Protocol for meeting the Mayor
The office of the Mayor of Derby has existed since 1638, taking its current form in 1835 with the creation of the reformed borough of Derby. In that time, a number of customs and practices have developed. When meeting the Mayor it is important to be aware of these.
The correct use of titles
Mayor: The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City of Derby (Councillor First Name, Second Name)
Mayoress or Consort: Consort (Title, First Name, Second Name)
Deputy Mayor: Deputy Mayor of the City of Derby
(Councillor First Name, Second Name)
Deputy Mayoress or Consort: Consort (Title First Name, Second Name)
A male Mayor is addressed as 'Mr Mayor', while a female Mayor is addressed as 'Madam Mayor'.
Relative precedence at events
The Mayor has precedence throughout the City of Derby. Only a Lord Lieutenant or member of the Royal family has greater rank. In seating, the Mayor’s place should be directly right of the person presiding, except when the Mayor occupies the chair. When the Deputy Mayor acts for the Mayor, they take the same precedence.
Make an appropriate reception
A nominated person should meet the Mayor at the entrance, and introduce them to the host. A chauffeur attendant will accompany the Mayor, and stay on duty within easy call.
The Mayor's speeches
If the Mayor is to speak, it is normal for them to be the first speaker or associated with the first toast. You should seek the Mayor’s consent to speak well in advance through the engagement booking form. You should provide briefing notes or points about the speech on the booking form, and if possible, provide background information on the engagement. All information about the engagement should be given to the Mayor’s office for approval with details of any activity involving the Mayor.
The Mayor's Parlour
The Mayor’s Parlour is a room in the Civic Offices which is used for meeting dignitaries and other guests.
The Parlour displays a selection of gifts the mayoralty has received including commemorative plates, plaques, scrolls and photographs of memorable events like Queen Elizabeth II’s jubilees.