Civic office holders

The Lord Mayor

Picture of the Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Terry Westgate

The Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Councillor Terry Westgate has lived and worked in Canterbury for the past 44 years and has been a councillor for St Stephen’s ward since May 2011. He is married to Sue and has one grown-up daughter.

Terry was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, and was educated at the Great Yarmouth Technical High School, leaving at the age of 16 with a couple of GCEs.

He worked at factories in Great Yarmouth for about five and a half years after leaving school before he took up a post as a trainee manager at Hilton’s shoe shop. He eventually became manager of the Great Yarmouth branch and in 1975 moved to Canterbury to manage a branch belonging to the same company.

Terry met Sue not long after moving to Canterbury and they married in 1976. In 1986 Terry and Sue took a giant step and set up their own business opening a dancewear and fancy dress shop in Northgate, Canterbury, which they successfully ran for the next 20 years.

He is the chairman of the Friends of Westgate Parks, vice-chairman and treasurer of his local residents’ association and likes getting involved in community projects whenever he can.

In his spare time Terry enjoys gardening, reading and socialising.

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.