Councillor Linda Bigham has been named as Deputy Lord Mayor of Coventry for 2018-19, and will become Lord Mayor the following year
Councillor Bigham was born in Birmingham and has lived in Coventry for over fifty years.
She went to Byng Kenrick Grammar School for Girls, took A-levels as a mature student at Foxford School and Community Arts College, then later a BA (Hons) degree, Open University whilst working as a Civil Servant.
She has two daughters, a son, two granddaughters and a grandson.
She has served as a Labour councillor for the Longford area of the city since 2004 and has held several posts with the Council, including seats on the Ethics, Community and Neighbourhoods Scrutiny and Licensing and Planning Committees.
She is currently Cabinet Member for Community Development and will take up the post of Deputy Lord Mayor in May.
Cllr Bigham has also served on organisations outside the Council, including the Ambassadors Social Enterprise Board, City of Culture Trust, Coventry Partnership, Coventry Law Centre, Whitefriars Board, West Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership, CWLEP, CRMC, Chair of Governors Foxford School, local charities and is Armed Forces Champion for Coventry.
Councillor Bigham said: “It has been a great honour to represent Longford for the past 14 years and I am very proud to have been named Deputy Lord Mayor of the city that means so much to me."
“These are very exciting times for Coventry, with the changes to our city and the build-up to our year as City of Culture 2021 and I look forward to meeting many people from across the city and helping to promote the amazing place that we live in.”
Her consort for the two year period will be her husband, Mr Kerry Bigham.
Councillor John Blundell will be Lord Mayor of Coventry for 2018-19.