The Mayor, Councillor Michelle O’Doherty 

The Charter Trustees of the City of Bath formally elected Councillor Michelle O’Doherty to serve the Office of Mayor at their Annual General Meeting and Election of Mayor Ceremony, held on Saturday 1 June 2024.

Michelle was first elected to Bath & North East Somerset Council in 2017 in a by-election, and was re-elected in 2019 to represent Newbridge Ward.  She has been Vice Chair of the Children, Adults, Health and Wellbeing Policy Development and Scrutiny Panel since 2019.

She grew up in Birmingham, and came to Bath as a student in the 1990s to study for a degree in music at Bath Spa University, and has lived here ever since.  She plays the cello, and in the past has played with the Bath Symphony Orchestra, and still plays occasionally.

Michelle has worked in publishing since 2003, starting at Concept Publishing Ltd in Bath, where she was Production Manager.  She has worked at North Parade Publishing Ltd, another local firm, since 2011 and is the Office Manager.

Michelle’s partner Christopher, is Mayor’s Consort.  He is an Inside Sales Engineer at Rotork in Bath.  They have two children, William, who is 19 and works with local company Handful of Help, and Eoin, who is 17 and studies at Beechen Cliff School.


Deputy Mayor, Ruth Malloy

Ruth was born in London and moved to Bath in the early 1960s, when her father was posted to the city as an officer in the Royal Navy. Her family moved to Malta not long afterwards, where she spent a very happy three years. On returning to Bath, Ruth went to Newbridge Junior School for a couple of years and later, after three years at boarding school while her parents were living and working in Saudi Arabia, to La Sainte Union Convent on Pulteney Road. Following school, she studied Italian at Reading University, and after graduating in 1982 worked for a short time in London before going to live in Italy for 4 years as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language. After Italy followed a period back in Bath, when Ruth worked in different administrative roles before moving to Braunschweig for a year, to help organise the 20th anniversary celebrations of its twinning partnership with Bath (in 1991). She remained in Germany for another 7 years before returning to Bath, where she has lived ever since.

Ruth was first elected as a ward councillor for Weston in 2019, and is particularly interested in our local history, World Heritage matters and cultural life – especially libraries and museums – and how to make these more accessible and appealing to all our residents and visitors. She represents B&NES Council on both the Bath World Heritage Enhancement Fund Committee, and the Great Spa Towns of Europe Association, which manages the Great Spa Towns of Europe UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bath’s second inscription on the World Heritage List since July 2021. Ruth is also the Council’s Member Advocate for Twinning and takes a keen interest in promoting Bath’s links with Aix-en-Provence, Alkmaar, Beppu, Braunschweig and Kaposvár, not forgetting the other twinning links in the wider area and our ten newly acquired Great Spa Town ‘twins’ and of course Oleksandriya in Ukraine. Ruth is a member of the Children, Adults, Health and Wellbeing Policy Development and Scrutiny Panel and a reserve member of the Planning Committee.

Ruth’s younger daughter, Lydia Malloy, who is currently studying Acoustical Engineering at Southampton University, will support her as Deputy Mayoress during the year.