The Mayor of Bath

The Right Worshipful The Mayor of Bath


Mayor, Councillor Ian Gilchrist 

The Charter Trustees of the City of Bath elected the 790th Mayor of the City, Councillor Ian Gilchrist, to take Office on Saturday 3 June 2017 at their Annual Meeting and Mayor Making Ceremony at Bath Abbey.

He is married to Gordana, who will be his Mayoress. 

Councillor Gilchrist has lived in Bath since the early 1980s and was elected onto Bath & North East Somerset Council in 2007 representing Widcombe Ward as a Liberal Democrat Councillor.  He was re-elected in 2011 and 2015. 

Ian has a degree in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Oxford.  His first career was teaching English as a Foreign Language, which took him to Iran, Yugoslavia and Saudi Arabia.  He changed direction in 1983 to take up a new career in software, which brought him to Bath.  He worked for 25 years in the industry, mainly with Bath-based IPL, where he became a Product Manager. This work took him to Europe, North America and India.

For leisure he is interested in music, from Baroque to Renaissance, and he runs the Widcombe Mummers (street performers) and the Bath City Jubilee Waits, who perform traditional music.  He has twice been organiser of the Bath International Mummers Festival, which ran successful events in 2011 and 2012.  Ian also plays as musician for the local ladies Morris dance side, Mr Wilkins Shilling.  He is a keen cyclist and has recently begun Bee-keeping.

Ian and Gordana have two grown-up children and 1 grand-child. 

The Mayor's theme for the year is 'Praise the Lord, We are a Musical City'.   A quote adapted from Under Milkwood, by Dylan Thomas, reflecting and promoting the many musical groups and choirs that enrich Bath's social life. 

The Mayor of Bath's on-going charity is The Mayor of Bath's Relief Fund


Deputy Mayor, Councillor Rob Appleyard

The Charter Trustees of the City of Bath formally elected Councillor Rob Appleyard to serve the Office of Deputy Mayor at their Annual Meeting and Mayor Making Ceremony at Bath Abbey on Saturday 3 June.






Further Reading

Georgian Bath

Three men were to be instrumental in transforming a medieval walled City of 3,000 people into an elegant Georgian City with a population of 30,000.

20th Century Bath

Between 1936 and 1940, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia resided here during his exile. He took a house in Newbridge Hill, which is now a community centre for ethnic minorities. On 18th October 1954 Haile Selassie was admitted as an Honorary Freeman of t

History of Bath

Tracing the evolution of Bath from its origins to the present day

"Floreat Bathon" May Bath flourish