Mayor - general information


The Mayor is the first Citizen of the City of Derby. There have been Mayors in Derby since 1835. This page answers the questions people frequently ask about the Mayor of Derby.

Who are the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of the City of Derby?

‌The Mayor of the City of Derby for 2016/17 is Councillor Linda Winter.

Linda was born in Birmingham and moved to Derby when she met her late husband Keith, in 1980. Following her Grammar School education she worked as a PA for various Company Directors, until she had her first daughter in 1987.

Linda has been a member of the Labour Party for 12 years, and has spent five of those years loyally serving as a local Councillor representing residents in the Alvaston and Chaddesden wards.

Linda has also spent many years working with young children and their families in various roles in Derby's communities. Linda is known by many from her role as a Brownies 'Brown Owl', which she has done for 10 years as well as in her role as a School Governor. Linda also trained to become a playgroup supervisor and has since become a playgroup manager, managing the Playdays Opportunity Group in Chellaston. Linda will now take a year out to cover her mayoral duties.

Linda is very proud to be the Mayor of Derby and looks forward to meeting as many people as possible as she carries out her duties. Following on from her community work Linda intends to make community and integration the theme for her term of office as Mayor. She will particularly welcome invitations for involvement from organisations associated with the promotion of community groups and children's activities, and will do her best to support them throughout her term.

What are the duties of the Mayor?

The Mayor devotes most of their time to:

  • the promotion of the city
  • key initiatives of the council
  • supporting a wide range of mainly Derby-based organisations.

In carrying out this role, the Mayor will carry out approximately 800 to 1,500 engagements a year. These engagements cover a wide spectrum of events from major royal visits to small community group meetings and local charity events. Details of the Mayor's weekly engagements are published by Democratic Services.

The Mayor also chairs the meeting of the Full Council - when all councillors meet together.

The post of the Mayor of Derby is different to the Mayor of London and many European city mayors in that it is a ceremonial post which does not carry direct power and the Mayor is not directly elected by the people.

The Mayor, as first citizen of Derby, is the person that typically welcomes important visitors and dignitaries to the city. However, royal visitors to the city are organised and welcomed by the Queen's representative, The Lord Lieutenant for Derbyshire.

How is the Mayor chosen?

The Mayor is elected annually in May when all councillors meet together at the Annual Council Meeting. The Mayor has to be a councillor and is chosen by the other councillors who serve on Derby City Council. The Mayor continues to be a member of the council during their term of office.

How long does a Mayor serve?

The term of office for the Mayor is one year. It begins once the 'Mayor-Making' ceremony has taken place and is followed by the Mayor's first engagement of chairing the Annual Council Meeting in May. There is no limit for how many times somebody may serve as the Mayor of Derby.

Attendance of The Mayor at Functions

If you invite the Mayor to an event or function, there are protocols that need to be followed to reflect their status as First Citizen.

A responsible person should meet the Mayor at the entrance on arrival and address her as Madam Mayor and then introduce her to the host or the assembled company.

When The Mayor enters on more formal occasions, those present should rise and this should be repeated when she leaves.

Unless The Mayor occupies the Chair, she should be seated on the immediate right of the Chairman (assuming Royalty, the Lord Lieutenant or High Sheriff are not present). 

If The Mayor is to speak, her toast or reply should appear early on the toast list and any background information should be sent to The Mayor's Office as soon as possible. 

The formal announcement of The Mayor is "The Right Worshipful, The Mayor of the City of Derby, Councillor Linda Winter".

The Mayor will normally be accompanied by a Chauffeur Attendant and you should inform them of parking facilities and the anticipated time that the event will end.

Booking the Mayor for Functions or Events

If you would like to invite the Mayor to your event or function please use the following Mayoral Booking Form.

If you approach the Mayor directly, either by email or in person, this will not constitute a booking.

All enquiries should be via the Mayoral Booking Form.

The Mayor's Parlour at The Council House

The Mayor is pleased to accommodate pre-arranged tours of the Parlour, Jacob Rivers VC Room and Council Chamber, for example for educational visits for schools or for members of local clubs and organisations.

How do I contact the Mayor?

The Mayor's Office staff are always happy to discuss the Mayor's availability to attend or host an event and to advise on protocol. You should contact them if you have any questions.

Notes on the Attendance of The Deputy Mayor at Functions

The Deputy Mayor, when representing the Mayor and First Citizen of Derby, should be accorded due precedence within the city. For 2016/17, the Deputy Mayor is Councillor John Whitby.

A responsible person should meet The Deputy Mayor at the entrance on arrival – address him as Mr Deputy Mayor - and should introduce him to the host or the assembled company. When The Deputy Mayor enters on more formal occasions, those present should rise and this should be repeated when he leaves.

Unless The Deputy Mayor occupies the Chair, he should be seated on the immediate right of the Chairman (assuming Royalty, the Lord Lieutenant or High Sheriff are not present).

If The Deputy Mayor is to speak, his toast or reply should appear early on the toast list and any background information should be sent to The Mayor's Office in advance.

The formal announcement of The Deputy Mayor is "The Right Worshipful, The Deputy Mayor of the City of Derby, Councillor John Whitby".

The Deputy Mayor will normally be accompanied by a Chauffeur/Attendant and he should be advised of parking facilities and the anticipated end time for the event.

Useful forms

Contact details

Post address:
Derby City Council
The Mayor's Office
The Council House
Corporation Street
Phone: 01332 642551
Minicom: 01332 640666
Derby City Council
The Mayor's Office
The Council House
Corporation Street