Councillor Linda Bigham today (16 May) became the new Lord Mayor of Coventry.
Cllr Bigham succeeds Cllr John Blundell, and her Deputy Lord Mayor has been named as Cllr Ann Lucas. She will serve until next May.
Cllr Bigham was born and educated in Birmingham, before moving to Coventry when she married her husband Kerry 51 years ago. The couple have three children and three grandchildren.
She later studied for her A Levels as a mature student at Foxford School – where she is now a governor – and took a degree at the Open University, going on to work in the Civil Service.
She was first elected to the Council in 2004 and has worked on various committees, helping Coventry secure the title of UK City of Culture as a Cabinet Member. She has also served as Chair of Scrutiny Co-ordination Committee and is the Council’s Armed Forces Champion.
Outside of the Council, she has worked on various bodies, including Coventry Law Centre, Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre, Coventry and Warwickshire LEP, Coventry City of Culture Trust, the Belgrade Theatre Trust and Whitefriars Board, as well as serving as a governor at Longford Park School.
She has named her chosen charities as:
She said: “I am truly honoured to be Lord Mayor of my adopted home city, although after being here for 51 years I do consider myself a true ‘Coventrian’.
“My various roles at the Council and around the city have helped me to give something back to the city which has given me so much, and I now look forward to meeting more of the people and organisations that make Coventry such a wonderful place to live.
“I am also looking forward to raising money for my chosen charities and also raising their profile. They are three very worthy causes that are close to my heart.
“My congratulations to John for his great year in office, and my best wishes to Ann in her role as Deputy Lord Mayor.
“With our role as European City of Sport and the build up to 2021 and our year as UK City of Culture, I am sure it will be a very exciting and memorable time for the city, and it will be a privilege to be a part of it all as Lord Mayor.”
When she finds time to relax, Cllr Bigham enjoys local and family history, walking, gardening, literature and theatre - especially Shakespeare.
Cllr Ann Lucas is the new Deputy Lord Mayor.