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The Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees

The Mayor for 2024 to 2025 is Councillor John Gardner. The Mayoress is Paula Gardner.

The Mayor's duties

The Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees is the first citizen of the Borough and speaks on behalf of the area and its community. A Deputy Mayor assists with civic duties and takes the Mayor's place when he or she is not available. Both the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor choose a Mayoress (or, in the case of a female Mayor, a Consort) to support them in their duties. The Mayor is also a councillor who is elected by fellow councillors to fulfil mayoral duties for one term. 

The Mayoral term of office is one year, with elections taking place at the Annual Meeting of the Council each spring. As first citizen, the Mayor acts as Chairperson of the regular meetings of the full Council and holds a casting vote at these meetings.

The Mayor receives many invitations to events and attends as many of them as possible. He or she welcomes royal visitors to the Borough and is often called upon to greet other visitors at the request of schools or other organisations. 

The Mayor attends a number of annual functions, including: Annual Meeting and Installation, the annual Community Prayer Service (Mayor's Sunday), the charity Civic Ball and he or she also takes a formal salute at parades to mark the Battle of Britain and Remembrance Sunday. If you would like the Mayor to attend an event please contact the Mayor's Office using the contact details below: 

Mayoral Engagements

Tuesday 23 April 2024

11:30am to 1pm

The Mayor will attend Durham University's Spring Congregation, Durham Cathedral, The College, Durham DH1 3EH.

Thursday 25 April 2024

9:30am to 12:30pm

The Mayor will attend Citizenship Ceremony, Register Office, Nightingale House, Balaclava Street, Stockton on Tees TS18 2AL.

Saturday 27 April 2024

7pm to 12am

The Mayor will attend the Mayor of Redcar & Cleveland's Charity Ball, Gisborough Hall, Whitby Lane, Guisborough, North Yorkshire TS14 6PT.

The Mayor's Charities

Mayor Councillor John Gardner is working to raise awareness and much needed funds for his chosen charities which are Parkinson's UK and Leo's Neonatal.

Mayor's Civic Awards

The Civic Awards honour local people and organisations or businesses that have made a real difference to our community. Nominations for 2023 to 2024 are now open.

Mayor's blog

Find out more about the role of the Civic Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees by reading their blog