Councillor Stephen Lane was elected as Mayor at the annual council meeting on Monday 27 May 2021.
Stephen Lane, born in Yorkshire, is the eldest of three children to serving RAF airman and housewife.
His family travelled with their father’s postings, including periods overseas to Aden and Singapore. Stephen attended several schools but finished at a boy’s grammar school in Marlow.
Stephen's working life has been spent in management roles in supermarkets, van sales and newsagents., and the last 25 years spent as security officer with Baker Perkins.
Stephen has been married to his wife, Margaret for 44 years. Together they have two sons, who also served the Queen in the country’s armed forces.
Stephen was first elected in 2004 as an independent councillor for Werrington North, now simply named Werrington, and managed a combined workload of shift-working and councillor activities, including sitting on a variety of committees.
Stephen intends to focus on continuing the communities theme that has arisen from weeks in lockdown, and the isolation experienced by many. He has been encouraged by the number of voluntary groups, and individuals, that have gone more than the extra mile to help their friends and neighbours.
Many have helped vulnerable people to overcome difficulties, and he wishes to offer his Mayor’s Charity support to three groups who all do sterling work, namely The Light Project, Family Voice and Supporting Peterborough Veterans.
The Deputy Mayor is Councillor Mohammed Jamil and his wife Mrs Sughra Jamil will act as the Deputy Mayoress.
The Role of Mayor
Although the powers of mayor have diminished over the years, the role has retained its importance.
The Mayor is seen as a symbol of continuity, a recognisable and ever-present factor in people's experiences, effectively connecting the present with the past. It is also a symbol of an open society as the choice of mayor is no longer restricted. The first citizen can, and does, come from any class, gender or ethnic background. The mayor also has a key democratic role to play. After being chosen and appointed by Councillors, they act as a politically impartial chairman of the city council making sure that proper conduct takes place in the council chamber during meetings.
Another key role for a mayor is to act as ambassador for the city, locally and at a national or international level. As Peterborough's first citizen, the mayor is expected to speak and act for all of the diverse communities in the city. The Mayor also takes the lead in highlighting causes and helping members of the community receive the recognition they deserve.
It is probably the mayor's civic role that residents are the most familiar with. The mayor is frequently invited to attend events in the community, such as openings and fund-raising events organised by voluntary organisations. Fund-raising events are also held for the Mayor's charities, which are chosen by the new Mayor at the start of the civic year.