Meet the new Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Roy Gladden
“The city has changed beyond recognition over my lifetime, from a city of largely manufacturing jobs, to the dreadful slump and unemployment of the 1980’s. Liverpool is now reborn and is developing its strength as an outward looking, regenerating city which needs tourism at its heart.
“My experience and knowledge within the Culture and Visitor Economy Select Committee will enable me as Lord Mayor, to be an ambassador and represent our city to the many visitors, both national and international and display our greatest asset, our people and its history.
“The theme of my Lord Mayoral year will be ‘change’ and I have chosen local charities which will represent how our city has changed in its perception and culture throughout my lifetime.”
Cllr Roy Gladden grew up above his grandma’s chip shop on Breckfield Road in Everton, attending Granton Road Junior School.
He joined the King’s Own Royal Border Regiment at the age of 17, and was discharged in 1967.
At the age of 40, he studied for a social work degree from Liverpool John Moores University, and began working for the council as a social worker in Everton, until his retirement in 2010.
Cllr Gladden was first elected in Clubmoor in 1982, and chaired the Libraries and Arts Committee and was also Vice Chair of Social Services, serving as a councillor until 1987.
He returned as a councillor for County in 2010, and has chaired the Culture, Tourism and Visitor Economy Select Committee for the last three years.
As a veteran, Roy has, for many years, supported personnel from the Armed Forces, Reservists, the Merchant Navy and their families and became the Armed Forces Champion for Liverpool City Council in 2018.
Cllr Gladden has been an active trade unionist all his working life within the GMB and Unison, and was fulltime convenor and chair of the council’s Joint Trade Union Committee.
Roy’s wife, Cllr Roz Gladden – who was previously Lord Mayor in 2016/17 – will be Lady Mayoress, with his daughters all willing and able to stand in at any time.