New Lord Mayor elect revealed for Leeds

Coun Judith Chapman.
Coun Judith Chapman.

Councillor Judith Chapman has been confirmed as the Lord Mayor elect for Leeds 2015/2016.

Announced this month by the current Lord Mayor of Leeds Coun David Congreve, Coun Chapman will, subject to approval from fellow councillors, officially become the 122nd person to hold the historic office following a special council meeting on May 21 2015.

Married to Alan, with two grown up children Harriet and Ben, Judith, who has represented the Weetwood ward as a Liberal Democrat city councillor since 2006, was brought up in the Roundhay area of Leeds and currently lives in Chapel Allerton. During her time as a councillor, Judith has previously chaired the adult social care scrutiny board and currently the children’s and families scrutiny board

After gaining a Bachelor Education Degree and Diploma of Education at Didsbury College of Education in Manchester, Judith taught both in London and at Bedford Field Middle School in Leeds before going onto work in the family clothing business.

An active member of the Jewish community in the city, Judith has a real interest in mental health and adult social care issues, especially in regard to helping people with learning difficulties.

Details of Coun Chapman’s chosen charity as Lord Mayor will be announced after the special meeting in May.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor David Congreve said:“It is an unbelievable privilege to be the Lord Mayor of Leeds, and I was honoured to announce that Coun Judith Chapman is the next Lord Mayor elect.

“The opportunity to meet so many wonderful people, groups and organisations as Lord Mayor and raise money for a charity of your choice throughout the year is truly a once in a lifetime experience. Both I and the Lady Mayoress would like to congratulate Judith on her well-deserved nomination, and pass on our best wishes ahead of the meeting on 21 May when she will officially takes office.”