Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Peter Brennan

The Lord Mayor of Liverpool is known as the first citizen and is the chosenrepresentative 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 at its Annual General Meeting held each May, and stands for one year in office. 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.

Councillor Peter Brennan was brought up in Langsdale Street in the district of Everton. He is the eldest of two children to Peter (Pop) and Margaret Brennan. He has one sister Julie who lives in San Diego, California with her son Kennedy. Peter was educated at the Friary Infants and Junior School before attending SFX Bilateral School in Everton.

On leaving school he studied Medical Laboratory Sciences at North EastLiverpool Technical College and Liverpool Polytechnic and his first job wasin the NHS Regional Blood Transfusion Service as a Medical LaboratoryScientific Officer. Peter went on to study Youth and Community Studies at Crewe and Alsager College of Higher Education and secured his long- held desire to become Senior Youth Worker at Shrewsbury House Youth & Community Centre in Everton, where he attended as a child. He has had a successful career in this field and is passionate about working with young people.
Peter served as a Liverpool councillor from 1994 – 2002 for the Everton Ward, standing down after 8 years to pursue a career in youth crime prevention with the crime reduction charity, Nacro. He returned to the City Council in 2011after spending time working in the Liverpool Youth Offending Service andproudly represents the Old Swan Ward for the Labour Party. He has served on many council committees and outside bodies, and currently represents Liverpool City Council on the Merseyside Fire & Rescue Authority where he is Lead Member for Community Risk Management and Youth Engagement.

In his spare time Peter likes travelling, is an avid reader, creative writer and enjoys an eclectic mix of music from Rod Stewart, Shirley Bassey, Tony Bennett and Johnny Cash. Outside the council he likes to voluntarily support his charities.

Peter’s mother, Margaret (Margie Ken) Brennan sadly passed away inFebruary 2018 and he will dedicate his year in office to her memory.

Peter stated “I am so proud and humbled to have been chosen by my peers as Liverpool’s First Citizen, Lord Mayor. My Mam would have been so proud to see me as Lord Mayor as she loved her city with a passion but I know she will be with me every step of the way and urging me on to do nothing but my best. She was the person who taught me right from wrong and gave me a backbone and instilled in me the notion of equality from an early age and that “there’s room for all of us” as she abhorred injustice of any kind. She was the most hard working of women I ever knew, often having three cleaning jobs when we were kids to keep a good home and the family together. She was funny, compassionate and had an innate sense of duty and a strong Christian faith. Thank you Mam”