Coventry welcomes a new Lord Mayor

Councillor Linda Bigham officially took on the role today at the Mayor Making ceremony at Coventry Cathedral.

(Photographer: Tom Davis)

Councillor Linda Bigham today became the new Lord Mayor of Coventry during the Mayor Making ceremony hosted at Coventry Cathedral.

Cllr Bigham succeeded Cllr John Blunddell, and will serve for one year until May 2020.

Lord Mayor Bigham was born and educated in Birmingham, before moving to Coventry when she married her husband 51 years ago.

She later studied for her A Levels as a mature student at Foxford School – where she is now a governor – and took a degree at the Open University, going on to work in the Civil Service.

She was first elected to Coventry City Council in 2004 and has worked on various committees, helping Coventry secure the title of City of Culture 2021. She has also served as Chair of Scrutiny Co-ordination Committee and is the Council’s Armed Forces Champion.

Outside of the Council, she has worked on various bodies, including Coventry Law Centre, Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre, Coventry and Warwickshire LEP, Coventry City of Culture Trust, the Belgrade Theatre Trust and Whitefriars Board, as well as serving as a governor at Longford Park School.

She has named her chosen charities as:

  • Mercia MS Therapy Centre, which provides therapies for people with conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Autism and those recovering from strokes and other disorders.
  • Age Concern Coventry and Warwickshire, which offers vital services to older people as well as seeking to overcome loneliness and isolation.
  • The Coventry Children’s Boot Fund, which provides shoes for school for those that do not have the means to buy them.

Cllr Bigham said: “I am truly honoured to be Lord Mayor of my adopted home city, although after being here for 51 years I do consider myself a true ‘Coventrian’.

“My various roles at the Council and around the city have helped me to give something back to the city which has given me so much, and I now look forward to meeting more of the people and organisations that make Coventry such a wonderful place to live.

“I am also looking forward to raising money for my chosen charities and also raising their profile. They are three very worthy causes that are close to my heart.

“My congratulations to John for his great year in office, and my best wishes to Ann in her role as Deputy Lord Mayor.

“With our role as the European City of Sport and the build-up to 2021 and our year as City of Culture 2021, I am sure it will be a very exciting and memorable time for the city, and it will be a privilege to be a part of it all as Lord Mayor.”

Councillor Ann Lucas is the new Deputy Lord Mayor.