The Mayor

Councillor Richard Eddy, Mayor of Warwick

Councillor Richard Eddy

Any enquiries for the Mayor should be directed to civicadmin@warwicktowncouncil.org.uk

Deputy Mayor: Councillor Neale Murphy

The Mayor of Warwick is a role steeped in tradition and ceremony. Since 1664, the Mayor of Warwick has been the First Citizen of Warwick and represents the town, with the insignia of the mace, robes, and chains of office, and connects the present day with history, acting as a symbol of continuity.

The current Mayor is Cllr Richard Eddy, who has lived on West Street for the past 15 years and was elected as a councillor in 2015. With an eye on the town’s heritage and appearance, Richard supports driving both community and commercial prosperity.

Prior to becoming Mayor, Richard was the chair of Warwick Town Council’s Economic & Tourism committee, where he proposed and supported grants to initiatives that would benefit Warwick as a destination for tourists, events that can be shared by residents, and attract people to the wealth of independent shops, restaurants and bars of the town. He also served on the Community & Culture committee and was an active supporter of the Warwick in Bloom campaigns which saw the town award Gold medal status.

Born in 1968, and celebrating his 50th birthday in his mayoral year, Richard grew up in the historic Cornish market town of Helston before moving to the midlands in the mid-1980s. Today, it is Warwick’s continued presence as an attractive and successful market town that he loves. He has a passion for food and home cooking and can often be found at the market for the Saturday markets, the Warwick Food Festival and serving at the Warwick Court Leet Beer Festivals.

During his mayoral year, Richard will be supporting and fundraising several charity initiatives, including Safeline, a Warwick charity that has already helped over 25,000 people in their journey through sexual abuse and rape. He is also supporting restoration projects and initiatives for St Mary’s Church, the Lord Leycester Hospital and championing the Warwick Poppies project, which will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

A working Mayor, Richard is a respected communications professional in the computer entertainment industry, and currently director of communications and events for Jagex, one of the most successful games studios in the UK thanks to the company’s award-winning online adventure game RuneScape.

Richard is married to Mark Robertson, a juror in the Warwick Court Leet. Richard and Mark have been active participants with the Warwickshire Gardens Trust open gardens events, opening their flower-packs cottage-style garden for visitors in support of the Warwickshire Air Ambulance. They apologise if the garden isn’t up to its usual standards this year while Mayoral duties take priority and their spare gardening time.

Richard ad Mark also enjoy cruising the cut onboard their narrowboat, moored on the Grand Union canal in Warwick (the closed thing he says he can get to the Cornish coastline of his childhood). He is also an ambassador for the national charity SpecialEffect, which puts fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to use computers and play video games.
As Mayor of Warwick, Richard will attend both historic and contemporary events, meet with individuals, organisations and communities to recognise their contribution to the town, and to uphold civic pride in Warwick. The Mayor can be invited to attend events which have a community-inclusive or town-wide significance.

The Mayor’s diary is co-ordinated by Sarah Acklam at the Town Council. Please see the Contact The Mayor page for details of how to get in touch with the Mayor.

 

Past Mayors

2017: Stephen Cross
2016: Christine Cross
2015: Mandy Littlejohn
2014: Moira-Ann Grainger
2013: Prabhjiet (Bob) Singh Dhillon
2012: Elizabeth Higgins
2011: Trudy Ashmore
2010: Michael John Kinson OBE
2009: Peggy Bennett
2008: Anne Monica Mellor
2007: Martyn Geoffrey Ashford