New Lord Mayor starts year of office

Published Monday, 24 May 2021

Councillor John McNicholas has been inaugurated as the Lord Mayor of Coventry for 2021-22, Coventry’s City of Culture year

The Lord Mayor, Councillor John McNicholas with his wife Anna

Councillor McNicholas was born in Plymouth but moved to the Midlands and chose to live in Coventry to work at the Browns Lane car plant from 1978 onwards until his retirement in the new millennium.

He spent over 25 years working at Jaguar, including being a shop steward at the plant.

John was first elected onto the Council as a Councillor for Lower Stoke Ward in 1986 and has represented the people of the area continuously since then.

He has held many senior positions on the Council, including Chair of the Personnel & Administration Committee, Chair of the Environment Committee, and was Transportation Lead Member. He has served on the Council’s Cabinet, holding a number of roles, including Cabinet Member for Environment and Cabinet Member for Transport and Regional Planning.  

He has chaired the Business Economy and Enterprise Scrutiny Board and served on many bodies including the Scrutiny Co-ordination Committee, the Communities and Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Board and the Planning Committee. 

Additionally, John has represented the Council on organisations including Birmingham International Airport Holdings Limited – Board of Directors, he was Leader of the West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority and the West Midlands Combined Authority Transport Delivery Committee. He currently sits on the Canal and River Trust West Midlands Regional Advisory Board and Chairs the Coventry Canal Advisory Board.

He is married to June and they have two children, Anna and Tom.

His hobbies include gardening, walking and he is a keen bridge player and sudoku solver, as well as an enthusiastic supporter of nature and wildlife issues and will be promoting animal welfare and responsible pet ownership in his year as Lord Mayor.

He is looking forward to helping Coventry celebrate its year as UK City of Culture and helping the City to share its story and heritage, along with helping it spread its messages of peace and reconciliation and multiculturalism.

He is also looking forward to helping the city’s recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and recognising its frontline heroes.​

Coventry City Council