Lord Mayor’s Biography

Councillor Christine Banks was born and brought up in Thurlow House, Gerard Crescent, the eldest of seven children to Fredrick and Esther Barton. Her father served in the Royal Navy, Merchant Navy and then worked as a Steel Erector. Christine’s mum was a tailoress who then went onto work in the family business.  Christine’s grandmother, aunties and mother were barrow women, or street traders as they are known today.

Christine was educated at St Joseph’s Primary School and the Bishop Goss Senior School, before going on to Liverpool College to study Maths and English.  Christine then graduated, completing her Youth and Social Studies at Liverpool John Moore’s University.

Christine is married to Brian and they have been together for thirty seven years. They have four children Jennifer, Michael, Gerrard and Chelsea. They also have three grandchildren Liliahbel, Emilia and Mason.

Aged fifteen, Christine worked at Vernon’s Pools, the baths and washhouses.  For thirty years, Christine was a volunteer play worker, she then went on to be a part-time Youth Worker, eventually becoming a full time Youth and Community Manager in the Marybone Youth and Community Centre. Since then, she has been a community activist for more than thirty years setting up projects across the City of Liverpool.

Councillor Banks was elected to represent Central Ward in 2008 and is a member of the Port Health and Audit and Governance Select Committees.  For ten years Christine has been part of the Licensing Committee, and over the past seven years has been Chair of Licensing.

In her spare time she enjoys traveling, swimming, going to the gym and listening to music; mostly blues singers Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sara Vaughan.

Brian, her Consort, is a retired BT Engineer and has lived in the city centre all his life. An avid Evertonian, Brian also enjoys reading, listening to Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Barbara Streisand.

Jenny, her Lady Mayoress, was educated at Holy Cross Primary School, and went on to St Mary’s College followed by Liverpool Community College, ultimately taking Business Studies at Liverpool John Moore’s University.  Jenny has a daughter, Emilia, and works as a civil servant. Jenny is an avid Liverpool supporter, and in her spare time enjoys reading, yoga, going to the cinema and going on holiday.

Councillor Banks stated: “I am very honoured to be selected to become Lord Mayor of this wonderful city; to be made the First Citizen of the greatest City in the world is the highest honour, especially being supported by so many of my peers. I know my grandmother Lizzy Griffin, my mother Tess and father Freddy would be proud of me.”    

Councillor Banks will be sponsoring three charities during her year as Lord Mayor.  They are Everton in the Community, Merchant Navy Association and The Michael Causer Foundation. “I am hoping to raise a lot of money for my charities this year to raise the profile of the excellent work they do.”  

For further information visit the Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal page.