Councillors & committees
The Lord Mayor of Liverpool is Councillor Mary Rasmussen. The Lord Mayor is always a serving councillor, elected by the full Council, and stands for one year in office.
About the Lord Mayor
Councillor Mary Rasmussen was raised in Chapel Road, Garston, the third child of 10 to Thomas and Theresa Gibbons. Thomas and Theresa came to Liverpool from County Mayo, Ireland, and made the city their home after trying Glasgow and London. They always told their children it was the best decision they ever made. Mary echoes their sentiments.
Mary was educated at St Francis of Assisi Primary School and then at Blessed John Almond School for her secondary education. Later in life, Mary completed an access university course, but an opportunity to work with people who were long-term unemployed meant that higher education was put on the back burner.
Mary was first elected to represent the Speke-Garston Ward in 2007 and has held numerous positions on the council. She has also been the Chair of the Labour Group and was also the first woman in Liverpool to occupy the Chief Whip role.
The Lord Mayor's charities
The Lord Mayor's charities for 2021/22 are:
Role of the Lord Mayor
The Lord Mayor is the first citizen and chosen representative of the city, acting as the focal point of the community as well as promoting the city and forging national and international links. The Lord Mayor's role is to:
- represent the city at civic functions and engagements
- promote the city nationally and internationally
- support local charities and community groups
- attend religious events of all denominations
- meet delegates from twinned cities
- chair council meetings
- confer Honorary Freement and associations