The Mayor of Workington
Workington Town Council elects a chairman every year at its Mayor Making ceremony, which is effectively the annual general meeting of the council. Mayor Making is held in May. The chairman of the Town Council is known as the Mayor of Workington, and they inherit the insignia of the old Municipal Borough of Workington, which was abolished in 1974. They are elected by fellow councillors to serve for one year. As well as chairing the council's meetings, the Mayor has a Civic role as the first citizen of Workington. They represent the town at civic functions and are a focus for the town council's civic role and heritage. The Mayor is accompanied in their year of office by a Mayoress or Consort (depending on whether they are male or female). There is also a Deputy Mayor, who stands in for the Mayor when required. The Deputy Mayor, when acting in the Mayor's role, has all the powers and duties of the Mayor.
Mayor Cllr Herbert Briggs and Mayoress Tracy Briggs.
The current Mayor is Cllr Herbert Briggs 2021-2022. The Mayor is supported by wife and Mayoress Tracy Briggs and Deputy Mayor, Cllr Will Wilkinson.
Watch a video of our Mayor Making ceremony here. All members of the public are welcome to attend.
The Mayor of Workington's Charity Fund (2021-2022)
The Mayor of Workington’s Charity Fund is currently raising money for Hospice at Home West Cumbria and Samaritans West Cumbria.
Hospice at Home West Cumbria provides high quality, palliative and end of life care to people living in West Cumbria. We are the only provider of adult hospice services in this area.
Samaritans West Cumbria offer confidential and non-judgemental emotional support for anyone in distress or despair – 24/7 and every day of the year.
If you would like to make a donation to The Mayor's Charity please click the button above or contact us at or call 01900 702986.
Inviting the Mayor
Every year the Mayor of Workington nominates a charitable cause. They raise money through mayoral events including the Mayoral Dinner. You can make a donation to the current mayoral cause by contacting the Town Council.
2021-2022 Cllr Herbert Briggs Hospice at Home West Cumbria and Samaritans West Cumbria
2019-20 & 2020-2021 Cllr Janet King Young Cumbria and Young Carers (part of West Cumbria Carers)
2018-19 Cllr Barbara Cannon Hospice at Home West Cumbria
2017-18 Cllr Ann Bales Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Team Isla
2016-17 Cllr Joan Wright Myeloma UK
2015-16 Cllr Carole Armstrong The Great North Air Ambulance
2014-15 Cllr Mary Bainbridge The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal/Armed Forces Day
2013-14 Cllr Konrad Hansen The Stroke Association
2012-13 Cllr Andrew Lawson RNLI, 4th Workington Scout Group, Workington Sea Cadets
2011-12 Cllr Mel Pettit/ Cllr Nik Hardy Great North Air Ambulance. MacMillan Nurses
2010-11 Cllr Margaret Jones Age UK, The Minto Centre, Allerdale Basics
2009-10 Cllr Bill Reville Cumbria flood victims
2008-09 Cllr Bill Bacon Hospice at Home, Footsteps, West Cumberland Hospital, Workington Sea Cadets
2007-08 Cllr Nik Hardy Coronary Care Ward, West Cumbria Hospice at Home, West Cumbria Cerebral Palsy
Mayor's Shield for Volunteer of the Year
The Mayor of Workington's Shield was introduced by Cllr Konrad Hansen in his Mayoral year as a tribute to the unpaid hours of service given by the town's many volunteers. The Shield is awarded annually to volunteers for their outstanding contribution to the town and the current Mayor chooses the winner.
2020/21 Helena Thompson Museum
2019 Mr. and Mrs Johnston, The Carnegie Theatre and Arts Centre
2018 Mrs Evelyn Adams M.B.E
2017 Ms Margaret McIntyre
2016 Ms Betty Kent
2015 Ms Nerys Brunker, MIND in West Cumbria
2014 Ms Stella Howarth, former chair of Allerdale Disability Association
Mayor's Award for Sports Club of the Year
This is a new award introduced by Cllr Barbara Cannon, during her term as Mayor of Workington (2018-19). The Sports Award will be presented to a club or individual that has made an outstanding contribution to sports in Workington and the current Mayor chooses the winner.
2020 Together We CIC
2019 Workington Reds Ladies FC
Mayor's Award for Outstanding Contribution
A new award introduced by Cllr Janet King, during her term as Mayor of Workington (2019-2020 & 2020-2021). The award is presented to individuals or groups who have made an outstanding contribution to the Workington Community.
2020 Angela Good and Stephen Rumney
Mayor's Award for Business Hero of the Year
A new award introduced by Cllr Janet King, during her term as Mayor of Workington (2019-2020 & 2020-2021). The award is presented to individuals or businesses who have demonstrated consistent leadership and determination to improve their local area or the town generally.
2020 James Cowan, CF Events