The Charter Trustees of the City of Bath elected the 786th Mayor of the City, Councillor Malcolm Lees, to take office on Saturday 1 June 2013 at their Annual Meeting and Mayor Making Ceremony at Bath Abbey.
The Mayor's theme will be 'Vulnerable People'. He explains, "I want to raise awareness of the difficulties many local residents are facing whether through homelessness, unemployment or old age."
Malcolm is Bath born and bred. He attended Oldfield School and The City of Bath Technical School. Working for an insurance company led to starting his own brokerage business in Weston High Street in 1982. He is a Chartered Insurance Broker and an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute. He was elected as a Councillor for Weston Ward in 2007 and is the first Independent Mayor for more than 60 years.
Back in the early 1970s Malcolm was a keen supporter of Bath Junior Chamber of Commerce and as President he visited Vichy and Clement Ferrand in France to inaugurate the twinning of Bath Junior Chamber and Vichy. He has been a member of The Bath & County Club for more than 30 years.
Malcolm's wife Pat will be Mayoress. She is a keen supporter of Julian House and raises money for them selling her hand-made cards and bags.
The Mayor of Bath's on-going charity is The Mayor of Bath's Relief Fund.
Deputy Mayor, Councillor Ian Gilchrist
Councillor Gilchrist has lived in Bath since the early 1980s. Gordana, his wife, will be Deputy Mayoress and they have two grown-up boys. He has been a Liberal Democrat Ward Councillor for Widcombe since 2007.
His working career involved Teaching English as a Foreign Language in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Yugoslavia. This was followed by 25 years in the software industry mainly with Bath-based IPL, where he became a product manager. This work took him to Europe, North America and India.
Currently, Ian is Chair of Governors at Widcombe Junior School. For leisure he runs the Widcombe Mummers (street performers) and the Bath City Jubilee Waits, which performs traditional music on Mayoral and other occasions.