Councillor John Briggs has been elected and sworn in as the 26th Mayor at the council’s annual Mayor Making ceremony.
Cllr Briggs, ward member for Axholme North, said he was “proud to live in North Lincolnshire” at the ceremony held at Normanby Hall Country Park today (Wednesday 18 May 2022). He will undertake his mayoral duties with his partner Joanne Brown.
Cllr Briggs said: “My family and I are proud to live in North Lincolnshire and Axholme North; this is our home.
“It has been a real privilege to have been a ward councillor for the past 23 years and Joanne and I look forward to being ambassadors for North Lincolnshire in the coming year.”
He succeeds Cllr Peter Clark, who made history by being the first mayor to hold the position three times. He thanked everyone for their support during his term of office and wished the incoming Mayor and Mayoress a successful year.
Each year the Mayor of North Lincolnshire chooses a charity, or charities, to support through the Mayor’s Appeal Fund.
Last year, Cllr Clark raised £24,041.66 for his charities – Lindsey Lodge Hospice and Sunflowers Children’s Action Group. Added to his other two terms of office he has raised a total of £100,099.27.
Cllr Briggs has chosen to support The Fire Fighters Charity, Starlight Arts and Magic Moments for Autistic Kids.
Since 2016, each mayor has appointed a Mayor’s Cadet to accompany them at certain key events. The Mayor’s Cadet this year is L/Cpl Oliver Foster from the Army Cadets and the Mayor has named his chaplain as the Rev Graham Lines.
The Deputy Mayor is Cllr Janet Longcake and the Deputy Consort is Cllr Joanne Saunby.
About Councillor John Briggs
Cllr Briggs was born in Sheffield and lived in South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Cheshire before moving to Crowle in 1984 with his late wife Sue.
John has three daughters, Charlotte, Caroline and Catherine and his partner Joanne has a daughter, Gabriella. He is a self-employed marketing consultant.
Cllr Briggs is a former Crowle town councillor and town mayor. He is also the founder chairman of Crowle & Ealand Heritage Society; Crowle & Ealand Regeneration Group and Crowle & Ealand Action Group Against Incinerators in Rural Areas.
He has previously been Deputy Leader of North Lincolnshire Council and a cabinet member. He is also a member of the Isle of Axholme and North Nottinghamshire Management Board, Crowle Market Place Delivery Group, North Isle Partnership and the Neighbourhood Action Team. He was elected as a county councillor in 1999.
Cllr Briggs has also been the Chairman of Humberside Fire Authority for the last 12 years, which determines the strategic direction of the Fire & Rescue Service across the council areas of Hull, East Riding, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire, with safer communities and safer fire fighters as their objective.