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Lord Mayor of Leeds

Councillor Gerry Harper and his wife the Lady Mayoress, Lynne Scholes. Councillor Gerry Harper is delighted to serve as Lord Mayor of Leeds for 2016 – 2017 and is very pleased that his partner Lynne Scholes has agreed to be the Lady Mayoress. Councillor Gerry Harper was born in Belfast before moving to Leeds in 1967 with his family, he was brought up in the Harehills area of Leeds and currently lives in Otley. He attended Brownhill primary school, St Augustine’s primary school and Corpus Christi high school.

Gerry started his working life in Leeds Kirkgate Marke​t before moving to work for Montague Burton in Leeds and Archbold Storage Ltd, Gildersome. In 1978 he trained to work as a central heating surveyor at British Gas in Wortley and remained there until 1994 when he was elected as a city councillor. He represented the old University Ward until 2004 and in 2010 he was re-elected to the Hyde Park and Woodhouse Ward which he still represents.

During his time on Council, Gerry has held many positions including being Chief Whip to the Council on two occasions as well as an Executive board member for Environment and Cleansing and Deputy Executive board member for Regeneration, Transport and Planning. The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress are very much looking forward to representing the City of Leeds and hope to meet many of it’s wonderful citizens and communities during their Mayoral year.

You can follow the Lord Mayor on Twitter @LordMayorLeeds.

Biographical Information

If you would like further information about the Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayoress (including any dietary requirements) please click on the documents link on this page to view their full biography.

Inviting the Lord Mayor to an event

If you wish to invite the Lord Mayor to an event please send your invitation via email to: lordmayorsoffice@leeds.gov.uk or by post to Lord Mayor’s Office, 1st Floor West, Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR.

You may wish to check the Lord Mayor’s availability before you send an invitation, if so please contact the office on 0113 378 8007.

Please note that we normally require 2 weeks’ notice to process invitations.

Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal 2016 – 17

In 2004, Gerry was diagnosed with Epilepsy, which is controlled with medication. He has chosen Epilepsy Action and Heart Research UK as his Charities to support during the Mayoral year. He hopes to assist the Charities in their important work by raising awareness and as much money as possible for those who suffer from epilepsy and heart disease.

We are organising a number of fundraising initiatives in support of the charity appeal throughout the year and we hope that you can get involved. You could organise your own fundraising event - small or large, all ideas and contributions will be most welcomed. We would also be grateful for any donation of items that could be used for fundraising as a raffle prize.

Any support that you are able to give would be appreciated to help this extremely worthwhile cause.

You can donate to the Lord Mayor’s Charity via:


Just One Day

For the current Lord Mayor, ‘Just One Day’ will be centred on May 19th. However, it will also include a “What’s Your Day” option where people might support the Lord Mayor’s campaign in their own way and at a time more appropriate with their own ambitions. To get involved with #J1D17, please see our Just One Day page.


Fundraising Events

We have several events organised before the current Lord Mayor completes his term of office on 25th May. These include a Golf Day on 11th May, and a Psychic Evening on 18th May. Further details can be found in the documents section, please contact our office if you wish to attend these events.

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