational by nature, this means that the Lord Mayor holds no executive powers and the office of Lord Mayor is fundamentally apolitical, neutral and independent.  This is one of its greatest strengths and means that the Lord Mayor can represent all sections of the community as First Citizen without fear or favour. 

At the same time the office of Lord Mayor carries its own unique set of rights and historic entitlements.  For example, the Lord Mayor of Plymouth has long been recognised as being second only to Royalty and to the Queen’s Deputy, the Lord Lieutenant or the Representative Deputy Lieutenant.

This means that the Lord Mayor has unlimited rights to precedence in the City and is always afforded due dignity and respect as the most important person in attendance at public events, save those where a member of The Royal Family and Her Majesty’s Deputy is present.  For civic events within the City boundaries where the Queen’s Deputy is present, but not a member of the Royal Family, the Lord Mayor enjoys precedence over all as First Citizen.

The Lord Mayor must be a serving councillor and each year the Conservative Party and the Labour Party (the two main political parties that make up the City Council) take it in turns to hold the position.  The Lord Mayor nominates their Deputy Lord Mayor.

The Role of Lord Mayor

The Lord Mayor is chosen by the other councillors who serve on the council and is elected in May each year at the annual meeting of the City Council.

The Lord Mayor has two important roles, a ceremonial role and as chair of City Council meetings.

Ceremonial

  • Supports the community
  • Promotes the interests of the council and the city

Chair of City Council meetings

  • Makes sure all points of view are fairly heard
  • Makes sure council members follow rules and procedures
  • Has the casting vote if there is a tied vote

The Lord Mayor also hosts a series of civic events over the course of the year and presides over a number of high profile civic ceremonial events.

Invitations to events

You can invite the Lord Mayor or Deputy Lord Mayor to an event or function, we need to receive your invitation at least three weeks before the event.

Invite the lord mayor to an event

The Lord Mayor and Consort

Councillor Mrs Terri Beer and Mr Colin Beer

Councillor Beer was born and raised in Plymouth and has lived in the City all her life.  She was educated at St. Maurice Primary School and Plympton Secondary Modern School (now Plympton Academy).

Terri has latterly worked extensively in the training and recruitment sector and more recently within the legal system in Victim Support and Witness Care.

First elected to the city council in 2007, Terri is currently the Conservative Party Councillor for Plympton Erle Ward and Chair of Education and Children's Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Terri and her husband Colin have a passion for travel and often holiday in Europe. They enjoy taking short visits to London with friends and enjoy weekend staycations.

Terri has three children and six grandchildren and has a very busy family life. Terri is very fond of animals and both she and Colin are big cat lovers.

Her chosen charities for the year are Bowel Cancer West and NSPCC Plymouth.

The Deputy Lord Mayor and Consort 

Councillor Maddi Bridgeman and Mr Nick Bridgeman

Councillor Bridgeman was born in Chatham Kent and moved to Plymouth in 1981.  She was educated at Southway Comprehensive School, Plymouth, Plymouth College of Art and Design where she studied Fashion and Design and Edinburgh’s Telford College where she studied Library and Information Science.

Maddi is an experienced Administrator, Librarian, and Business Adviser, with knowledge of working across a wide range of different sectors.

First elected to the city council in 2014, Maddi is currently the Conservative Party councillor for Moor View Ward and Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Scene.

Maddi is married to Nick and has two children. She has a wide range of interests and hobbies including speciality cookery and reading. She is a keen gardener and enjoys DIY.  She can often be found litter picking and walking is one of her favourite past times.  She has a great love of animals and has two dogs (one is a rescue), a rescue cat, and a rescue Guinea Pig. She is also a keen motorcyclist and enjoys riding out on her motorbike.

The Lord Mayor’s Office

The Mayoralty is supported by a small civic team which advises the Lord Mayor in their role as First Citizen and ambassador of the City.  The team also leads a comprehensive annual programme of civic engagements.

Over the course of the year the office arranges a varied programme of events and activities aimed at promoting community cohesion through civic engagement.  These are in addition to the day to day diary of engagements carried out by the Lord Mayor or those deputising on the Lord Mayor’s behalf.

The Lord Mayor’s Office is also responsible for the organisation of an annual programme of civic events including:

  • The Inauguration of the Lord Mayor (Lord Mayor’s Choosing) which is incorporated as part of the Annual Meeting of the Council in May of each year
  • Armed Forces Day/VE Day
  • Annual Survey of the Waterworks and Fishing Feast
  • Remembrance Sunday
  • Lord Mayor’s Carol Service
  • Holocaust Memorial Day
  • Commonwealth Flag Raising
  • Lord Mayor’s Civic Church Service

The Office is also responsible for arranging special ceremonies where the City’s highest honours, The Honorary Freedom of the City of Plymouth, are presented.  In addition, the office also manages all ceremonial arrangements for conferring the title of Honorary Alderman on councillors who have served 15 years on the Council.

If you would like any further information or wish to invite the Lord Mayor to attend and speak at your event or activity, contact the Lord Mayor’s Office, email lordmayor@plymouth.gov.uk.  

Coat of arms – Plymouth City

The armorial bearings of the Corporation of Plymouth symbolise much of the history of the city. The arms display the Cross of St Andrew to whom the Mother Church of Plymouth is dedicated, and also the four turrets which formed the corners of the Castle Quadrate which stood above the Barbican commanding the entrants to Sutton Pool. The description in heraldic language is Argent, a saltire vert between four towers sable.
The Crest is a blue naval crown with a red anchor held in a golden lions paw. Two other naval crowns form collars for the lion supporters. Both crown and anchor were part of the crest of the former County Borough of Devonport. Here is represented the part which the Royal Navy has played in the life of the city.

Council identity mark

The current city identity mark derives from elements of the armorial bearings

Past Lord Mayors

Our Mayors and Lord Mayors dating back to 1439 is available on our list of past Lord Mayors page.