Lord Mayor of Newcastle

Lord Mayor of Newcastle

The current Lord Mayor is Councillor Rob Higgins. He represents the Benwell and Scotswood ward on the city council.  

Cllr Rob Higgins, Lord Mayor


He is assisted by the Sheriff and Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Henry Gallagher.

Role of the Lord Mayor

The Lord Mayor has a diplomatic role, offering an official welcome to visitors to the city, by hosting civic functions. 

The Lord Mayor is also often invited to attend events organised by local organisations, including those that support local charities and good causes in the city.

The Lord Mayor is also responsible for chairing City Council meetings, conferring honorary and heredity freedom of the city status and celebrating and recognising the contribution which individuals make to life in the city via the Lord Mayor's Award Scheme.


The city has a number of award schemes including:

Contact the Lord Mayor

Email: lord.mayor@newcastle.gov.uk

Or write to: The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle City Council, Civic Centre, NE1 8QH.

Letters to the Lord Mayor should begin: Dear Lord Mayor

Letters to the Sheriff should begin: Dear Sheriff

History of the Lord Mayor

The office of the Lord Mayor is one of the oldest surviving civic institutions in Newcastle. It was granted by King John in 1205.

Historical information on lord mayors, mayors and sheriffs and the  coat of arms and civic insignia. (pdf, 102kb)

Related Pages

Need more information?

If you require any further information, please contact:
Members Services Unit
Telephone: 0191 211 5050
Email to: lord.mayor@newcastle.gov.uk


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