Lord Mayor

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 turns to hold the position. The Lord Mayor nominates their Deputy Lord Mayor.

Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress Councillor Richard Ball and Mrs Dianne Ball

Councillor Richard Ball is our Lord Mayor.


Councillor Ball was born and raised in Plymouth and apart from occasional absences due to his naval career has lived here all his life. 

He trained as an electronic technician serving in naval ships and shore establishments around the world leaving the service in 1977 to enter the Ministry of Defence as a weapons systems engineer specialising in naval radar systems.

Following the privatisation the royal dockyards he entered the commercial world and spent the remainder of his career developing DML’s sales and marketing defence portfolio.  Before retiring in 2006 he became the Head of Naval Marketing for DML Defence Systems Division.

Councillor Ball was elected as the councillor of Compton Ward in 2008 and has served the City as Deputy Lord Mayor in 2015-2016.

The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress have two children and three grandchildren.

Richard is a very keen golfer and has an interest in military history.



Deputy Lord Mayor and Consort Councillor Terri Beer and Mr Colin Beer

Councillor Terri Beer is our Deputy Lord Mayor.




Born in Plympton St Maurice, Terri has lived in Plymouth all her life.   In the most recent past Terri has worked within Victim Support at Plymouth Crown Court.  She is specially trained to support families and victims of crime during judicial proceedings.

First elected to the City Council as Councillor for Plympton Erle in May 2007 she has served the City for over 12 years and was Cabinet Member for Children and Young People 2016-2018.

Terri very much enjoys family life, she and her husband Colin are kept very busy with their 3 children and 5 grandchildren.





Electing the 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 Mayor's role

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


  • 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

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 or Deputy Lord Mayor to an event