The Mayor of Knutsford (Town Mayor) is elected annually from amongst the councillors at the Annual Town Council meeting in May (also called the Mayor Making). The Mayor serves as both Chairman of the Town Council and the ceremonial figurehead for Knutsford
The title Mayor of Knutsford was first established in the late 13th century when the town was granted a charter however it became extinct and little is known of the early mayors; the title was revived in 1974 when the Town Council was formed.
THE ROLE OF THE TOWN MAYOR
As first citizen of Knutsford, the Town Mayor fulfils an ambassadorial and ceremonial role representing the town. The mayor is invited to attend around 150 events every year, ranging from opening fetes and new shops, attending community events and representing the town at events such as the North West in Bloom awards.
The Town Mayor also chairs meetings of the Full Council and by virtue of office may attend and vote at all council committee meetings.
Each year the Town Mayor also raises funds for chosen charities by hosting a number of community fundraising events and an annual Civic Ball.
COUNCILLOR MIKE HOUGHTON
Cllr Mike Houghton was elected Town Mayor in May 2022. Cllr Houghton is supported by his wife Kate, the Mayoress; Cllr Jan Nicholson, Deputy Town Mayor and Rev Nigel Atkinson, Mayor’s Chaplain.
His incoming speech will be published shortly.
Councillor Stewart Gardiner
Town Mayor 2020-22
Councillor Andrew Malloy
Town Mayor 2019-20
Councillor Peter Coan
Town Mayor 2018-19
Councillor Neil Forbes
Town Mayor 2017-18
Councillor Jan Nicholson
Town Mayor 2016-17
|Year of Office||Town Mayor||Year of Office||Town Mayor||Year of Office||Town Mayor|
|1974/75||R Parr||1990/91||H Grange||2006/07||A Ranfield|
|1975/76||R Shepherd||1991/92||J Jordan||2007/08||J Nicholson|
|1976/77||W Walker||1992/93||J Holbrook||2008/09||J Holbrook|
|1977/78||J Walley||1993/94||B Austin||2009/10||L Want|
|1978/79||J Gledhill||1994/95||D Squirrel||2010/11||P Coan|
|1979/80||S O'Brien||1995/96||D Davies||2011/12||S Gardiner|
|1980/81||V Young||1996/97||J Holbrook||2012/13||V Davies|
|1981/82||M Page||1997/98||D Squirrel||2013/14||B Coan|
|1982/83||H Grange||1998/99||H Gates||2014/15||N Forbes|
|1983/84||A Mazzeo||1999/00||H Grange||2015/16||T Dean|
|1984/85||B Crossley||2000/01||J Holbrook||2016/17||J Nicholson|
|1985/86||B Phibbs||2001/02||G Walton||2017/18||N Forbes|
|1986/87||S Forbes||2002/03||A Ranfield||2018/19||P Coan|
|1987/88||K Fairhurst||2003/04||V Boston-Davies||2019/20||A Malloy|
|1988/89||M Howarth||2004/05||B Austin||2020-22||S Gardiner|
|1989/90||M Page||2005/06||W Hamman||2022-23||M Houghton|