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 Pauline Murphy is our Lord Mayor.

Pauline was born in Plymouth in 1959 and has two children and four grandchildren. She's worked for DML and Plymouth Citybus and currently works for Southwest Public Transport Information as a Regional Data Co-ordinator. Pauline is a member of the Labour Party and was Deputy Lord Mayor in 2014 to 2015, Lady Mayoress in 2008 to 2009 and Deputy Lady Mayoress in 2006 to 2007.

She is a member of the Devon Wildlife Trust, enjoys walking and sports, particularly football and has completed six London marathons to raise funds for youth football clubs.

    Her partner, Councillor Brian Vincent, is her consort.

    Born in Plymouth, Brian was a bus driver for Plymouth Citybus for 43 years. He was Deputy Lord Mayor in 2006 to 2007, Lord Mayor in 2008 to 2009 and Deputy Lord Mayor's Consort in 2014 to 2015.

    Deputy Lord Mayor

    Coucillor Sam Davey is our Deputy Lord Mayor.

    Sam was born in 1953 and is married with one child. He's worked in many areas including the Merchant Navy, the police, the Child Support Agency and Plymouth University and is now retired. Sam is a member of the Labour Party and a Trade Unionist.

    He enjoys playing the guitar and the ukulele and supporting his football team, Sunderland.

    His daughter, Bethan Davey, is his consort.

    Born in 1992, Bethan has a BA in Sports Development and Coaching. She's worked as a Play Ranger and is currently a Resident Tutor in Boarding and a hockey coach at Plymouth College.

    Bethan enjoys hockey, running and travelling and is a member of the Labour Party.


    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