Councillor Susie Charles, Mayor of Lancaster
Councillor Susie Charles was elected Mayor of the City of Lancaster in May 2014 at a ceremony at Lancaster Town Hall. Councillor Charles was first elected to the Ellel Ward in Lancaster in 1999.
The Mayor is being supported by fellow Ellel ward councillor Helen Helme, who will be acting as deputy mayor.
The Mayor has chosen to donate any money raised during her Mayoral year to two charities, Hounds for Heroes and the UK Sepsis Trust.
The Mayor is the first citizen of the district and within the council first among equals.
The Mayor is a non-political symbol of the local authority, a symbol of open society and equality and an expression of social cohesion.