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

Councillor Sam Davey is our Lord Mayor.

Councillor Sam Davey has been the Councillor for Stoke ward since 2012 and served as Deputy Lord Mayor 2016/17. Having been a councillor in the City  

Originally from Sunderland, where he served as a Police Constable in the Northumberland Police Force and a Deck Officer in the Merchant Navy, Councillor Davey moved to Plymouth in 1979 to attend the School of Maritime Studies.

Plymouth held him fast so much so that he decided to settle here, working at the Marine Biological Association, Blue Circle Cement, the Child Support Agency and finally at the Faculty of Art at Plymouth University before retiring in 2014.

Councillor Davey when elected said “As an 'adopted' Plymothian, I am honoured and proud to be asked to be the next Lord Mayor. It was my maritime connection which first brought me to Britain's Ocean City and I realised very quickly that it was the place I wanted to live in and raise a family.

I am looking forward to representing this great city and meeting it's brilliant people; in particular those unsung heroes who work in or support the large number of voluntary organisations and charity groups; those who contribute to culture and sport across the city; and those who look after the health, wellbeing and safety of us all.”

His daughter Bethan Davey will join him as Lady Mayoress for the year.

Bethan holds a BA in Sports Development and Coaching and an increasingly busy career. Bethan is a Residential House Tutor and Hockey Coach at Plymouth College in the City and also manages considerable working commitments within the community as a Play Ranger and as a Deputy Manager at Dawlish Leisure Centre.  Bethan is extending her sporting life with ambitions to run marathons, travel worldwide and plays competitive hockey as a leisure pursuit.

Deputy Lord Mayor

Councillor Christopher Mavin is our Deputy Lord Mayor.

Born in Plymouth 1951, Chris was educated at Highfield Junior School and Devonport Secondary School. In 1966 Chris entered the Royal Naval Dockyard at Devonport where he did his apprenticeship as a shipwright, he became a trade union activist, shop steward and went on to become the GMB convenor at Babcock Devonport.

First elected to the City Council in 1987 Chris has previously represented the Sutton and Budshead wards and is currently the councillor for Moor View ward, in total he has served the city for over 21 years and was made an Alderman in 2014 in recognition of his long-standing service as a Councillor. Chris is works hard within his community and is a serving Governor at Leighham Primary

Chris is a keen golfer and is vice-captain of Magily Golf Society helping to raise funds for charity. As an active participant of the Plymouth Area Police Choir, Chris loves to sing and has been known to combine this with his other fervour, aa a keen football fan,  singing his heart out for Plymouth Argyle at Wembley.

Chris said “I am looking forward to supporting Cllr Sam Davey during his year as Lord Mayor, I am very proud of my home city and it will be a privilege to serve the people of Plymouth as Deputy Lord Mayor”

Councillor Sue Dann is our The Deputy Lady Mayoress

Councillor Sue Dann, who represents Sutton and Mount Gould Ward will be Councillor Mavin’s consort for their term of office.   Sue was born in Birmingham and has lived in Plymouth for 21 years, marrying Councillor Mavin in 2004 

As a lecturer in hospitality for over 20 years and now retired,  Sue has also worked to support long-term unemployed back into work for 8 years and has worked on the board of Plymouth Community Homes for nearly 9 years.  Sue enjoys being out and about, serving her ward and in the wider community as a trustee of the East End Development Trust and is the Chair of Governors at Plympton Academy.  Sue is the serving cabinet member for Environment and Street Scene.

Between them the Deputy Lord Mayor and Deputy Lady Mayoress have four children and two 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