Civic office holders

The Lord Mayor

The Lord Mayor of Canterbury is Councillor Pat Todd.

Councillor Todd is widowed with a grown up daughter, son and five young grandchildren. A retired police officer, he has lived and worked in our district for fifty years. His love of all things outdoors gives him a full and varied 'hobby list' from piscatorial activities to a passion for rugby.

Councillor Todd is currently President of Whitstable R.F.C. and manager responsible for the well running of the Upper Tier at Twickenham Stadium, home of English Rugby. He’s still very interested in youth and community and has retired as the student welfare manager at Herne Bay High School. The space this has left in his life has allowed him to become a trustee to Hi Kent, the county’s Deaf Charity, to go with his governor roles at St Edmund's School Canterbury and Chaucer College.

Since his election to Canterbury City Council, Councillor Todd has served on several committees, outside bodies and short scrutiny reviews and is a past chair of the Joint Transportation Board, Whitstable Area Members Panel and Sport Canterbury District and the Whitstable Harbour Board. He is Canterbury and District's representative on the Kent and Medway Police and Crime Panel scrutinising the Police Commissioner as well as the Council’s Armed Services Covenant Champion.

From May 2006 to May 2007, May 2010 to 2011 and September 2020 to May 2021, he has had the honour of serving as The Lord Mayor of Canterbury.

The role of the Lord Mayor

The Lord Mayoralty is the highest office that the city council can bestow. 

The Lord Mayor is elected annually from among the city councillors and is the 'first citizen' of the district, as well as the official representative of the Crown.

In effect, this means that anywhere within the district, the Lord Mayor of Canterbury takes precedence over all others except for royalty or the Lord Lieutenant of Kent (if representing HM the Queen).

Apart from these duties, the Lord Mayor plays a big part in community life in Canterbury district, where they are often involved in a variety of historical, ceremonial and charitable activities.