The Lord Mayor of Nottingham

The Lord Mayor is the first citizen of Nottingham

The Lord Mayor of Nottingham is Councillor Liaqat Ali.

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The Lord Mayor

Background of the Lord Mayor

Liaqat was born in Chakswari, Panyam in the District Mirpur in Azad Jammu Kashmir and moved to Nottingham in 1983, at the age of 12, with his family.

He became an elected Member for the Radford & Park ward in 2011 and is currently Chair of the Arboretum, Dunkirk and Lenton, Radford and Park Area Committee. He is, or has previously been, involved with The Trusts and Charities Committee; Licensing Committee; Corporate Parenting Board; Nottinghamshire and City of Nottingham Fire and Rescue Authority and Planning Committee.

Liaqat was educated at the Old Sandfield Secondary School in Lenton and he later went to the Old Forest Field College on Carlton Road.

After leaving College, he started his working life at a family run petrol station. For a while after he worked in Boots' Beeston Warehouse. From there he went on to work as a taxi driver, and he currently now works in the call centre at a Nottingham Cars Ltd.

Liaqat is really interested in helping to improve the education in Nottingham. He also enjoys fund raising for charity, has a keen interest in educational matters (he is a school governor of two local primary schools - Bentick and Mellors Primary Schools) and enjoys meeting different people from all walks of life.

In addition to speaking English, Liaqat also speaks Urdu, Mirpuri and Punjabi.

In his leisure time, Liaqat enjoys sport, especially cricket, likes to travel and has recently enjoyed time in Saudi Arabia.

Liaqat is married to Robina Parveen, who will be his Lady Mayoress for the year. She was also born in the District of Mirpur in Azad Jammu Kashmir and they have one child together.

Key Tasks

  • Preside over the meetings of the Council (full Council) as prescribed in the Local Government Act 1972, schedule 12, paragraph 5
  • Receive members of the Royal Family and other important visitors to the city
  • To act as a symbolic figurehead for Core City activity and host visits by Lord Mayors, councillors and officers from those cities
  • Represent the City Council at traditional civic events such as the Legal Service, Remembrance Sunday the Civic Service etc
  • To host Civic Receptions in the Council House, these are held on a regular basis to celebrate the contribution of individuals and organisations to the life of the city of Nottingham
  • Represent the City Council by attending external functions, which celebrate the contribution of organisations from all sectors to the life of the city of Nottingham
  • To preside over Citizenship ceremonies to welcome new British citizens to the city of Nottingham
  • Take salutes of military and voluntary organisations that either have the right to, or request the right to, march through the city
  • To be the president of the Interfaith Council and visit places of worship for a range of faiths throughout the civic year
  • To nominate a charity and help raise funds for that charity and the standing Lord Mayor's charities
  • Quasi-judicial role of Lord Mayor to sign documents

The Lord Mayor's Chaplain

The post of Lord Mayor's Chaplain is an honorary one, and as such is unpaid. The Chaplain's duties are to give spiritual guidance to the Lord Mayor and support on civic occasions.

The Lord Mayor’s Chaplain is Mr Mark Gilmore, Minister of St Peter's & All Souls, Radford.

For more information please contact the Civic Office:

Email civic.office@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Tel: 0115 876 5654

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