The current Lord Mayor of Belfast is Councillor Nichola Mallon (SDLP).
Councillor Mallon was elected to office on 2 June 2014.
She was co-opted onto Belfast City Council to represent the Oldpark area in January 2010, and was voted back into council in May 2014 .
Councillor Mallon currently sits on the Parks and Leisure Committee and the Licensing Committee, having previously been a member of the Strategic Policy and Resources Committee and Development Committee.
As well as being involved in many local enterprise groups, she works closely with community, health and sports organisations with specific focus on connecting with young people and supporting older people.
The 34-year-old married last year and lists reading, exercise and spending time with family and friends as her leisure time interests.
Duties and responsibilities
As Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Mallon has a number of duties and responsibilities:
- presiding over council meetings and, in the case of equality of votes, she has a second or casting vote
- promoting and raising awareness of the council’s main objectives and priority issues
- encouraging and supporting all aspects of life in Belfast by attending civic and public events
- receiving distinguished visitors to the city
- acting as host on behalf of the council and the citizens of Belfast at civic functions
- acting as a spokesperson to the local, national and international media
- providing an appropriate response on behalf of Belfast at times of local, national and international catastrophe
- supporting and encouraging charitable and other appeals as appropriate
- promoting Belfast's business, commercial, cultural and social life
- promoting Belfast as a place of excellence in which to do business and as a tourist destination.
Addressing the Lord Mayor
If you are speaking in public and would like to welcome or introduce the Lord Mayor, the usual form of address is simply 'Lord Mayor'. For example, "and so, I'd like to welcome Councillor Nichola Mallon, Lord Mayor of Belfast."
If you are speaking to the Lord Mayor in conversation, the correct title remains 'Lord Mayor'.
If you would like to write to the Lord Mayor, you should address your letter to 'the Right Honourable, the Lord Mayor, Councillor Nichola Mallon'. You can also abbreviate this to 'Rt Hon, the Lord Mayor, Councillor Nichola Mallon'.
You should also begin your letter with 'Dear Lord Mayor'.