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Past Mayors

Chichester City Council has a long history with the first known Mayor of Chichester being Emery de Rouen in 1239 but the Chichester volume of the Victoria History of the County of Sussex suggests that the Office of Mayor probably dates from at least 1226.

The names of a number of individual Mayors are known from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and a complete list of all Mayors from 1502 can be seen on boards in the Assembly Room Ante Room and the Council Chamber.

In 1563 Thomas Jarman left in his will a ring with a turquoise stone set in it to the then Mayor ‘to be delivered over from Mayor to Mayor every election day and he to wear the same for my remembrance.’ This custom continues to this day as part of the Mayor Making ceremony. A modern replica of the ring has been made and can be worn by the Mayor, if they wish, when undertaking their civic duties.

The Mayor of Chichester was for many years the senior magistrate of the City his court being held at first in the Council Chamber and from 1881 in a purpose built room at the Council House, now known as the Old Court Room.

The recently revised book ‘A Chain of Mayors’ written by Anne Scicluna includes biographies and pictures of the Mayors of Chichester since 1530 and is available for purchase from The Council House.

List of past Mayors – updated May 2023

Mayor of Chichester 2022-2023 - Councillor Julian Joy

Councillor Julian Joy – 2022-23

Past Mayor of Chichester - Councillor J Hughes - 2021-22 and 20013-15

Councillor John Hughes – 2021-22 and 2013-15

Past Mayor of Chichester - Councillor Plowman - 2019-21 and 2005-06

Councillor Richard Plowman – 2019-21 and 2005-06

Past Mayor of Chichester - Councillor Bell - 2018-19

Councillor Martyn Bell – 2018-19

Past Mayor of Chichester - Councillor Evans - 2017-18

Councillor Peter Evans – 2017-18

Past Mayor of Chichester - Councillor Budge - 2015-17

Councillor Peter Budge – 2015-17

Past Mayor of Chichester - Councillor Chaplin - 2013

Councillor Alan Chaplin – 2013

Past Mayor of Chichester - Councillor Scicluna - 2012-13 and 1993-94

Councillor Anne Scicluna – 2012-13, 1993-94 and 1983-84

Past Mayor of Chichester - Councillor T French - 2011-12

Councillor Tony French – 2011-12

Past Mayor of Chichester - Councillor Woolley - 2009-11

Councillor Michael Woolley – 2009-11

Past Mayor of Chichester - Councillor Siggs - 2008-09

Councillor David Siggs – 2008-09

Past Mayor of Chichester - Councillor Brown - 2007-08 and 1997-98

Councillor Ray Brown – 2007-08 and 1997-98

Past Mayor of Chichester - Councillor Campling - 2006-07

Councillor Rob Campling – 2006-07

Past Mayor of Chichester - Councillor Shone - 2004-05 and 2001-02

Councillor Michael Shone – 2004-05 and 2001-02

Past Mayor of Chichester - Councillor Le Bourlier-Woods - 2003-04

Councillor Jean Le Bourlier-Woods – 2003-04

Past Mayor of Chichester - Councillor E French - 1999-2000

Councillor Eva French – 1999-2000

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