As Croydon has an elected mayor with executive powers, the role of Civic Mayor fulfils many of the ceremonial and public duties associated with the Mayor.

The Civic Mayor of Croydon; 

  • used to be known as the Mayor of Croydon
  • is a serving councillor 
  • is elected by fellow council members at the first Council meeting of the municipal year
  • may not act politically in any way
  • has two key roles – a constitutional role and a civic ceremonial role.

Role of the Civic Mayor of Croydon

Constitutional Role

  • chairs council meetings in an impartial non-political way
  • has the deciding vote in the event of a tie at a council meeting
  • upholds and promotes the purposes of the council’s constitution, the interests of the wider council and the public
  • deals with petitions (this is undertaken by officers in the name of the Civic Mayor
  • presides over citizenship ceremonies.

Ceremonial Role

A major part of the role of the Civic Mayor is the Ceremonial Role. They;

  • represent the borough as the First Citizen. This means they are an ambassador for the borough and its residents. 
  • represent the Queen as First Citizen of the borough, hosting events and welcoming visitors such as other Royals
  • promote the borough, the council’s aims and objectives, and forge links with the private, public, and voluntary sectors
  • aim to promote, raise the profile and gain publicity for projects and events that are of a good charitable or voluntary nature that benefit the citizens of the borough, particularly smaller organisations
  • are committed to serving the people of Croydon with integrity, striving for prosperity for all
  • are the face of the borough in times of sadness e.g. death of a Member of the Royal Family, after a local, national or international tragedy

Contact the Civic Mayor


The Civic Mayor's Office, Bridge Room, Croydon Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX , United Kingdom