The Lord Mayor of Nottingham

The Lord Mayor is the first citizen of Nottingham and is elected in May at the Annual Council Meeting

The Lord Mayor of Nottingham  is Councillor Mohammed Saghir.

Background of the Lord Mayor

Mohammed Saghir was born in January 1957 in Chak Haryam in Kashmir.

Saghir’s father, Sufi Mohammed Latif, was in the Army and served during the Second World War, on retirement he became the Imam at the mosque in Murad Bakhsh, Kashmir. Saghir’s mother, Mrs Waliyat Begum Latif was a community worker.

Saghir attended an English school in Kashmir and, at the age of 10, moved to Britain to join family and went on to attend Fairfax Grammar School in Bradford.

On leaving school Saghir wanted to pursue a career in Engineering and went to a local engineering company as an apprentice. He later went into manufacturing which included spending six years working in Denmark.

In 1990 Saghir moved to Nottingham to marry his wife, Zahid, who he describes as a wonderful and supportive wife and mother. Zahid now works as a Secretary in a GP practice.

Saghir and his wife had three children; two daughters now aged 15 and 25, and a son, who sadly died as a baby.

After settling in Nottingham, Saghir started working for a local security firm and was part of the security team that looked after the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, when she visited Nottingham in 2003.

Saghir joined the Labour Party in 1990 and soon became Chair of his local Party Branch and spent the following 20 years campaigning for his local MPs and Councillors.

After years of tireless work for the Party, Saghir stood for election in 2011 and went on to become Councillor for Leen Valley. He was re-elected in 2015.

Saghir says that he feels very honoured to be the Lord Mayor of Nottingham.

Saghir was Sheriff of Nottingham from May 2015 to May 2016.

Purpose

  • To act as the a-political figurehead of the City Council; champion of the city of Nottingham and its people and symbolise the social cohesion of the city and its many cultures and faiths
  • To help promote the diplomatic, business, commercial, cultural and educational life of the city of Nottingham

Key Tasks

  • Preside over the meetings of the Council (full Council) as prescribed in the Local Government Act 1972, schedule 12, paragraph 5
  • Receive members of the Royal Family and other important visitors to the city
  • To act as a symbolic figurehead for Core City activity and host visits by Lord Mayors, councillors and officers from those cities
  • Represent the City Council at traditional civic events such as the Legal Service, Remembrance Sunday the Civic Service etc
  • To host Civic Receptions in the Council House, these are held on a regular basis to celebrate the contribution of individuals and organisations to the life of the city of Nottingham
  • Represent the City Council by attending external functions, which celebrate the contribution of organisations from all sectors to the life of the city of Nottingham
  • To preside over Citizenship ceremonies to welcome new British citizens to the city of Nottingham
  • Take salutes of military and voluntary organisations that either have the right to, or request the right to, march through the city
  • To be the president of the Interfaith Council and visit places of worship for a range of faiths throughout the civic year
  • To nominate a charity and help raise funds for that charity and the standing Lord Mayor's charities
  • Quasi-judicial role of Lord Mayor to sign documents

The Lord Mayor's Chaplain

The post of Lord Mayor's Chaplain is an honorary one, and as such is unpaid. The Chaplain's duties are to give spiritual guidance to the Lord Mayor and support on civic occasions.

The Lord Mayor’s Chaplain responsibilities will be split during the year between Rev Christopher Harrison and Imam Abdul Rehman.

For more information please contact the Civic Office on 0115 876 5654 or email civic.office@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

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