We elect a Mayor to serve for one year. The Mayoral year is always busy and the Mayor will attend many functions including formal civic events and the annual meeting of the council.
Councillor Gul Nawaz was elected as Mayor at the annual council meeting on Monday 20 May 2019.
His granddaughter Amreen will be Mayoress. Councillor Diane Lamb was named Deputy Mayor.
Gul arrived in Peterborough from Kashmir at the age of 13.
After attending Eastholm Secondary School, he joined Barron-Clark Steel.
He has always worked in Peterborough for various private and public sector organisations, including Peterborough District Hospital.
Gul has been a committed member of the local community and he was first elected to the city council in May 2002, representing the Ravensthorpe Ward.
He has remained elected in the ward and this is a clear demonstration of Gul's determination and dedication to his locality.
Gul applies his commitment and passion to all community work, ensuring Peterborough residents get the best service possible from our council.
As a Mayor and Mayoress, Gul and Amreen stand for all community groups and individuals and they aim to represent people and groups whose voice would normally go unheard.
In his role as Mayor, Gul's focus is on continuing to strengthen community cohesion and to become a symbol for every community.
This will ensure Peterborough is a place to proudly live in and every individual and group is proud to live and work together.
The Mayor’s charities for 2019/2020 are: Little Miracles, Carers Trust Peterborough and Friends of Peterborough Hospitals.
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.