Civic office holders
The Lord Mayor
The Lord Mayor of Canterbury is Councillor Pat Todd.
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.