The Mayor

The Mayor and Consort

Councillor Mike Connolly was elected to the Office of Mayor on Wednesday, 18 May 2016.

The role of Mayor's Consort will this year be filled by the Mayor's partner, Mr Ian Hargreaves.

The Mayor is extremely proud to be a 'Bury lad' born and bred. He attended St Marie's Primary School and The Derby School and trained as a teacher in Sheffield.

The Mayor has lived in Bury all his life always in the East Ward area. He taught in primary schools in Radcliffe, Whitefield and Ramsbottom and was a headteacher in Blackburn before taking early retirement.

The Mayor was elected to Bury Council as a Labour Councillor for East Ward in 1994, and has represented the ward since then.

He has served as Executive Member for Health, Housing and Social Services, Executive Member for Environment; Executive Member for Finance, Deputy Leader of the Council; Chair of Scrutiny, Leader of the Opposition and since 2011, has served as Leader of the Council.

Since 2011, he has been a member of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Police and Crime Leader for GMCA and chair of the GM Police and Crime Panel.

The Mayor is currently Chair of Governors at East Ward Community Primary School.

The position of Mayor

Bury Council coat of arms

The Mayor is the Borough's First Citizen.

The office of Mayor is the highest honour the Council can bestow upon a Member and reflects a high level of public service and the esteem, respect and regard in which the holders are held. 

The Mayor holds a position of precedence over all persons within the borough, except in the direct presence of Her Majesty The Queen, members of the Royal Family or Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant.

The role and duties of the Mayor, which are undertaken on behalf of the borough are varied and cover many aspects, but include:

  • Acting as an ambassador for the borough
  • Upholding civic pride
  • Promoting the borough
  • Encouraging and supporting local industry, business and commerce
  • Supporting local charities and community groups
  • Representing the Council at civic, social, cultural, charitable, religious / faith and many other wide ranging functions and events
  • Chairing Council meetings
  • Receiving official visitors

The Mayoral Charity Appeal

During their term of office the Mayor and the Consort have adopted the Josh Wilson Brain Tumour Charity, Annabelle's Challenge and Bury Alzheimer's Society as the main beneficiaries of the Mayoral Charity Appeal, but other local charities will also receive support from the Appeal.

  • Josh's Charity helps to improve the lives of children with brain tumours and post surgery disabilities, through financial solutions for specialist equipment, house adaptations and advice.
  • Annabelle's Challenge is the leading charity for vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome in the UK which is a life threatening connective tissue disorder.
  • Bury Alzheimers Society is a local group providing support for those living with dementia and their families.

Throughout the Mayoral Year fundraising events will be held and all the proceeds from these occasions will be donated to charitable causes.

Attendance of the Mayor and the Mayoress at functions

Enquiries are frequently received regarding the procedure to be adopted at functions which the Mayor and Consort are attending. With a view to enabling suitable arrangements to be made, the following information may be of assistance.


The correct description for the purpose of printing is 'The Worshipful the Mayor of the Metropolitan Borough of Bury, Councillor Mike Connolly' and when the Consort is also present 'The Worshipful the Mayor and Consort of the Metropolitan Borough of Bury, Councillor Mike Connolly and Mr Ian Hargreaves'.

Method of address

Speakers should refer to the Mayor as 'Mr Mayor' and Consort as 'Consort'.


The Mayor and the Consort should be met immediately upon arrival and escorted, as soon as convenient, to the places reserved for them. If the Mayor and/or the Consort are asked to take part in a reception prior to the commencement of the function, then the organisers should vary the arrival time accordingly.


The Mayor shall have precedence over all persons within the borough except in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen or a Representative of Her Majesty. Accordingly, the place reserved for the Mayor should be on the immediate right of the chair or other person presiding. The Consort should be seated on the immediate right of the Mayor or on the left of the Chair or person presiding.

When the Consort is attending unaccompanied by the Mayor, his seat should be in the position as indicated for the Mayor.

If the Mayor and/or the Consort are to be asked to speak at any function, particulars should be furnished in advance.

Inviting the Mayor to attend events

The Mayor welcomes invitations from local organisations to attend events held within the borough or related to Bury. The Mayor will endeavour to attend all events to which he is invited, but unfortunately, due to the high demand, this may not be possible.

A minimum of two weeks' notice of invitations to attend events is requested. Invitations should be submitted to the Mayor's Office.