About the Office of Mayor and other civic roles

Other civic roles

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor hold ‘civic offices’. Other civic roles in the borough, include:

The Mayor's Chaplain

  • Spiritual advisor to the Mayor (more than one may be appointed)

The 'Ancient' Offices of Honorary Recorder and High Steward

  • The Office of Honorary Recorder is held by The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP
  • The Office of High Steward is held by Colonel Geoffrey Godbold OBE TD DL

Honorary Freemen

  • The borough may grant the status of Honorary Freeman on a person of distinction who, in the opinion of the Council, has given eminent services to the borough
  • In 2009 the Freedom of the Borough was conferred on the 256 City of London Field Hospital Volunteers - the latest organisation to receive this special honour
  • In 2014 local journalist and historian June Sampson became the first woman to be granted the status of Honorary Freeman for her life of dedication towards promoting and preserving the borough’s heritage.

Honorary Alderman

  • This status can be awarded a person who has given eminent service (of 12 years or more), as a past member of the Council but is no longer a councillor, and has confirmed they will not be standing for election again.

The Tipstaff

  • A uniformed officer who takes part in civic processions
  • A joint role which is often undertaken by the Royal Borough's Honorary Town Crier
  • This position is currently held by Mr Michael Seigel