Councillor Lindsley Harvard, will become the next Lord Mayor for 2016-17 on May 19 at the Mayor Making ceremony as part of the Council’s Annual General Meeting being held at the Cathedral.
Like so many of Coventry’s citizens, Councillor Lindsley Harvard was born elsewhere (South Wales) but brought up in Coventry from the age of seven years old. He is a former pupil of Alderman’s Green Primary School and Foxford Secondary Modern School.
He has served on Coventry City Council for 14 years, first for Earlsdon Ward (1996-2000) and representing Longford Ward since 2006.
Councillor Harvard said: “Serving for the past year as Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Coventry has shown me how important the role of Lord Mayor is to organisations and people throughout the city and, through helping to promote growth and prosperity, to the city itself. I look forward to further serving the people and City of Coventry diligently and proudly as its Lord Mayor.”
Councillor Tony Skipper will become Coventry City Council’s next Deputy Lord Mayor for 2016-17 and will become the Lord Mayor the following year 2017-18.
Councillor Skipper was born in Norwich and moved to Coventry to study at the University of Warwick in 1979, living in the city ever since. He represented Earlsdon Ward in 1995, before being elected into Radford Ward in 2001 where he has continued to represent residents in the ward.
Councillor Skipper said: “I’ve always enjoyed being a councillor, serving the people of Coventry and the Council all these years, however I am really looking forward to serving the city in a different way as Deputy Lord Mayor, before becoming Lord Mayor in 2017.”