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.
Councillor Wendy Foster is our Lord Mayor.
Married in Plymouth in 1961 Wendy has 4 children. Sadly widowed in 1973, Wendy married again in 1982 to fellow Plymstock Radford Ward Councillor Ken Foster. They have been married 35 years and have 6 grandchildren.
Educated at The Warran Schools and Business College, Wendy went on to train as a Nurse at Freedom Fields Hospital working also at Tavistock, Devonport and Plympton Hospitals as well as Little Bromwich Hospital in Birmingham. She retired from nursing in 1984 to look after her family.
Wendy’s political career started as secretary of Plymstock and Radford Ward branch. She was elected as a Councillor for the same Ward in 2000. Having served on various committees: Vice Chair of the former Education Committee, Well-being Overview and Scrutiny panel, she has represented the Council on the Adoption Panel; a cause she has always been very committed to.
Wendy's a life-long Argyle supporter and season ticket holder. She likes to draw and enjoys the theatre and music.
Her husband, Councillor Ken Foster is her consort.
Educated at Sutton High School Ken went on to a 35 year career in HM Dockyard as a weapons technical officer. He took early voluntary retirement and set up own electrical business.
He's a founder member of and served for 27 years on Plymouth Cruse Bereavement Care where he met Wendy and is still a Member of the Executive Committee. His political career started in 1995 as a Devon County Councillor for Plymstock Radford and still continues. He served as Lord Mayor in 2009-2010 with Wendy as his Lady Mayoress.
Deputy Lord Mayor
Councillor Nick Kelly is our Deputy Lord Mayor.
Born in Plymouth 1968, Nick was educated at Hooe Junior School and Plymstock School and studied at Croydon College and Bristol University. He's a RICS Quantity Surveyor and has a Diploma in Finance Planning from the Chartered Insurance Institute/Personal Finance Society.
He worked as a Quantity Surveyor on such projects as Weston Mill Lake Jetty and the refurbishment of The Citadel. He moved to the Financial Services sector in 1990s working for some of the 10 top blue chip companies in the sector and now works locally offering independent financial advice to local businesses and individual clients.
Elected in May 2015 as Conservative Councillor for the ward of Moor View; he is very active within the Council, currently sitting on the Planning Committee and as Chair of the Taxi Licensing Committee.
Nick is active within the city, working on behalf of organisations such as Ballard Youth Activity Trust, as an Academy Governor at Plymstock School and Devon & Severn Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority and is a keen deep sea angler fishing the mid channel wrecks off Plymouth. He's also a keen supporter of Argyle, Albion and Raiders with a love of foreign travel and time with his family.
His wife, Helen, is his consort.
Married to Nick since 1991 they have two children: one at the University of Leeds reading Psychology and the other is completing “A” Levels this year. Helen is a Personnel Manager for Tesco plc .
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.