The Mayor of Ribble Valley for 2017/18 is Richard Bennett, one of Ribble Valley Borough Council's councillors. Richard is a barrister, drummer, cricket umpire and fellwalker.
Richard moved to Read aged five, when his father was appointed vicar at St John’s CE Church from 1960 to 1969.
He attended Read St John’s Primary School and Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Blackburn, where he was a keen footballer and cricketer. He later played cricket and football for Read, as well as football for the Old Accringtonians in the Lancashire Amateur League and Grindleton FC.
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.
The Deputy Mayor of Ribble Valley is Stuart Carefoot.
The Mayor of Clitheroe is Maureen Fenton.
The Mayor of Longridge is Stuart Tyrer.