Councillor Jane Dowson is the 124th person to hold the Office of Lord Mayor of Leeds. Born, bred and educated in Leeds and a local Ward Councillor for Chapel Allerton since 2004, Councillor Dowson has been Executive Board member for Education and Deputy Executive Member for Children and Families for 5 years. Councillor Dowson is a keen supporter of Leeds’ ambition to become a Child Friendly City and Leeds’ European Capital of Culture bid in 2023.
As the first citizen of Leeds, it is the role of the Lord Mayor to represent, speak on the behalf of and act in the best interests of all citizens and communities of Leeds. The Lord Mayor meets with citizens, supports communities, promotes the city and welcomes visitors. The Lord Mayor also attends events which celebrate the contribution of organisations from all sectors to the life of the city of Leeds. The Lord Mayor holds a ceremonial non-partisan role, meaning that the Lord Mayor cannot engage in political or Ward matters during their time in office. The Lord Mayor’s term of office is annual and normally starts on the third Thursday of May, however this can be subject to change.
Councillor Dowson is delighted that her husband, Alan Bellhouse, has agreed to act as her Consort during the Mayoral year. If you would like further information about the Lord Mayor and the Lord Mayor’s Consort (including any dietary requirements), please view their full biography (PDF 1.3MB).
You can follow the Lord Mayor on Twitter @LordMayorLeeds
Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal 2017-2018
The Lord Mayor has chosen Candlelighters as her charity for this year. Candlelighters is a children’s cancer charity based in Leeds who support families facing children’s cancer across the entire region of Yorkshire. They support families through all stages of childhood cancer, during treatment, after treatment and during bereavement. More information is available on the Candlelighters website.
Every penny raised from the Lord Mayor's appeal will go towards renovating the Candlelighters Cottage. The Cottage will provide four families with accommodation a night, 365 days a year, whilst their children are being treated at Leeds Children's Hospital. The current accommodation provision provided by Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust has a waiting list of at least 10 families per night, so there is a great need for more accommodation.
This is the current state of the cottage (JPG 53KB), and the planned designs can be viewed on YouTube. Candelighters need to raise £500,00 to fund the renovations of the Cottage so they can increase their support for families facing children's cancer in Yorkshire.
Just One Day
Every year the Lord Mayor reaches out to organisations in the city to ask for their support in fundraising for the Lord Mayor’s charity. Organisations from all sectors are invited to participate in Just One Day – One day per year that is dedicated to raising money and awareness for the Lord Mayor’s charity. By working with organisations of all sectors at all levels, Just One Day brings the city together to support the most vulnerable. More information is available on the Just One Day page.
You can donate online to the Lord Mayor’s Charity at www.justgiving.com/lmca
Text Giving: type LMCA01, add amount of donation and send to 70070.
Or send a cheque payable to 'The Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal' to:
The Lord Mayor’s Office,
1st Floor West Civic Hall,
Leeds, LS1 1UR
If you wish to invite the Lord Mayor to an event, we normally require 2 weeks’ notice to process invitations. We recommend you check the Lord Mayor’s availability before you send an invitation by contacting the Lord Mayor’s office on 0113 378 8007.
To invite the Lord Mayor to an event, please complete the invitation form. We aim to respond within 5 working days.
Alternatively, you can post your invitation to: Lord Mayor’s Office, 1st Floor West, Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR.
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