Cllr Richard Izard becomes the 811th Mayor of Winchester

Cllr Richard Izard was appointed as the new Mayor of Winchester at a Mayor Making Ceremony at Winchester Guildhall on Wednesday 19th May 2010 - his wife, Elaine, will serve as the Mayoress.

Cllr Izard and his wife officially took over the role from Cllr Dominic Hiscock and his wife, Carline, to become the 811th Mayor of Winchester; the second oldest Mayoralty in England.

Cllr Izard has represented the Ward of Colden Common and Twyford on Winchester City Council for the last four years, having moved to Colden Common twenty-years ago.

During his term as Mayor, Cllr Izard’s chosen charities will be Winchester Live at Home, Help the Heroes, and The Joe Glover Trust. The theme of the chosen charities is ‘Remember the fallen – care for the living’.

Cllr Izard said: "I am looking forward to using my time as Mayor to visit the people who live and work in our District. It is the people in our communities that make it such a fantastic place to live and I am very pleased to be appointed the 811th Mayor of this most ancient City of Winchester.”

The new Deputy Mayor and Mayoress this year will be Cllr Barry Lipscomb and his wife, Christine.

About the new Mayor

Richard is married to Elaine and they have three daughters, one grand-daughter, and are awaiting news of another grandchild who is expected to arrive in the very near future.

Richard is very involved in his local community of Colden Common having served on the Parish Council for over twenty years, nine of which have been as Chairman. He is actively involved in a number of village activities and has been Captain and Chairman of the Cricket Club.  Colden Common is twinned with St Vigor Le Grand and Richard and his family have entertained visiting families over the years, they have assisted in organising village events, and Richard officially opened St Vigor Way in Colden Common when he was Chair of Parish Council.

Elaine has been the Church Warden at Holy Trinity in Colden Common for nineteen years and she coordinated the doctor’s prescription service for many years.

Cllr Izard has previously held positions on the City Council's Resources and Social Issues Panels; he was Vice-Chair of Standards Committee and remains as Chair of the Licensing Sub Committee.

Professionally, Richard has been involved in providing social housing for 38 years both locally and in London.