The Mayor is elected by fellow councillors and normally serves for 12 months. One of the primary mayoral duties is chairing Council meetings to maintain order.

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 occasionally the civic robes.

The Mayor acts as first citizen of the borough and 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 charities.

The Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen attends nearly 500 engagements during the civic year.