The Mayor

The Mayor of Ribble Valley for 2022/23 is Stuart Hirst, one of Ribble Valley Borough Council's councillors. 

Long-serving borough councillor Stuart Hirst, 64, who represents the Wilpshire and Ramsgreave ward, was born in Darwen and grew up in East Lancashire.

He attended Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Blackburn, Hymers College in Hull and the University of Dundee, from which he graduated with a law degree in 1980.

In 1985, he was selected to represent Rotary International on a prestigious two-month work and study exchange programme in Australia.

He then worked as a commercial manager in the print and paper manufacturing industry, before starting his own print company in 1991. He sold the business in 2003, before starting another print company, Avebell, where he won the Timpson Chairman’s Supplier Award in 2008.

Stuart joined the Conservative Party aged 16 and has 27 years’ service as a councillors on two district authorities.

From 1984 to 1992, he served on Blackburn Borough Council, including a stint as deputy opposition leader, and has been a Ribble Valley borough councillor since 2003.

He was the council’s deputy leader from 2011 to 2013, leader from 2013 to 2017 and has been chairman of the health and housing, accounts and audit, economic development and policy and finance committees, as well as chairman of the Lancashire District Leaders Group.

He is a former non-executive director of Blackburn Transport Ltd and former board member of Blackburn and District Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

He is a trustee of the Salesbury Memorial Hall, governor of Salesbury Primary School and active member of St Peter’s Church, Salesbury.

He is married to Elaine, who will be his mayoress, and they have two adult children, Rob and Annie.

His chosen charities are MS Society UK, the Pink Ribbon Foundation, which provides financial support to UK charities that help people with or who have been affected by breast cancer; and Lancashire Linus, a voluntary organisation that creates patchwork quilts and blankets for children experiencing trauma.

The Mayor's Duties

One of the mayor's main duties is to chair the meetings of the full council. The mayor also attends lots of functions in the borough and across Lancashire, including church services, annual dinners, official openings of offices or new buildings, theatre productions, carol concerts, school prize-giving ceremonies, coffee mornings, garden parties, 100th birthday visits, band concerts and photocalls.

Other Mayors

The Deputy Mayor of Ribble Valley is Councillor Mark Hindle.