Councillor John Blundell was today sworn in as Coventry’s Lord Mayor at a ceremony in the Cathedral.
Cllr Blundell, who went to Briton Road School - now Stoke Primary - and King Henry VIII School, was first elected as a councillor in 2002 and became Cabinet Member for Children and Education in 2004 after serving on various committees, and stayed in the role until 2010.
In 2014 he became the Leader of Coventry’s Conservative group and stepped down in 2017 when he took on the role of Deputy Lord Mayor. He has served as a director of the Belgrade Theatre and the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum and is currently a director of Finham Park Multi Academy Trust and a school governor of Grange Farm Primary School.
Councillor Blundell said: “I am really looking forward to serving Coventry in a greater capacity as Lord Mayor at such an exciting time in the run up to City of Culture. Coventry has been hiding its light under a bushel for far too long and I’m pleased that we are starting to get the recognition we deserve. "
His chosen charities are the Haemochromatosis Society that helps people cope with blood disorders and the Enterprise Club, a local charity that provides recreation and fellowship for all Coventry people with a disability.
John has been married to Lindsey, who will be Lady Mayoress, for over 40 years and they have two sons and three grandchildren.