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Councillor John McNicholas has been named as Deputy Lord Mayor of Coventry for 2020-21 and will become Lord Mayor the following year.
John was born in Plymouth, and moved to Oxford in 1975 where he worked at the British Leyland, Cowley Plant whilst his wife June was a student. He then moved to Coventry in 1977 where he worked on the shop-floor at Jaguar, Browns Lane for 25 years, including working as shop steward, and is still the proud owner of a long service watch.
He was first elected to the Council in 1986 and has served the ward of Lower Stoke continuously since then.
He has held many posts on the Council, including Chairs of Environment and Personnel, was one of the first Cabinet Members when the Cabinet/Scrutiny system was brought in and more recently Lead Transportation Member and is currently Chair of Scrutiny Board 3. He also serves on outside bodies including Birmingham Airport and the Canal and River Trust West Midlands Regional Advisory Board.
John will be Deputy Lord Mayor for the first half of Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture 2021, and will be Lord Mayor as the year comes to an end and then builds towards being a host city for the Commonwealth Games.
He said he is looking forward to seeing his adopted city take its rightful place in the spotlight.
He said: “I came into local government because I care about local communities. Over the years I have met so many interesting people who love their city. I will be so proud to help show the world our people, our history and our culture in 2021/22.
“This is going to be such a great period for our city and I know we are going to experience something special.
“I am delighted that I will be there to help create a lasting legacy from our especial year 2021. It will be an honour to be Lord Mayor at such an important time.”
John’s wife June will be Lady Mayoress for the year and he will be supported by his children Anna and Tom and his two grandchildren. He lists his interests as gardening, walking and cycling and he is also a keen bridge player.
He has yet to decide on his charities for the year, but as a keen supporter of environmental causes he is already planning how the city can plant a tree for every resident, as well as promote other green issues and causes such as animal welfare and promoting a more caring society.
He added: “The office of Lord Mayor is so important and means so much to the city. It is an honour and I feel privileged to be able to carry that tradition on and I am greatly looking forward to it.”