The Mayor of Bath

The Right Worshipful The Mayor of Bath

 Mayor, Councillor Gerry Curran

The Charter Trustees of the City of Bath formally elected Councillor Gerry Curran to serve the Office of Mayor at their Annual General Meeting and Election of Mayor Ceremony, at Bath Abbey on Saturday 1 June 2019.

 Gerry's partner, Caroline, is his Mayoress.

The youngest of twelve children, Gerry was born in Dublin in 1963.  Moving to London in 1984, he travelled in Europe before settling on the island of Crete for a number of years.  Returning to England, he moved to Bath in 1989 joining his brother Paul at Charles Ware's Morris Minor Centre, where he worked for seven years.  During that time, in 1995, Gerry was elected to the newly created Bath & North East Somerset Council, representing Kingsmead Ward as a Liberal Democrat.

Changing career in 1998, Gerry became a care worker at a home providing respite to learning disabled and physically disabled children and their families.

He was re-elected in Kingsmead in 1999 and subsequently in 2003, 2007 and 2011 to represent Twerton Ward.  Serving as Chair of Bath & North East Somerset Council for 2001/2, Gerry had the honour of welcoming Her Majesty Queen II to Bath on the occasion of her Golden Jubilee visit in 2002.  Taking on various Cabinet roles, including Education and the Environment, Gerry also served as Deputy Mayor of the City of Bath for 2007/08.  In 2011 he became Chair of the Development Control Committee (Planning), and after fifteen years left his job as a respite carer, choosing to work from home as a Shared Lives Carer to learning disabled young adults.

Not elected in 2015, Gerry was made an Honorary Alderman of the City of Bath, and also of Bath & North East Somerset.

Re-elected in 2019 to represent Combe Down Ward, he now works part-time for the Bath Supported Living Service, supporting learning disabled adults to live independently.  He also still works from home as a Shared Lives Carer.

Gerry has been a Governor of different schools for almost twenty five years, and is currently Vice-Chair at Twerton Infants School.  He also spent seventeen years as a B&NES Council representative on Avon Fire & Rescue Service, was Vice-Chair of the Council, Liberal Democrat Leader.  Gerry is presently Chair of Bath ď Kaposv√°r Twinning Association.

Gerry and Caroline have two children, Ewan, 21, and Ronan, 16.  Caroline has worked for Bath Area Play Project for over twenty five years and received an MBE in 2004 for her work with children.

The Mayor's theme for the year reflects the importance of the hot springs and the River Avon and Canal in the City.

The Mayor of Bath's on-going charity is The Mayor of Bath's Relief Fund, which helps citizens in the City of Bath in times of hardship.

 Deputy Mayor, Councillor Manda Rigby

The Charter Trustees of the City of Bath formally elected Councillor Manda Rigby to serve the Office of Deputy Mayor at their Annual Meeting and Mayor Making Ceremony at Bath Abbey on Saturday 1 June.

Manda was born in Bolton, and lived there until she attended the University of Bristol.  She was the President of the Students' Union there, and left to have a career in the City of London.  She subsequently worked for major international tech firms in senior marketing roles, and as management consultancy for small and medium businesses. 

She came to Bath in 2007 to study for her second degree, and never left. 

Manda was first elected to Bath & North East Somerset Council in 2011, as a Liberal Democrat Councillor representing Abbey Ward, until 2015.  She was re-elected in 2019 to represent Bathwick Ward.

She was Chair of Bath City Football Club for three years, and was made Bath's 'Woman of the Year' at the annual Bath Chronicle People of the Year Awards in 2011.

Manda enjoys writing, acting and football, and finds it nigh on impossible to walk past a dog without saying hello ď to the dog and its owner.  In her acceptance speech, she said 'I love Bath, its architecture, its heritage, its diversity, its international standing ¶. most of all, its people.  When I deputise for the Mayor, I hope I truly show the civic appreciation felt for the many wonderful people and organisations we have in the City.' 

Further Reading

Children's Portraits of the Mayor 2011

Pictures of the Mayor by children visiting the Parlour during Heritage Week 2011

Renaissance Bath

The visit of Bishop Oliver King from Wells in 1499 began a transformation of the Bath Priory. The monastic establishment was judged to be morally lax and the medieval church was decaying rapidly.

The Mayoral Title

"Floreat Bathon" May Bath flourish