What’s the difference between a Metro Mayor and a Civic Mayor?
An elected Mayor (or a ‘Metro Mayor’) is a city-region leader directly elected by the people. The Localism Act (2011) made the provision for the creation of directly elected mayors.
A Lord Mayor or Civic Mayor is a ceremonial representative with no formal powers. They are traditionally chosen by fellow members of a town, borough or city council. The mayor is the first citizen of the borough and always has precedence unless royalty or the Lord Lieutenant is present.
Which Mayor is the right Mayor for my event?
The Metro Mayor attends political, business or stakeholder events and conferences with significance to the region they lead, in Andy's case, the West Midlands. The Lord Mayor/Civic Mayor attends local significant civic, ceremonial and representative events.
Examples of Metro and Civic Mayoral functions:
Metro Mayors act as a figurehead for the region they represent, driving and guiding policy whilst spearheading campaigns, e.g. The Metro Mayor would both develop and launch a regional multi faith conference.
Civic Mayors may attend community events or ceremonial openings of new facilities, e.g. The Civic Mayor would cut the ‘red ribbon’ to formally open a new sports centre.
Does my borough have a Civic Mayor?
Birmingham: Cllr Mohammed Azim Contact
Coventry: Cllr Linda Bigham Contact
Dudley: Cllr David Stanley Contact
Sandwell: Cllr Dr Ann Jaron Contact
Solihull: Cllr Stuart Davis Contact
Walsall: Cllr Paul Bott Contact
Wolverhampton: Cllr Claire Darke Contact