About the Liverpool City Mayor

Biography

Joe Anderson is the Mayor of Liverpool.

Joe was born in 1958, one of six children, in a Liverpool city centre tenement block. He left school at 16, spending 12 years at sea, becoming the National Union of Seamen’s youngest ever convenor.

His subsequent career brought Joe back to Liverpool, where he studied for a degree in social work at Liverpool John Moores University, and went on to become a social worker for Sefton Council in 1992.

Joe was elected to Liverpool City Council in 1998 and following the 2010 election, Leader of the Council. In May 2012, Joe became the first ever directly-elected Mayor of Liverpool winning almost 60 per cent of all votes cast.

In 2016, Joe was re-elected as Mayor of Liverpool for a further four years, again receiving more than half of all votes cast.

Mayor Anderson has navigated a course for the council through an increasingly difficult time for Liverpool, with the city losing 58% of its central government funding. However, under his leadership in his first term as Mayor, Liverpool has built 14 new schools, built or refurbished 8,000 homes, created over 20,000 jobs, more than 67 acres of new and improved green space, planted over 2,000 new trees and oversaw the creation of the International Festival for Business.

Joe became chair of the Liverpool City Region Combined authority in December 2015 and successfully negotiated a devolution City Deal with central Government, for the creation of a new Metro Mayoralty in 2017.

Joe is married to Marg and has four children and four grandchildren. He was awarded the OBE in the Queen's birthday Honours list in 2012.

Joe is hugely ambitious for Liverpool, passionate about the future and devoted to the city’s prospects as a thriving, growing and prosperous city.

He ardently believes Liverpool’s best days lie ahead as a leading world-class city.