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 2017/18 is Councillor John Whitby.Mayor and Mayoress

John was born in Derby in 1968, the youngest of three boys.

He was educated at Portway Infants and Juniors and then Woodlands School, before gaining a place on an Arts Foundation Course at Green Lane, where he pursued his love of painting, music and politics.

Whilst at Art College John joined a band, who initially played thrash metal, but then evolved into something more progressive and innovative. The band signed a record deal with EMI and spent the next few years recording and touring Britain, Europe and the States.

By the mid nineties, the bands deal with EMI was over and as an interim measure, John got a job working for what was then the DSS. 21 years later he is still working there.

The day after the band played their final gig, John enrolled with the Open University and spent the next six years studying Social Science and Politics, graduating with a 2:1 in 2005.

In 1999 John and his wife started the process of becoming Foster Carers with Derby City Council and had their first child placed with them in 2000. In the last sixteen years, they have fostered 20 children.

John became a Mackworth ward Councillor in 2010 and has sat on many of the Councils committees at different times. He has been the Chair of the Children and Young People's scrutiny board for the last four years, he is a Trustee of Derby Museums and sits on the Adoption Panel.


Mrs Juliette Whitby

The Mayoress wants to support her husband when she can, but due to her work commitments this will not always be possible.

The Mayor and Mayoress have been married for 20 years and have two children.

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 him as Mr Mayor and then introduce him 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 he leaves.

Unless The 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 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 as soon as possible. 

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

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. You can also tweet the Mayor on his official twitter account.

Who is the Deputy Mayor of Derby?

The Deputy Mayor of Derby for 2017/18 is Councillor Paul Bayliss. Deputy Mayor

Paul was born in Derby in 1962 in a council house at Morden Green Mackworth, the eldest of three children, he has brother and a sister. His mum moved the family back to Alvaston in 1965.

He was educated at Boulton Infants and Juniors (now The Wyndham Academy) and then Noel Baker School, before gaining a place on an B.A. (Hons) Public Administration Degree at Trent Polytechnic (now Nottingham Trent University), where he studied not only politics and political theory, but also the theory and methodology of good public governance & management, graduating in 1984 with a 2:2.

Whilst at Trent Polytechnic, Paul worked for a year for the Marketing Department of East Midlands Gas in Leicester, creating an interest in marketing and communications.

On graduation Paul worked firstly for Kwik Save Discount and then for Hazelwood Foods plc in Derby. In 1986 Paul moved to McConnells Advertising & Public Relations, where he worked for 26 years ending his time there as a Director of the company, before moving on to the full time position as Leader of Derby City Council in 2012.

Having been voted out of office in 2014, Paul worked for himself as a communications and marketing consultant, working mainly with the voluntary and third sector organisations and start-ups, before taking an operational staff role working for Derbyshire Constabulary at the end of 2016.

Paul has been married twice and divorced once. His first marriage, in 1988 produced two daughters and he has been blessed with three grandchildren. Paul remarried in 2014 to Paula.

Paul became an Alvaston Ward Councillor in 1996, with a break between 2006 & 2007, and has served in that office for over 20 years in the role. He has sat on many of the Councils Committees at different times as well as being a Cabinet Member, Labour Group Leader 2010-2014 and the Leader of Council 2012-2014. He has been the Chair of the Regeneration Scrutiny Board for the last four years; he is a Non-Executive Director of Derby Homes Ltd and has been its Vice Chair.

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 Paul Bayliss.

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 Paul Bayliss".

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