The Mayor is elected by his or her fellow Councillors and normally serves for one year.
A Mayoress, or Mayor's Consort, is appointed by the Mayor to support him or her during the year in office. Councillor Hussain Akhtar is the Mayor of the Borough for 2016/2017. This year the Mayor will have his wife Mrs Tahzeem Akhtar or Mrs Shaheen Akhtar or Mr Mohammed Imran Akhtar acting as the Mayoress/Consort.
The Deputy Mayor for 2016/2017 is Councillor Colin Rigby O.B.E.
One of the Mayor's most important tasks is to chair council meetings, to keep order and to ensure the rules of debate are being followed.
When representing the Borough, the Mayor wears a chain of office and, on some occasions, the civic robes as well. In addition to acting as First Citizen of the Borough, the Mayor hosts visits from representatives of our twin towns, attends functions such as Remembrance Sunday and gets involved in fund raising for the Mayor's chosen charity. This year the chosen charities are ’The East Lancashire Hospice’ and ’The North West Air Ambulance (NWAA) If you or your organisation requires any further information about the charity or if you can offer any assistance in fund raising please contact the Mayor's Office.
The Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen attends nearly 500 engagements during the Civic year and each event is processed by the staff of the Mayor’s Office. In view of the Mayor’s busy schedule it is essential that each invitation is put in writing at least 10 working days before the date of the event.
Upon the Mayor’s acceptance of an invitation, the Mayor’s Office will issue written confirmation and will ask that a Civic proforma be completed and returned. The form is used to ascertain essential details for the Mayor’s information such as: nature of event, parking arrangements for civic vehicle and the dress requirement for the Mayor and any other relevant information.
The address for any correspondence is:
The Worshipful the Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
Telephone: (01254) 585229
Fax: (01254) 585276
e-mail : email@example.com