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The Mayor of Boston

Who is the mayor and what does the role involve? How can I invite the mayor to a function?



Councillor Richard Austin was appointed Mayor of Boston on Thursday 21 May 2015.

The Mayor was born on a farm on the outskirts of Chesterfield in Derbyshire in 1936. He passed his 11-plus, left grammar school and went to Leeds University to study agriculture. Once graduated he joined the Ministry of Agriculture as an Agricultural Advisor. His career was interrupted by National Service and Richard was posted to RAF Duxford in Cambridgeshire as an Education Officer. Richard resumed his work with the Ministry of Agriculture and was moved to Kirton in 1963. The Mayor now resides in Wyberton where he has lived with his wife in their current home for 37 years.

Councillor Richard Austin is Boston's 481st Mayor. Elected on 3rd May 2007, Cllr Austin is a Wyberton Ward Councillor and was Leader of Boston Borough Council from 2007-2011. He is also a member of Wyberton Parish Council, former Chairman, and is a former County Councillor.

The Mayoress is his wife, Councillor Alison Austin, who is the Borough's immediate past Mayor for 2014-15.  She was elected to the Council in 2007 representing South Ward and now represents the new St Thomas' Ward following the 2015 election. Councillor Austin is also a member of Lincolnshire County Council, representing the Boston South Division.

The Mayor has appointed Councillor Colin Brotherton as his Deputy Mayor. Cllr Brotherton represents the new Kirton and Frampton Ward. Mrs Kate Wainwright, Colin's sister, is the Deputy Mayoress and they were both Mayor and Mayoress of Boston in 2012-13.

Outside of work the Mayor's interests have included Boston Woods Trust, of which he is Vice- Chairman and has been an active member almost since the beginning. He is also a committed and working member of the Wyberton Parish Church congregation.

Richard has been a keen sailor, a member of the Round Table and is currently a Probus member. He is also the co-author of a book written to mark the millennium detailing the history of Wyberton - "From the Romans to B&Q".

The Mayor's nominated charities for the year are the Butterfly Hospice and Boston Woods Trust.

The Mayor is always pleased to be invited to attend and give support to local events and accepts as many invitations as the diary will allow. If you wish to invite the Mayor to attend an event, it is essential that each invitation is put in writing giving at least four weeks notice if possible. The invitation needs to include the following:-

The invitation will then be discussed with the Mayor and a decision will be made on:-

A reply to the invitation will be sent and if the Mayor or Deputy Mayor are able to accept the invitation, a pro-forma will be included with the confirmation for the sender to complete and return at least two weeks prior to the event. The pro-formas are to provide the Civic Office with precise advance information, including all background information, to ensure that the Mayor is fully briefed. Each event is processed by the Civic & Member Services Officer, who may be contacted at the address below:-

Civic and member services officer
The Mayor's Parlour
Municipal Buildings
PE21 8QR
Telephone: 01205 314511