The Mayor of Ribble Valley for 2021/22 is Tony Austin, one of Ribble Valley Borough Council's councillors.
Retired computer programmer Tony Austin, who represents Billington and Langho, was brought up in Kingston on the North Downs in Kent and attended Loughborough University, where he studied chemistry.
He started work as a development chemist for a pharmaceutical company in High Wycombe, but retrained as a computer programmer and returned to Kent in 1974 to take up the post of chief computer programmer for a pharmaceutical company on the Isle of Sheppey, before starting his own software business in 1978.
He was elected to Canterbury City Council in 1976 until 1983, during which he was deputy-chairman of the council’s planning committee, then again from 2003 to 2015, being executive member for housing from 2007 until 2012.
He was Sheriff of Canterbury and the city’s Honorary Alderman for the municipal year 2014/15.
Councillor Austin was a governor of Geoffrey Chaucer Technology School from 1983 until 2003 and a Kingston parish councillor from 1983 until 2011, during which he served on the executive of the Kent Association of Parish Councils.
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 Councillor Stuart Hirst.