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.

Addressing the Mayor of Knutsford

The formal way to address the Mayor is Mr or Madam Mayor.

A female Mayor is never called a Mayoress – this is an optional title for the Mayor’s Consort.


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.

Cllr Mike Houghton, Mayor of Knutsford

Councillor Mike Houghton
Town Mayor 2022/23


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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.

Serving on the Town Council can, at times, feel like a thankless task, not least because of the things we cannot control rather than the work we do undertake. Some may not know but being a town councillor is an unpaid role. However, what is so rewarding about serving on the town council is working with my fellow councillors who never use this as an excuse to give less than 100% in serving their community. I have enjoyed developing friendships with many of them around the council table, it’s a genuine privilege to work with them and I thank them for electing me as Town Mayor.

I have lived in Knutsford with my wife Kate for over 25 years – the longest either of us have lived anywhere. Both of our children were born and baptised in Knutsford and attended Bexton Primary School and the Knutsford Academy.

I am supporting two initiatives during my mayoral year both linked by a common thread of positive metal health promotion. This is a subject very close to my heart.

The first is Knutsford Scouts; the movement undertakes wonderful work developing life skills for children and young adults and promoting an active lifestyle – all of which helps enormously with mental health wellbeing. We have a thriving Scout community in Knutsford and some amazing volunteer leaders but they need help. They receive no outside support, and the 4 groups (1st, 2nd, and 5th Knutsford and 1st Mobberley) are individual charities in their own right with all of their income derived from modest subscriptions and fundraising.

The second area I wish to support is something called the UK Men’s Sheds Association. This is a nationwide organisation which supports the establishment of ‘sheds’. Men’s Sheds are a place to pursue practical interests at leisure, to practice skills and enjoy making and mending. Whilst many men like to spend time in their own garden sheds Men’s Sheds are about social connections and friendship building, and sharing skills and knowledge.

My ambition is to raise funds over the next 12 months in order to help establish a shed in Knutsford in 2023. It would become an independent charity so it not only needs members but people to help run it and/or to act as trustees. So if this is of interest to anyone please make contact with the Town Clerk.

Cllr Stewart Gardiner, Mayor of Knutsford

Councillor Stewart Gardiner
Town Mayor 2020-22

Cllr Andrew Malloy - Town Mayor

Councillor Andrew Malloy
Town Mayor 2019-20

Councillor Peter Coan
Town Mayor 2018-19

Neil Forbes Town Mayor 2016

Councillor Neil Forbes
Town Mayor 2017-18

Jan Nicholson Town Mayor 2016

Councillor Jan Nicholson
Town Mayor 2016-17


Year of OfficeTown MayorYear of OfficeTown MayorYear of OfficeTown Mayor
1974/75R Parr1990/91H Grange2006/07A Ranfield
1975/76R Shepherd1991/92J Jordan2007/08J Nicholson
1976/77W Walker1992/93J Holbrook2008/09J Holbrook
1977/78J Walley1993/94B Austin2009/10L Want
1978/79J Gledhill1994/95D Squirrel2010/11P Coan
1979/80S O'Brien1995/96D Davies2011/12S Gardiner
1980/81V Young1996/97J Holbrook2012/13V Davies
1981/82M Page1997/98D Squirrel2013/14B Coan
1982/83H Grange1998/99H Gates2014/15N Forbes
1983/84A Mazzeo1999/00H Grange2015/16T Dean
1984/85B Crossley2000/01J Holbrook2016/17J Nicholson
1985/86B Phibbs2001/02G Walton2017/18N Forbes
1986/87S Forbes2002/03A Ranfield2018/19P Coan
1987/88K Fairhurst2003/04V Boston-Davies2019/20A Malloy
1988/89M Howarth2004/05B Austin2020-22S Gardiner
1989/90M Page2005/06W Hamman2022-23M Houghton