Lord Mayor Biography
The Lord Mayor of Liverpool is known as the first citizen and chosen representative of the city, acting as a focal point for the community as well as promoting the city and forging national and international links. The Lord Mayor of Liverpool is always a serving Councillor, elected by the full City Council.
The Lord Mayor’s duties include:
• Representing the city at civic functions/engagements
• Promoting the city nationally & internationally
• Supporting local charities & community groups
• Attending religious events of all denominations
• Meeting delegates from twinned cities
• Chairing Council meetings
• Conferring Honorary Freemen and Freedom of Associations & Institutions.
Lord Mayor Councillor Anna Rothery
Lord Mayor Cllr Anna Rothery (Image: Ean Flanders Photography).
Councillor Anna Rothery was raised in Belvedere Road, Toxteth, Liverpool 8 and is one of four children to Bernadette and Hubert George Rothery. Sadly Anna’s mother was widowed at a very young age when her father died in a road traffic accident.
Anna’s mother was left to raise four children on her own, she became a taxi operator to support her growing family and was quickly promoted to a taxi driver in 1972. She remained a taxi driver until her retirement in 2010.
Anna was educated at Granby Street Primary School, St Silas Junior School and Paddington Comprehensive School. She went on to study Sociology, Psychology and Law and undertook her MA in Business and Regeneration in 2007 at Liverpool University.
Anna was elected to represent Princes Park Ward in 2006 and went on to become Chair of Culture Tourism and Sport in 2010 – 2013. Anna made political history in 2012 as the first elected member to speak at the United Nations in Genève on Religious, Linguistic and Cultural difference.
Anna’s son, Luke, will be her Consort and Grace, Luke’s partner, will be Lady Mayoress for Anna’s term in office. Image: Jason Roberts Photography.
Luke attended St Pauls Infant & Junior School and Cardinal Heenan Catholic School. He initially worked within the sports industry and later with looked after children in children’s homes in Sefton. He was a positive role model for young people and utilised the medium of sport to encourage healthy lifestyles and positive life choices.
Whilst in this role he trained to be an electrical engineer and has since worked on both commercial and business properties in Merseyside and the surrounding areas. He has a personal commitment to creating employment opportunities for young people in the trade.
Grace is Programme Leader of Criminology at Blackpool and The Fylde College. She completed an undergraduate degree in Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice and a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice at Liverpool John Moore’s University. She is currently reading for a PhD in Criminology at Edge Hill University. Her research focuses on gangs, County Lines and Child Criminal Exploitation.
Councillor Rothery stated “It is a huge honour to be asked to serve as Lord Mayor in my beloved home city. To be made the First Citizen is the highest accolade which can be bestowed and my mother and father would have been so very proud. I have received hundreds of messages of support from well-wishers here from Liverpool, nationally and internationally, and will endeavour to promote this city, and more importantly, the people within it who are truly the jewel in the crown of Liverpool.”
Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal
Councillor Rothery will be sponsoring four charities during her office as Lord Mayor. They are the Anthony Walker Foundation, Amadudu Women’s Refuge, Liverpool City Region Pride Foundation and Merseyside Somali Association.
She said: “I am hoping to raise a lot of money for my charities this year to raise the profile of the excellent work they do. There are so many worthy charities who all do outstanding work, I only wish I could sponsor them all.”
Images: Jason Roberts Photography