The Mayor and his consort - Councillor Tim Pickstone and Mr Wayne Burrows

The Mayor

Councillor Tim Pickstone was elected to the Office of Mayor on Wednesday, 20 May 2020.

His partner Wayne Burrows will serve as Mayor's Consort. 

Tim has lived all his adult life in Prestwich, and the Pickstone family is one of the oldest families in the area dating back to c 1670. 

"I am proud and privileged to represent our lovely borough". 

The Mayor works as Chief Executive of the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors. Before that he worked as a manager in the charity sector in Greater Manchester.

He was elected to Bury Council as a Liberal Democrat Councillor for Holyrood ward in 2000 and has represented the ward since then. He served as Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on the Council for 16 years.

The Mayor has previously served as a non-executive director of Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, as joint chair of the AGMA (Association of Greater Manchester Authorities) Scrutiny Panel and chair of the Greater Manchester Corporate Issues and Reform Scrutiny Committee. He also served for ten years as a trustee and deputy chair of Manchester Pride.

The Mayor is currently also vice-chair at St Margaret's CE Primary School, Prestwich.

Bury Council coat of arms

The position of Mayor

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

Attendance of the Mayor and the Consort 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 Tim Pickstone' and when the Consort is also present 'The Worshipful the Mayor and Consort of the Metropolitan Borough of Bury, Councillor Tim Pickstone and Mr Wayne Burrows'.

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 Chairman or other person presiding. The Consort should be seated on the immediate right of the Mayor or on the left of the Chairman 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.

The Mayoral Charity Appeal

During their Term of Office the Mayor and the Consort have adopted Bury Samaritans as the main beneficiary of the Mayoral Charity Appeal.

Bury Samaritans offer a vital service to help people through some of the most difficult times.  

The Mayor also wishes to support the work of Greater Manchester's HIV charity, George House Trust which provides support for people living with, and affected by HIV in the area.

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

If you wish to donate to the Mayor's Charity fund you can donate by clicking the donate button below.

Make a donation to the Mayoral Charity Appeal

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's Office may be contacted by letter, telephone or email (details are given below).

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.

Contact for Mayor's Office