How to invite the Mayor to an event
The Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Barry Findlay, welcomes invitations to attend events throughout the City of Wolverhampton.
All invitations should be made to the Mayor’s Office in writing as it is not possible to accept invitations by telephone only; please follow up any telephone requests in writing (emails are acceptable). Alternatively, why not use our online invitations form. It is important you give as much notice as possible when inviting the Mayor to attend an event, but a minimum of four weeks’ notice is requested.
Please ensure your invitation includes the following information:
- date, time of arrival and departure
- venue address and post code
- details of any specific duties you would like the Mayor to undertake.
You can expect to receive a written response to your invitation within 2 weeks.
Subject to Mayor being able to accept your invitation, you will be asked to provide the following additional information:
- relevant background details about your organisation
- an event programme (if available)
- speech notes (if applicable)
- the dress code
- parking details.
It is essential the Mayor and Mayoress are met by the event organiser, or their representative, on their arrival at the main entrance. The Mayor and Mayoress should be accompanied throughout the time they remain at the event and escorted to the Mayoral car at the end of the event.
The Mayor is the Queen’s Representative in this City and as such takes precedence over all other citizens as well as Government Ministers, Members of Parliament and visiting personalities.
It is not customary to ask the Mayor to perform a secondary role within his own City, apart from two exceptions:
- When Royalty are present and
- When Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant or his representative is present.
The Mayor should be seated on the immediate right of the host of the event. It is customary for the Mayor to be the first speaker, though an introduction by the host is acceptable.
What type of events does the Mayor attend?
To give you an idea of the type of events the Mayor might attend, the previous Mayor, Ian Brookfield, attended over 340 engagements during the Mayoral year 2015 to 2016. His official engagements included:
|Type of event||No.|
|Visits to local businesses||27|
|Faith or cultural events||43|
|Visits to schools, colleges or universities||51|
How to address the Civic Heads
The full title of the Mayor is:
- The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Wolverhampton, addressed in direct speech as "Mr Mayor" or "Madam Mayor"
The Mayoress/The Mayor's Consort
The Mayoress/The Mayor's Consort is a courtesy title. The full title is:
- The Mayoress/The Mayor's Consort addressed in direct speech as "Mayoress" or "Mr Consort".
The Deputy Mayor
The full title of the Deputy Mayor is:
- The Deputy Mayor of Wolverhampton, addressed in direct speech as "Mr Deputy Mayor" or "Madam Deputy Mayor"
The Deputy Mayoress/The Deputy Mayor's Consort
The Deputy Mayoress/The Deputy Mayor's Consort is a courtesy title. The full title is:
- The Deputy Mayoress/The Deputy Mayor's Consort, addressed in direct speech as "Deputy Mayoress" or "Deputy Consort".