On Thursday 20 May 2021, Councillor John McNicholas was inaugurated as the Lord Mayor of Coventry for 2021-22, Coventry’s City of Culture year.
Councillor McNicholas was born in Plymouth, but moved to the Midlands and chose to live in Coventry to work at the Browns Lane car plant from 1978 onwards until his retirement in the new millennium.
He spent over 25 years working at Jaguar, including being a shop steward at the plant.
John was first elected onto the Council as a councillor for Lower Stoke Ward in 1986 and has represented the people of the area continuously since then.
He has held many positions on the Council, including Chair of Personnel and Administration Committee, the Environment Committee, and was Transportation Lead Member. He chaired Scrutiny Board 3, Business Economy and Enterprise and has also served on the Communities and Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Board.
He has represented the Council on organisations including Birmingham International Airport Holdings Limited - Board of Directors, was Leader of the West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority and the West Midlands Combined Authority Transport Delivery Committee. John currently sits on the Canal and River Trust West Midlands Regional Advisory Board and Chairs the Coventry Canal Advisory Board.
He is married to June and they have two children, Anna and Tom.
His hobbies include gardening, walking and he is a keen bridge player and Sudoku solver, as well as an enthusiastic supporter of nature and wildlife issues and will be promoting animal welfare and responsible pet ownership in his year as Lord Mayor.
He is looking forward to helping Coventry celebrate its year as UK City of Culture and helping the city to share its story and heritage, along with helping it spread its messages of peace and reconciliation and multiculturalism.
He is also looking forward to helping the city’s recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and recognising its frontline heroes.