The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Anne Murphy

Anne is the 121st Lord Mayor of Sheffield. She was born and brought up in Crookes in Sheffield, one of 11 children, from an Irish family. Anne went to Notre Dame High School and then Ruskin College in Oxford before becoming a social worker in 1990.  Anne worked for 30 years as an addiction specialist with children and families, until elected as a Councillor in 2013 for the Crookes and Crosspool ward.

Mr Gavin Holliday, the Lord Mayor's Consort

Gavin was born in Castleford in 1965. He was brought up in Leeds and went to Lawnswood High School. He left in 1984 and went to York University. In 1991 Gavin moved to Sheffield and started work at J E James as a cycle mechanic, where he is now one of the managers.

Gavin met Anne in 1997 and moved to Crookes. They married in 2005, and in 2010 moved to Crosspool. Both Anne and Gavin are respite foster parents.

Inviting the Lord Mayor to an event

Please contact the Lord Mayor’s Office if you would like to invite the Lord Mayor to an event. If you are sending an invite in the post or by email please include appropriate details such as the date, time, place and type of event.        

The Lord Mayor has a full programme of civic engagements and it is not always possible to fit in events at short notice.

Protocol for organisers of functions to be attended by the Lord Mayor and Lord Mayor's Consort


The Lord Mayor and Consort should be addressed as:

  • The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Sheffield (Councillor Anne Murphy)
  • Consort (Mr Gavin Holliday)


The Local Government Acts provide that the Lord Mayor shall have precedence in all places in the City, except when either the Lord Lieutenant or a member of the Royal Family is present.

In any seating arrangement, except when the Lord Mayor occupies the chair, the place reserved for the Lord Mayor should be on the immediate right of the person presiding.


The responsible person should meet the Lord Mayor at the entrance on arrival and introduce her to the Host.

The Lord Mayor will usually be accompanied by a Chauffeur / Attendant who is required to remain on duty within easy call by the Lord Mayor.


If the Lord Mayor is required to speak at any function, except for an introduction, it is normal for her to be the first speaker or associated with the first toast, and her consent to speak should be sought well in advance.

All relevant information concerning the event should be supplied to the Assistant to the Lord Mayor together with details of any activity involving the Lord Mayor, for his agreement.

Lord Mayor’s Charity Fund

Charitable donations are given to the Lord Mayor from various individuals and organisations throughout the year. These are controlled by the Lord Mayor’s Office acknowledging donations, banking the money and keeping appropriate records. This year the money collected in the Lord Mayor’s Charity Fund will benefit:

  • Sheffield Kidney Institute
  • Sheffield Young Carers
  • Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind (SRSB)
  • Sheffield Dementia Action Alliance (DAA)
  • ArtWorks

How to donate to the Lord Mayor's Charity Fund

You can donate to the Lord Mayor’s Charity Fund via:

Barclays Bank
Pinstone Street
S1 1UJ

Sort code 20-76-92

Account number 63672913

Please add your name and reference to any donation.

Or send a cheque payable to 'The Lord Mayor’s Charity Fund' to our address.

Lord Mayor's Office

Lord Mayor's Office
Town Hall
Pinstone Street

S1 2HH