Deputy Lord Mayor
The current Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast is Councillor Sonia Copeland (Ulster Unionist).
Councillor Copeland represents the Titanic electoral area. She was elected to office on 1 June 2017.
Duties and responsibilities
As Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Copeland represents Belfast when the Lord Mayor is not available.
However, unlike the Lord Mayor, she continues to serve on council committees during her year in office and combines this work with her mayoral engagements.
Councillor Copeland also works closely with the Lord Mayor and the High Sheriff on projects and initiatives which help to enhance the profile of Belfast.
Addressing the Deputy Lord Mayor
If you are speaking in public and would like to welcome or introduce the Deputy Lord Mayor, the usual form of address is simply 'Deputy Lord Mayor'. For example, "and so, I'd like to welcome Councillor Sonia Copeland, the Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast."
If you are speaking to the Deputy Lord Mayor in conversation, the correct title remains 'Deputy Lord Mayor'.
If you would like to write to the Deputy Lord Mayor, you should address your letter to 'the Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Sonia Copeland'. You should also begin your letter with 'Dear Deputy Lord Mayor'.