Leeds has a new Lord Mayor.
Councillor Brenda Lancaster, a Liberal Democrat, will take over from Councillor Jim McKenna in summer when his term as Lord Mayor comes to an end.
Lancaster will serve until 2012 and will be the 118th Lord Mayor for the city. “Being the Lord Mayor is an important civic role for the city, and I am excited about taking on this new responsibility,” she said.
“It is a real honour to get a chance to take up this role, and I look forward to developing the profile of the city when it comes to my term.”
A mother of five grown-up children, Brenda first became involved in politics 27 years ago and was elected to Leeds City Council in 1999. During her time at the council she has been a member of a number of committees including Scrutiny Board for Social Care, the Adoption Panel and the Leeds Community Equipment Service. Councillor Lancaster also had the honour of being Deputy Lord Mayor of Leeds in 2004-2005.
She is currently a member of the Children’s Services Scrutiny Board and the West Yorkshire Police authority where she chairs their Local Policing committee. She is also a special educational needs governor at Carr Manor High School and has a keen interest in environmental issues. As a Veterans Champion she has been active in supporting veterans groups across the city, playing a key role in organising Armed Forces Day in Leeds last June.
Councillor Jim McKenna, the current Lord Mayor of Leeds, said: “I am thoroughly enjoying my term as Lord Mayor and look forward to the next few months. Myself and the Lady Mayoress have met some wonderful people throughout the city of Leeds, and have been invited to some very interesting new projects.
“I wish Brenda the best of success when she takes up the post in May, I am sure she will do an excellent job.”